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Wood Front Doors FAQ

Can Homeowners Purchase Wood Doors From Doors For Builders?

Doors for Builders has its doors open to the General Public and private individuals. We are happy to help our customers whether they are building a new home or renovating and turning their existing one into their dream house. On our website you can click on the door model you are interested in and fill out our quote request form or you are welcome to give us a call at 847 981 9900 to help you decide if one our in-stock solid mahogany doors…

How To Measure Front Door?

When first starting the search to replace your front door, it is always best to have a rough idea of the size you need to be focusing your search on, and if that size is a standard size or a custom unit. We strongly recommend having a professional installer take the final measurements to ensure the proper fit of the unit. When it comes to doors there are four different dimensions that are typically referred to: Brick Opening/Masonry Opening  •  Rough Opening  •  Unit Size…

Are your solid wood doors truly wood?

Your prices are so competitive and reasonable. Are your doors truly wood? Yes, we can offer you the best possible pricing on pre-finished, pre-hung, solid Cherry, Mahogany, Ash, Knotty Alder, Teak, and other exotic woods, because we produce the doors ourselves and offer factory direct pricing to the client. Our competitors cannot do this as they simply sell a product provided by someone else. Our quality and pricing is unbeatable even for custom units.

Do you offer Jamb Extension for your doors?

We offer Jamb extension for our in-stock wood entry door to fit a 2″ x 6″ wall construction. If you are building a home with a wall studs, 2″ x 6″ we do offer in-stock 2″ jamb extensions. The jamb extensions will be applied by your fine carpenter to the exterior side of the frame to achieve the desired 6-9/16″ jamb size. The jamb extensions we offer are manufactured from the same wood species as the door and they come pre-finished in the same stain color….

What is Brick Moulding? Do I need it?

Brick Moulding is the exterior wooden trim that is applied on the exterior of the door unit to cover the connection point between the door frame and the wall stud where the door unit is installed. Do I need to have Brick Moulding? Yes, most of the projects require exterior brick moulding even if they have siding and not a brick facade. Appling brick moulding gives a clean finished look for your front entrance and hides the connecting point between the door unit and the…

Pivot Doors FAQ

What makes Pivot Doors different?

A Pivot door differs from traditional doors in one crucial way. The hinge is offset from the frame of the door, which allows it to be bigger than a door with a traditional hinge. The Pivot hinge is set on the top and bottom of the frame using pins, and the door revolves around it. While the size of the opening is only as big as the distance between the hinge and the other side of the door, it has the appearance of being much larger due to the side of the door that is on the other side of the hinge. Also, Pivot doors fit into modern, contemporary, and transitional architectural styles because of their unique hinge system that separates itself from the pack. It contributes to the flow of sleek, modern homes.

What are double rabbeted jambs and how do they set our Pivot Doors apart?

Pivot doors have some inherent drawbacks due to the hinge system. They have less insulation because more space is needed around the frame for the door to operate smoothly. While most companies do not have a solution for this, we have a double rabbeted jamb system that decreases the airflow on the side of the frame. It allows the door to be closer to the side of the frame, reducing the gap.

Why is a multipoint lock important for a Pivot Door?

Multipoint locks are essentially a tool to increase security, increase insulation, and eliminate warping. While all of these are great benefits, the one that interests us most here is the reduced warping. Pivot doors are big and can have a good weight to them, so warping is a pressing concern. The multiple locking points make it so that the door is more anchored and less likely to warp. All of our Pivot doors are equipped with this locking system.

Aluminum Clad Wood Doors FAQ

What is an Aluminum Shield?

No matter how high quality your wood door is, due to the nature of wood, it is susceptible to the elements. Our Aluminum Shield is the solution to this. The Aluminum Shield is a layer of aluminum that is placed in front of the wood veneer on the outside of the door (only on the exterior). It is incredibly weather-proof and maintenance-free.

Why Aluminum Shield and Not just a Wood Door?

High-quality wooden doors are elegant, beautiful, and resistant to the elements — so why choose Aluminum Shield? The aluminum shield does not just protect the door, it offers a new aesthetic that cannot be easily replicated. The aluminum outside is sleek and cool while the wooden inside is smooth and elegant. It’s a modern solution for a classic problem.

How Does The Aluminum Shield Work?

As the name suggests, the Aluminum Shield offers more protection than a traditional wood veneer. But a lot of considerations went into developing our Aluminum Shield Front Doors that separate it from typical aluminum cladding manufacturers. For example, our Aluminum Shield never actually touches the wood veneer. This is to eliminate any interference with vapor diffusion that would have most likely occurred.