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Burglar Proofing Doors

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Here’s our top tips for how to burglarproof all the doors in your home. Entry through doors is how over 70% of burglaries are committed, so these tips are sure to bolster your home security.

Solidify your Security

All doors that lead to the outside of your home need to be solid and impervious to strong kicks. Choose a solid wood door or one with a solid wood core. If you choose a metallic door, make sure that it is re enforced on the inside, and has a lock block – so that it can resist burglars from breaking it with a car jack. Reinforced steel doors are the strongest option, but they require a high level of extra maintenance in order to prevent any rust.

Protect Windows

The fact is that door windows may look pretty, but they are a serious home security risk. If your window is located within an arm’s reach of the door lock, it’s very easy to smash it and stick your arm through to unlock the door. If you’re installing a brand new door, simply choose one without a window; and if you already have a door with a window, make sure that the glass is re-enforced, and consider adding extra metal re enforcement or decorative bars. To be extra careful, add a second door lock at the floor level – too far for a burglar to reach down if they break the door windowpane.

Get rid of Shrubbery

Shrubs and bushes can be beautiful, but they don’t belong near your doors or windows – they create way too much potential coverage for burglars to break into your home.

Deadbolts

Doors only maintain the amount of strength that their lock imparts. Even a strong, metal reinforced door can be opened with a strong kick if your lock doesn’t go deep enough into the door frame. When you’re choosing your deadbolt, choose a leading industry brand name, and don’t get the cheapest model.

Additional Lines of Protection

We also recommend getting a secondary, one sided deadbolt – since these locks don’t have keyed access to the outside, they can only get opened while you’re at home – they can only get locked from the inside – making them impossible for burglars to open.

Frames

Frames and door jambs are both essential spects to door security. If you don’t have a strong jamb or frame, your door can easily crack open. Make sure that instead of a skinny strike plate, you install ad eep box strike to house the bolt of your deadbolt – and screw this deep into the wall studs, rather than just into the door jamb. To be extra careful, re enforce your doorjamb with strong galvanized steel to resist strikes, kicks, and any other attempts to break down your door.

Sliding Doors

Sliding glass doors are often seen as an easy in by burglars, but they don’t have to make your home vulnerable. Make sure that your doors are made of either reinforced glass or plastic, rather than thin glass – and that they remain locked. Place a metallic or wooden dowel in the track to prevent the doors from being opened through force. Additionally install motion or vibration sensors on the glass to sound the alarm / notify law enforcement just in case the glass is broken. Also, install curtains on the inside of your window to prevent any passing burglars from being able to look inside your home.

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Benefits of energy efficient doors

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Now that the weather is cooling down, it’s important to make sure that your doors are at peak energy efficiency. This has a wide variety of benefits – it can ensure that the temperature of your home is more comfortable, as well as making sure your energy bills are low. Here are some of the top reasons it worth upgrading to energy efficient doors for your home or office.

Enhanced Comfort

Non airtight doors allow cold drafts and wind inside your home. allowing air to leak in from outside, and warm heated air to leak outside. This can cause houses to be hotter during summer months and much colder during winter months. The pressure changes stress air conditioning and heating systems, causing them to work harder, wearing out faster, and generating a much larger energy bill. Energy efficient doors make sure that the heat or cold air stays in, to maximize the comfort of your home or office and vastly reduce your power bills.

Mold Reduction

Houses without energy efficient doors usually have much more mold in the areas near the doors – these spores come from leaking air from outside, and commonly grow on the inside of door frames. You avoid unhealthy mold by installing airtight energy efficient doors, protecting the vitality of the people in your space.

Tax Credits

Due to federal programs that reward energy efficiency, energy efficient doors are often Energy Star rated, meaning that by purchasing them you become eligible for tax credits for up to 30 percent of the door’s cost. The combination of a reduced energy bill and a returned tax credit makes the installation of energy efficient doors a financially rewarding step to take for your home or business.

Aesthetic Appearance

Most energy efficient doors are made in eye-pleasing contemporary or classic styles that suit whatever mood palette you want for your home or business. Updating old and potentially moldy-framed doors can add a burst of vitality to your home or business’s appearance, enhancing the beauty, safety, and financial viability of your home on the inside as well as the outside.

