|Why is it so hard to find a good door installer?|
Doors not only have to look good but they are a mechanical device that takes some ingenuity to work well in a less then perfectly built house.
In the beginning even learning how to take a door off a stack and carrying it has to be learned. Do it wrong and you might drag a corner of a door on another door and scratch it. Entry doors are big and weigh 100 lbs yet you have to be able to maneuver it into a house and spin and rotate to the upright position without damaging a wall , ceiling, or expensive floor.
All in all for me it was 10 years to be able to consider my self good enough to work in nice homes with high quality doors. With a lifetime of being in construction I find doors to be the most challenging but also the most rewarding. It is one phase of constructions that most always delights the homeowners and even the neighbors who have been know to pull up a lawn chair and watch us work. I have done room additions, remodeled offices, done kitchen make overs but doing a nice set of entry doors seems to get the most attention and smiles from the people who see the transformation the doors make.
We recently worked on a multi million dollar historic restoration in Claremont. Although our doors were a relatively small part of the project they got more attention then any other improvement to the historic building. The same happened with a exquisite mid century custom built home in Pasadena. The front door I designed was the talk of the open house.
Most jobs are not so grandiose. We do doors of all types; it could be putting a simple fiberglass door on the exit of a garage. We do interior doors from basic to ornate, simple wardrobe doors to ones with custom glass.
So to answer the question “why is it so hard to find a good door installer?” Good door hangers are intelligent, and since we are in your home they also have to be clean, careful, and really care about you as well as the work they are doing for you. They need to be efficient but not in a hurry, and polite. They also have to spend years training. In all it is a hard combination to find.
At D.P. Door Company we are fortunate to have installers with the right stuff. If you read our yelp reviews they rave about our installers as well as the service of our office staff (who also have decades of experience). In our showroom Terry or Shirley have been known to spend and hour or more helping answer questions and helping our potential customers pick out the right door for their home.
We have the largest showroom around and displays designed for the homes in our area. At our Rancho Cucamonga showroom we have 3 displays built for our Claremont customers who often have 10’ wide patio doors.
We developed a door with two sidelight system that one of the side panels opens giving you room to move furniture similar to a double door; we have two displays of this system but can be done with most doors we carry.
The wall thickness determine the jamb width, our jambs are custom ordered to fit properly.
When we are done we clean up, some customers say the place was cleaner then when we got there.
We try to do every thing that you would expect from a custom shop, yet we often cost less then other places. We only charge enough to stay in business and have for 35years. The price we quote in our showroom for installed doors generally includes tax, hardware, frame, threshold, weatherstrip, trim and labor. For entry doors it also usually includes stain and finish.
We don’t up our price when we get to your house ( in rare cases you could have some unusual thing we would have to charge for but after doing houses in virtually every neighborhood in the area it is rare.)
I did’t talk about windows but half of our work is replacing your old windows with dual pane windows in vinyl, fiberglass, or wood with fiberglass exterior. We are a leader in the area for not only doors by also retro fit windows.
How do you get started?
Measuring doors: You just measure the door from side to side and from top to bottom. A typical single front door is 36”; yours may be 35” and a fraction maybe 35 & about 3/4” (35-3/4”) but it starts out as 36 and we plane an bevel the edges.
Double doors in this area are often 30” each; A pair is 60” (5’). Six foot wide is the second most popular for Double entry doors.
Interior doors vary and are usually in two inch increments.
Window measuring: Windows are custom ordered to the fraction of an inch but are price to the next largest 6” increment. You can be an inch off an still get an accurate price.
The way to measure windows is similar to how you would measure for mini blinds but again just rough measure are all you need for a quote. The standard is to measure width first then height.
Feel free to call us with any questions.
Our Rancho Cucamonga store is our big showroom and our main location. I have a office in the Claremont Village with displays but it’s only open when I’m there and I wish I could be there more but I am often out in the field.
D.P. Door Company, Inc
8633 Baseline Road
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
SHOWROOM RANCHO CUCAMONGA