Steel Doors Frequently Asked Questions

Are steel doors good for houses?

Yes. Residential steel doors are easy to install and can be made in a variety of sizes to fit your architectural needs. Additionally, they are more weatherproof, have a good fire rating, and provide extra security compared to wooden, fiberglass, or aluminum doors. Steel doors only require occasional paint touch-ups, reducing the cost of maintenance. In contrast, wooden doors require a fair share of maintenance.

Where is Rhino Steel Doors located?

Rhino Steel Doors' office is in San Ysidro, California. Visitors are accepted by appointment only; phone and online inquiries are welcome. You can send checks, color samples, or specific locks you want to use on your custom-made residential steel door.

Does Rhino Steel Doors have a showroom?

While we do not have a traditional showroom, Rhino Steel Doors has door samples in the California office, where you can see full-size residential steel doors and experience the structural design, door hardware, and all aspects of the doors. Visitors are accepted by appointment only; phone and online inquiries are welcome.

What gauge of steel is used in Rhino Steel Doors?

Rhino’s standard structural design for fabricating doors primarily includes 14-gauge steel frames filled with insulation foam for exterior units. This structure controls heat flow, helps prevent condensation, and reduces noise from the outside. Depending on the design, the door may also incorporate 16 and 18-gauge steel in certain parts, internally adding structure to the body of the door. Compared with typical doors, when people see and use Rhino Steel Doors, they get that solid, strong, and uniquely built feel.

Where Rhino Steel Doors are made?

Each door is handcrafted by artisans in our Rhino Steel Doors’ 6,000 sq ft production facility in North America, located just 25 minutes from Rhino's California office, in Tijuana, Mexico. Experience the journey of transformation from raw materials to architectural masterpieces. If you want to learn more about the process, you can contact us to make an appointment to visit Rhino Steel Doors' production facilities.

Is there a warranty on the door?

Steel doors can last 30–100 years. Despite steel lasting longer than wood, aluminum, or fiberglass doors, Rhino warranties the structural steel for only one year. Steel weathers like any other material, and paint touch-ups are required for future maintenance. Body filler, primer, and automotive paint are applied to protect the steel. If this is not sufficient for you or your client's needs, Rhino offers a zinc coating option to help extend the life of the steel. For an even higher level of upscale standard, Rhino offers a stainless steel option.

Steel doors rust?

Short answer, yes, steel will age as any other material for doors. Many of our clients live near the coast here in California, and most of them order doors with a standard finish. Rhino Steel Doors are treated with bondo (body filler), primer, and automotive paint, their resistance to rust is significantly enhanced. These materials are designed to protect against corrosion and harsh environmental conditions, similar to those faced by vehicles exposed to the outdoors.

Bondo: Fills and seals imperfections in the metal, providing a smooth surface for the primer and paint.

Primer: It's crucial as it acts as a base layer that improves paint adhesion and provides extra protection against rust.

Automotive Paint: Formulated to withstand external elements such as moisture, UV rays, and temperature fluctuations, which are essential for preventing rust.

In summary, while these doors are well-protected, it's always good practice to maintain and inspect them regularly to ensure their longevity and resistance to rust. For more demanding customers, Rhino has the stainless steel option available.

What are the options if my concern is rust?

If the bondo, primer, and automotive paint that are applied to protect the steel, is not enough for you or your client, Rhino offers a zinc coating option to extend the life of the steel. But if you want to go to the next level, Rhino has the stainless steel option available.

Is it single-pane or double-pane glass?

The Rhino standard for exterior doors is insulated (dual pane) tempered glass. If required Rhino also offers impact-resistant laminated glass which gives climate improvement plus more security and noise reduction, than standard dual pane glass. Rhino offers single pane only for interior doors, but can be on the exterior doors if you request it.

What happens if the glass gets broken?

Despite Broken glass being uncommon. Rhino doors come with a screwed glass holder on the interior part of the door if the glass needs to be replaced. A local glass shop would be able to replace the glass of the door; Basically, he first needs to remove the glass holder frame in the interior part of the door by unbolting the screws covered by the plugs, and then removing the glass. Remember, this needs to be made by a glass professional.

What are the options to reduce price and lead times?

If you are a general contractor, and you are in a rush in a new home build project, this option is for you. Rhino can provide you with just the steel door in paint primer, with no glass but PDF templates for the glass sizes. You can source the glass from a local provider. The advantages of ordering in primer and without glass are that you save on the price of manufacturing of the door, you can ask your carpenter to spray paint the doors the color you want, the lead time is reduced by 3-5 weeks, and also you save on shipping because it weight less.

If you have any questions about the process for submitting your order, or if you would like to schedule a call to discuss further, please do not hesitate to Contact us.

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