Steel Entry Door Care Guide

Learn More About Your Steel Entry Door & How To Maintain It

Congratulations, you have just invested in the most attractive, enery efficient and secure steelclad Entry Door System manufactured today. In order to maximize that investment, we have developed this fact sheet for your refernce.

Finish Paint

If you purchased a factory prefinished door then your entry system has been professionally prefinished using the latest equipment. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee finish paint from use, abuse or fading. However our paint has been custom engineered for our application. The paint is a two component, catalyzed, polyurethane acrylic enamel. A special primer, hand sanding, multiple finish coats and oven drying assure you years of maintenance free service.

To clean your door use a mild household detergent or window cleaner. Use of heavy solvents or abrasives may have an adverse effect on the paint and/or color pigments.

A small bottle of touch-up paint is provided for your convenience.

Locks

New locks are often stiff and the key may seem hard to turn. This situation will remedy itself after a few weeks of operation. In the meantime do not force the lock as you can damage the lock and/or break the key in the lock.

Annual lubrication of the tumblers is recommended. WD-40 or any quality teflon based lubricant should suffice.

Hinges

If your hinges begin to squeak they may also need lubricating.

 

 

Threshold Adjustment

Aluminum:

(1) loosen Phillips head screws (2) adjust slotted screws to raise or lower riser (3) close door and check fit of riser against vinyl sweep (4) readjust to insure slight compression of sweep (5) secure Phillips head screws to lock riser in place.

Oak:

(1) adjust slotted screws to raise or lower riser (2) close door and check fit of riser against sweep (3) readjust to insure sight compression of sweep.

stsMagnetic Weatherstrip

The magnetic weatherstripping system provides you with the same air tight seal provided on most higher quality refrigerator doors. This system provides a perfect seal around the perimeter of the door to eliminate drafts and air leaks. The “TPE” compound used in the extrusion of our weatherstripping is more flexible than more commonly used vinyl, and extends the life of the weatherstripping.

Do not clean weatherstripping with abrasive solvents as it may dissolve the “TPE” compound.

The weatherstripping is secured in wood stops to assure proper location of the weatherstripping around the perimeter of the door. The wood is treated against slooting and primed. We recommend you paint these wood stops, at your earliest convenience.

Installed at the bottom of the door is a vinyl weatherstrip sweep. This sweep assures an airtight seal at the base of the system and works in conjunction with the adjustable threshold. In the eventuality that this sweep wears out it can easily be replaced without removing the door from the frame. Pry the old sweep loose with a screwdriver and insert the new sweep into the two wood graves in the bottom rail of the door.

Glass

Insulated glass is provided in all of our doors unless otherwise specified. Most of our units are 1/2″ insulated (IG) tempered safety glass. In the unlikely event of breakage we recommend you replace the glass with safety tempered glass. Most insulated glass units are approximately 3″ (on inch) larger overall than the exposed glass.

Decorative

Our high performance plant-on designs provide the highest heat distortion range in the industry. However, under extreme high heat conditions it is possible to experience some distortion of plant-on designs. Best long Term performance can be experienced if the planted door lights are painted a light color.

Due to the airtight seal of our entry system, extreme heat condition can occur between the entry door and a storm door when exposed to direct sunlight. In order to avoid this condition we recommend the screen be left the storm door year round. (Our entry system is engineered for maximum energy efficiency. In most cases a storm door will not measurably improve the energy efficiency of the system.)

Distortion of plants and/or doorlights caused by sunlight and other acts of nature is beyond the control of the seller and therefore excluded from warranty. 

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