Doors Etc | San Diego's Door and Window Experts
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With over 30 years behind us, Doors Etc has developed a reputation for excellence in San Diego when it comes to door and window design and installation. Our staff is well-versed in all aspects of the process from design to completion and we have a large selection of brands to choose from.
We work with our customers to provide exterior wood and fiberglass doors, unique exterior specialty doors, interior doors, windows and much more! Stop by our san diego showroom or give us a call and let us show you the Doors Etc difference.
The Sliding Door Company. The signature choice for today's interiors.
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We specialize in interior glass door solutions to transform any room. Exciting and modern designs provide endless possibilities. Choose from unlimited combinations of eco-friendly frame styles and glass finishes for both home and office.
* Room Dividers
* Sliding Partitions
* Glass Privacy Walls
* Trackless Solutions
* Closet Doors
* Swing Doors
* Pocket Doors
* Barn Doors
* Movable / Stationary glass panels
* Fixed Panels
* Office Dividers
* Room Partitions
* Conference Room Dividers
* Storage Enclosures
Featured on Oprah, HGTV and more. See us in Dwell, Elle Decor, Architecture Record, Los Angeles Magazine, SF Chronicle, The New York Times, and more.
20 showroom locations including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, New York, Chicago and Miami.
Definitions of Windows:
Windows are openings in houses that let in light and ventilation. They are often filled with glass, so that you can choose whether to open or close the window. It will let in light in either case, but opening the window lets out air from the inside, and lets in air from the outside.
This means that through a window, there is an exchange of heat. This is good if it’s too hot in your house for example, and it’s cooler outside. It also helps if it’s too stuffy inside. Windows are also one of the main areas that heat can leave your house during the winter, which is why getting windows with good insulation is so important.
Other aspects of windows include where the window is located, such as in a house, or in a building. There are windows specially made for vehicles like cars. The windows in cars are special since they need to be able to move up and down in a simple way.
Other windows consist of windows in other special kinds of motor vehicles, such as boats. Windows below the surface of the water need to be especially thick with special glass to ensure that they don’t break and let water into the boat, especially during storms.
Another specialty type of window are those used for storefronts, since these often need to be wider and longer and particularly clear so that people can see inside and view the items in the store.
Materials and Tools for Windows:
Materials that are needed for the installation of windows include glass for the window itself, and different kinds of metal and wood for the installation of the frame. You will generally need special glass material to repair windows as well.
The installation of windows also requires specialized tools. These will be similar to tools needed in general construction, and the frame for windows will often be created during the creation of the general frame of the house, which is often made of wood. The installation of the glass into the window frame will often take place at a later date.
Windows tend to be one of the main places for entry in a house when it comes to thieves. That’s why it’s important to think of security when you start thinking about window installation. This is especially true of windows on the ground floor but it also pertains to windows on any floor in your house. It’s a common trick of thieves to climb up to the second story and gain access through a window that way, since they tend to be much less defended as far as security goes for windows on floors above the second.
It’s a good idea to make sure whoever does the windows installation for your house is certified to do so. There are several certification programs across the county, some local and some accessible online. An example is Installation Masters.
Actually seeing someone’s certification, and looking up the program it’s connected to can make you feel a lot better about how good a job someone is going to do with installing or performing a repair on your window.
All About Doors:
A door is a hinged barrier that controls access to a room or location. Generally, it has a panel that swings back and forth on a hinge. Other subdivisions of doors include ones that rotate around a certain area, or that slide back and forth along a groove. Additional door types include screen doors, storm doors, bifold doors, closet doors, and security doors.
Doors let objects, people, air, and light through an entranceway. Doors can be used in a variety of situations to change the interior environment of a living space. For example, they can be used to raise or lower the temperature of a room when properly installed. They can also be used to block out sound, or handle changes in air ventilation.
Addition Materials and Tools:
Doors can be made of a variety of wood or metal materials that determine the quality, function and costs. For example, balsa wood might be cheaper to use but it is easily breakable. Since part of the purpose of doors is keeping out intruders, the kind of door you want will depend on which room in the house you’re thinking about getting a door for installation.
A door made of a light, cheap wood, might be fine for a door on the inside of the house, like for a bathroom, since the main purpose there is just to keep in heat and block line of sight. But a door made of a light wood might not stand up very long to assault such as from shouldering down a door, so a light wood isn’t a very good material to use for outside doors.
Doors that protect your house from the outside world, such as the front door, should be made of a more solid wood like oak. Heavy wooden doors of oak are more likely to make it difficult for outsiders to gain entry into your house.
And even better material to use is metal, such as iron. Metal doors can only be broken from the outside through extreme measures. And you are quite likely to notice anything more heavy duty like a torch or drill. It’s far more likely someone would give up trying to break a metal door and simply go after the lock instead.
Locking mechanisms on doors are usually made of a metal like iron, though sometimes other metals like brass can be used. The tools to make doors typically consist of general carpentry tools.
Qualifications to Install Doors:
The qualifications to professionally install wood doors will be in the carpentry field. There are many accreditations that you can check, such as being part of a guild, to make sure the person installing your door knows what they are doing.
Many hardware stores will have trained technicians. There are also college degrees available, as well as vocational school certificates in carpentry and other building related fields.
Not only can windows completely change the style of your house, but they can also save you up to 30 percent on your energy bill. When the time has come, the following must be taken into consideration: fire codes – usually insist you have at least one window in every bedroom; privacy – steer clear of placing windows where curious neighbors can peek in; building codes – size and placement of windows may be jeopardized, but also ensure the height of the window corresponds with the room; for example, kitchen windows should be roughly around 3.5 feet up to compensate for cabinets and counters, whereas dining room picture windows should be 2.5 feet off the ground; purchase – environment may have a large impact on the style of window you choose; for example, harsh seasons may encourage you to buy double or even triple-glazed windows, which are both cost and energy efficient in the long run yet are more expensive than single-paned windows. Call us, your local San Diego Window Installation Contractor!
Framing and Insulation
Correct and efficient framing is essential to prevent thermal breaks and secure the window. There are several framing materials that can be used depending on where you rank them on your list of priorities. If insulation is at the top, go for wood, but be sure to coat on a layer of paint to protect it from extreme weather. If low maintenance is the priority, aluminum is the way to go. Others such as fiberglass or steel can also be considered as well. Secure the window with exterior grade caulk to prevent drafts between the siding and trim. Stuff insulation into the gaps between the opening and frame and make sure there are no gaps left behind to further prevent drafts and save on energy costs. When completed, use insulation tape to secure on the outside.
Rotting, mold or extreme drafts would call for a complete window replacement. Otherwise, a scratch on the glass, windows that refuse to open or a broken window can be repaired. A scratch on the window can usually be repaired with a glass kit. If the window won’t budge, it is most likely painted shut. In this instance, run a knife in between the window and frame and lightly hammer to crack the paint; do this on both sides. If the window is still stuck, resort to a pry bar, but be gentle. If a broken window is all that is at stake, some linseed oil, putty and a new window are needed. Begin by removing the excess glass and putty with protective gloves and a putty knife. Coat the inside frame with linseed oil and roll out the putty to outline the entire window. Carefully put the window into place and snap metal tabs or glazier points into place. Align the window again with putty and clear off excess with a razor blade. Let it dry for a few days before painting.