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How To Replace A Door Closer

A hydraulic door closer can be replaced at any time when the door is no longer closing properly. A loose door closer will cause injuries when the door closes too quickly, and the door closer must be replaced when the door never closes fully. You may read these instructions to install a new door closer, and the door closer will work for many years.

Remove The Old Closer

The old door closer must be removed from the frame and the door. The old closer must be moved away from the door, and you will have holes where you can replace the closer with a new unit. Most door closer’s are the same, and you will put your new door closer in the place of the old one.

Attach To The Door

The closer must be attached to the door before it’s attached to the frame. The door is more solid than the frame, and you may begin adjusting the closer once you have it attached to the door. Hold the door open completely and ensure that the closer will attach to the frame. Close the door until the closer reaches the frame, and connect the closer to the frame. You have the closer anchored, and you can begin the adjustment process.

Adjust The Tension

The tension on the closer must be adjusted to provide the best closing possible. A closer that is too tense will close too hard, and you will never make your way inside the door once you enter the house. A closer that has no tension at all will never close the door completely, and you cannot trust the door to close on its own. The tension adjuster must be slowly moved forward until you have enough tension to close the door. Do not adjust the tension all at once, and ensure that you are comfortable with the way the door closes. A door that closes too hard could break something or the lock when you’re closing the door too hard.

Change The Screw Location

The location of the screws on the braces must be changed until you get the braces flush with the door. Moving the screws between the different slots will help you ensure the closer is installed correctly, and you may find a setup that is stronger than the one you were using previously.

Listen To The Closer

The hydraulic cylinder on the closer will make noise when air inside the cylinder is displaced, but you need to listen for noises that are too loud. A cylinder that is too loud may be broken, or the cylinder may not close properly. You may replace the cylinder or find a new closer.

Replacing a door closer is much easier than you think, but you must have a new closer ready to go. Remove the old closer to make room for the new closer.

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Custom Door Installation NYC

Our new project is a custom door installation  NYC for the Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan Residence in Brooklyn provides permanent housing with support in a single-site building with 24-hour staff support for adults with serious mental illness, co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorders and adults with HIV/AIDS. Tenants are provided with rental stipends and case management/supportive services on an as-needed basis. Tenants pay 30% of gross monthly income towards rent that shelters people with special needs. These doors are for very heavy traffic. Exterior fronts also have an added element for wind and cold weather. The doors are aluminum to match the building’s original design (the vision glass around the doors).

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Type of Door Install:

Clear anodize aluminum

Frame 2×4 1/2″

Doors wide style 5″ around vision

10″ bottom rail

Door Hardware Installation:

Full mortise continuo hinges double Bering heavy duty

Von duprin push to exit device

Aromatic heavy duty door closer norton 6000

Features:

Security desk can open and swing doors remotely

Wheel chair can push button to swing doors (not manually for easy excess)

Original doors were double doors, we changed to a single door. The existing doors were not good for heavy traffic. When there is an additional entrance in a building such as Service Entrance (service entrances are always double doors and are used for deliveries or similar services)  and if the front door needs to be automatic, it should be a single door. Single doors are the best solution for wheel chair accessibility which was the case for this building with many wheel chairs coming in and out all the time.

New doors were replaced with Center single door 42″ (more the standard 36″) more convenient for smooth access in and out especially on wheel chair.

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The Process Of Custom Door Installation

1-      First appointment meeting the client

2-      Dori Doors gets all info about the traffic of the doors for example if only for tenants or also for deliveries.

Delivery entrances need doors with more room for the dolly and boxes.

3-      Dori Doors suggests better operating solutions.

4-      Presents Estimate with drawing and cut sheets.

5-      Then customer revises, in this case customer also added request of automatic operators (closers)

6-      Dori Doors revised and sent Estimate with new request.

7-      Approval

8-      Project execution.

Total process time : This project took 20 weeks

 

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Common Door Problems in Winter and Fixes

 

The mainstay of your door is upkeep. In the wintertime, a door’s outer-facing surface may combat the harshest cold to the hottest heat. If the door is wood, it might soak up water from humidity and release it during a dry and bitter plunge in temperature. Beyond the structure or material of the door itself are the helping parts, like the health of the frame, its hinges, jamb and hardware— screws, drywall or molding and even stress cracks. If your door isn’t working properly, we can help. Here are some possible issues doors face in the winter and how you can fix them or prevent them yourself.

