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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.  


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  • 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.
  • 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 dealer, 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 mortised ball-bearing 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 weather-tight.  
  • 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.  

 

 

Finishes

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.

  • BURNT COPPER

    - Our darkest finish compliments exteriors with dark or black accents.

  • BRONZE

    - Our most popular finish has the warmth of wood and compliments most exteriors.

  • CINNAMON

    - A rich & vibrant finish that adds the perfect contrast to warm trim colors.

  • GOLD MIST

    - Dramatically gold, this finish compliments many stone exteriors.

  • CHARCOAL

    - A great finish for exteriors with gray and white tones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Touch-Up Instructions (click here for a pdf file of touch up instructions)

Doors are shipped in wood crates from Mexico and protected, but it is not uncommon for doors to suffer some minor scratches in shipping, uncrating, and installing. 

Note: These doors are hand-hammered wrought iron and a certain amount of marring or imperfection is to be expected. They are one-of-a-kind works of art and some of the marks add character and authenticity to the door.

Instructions for Minor Scratch Touch-Ups

Shake Touch-up Paint supplied with the door.   Dab scratch with touch-up paint and let dry.

Instructions for Refinishing a Larger Section of an Iron Door

Contact  Doors by Design for touch up paint.

If there are dents, chips, or dings in the door, you may need to patch the area with automotive bondo.  This type of repair should be performed by an individual who has experience working with bondo.

 

Other Supplies Needed: Gin cloth, medium enamel paint reducer, metal primer,

semi-flat black "Krylon"  industrial aerosol spray paint, heavy duty latex gloves, "000"  steel wool and "bondo".  Medium reducer can be purchased where automotive paint is available.

Prep area for repair and clean well.

  1. When you have repaired area with bondo and it is smooth with surface area around. Apply flat black industrial "Krylon" as a base coat and let dry.

ApplyING TOUCH UP paint (provided by  Doors by Design).

  1. Mix with the medium paint reducer. Note: This is not a science, so you mix to match – approximately 1 part paint with 9 parts reducer. Make sure to stir regularly.
  2. While wearing heavy-duty rubber gloves, dip the gin cloth into the paint and reducer mixture, wring out thoroughly, and pat dry with a dry cloth. Dab gin cloth onto a part of the door that will not be conspicuous to test the color. Note: Outside of jamb is typically a good place to test color. Let dry and then add paint or reducer for closest match and try again (the paint dries quickly so it shouldn't take long).  Once the paint has been mixed to match the door the bondo area is ready for color paint.
  3. Tape off the area you are touching up with painter's tape, especially around the hinges.   Dab the area with a very light coat (if you dab too much it will lift the black).  Let dry and repeat as necessary.
  4. If additional blending of the treated area to the rest of the door is necessary, use some fine steel wool to blend it all together. Some times we use clear satin polyurethane spray from minwax to blend the satin finish.

Alternate touch up and refinishing your iron door
 
purchase kRYLON SPRAY PAINT AT SHERWIN WILLIAMS IN OIL RUB BRONZE metallic
CLEAN YOUR DOOR WELL and REFINISH IT WITH THIS PAINT.
For bronze or cinnamon color you will need to use a gin cotton rag and go over the door with the copper solution described above. Once you have the color as you like you can then spray using minwax satin polyurethane to blend in the finish.

Iron Door Consumer Product Warranty

Doors by Design warrants all Goods against manufacturing defects for 10 years on the iron door structure and mechanics, 5 years on the finish, and 5 years on the glass.  Doors by Design, at its sole discretion, will repair at a place of its choosing or replace all warranted defective goods.  This warranty begins on the date of installation.  All warranties are null and void if installation is found by Doors by Design  to be faulty in workmanship, in its sole discretion. 

All products sold by Doors by Design  are “one of a kind” and as such contain slight “variations” in form, functionality, and finish.  All product finishes may age relative to exposure.  The finish is warranted against flaking or peeling from normal wear and tear.   Doors may be cleaned with a mild soap and water mixture, as cleaning with harsh chemicals including ammonia based products (e.g. glass cleaner) may damage the finish.     Doors installed in coastal areas must be ordered for coastal application and manufactured for such, as specified by Doors by Design.  Coastal door hinges require oil on an annual basis.  There is a 1 year warranty on the finish for any products installed outside of the continental  U.S. 

Doors by Design  warrants the glass from fogging as a result of normal operation for a period of 5 years. Scratches and other damages on glass or door finish as a result of pets or foreign objects or chemicals are not covered under this warranty.

All Iron door products exposed to below freezing climates may sweat on the interior of the door depending on the humidity level in the home.  This is not considered to be a defect with the door, and will not harm the door.

Doors by Design  assumes no liability for any labor charges regarding the installation, removal, or reinstallation of doors.  Damages caused by accident, misuse, abuse or improper installation are not covered under this warranty.  This warranty does not cover damage caused by paint, acid or other chemicals.  This warranty is strictly limited to the cost of repair or replacement of the product and Doors by Design assumes no other liability. Locksets, hardware and other door components are covered under the conditions of the separate hardware warranties.

THE WARRANTIES STATED HEREIN ARE EXPRESSLY IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER WARRANTIES (EXCEPT OF TITLE), EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  DOORS BY DESIGN  NEITHER ASSUMES NOR AUTHORIZES ANY OTHER PARTY TO ASSUME FOR IT, ANY OTHER LIABILITY

IN NO EVENT SHALL DOORS BY DESIGN BE LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES.

 

Water conditions vary across the country. Chemicals and minerals in the water and air can adversely affect the finish. We recommend that you rinse away any traces of soap and gently dry with a clean soft cloth after each use.

Do not use materials such as window cleaners, toothpaste, nail polish remover, or caustic cleaners.  

Doors installed in coastal areas require hinge oil on an annual basis.   3-IN-One Multi-purpose oil is recommended.


Total Quality Control- 


Doors by Design is totally committed to ensuring that all of our products and services are designed to meet or exceed our customer's expectations.  Before any of our products leave the manufacturing facility, they are fully inspected by one of our quality control team members to ensure that the customer receives the perfectly finished unit that was custom made to their exact specification.  

 

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  • Custom Wood Doors

    • Wood Choices- Our hardwood doors are made of the finest quality timber including African, Brazillian, Honduran and Indonesian Mahogany, Honduran Cedar, South American Oak, Andean Walnut, Malaga Cherry, Premium Knotty Alder, and Hard Maple.  Our signature collection of doors are defined by the use of these beautiful woods and by the combining of exceptional design and construction with the elements of patterned and beveled glass, metal caming, forged iron and unique, decorative hardware.  
    • Forest Stewardship- We are committed to using wood products that are certified as having been responsibly harvested from well managed forests  that adhere to strict environmental and socioeconomic standards and are in accordance with the Forest Stewardship Council (ESC).  You can be sure that the timber used to create your door does not come from endangered wood species.