About Our Iron Doors
Iron Doors – click here for a pdf file of our iron door features
Forged from the highest quality materials and hammered by hand, our exquisite entry doors will beautifully enhance the architectural style of any home or business. Our iron doors are fabricated at our facility in Monterrey, Mexico. The scrolled iron is hot forged by hand and brought to life by skilled craftsmen that have years of experience handcrafting each door one scroll at a time.
“Thermal Break Option”
(Most iron doors are not designed for the northern climate and will be cold to touch in the winter and condensation may form on the inside of your door)
We have designed our iron doors with a thermal break between the exterior and interior edges of the door for optimal performance in hot and cold climates. Our thermal break or thermal barrier is an element of low thermal conductivity that will reduce or prevent the flow of thermal energy between conductive materials.
Features Operable Glass
Operable glass opens independently from the door to provide for easy cleaning of the glass, added security, or just to let in the fresh air. We recommend operable glass windows on all doors that have scrolled ironwork to provide for easy cleaning of the glass.
Simulated Divided Light
One piece of fixed glass rests in between each door panel with mullions on both sides of the glass. With simulated divided light doors you see the mullions from both the interior and exterior of the door. Choose raised or flat iron mullions for distinctly different design styles.
Solid Raised Panel Doors
Our exquisite smooth-to-the-touch finish makes a solid raised panel an excellent choice for those who want total privacy or to just make a magnificent statement. Only Doors by Design offers the level of detail necessary to make these exceptional works of art. From integrated hand-forged decorative clavos to raised moldings, curved lines and solid raised panels makes Doors by Design stand apart in the crowd.
We pride ourselves on offering the greatest attention to detail in our workmanship. Mortised designer hinges, raised moldings on the astragal, panels and window frames and the winding vines on our wine cellar doors are just a few of the details that make our doors the most refined in the industry. If you haven’t seen a Doors by Design in person you haven’t experienced the difference our details will make in the appearance of your home.
Building Codes and Certification – Our doors have passed engineering and product testing to certify them for Design Pressure ratings and impact tolerances. Because every door is custom, we will work with the architect or builder to understand the specific structural requirements and building codes required for your area. Commercial and public buildings have their own set of access and structural requirements considered in our design process. We will design the doors to meet your specialized needs.
- Florida Certified – Doors by Design is proud to be Florida Certified. Impact glass, outswing configurations, specialized installation, and engineering certification are just a few of the requirements for the most vulnerable coastal areas.
- Built for Security – Fourteen-gauge steel provides the strength necessary to meet the most rigid hurricane ratings without adding unnecessary weight. Our doors come in a 2-inch or 1.5-inch thickness, and we can help you decide on the right thickness for your project. We have 5/8 inch and 1/2 inch size scrollwork available, and our 1/2″ ball bearing and barrel hinges support the weight of the steel doors and provide for easy operation.
- Built for Comfort – Our doors and frames, including the door panels, are injected with Polyurethane foam and we provide insulated tempered or laminated clear glass, or you can choose from many of our additional glass options. The compression weather stripping on the door and operable window frames provide insulation, and the adjustable thresholds offer the ability to keep your opening weathertight.
- Maintenance-free Beauty – A rust inhibitor and seven-step automotive paint process create a smooth-to-the-touch finish that requires no upkeep.
Installation Instructions- Click here to read our detailed installation instructions.
Known for our smooth to the touch finishes, each door is hand finished by our artisans in Monterrey, Mexico.
Choose from one of our five finishes. These photos give a close representation of the true appearance, however, each door is a unique work of art, and your computer monitor may distort colors. A color sample can be provided prior to placing your order.
Iron Door Installation
Tools needed: Level, drill, screwdriver, chop saw, caulk gun, grinder, file
Supplies needed 3” x ¼” lag bolts, self-drilling #6 x 1/2” screws for attaching the sweep, shims, black or bronze polyurethane caulk, Vaseline or 3-in-One oil.
Door arrival: The door and the jamb will be shipped in a wood crate. The jamb will have a temporary shipping brace at the bottom. DO NOT REMOVE THE SHIPPING BRACE UNTIL DOOR IS COMPLETELY HUNG AND PLUM.