 Door binds in upper corner

 In the winter, a door or a door frame may release its water content. This changes the way a door opens and closes. It also puts a great amount of stress on the geometry of the door. For instance, on the jamb. To prevent or fix this is simple.

Fix: Before the season changes, and if you notice the jamb beginning to catch, replace your old screws with new ones. The new screws should be of a slightly larger make so that they can reserve more balance on the swing of the door. So, drill pilot holes a little deeper in the existing holes. These screws will relieve the pressure from the bind and help it sit plumb in its best working position.

  Door wont latch

 If your door won’t stay latched because of a temperature delineation, such as a quick shift from hot to cold, you may have to analyze your strike plate. The strike plate is used mainly for the deadbolt which is imperative for home security. If by resizing and drilling deeper pilot holes doesn’t lessen its lean, you may have to either replace a door, or re-adjust your strike plate.

Fix: To readjust the strike plate you have several options. Always mark and measure where the new room is needed to fit the strike plate. If possible, file the metal where space is needed. It that doesn’t fit your predicament, unscrewing the plate, and then chiseling into the jamb for room, then establishing the screw plate slightly higher or over will fix the issue at hand.

 Screws are loose

 After longtime use, screws may loosen in their drill holes. In this case, they might have a difficult time pulling the wood into its rings and staying secure. There are two main fixes for this.

Fix: Exit the old screws from the place where they are being forced out and reinsert screws of a slightly larger diameter. If another size screw will not work, consider applying a dowel. Glue dowels with applicable dowel glue into the holes and allow them to dry completely. When completely dry, drill new pilot holes and re-insert and install components.

 Door stays open

 If a door is uneven or not plumb in its frame, the door might be oft to swing and stay open. An open door in the summer or winter is not good, especially when it lets in rain and snow by just turning the handle and having it fall out of your control quickly.

Fix: For this issue, either re-drill holes for bigger screws, or create a shim. A shim can be placed behind screws in the hinges. Note where there is a bind or where the door pulls from the hinge. Is it more from top or bottom? Place shims in response to even the swing of the door.

 Door latch misses strike plate

 When the winter causes your door latch to loosen it may strike the strike plate. Repeated use of a door will cause this to happen frequently. Don’t worry so much about this. It’s easier than re-adjusting the strike plate as we mentioned above.

Fix: Screw in the strike plate. If the strike plate has preferred a certain angle because of warping tap or lightly hammer the strike plate until it is positioned correctly to again accept the latch.

 Door Surfaces/Weatherproofing

 To prevent the surface of your door from warping or cracking, think about a good weatherproofing material or coat.

Fix: If you’ve already aligned your door, adjusted strike plates, hinges and latches, ask about door weatherproofing materials that can preserve the integrity of your door and frame. There are a number of door weatherproofing materials on the market. Find one that best matches your door and apply it by instruction or by a professional hardware store opinion.

 Weatherstripping

 It’s common for the winter to let in cool air, and challenge your door with its wintry elements. Weatherstripping is your best friend for sealing these unwanted ingredients from accessing your entry way and saving you some money on your energy bill. Weather stripping may be made of metal, vinyl, rubber felt or foam. Those are the common materials. Weatherstripping comes in kits but if you’re not sure how much to apply ask a store helper for the exact amount to apply to your door. Fill in the cracks where needed. This will not only keep with the heat bill, but it will make your door snug. Here’s what to do.

Fix: Clean all applicable surfaces thoroughly. This will help the weather stripping adhere to its surface. Clean jambs and all surfaces then allow it to dry. Measure and cut the weatherstripping to what you need. Peel the adhesive and fit plumb.

 Winter Squeak

 If your door is squeaky, it’s likely that the jambs and hinges have been removed of their oils. Like locks, they will need some light lubricant to take the squeaks out.

Fix: At your hardware store, purchase some silicone. Remove all door pins that allow the door to swing and coat with a thin amount of silicon. Note: you can also use graphite or another recommended product useful on doors. Say goodbye to the winter squeak.

 

Don’t want to do the above fixes yourself? Contact a professional door repair company in NYC, Dori Doors has been installing and repairing commercial doors for over 14 Years in NYC.

 

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