3332 Atlanta Highway
Montgomery, Alabama 36109
800-359-7557 | 334-277-7910
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Glass Artisan Tabitha is in the process of soldering a Custom Bathroom Stained Glass Window. This intricate design consists of over 100 individually cut pieces of Stained Glass that have been cut to our hand drawn pattern. The edges have been wrapped with a copper foil and then she runs a bead of solder on the copper foil to join the pieces of glass together. A window with this much detail takes days to build.
History of Doors By Decora
Doors By Decora is the culmination of three generations of Master Craftsmen whose attention to design, detail and quality have resulted in Decora Doors being proudly used by Home Owners and recommended by Architects, Interior Designers and Builders throughout the United States.
Decora Doors was founded in 1968 by John Smith, a woodworker from New Jersey. John relocated to Alabama and continued to build custom doors in the barn behind his home. In 1990 Charles Jones, who owned and operated a successful stained glass business recognized the market for a Quality Wood Door with Leaded Beveled Glass and started Doors By Decora. Doors By Decora opened a showroom in Montgomery Alabama and took over the design and marketing of all Decora Doors. After the death of John Smith, Charles bought Decora Door from the Smith family and merged it into Decora Door, Inc. dba Doors By Decora. The Jones family still owns and operates Doors By Decora.
Our Manufacturing Facility and Showroom are located in Montgomery, Alabama. We have many customers that fly or drive in to visit our showroom. We sell direct to customers in our marketing area and in areas where we do not have dealers. You will find our staff very friendly and knowledgeable about our products and they can help you with measurements and other technical questions.
Today Doors By Decora is in the business of designing and building custom interior and exterior wood entry doors. We have our own Glass Studio where we design and build custom Leaded, Beveled, Textured, and Stained Glass to go in doors, bathroom windows, and churches. We can provide our glass insulated, tempered, and with impact resistant hurricane glass. You can order your door with a jamb. We can size (Pre-Hang) it to the jamb, cut for and provide hinges and hardware. Your door system can be ordered unfinished, primed or stained and finished. We are also distributors for most of the major brands of hardware and you will find our prices competitive. We crate and ship our doors all over the United States and to many foreign countries. We are truly a "One Stop Door Shop".
Doors by Decora is proud of being a family owned business where every job we receive is personal and every step in the process shows how much we care. That's why our end products exhibit elegance, quality and dedication to serving our customers. We maintain over forty standard styles of doors to suit virtually every need. Many of the doors you see on the internet today are copies of original designs that Charles did to go on a custom home. Charles says that creating a new and exciting design, building the door and the glass and seeing the finished product installed on a home is his biggest motivation. Every door is custom built to your order and our excitement about doing something new invites the challenge of custom designs.
In our door plant Johnny is seen fitting the stiles and rails of a sidelite into a panel rack where it will be pressed together and sit for 24 Hours for the glue to dry before going to the sanding room.
Decora Doors are handcrafted from the finest quality kiln dried hardwoods available. Choices include Mahogany, Knotty Alder, Cypress, Northern Red Oak, Ash, Maple, Antique Heart Pine, or other requested hardwoods. Paint grade doors are also made of hardwood such as Poplar , rather than pine or fir for lasting durability. Warping and splitting are virtually eliminated by selecting each piece of wood for proper grain and insuring the moisture content of the wood is maintained between 6% and 8%.
We skillfully blended beauty and durability in developing our "Continuous Oval Section". This continuous section is an oval frame made from six individual pieces of wood and matching them into an oval. Because of this method, weak points that often cause splits at the top and bottom of ovals in other doors are eliminated in ours. Construction of this type is only done by hand and results in having as many as eighty-eight pieces of wood in one Decora Oval Door.
We take pride in the fact that through the years our innovations have successfully redefined the standards of quality doors.
Doors By Decora builds all of its stile and rail doors using cope and stick joinery. The use of 3/4" X 4 3/4" fluted hardwood dowels allow our exterior water proof glue to flow the entire length of each dowel. This type of joinery takes considerably more time but provides the strongest possible joints. All door components are solid hardwood. There are no cores or veneers used in a Decora door. We are able to prevent cupping of oak and similar woods by using our special laminating method of ripping, reversing the grain and edge gluing the wood. All of our standard style doors have raised molding on both sides. Other molding options are available such as fluted, ledge, dental, rosettes, keystones, and column tops. Our door styles are available open for glass, with glass, or solid wood. Options are also available to accommodate insulated glass or impact glass. Another new innovation from Decora is our "stain seep". This curved edge on both our fixed and removable stop allows stain to seep behind this stop and eliminates raw wood showing when raised panels expand and contract.
Tony and Chris are our 2 lead installers. Tony (green shirt) is winding up the installation of a large Front Entrance Door by putting on the radius casing.
Builders, Architects, Designers, and Home Owners like our ability to do the "complete job". We build jambs, sidelites, and transoms along with custom glass designs. We can pre-hang the door, cut for and provide mortise, multi-point or cylinder type hardware. We can also stain and finish your entranceway, ship it ready to install in the wall or do the complete installation in our service area. Doors By Decora is truly a "One Stop Door Shop".
Our complete staff of glass artisans can provide beveled, stained, leaded or etched glass for your entranceway. We also custom build stained glass windows to fit, for example, bathrooms, garden tub areas or church windows.
Linda and Virginia are our 2 lead installers. Susan (purple shirt) is putting the final coat of finish on a door.
Properly finishing a door is one of the most important jobs we do. It must be done right or no matter how fine the quality of the door it won't look good or hold up. Shown above right is Susan finishing a door several years ago. She now runs our office and is in charge of quality control. We often find her back in the finish shop helping with a problem or just making sure everything measures up to her expectations.
Our Stained Glass Artisans can design, cut and build Leaded Beveled and Stained Glass to go in our doors, bathroom windows, or churches.
Glass Artisan Susan Endersby really gets on top of her work building this 8' tall transom window. Susan is in Veterinarian School at Purdue University. She has worked for us summers and when home to help pay for her education. We use a lot of college students in the glass department. We find them easy to train, conscientious and good workers. We have 2 that are now doctors, 1 veterinarian and 1 is our Attorney General.
This is Doors By Decora Style A-B Door showing the detail of our Oval Section and custom moldings that can not be had on other doors.
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We will respond promptly. Since all doors are built to order we can build to your specifications. We quote all doors individually based on your size and configuration. We can adjust size, configuration, wood species, glass design or texture, finish, and hardware to your requirements. We will be glad to price out exactly what you are interested in and price each component so you can easily add or delete items to see how they affect the total price. If you can describe it and we can draw it then we can build it.
Our order procedure is simple, once we have priced out your unit it can be ordered by a fax, E-mail or a phone call. When you place your order we will prepare a complete order approval package with detailed shop drawings and measurements for your review and approval. We will not start building anything until you sign and return this package. We have a list of approved installers for most areas. Since all of our doors are built to your specifications we require a 50% deposit and the balance is due at the time of shipment. These payments can be made by check or credit card. All orders are shipped freight collect and the freight line will collect the actual shipping charge at the time of delivery. We will be glad to answer any questions you, your builder or decorator may have -- just give us a phone call at 1-800-359-7557. It is helpful to have your quote number or order number so we can pull up your information.