CUSTOMER GLASS OPTION
Glass doors, threshold, weather stripping and sweeps may be shipped separately. Most specialty glass must be ordered in the US and may require additional delivery time. This delay could be eliminated by ordering glass from a local glass supplier.
- Make sure you have a rough opening at least 1 inch wider and 1” taller than the door.
- Make sure the floor is level; the bottom of both jamb legs must be level. A roll of vinyl waterproofing or pan flashing is recommended under the threshold and behind the jamb.
Note: For replacement situations make sure the base is built-up to the interior floor. This can be done using PVC.
- Install the jamb, centering it in the opening level and plumb. Make sure you set it 1/2” or 5/8” into the room making allowance for the interior drywall. Install top and bottom lag bolts in both jamb legs leaving the center until doors are installed and set. Note: Use lag bolts to secure the jamb through the (pre-drilled holes behind q-lon weatherstrip) at the hinge locations .
- Attach the sweep onto the bottom of the door. Silicone caulk bottom of door and attach sweep with self-drilling screws. Cut sweep to length and bore it for the throw bolt on the passive door. Lipped edge goes to the inside.
- Inject vaseline or one shot of 3-in-One oil into the nipples of all hinges. Coat both male and female parts of the hinges.
DO NOT USE HEAVY GREASE – THIS WILL MAKE DOOR DIFFICULT TO OPEN.
- Insert ball bearing provided into the male part of the hinges and with at least two people and the door at 90 degrees set the door into the receiving hinge on the door jamb – male into female.
- Finish installing lag bolts and shim jambs at each hinge leaving an even reveal around the door and down the center where the two doors meet (you may need to shim the top of the door to spread the jamb). Note: Doors need to close flush and even at, top, center and bottom. Adjust jambs accordingly.
- Once doors are properly set, remove temporary shipping rods and paint if necessary with Krylon ORB spray paint. The temporary shipping rods are bolted at the bottom of the jamb
- Cut threshold to length and slide in under the door stop. Note: Caulk under and at the ends of the threshold. Remove the adjustable sill of the threshold to secure the threshold to the floor.
- Install the q-lon weather stripping into the kerf of the jamb and astragal.
- Bore a ½” hole for the top and bottom for flush bolts. Make sure not to bore too large of a hole or the doors may rattle. A graduated drill bit works best for this step.
- Window sash WS (if not installed)
Apply the self-adhesive silicone teardrop weather stripping to the window sashes. Remove the tape and set the gasket (fat side toward the outside edge) mitering the corners. Be sure not to stretch the gasket or it will shrink. More gasket material can be obtained at any hardware store.
- Install the window sashes into the female pivot hinges
- 13. Install your locksets as per manufacturer’s specs. Remove any excess bondo in all of the mortised holes and holes for hardware. Tap the holes for the strike plates, as the iron will tend to strip the threads of the soft brass screws. Use 1 x 2 ¾” fixed or adjustable strike plate.
Hardware: Mortise Lockset (drill holes using template provided)
Double Bore is 5 ½” C-C, Use 2 ¾” strike plate (purchase at HD or Lowes)
Our Elite iron doors are 2” thick so you will need to request an extension kit with your hardware choice for 2” doors.
- Wash the door with a very mild soap and water solution (e.g. baby shampoo). Only use Windex or other cleaners on the glass. Touch up the door where needed with the touch up paint provided.
Other Considerations for Replacing an Existing Door:
Because our doors are installed using lag bolts through the jamb rather than tabs you can usually leave the interior casing intact and pull the existing door away from the casing to the outside. Remember to cut the paint or caulk with a knife around the interior of the casing so as not to damage it.
We normally recommend replacing the brick molding with PVC brick mold. If you have arched brick molding on the top of the door, remove it carefully, as it can often be salvaged, cleaned, painted using Krylon oil rub bronze spray paint to match the door. For matching brick molding paint with the base black paint (Krylon flat or semi flat works well) and let dry. Using gin cotton and medium reducer mixture apply faux to match the door using a gin cotton swab and medium reducer mixture described in our finishing instructions.
Install the brick mold and caulk the perimeter. (Use painters tape to protect the finish of your door before caulking)