"What is a commercial door?"

Welcome back to the Commercial Door Service blog! We hope that you have fully recovered from the holidays and are enjoying the normalcy that is so sweet after the busy holiday season. With that in mind, how are your doors holding up for you? If your doors are jammed, won’t function like they used to or have become an eyesore, it’s time to invest in commercial door repair or installation.

Commercial Door Service provides repair and installation services to businesses and other commercial enterprises in the Houston area. We can not only get your most stubborn doors working again, but also help you know when to say goodbye to your current ones. Visit our website to learn more about the services we can provide and stay tuned for our blog about the types of commercial doors available.

6 Types of Commercial Doors

Commercial doors can be categorized in many ways. They can be classified by their construction, the amount of use they recieve, and other attributes. However, today, we will be discussing commercial doors by their materials.


Wood commercial doors can provide a rich look and can be a perfect addition for indoor applications. However, they don’t always provide the durability of metal doors. They often will break down when exposed to moisture and other outdoor elements. Usually, wood doors are made from:

  • Particle board
  • Solid wood lumber
  • Pressed perlite or vermiculite


Steel doors are in most cases hollow and their construction will include a sheet of steel wrapped around an inner material — often times being a resinous honeycombed core, foam insulation, and stiffeners. Steel doors are standard for most commercial door applications because they provide these advantages:

  • Heavy-duty reliability
  • Long-lasting
  • Cost-effective

Steel doors are the best choice for heavy, utility applications.


Aluminum doors can usually be found at the entrance of many commercial buildings and are an excellent choice when you need a clean, sleek door that can also provide some natural sunlight. They also tend to be low maintenance and do not require the special treatment that wood doors and other metal doors may need like staining and painting. The one drawback from these doors is that they are only fire-rated for an hour — some building codes require a better rating.


Fiberglass doors are one of the most low maintenance options for those also looking for long-lasting durability. Many choose these doors to:

  • Lower replacement and maintenance costs
  • Provide reliable, long-term wear

Fiberglass doors are often chosen by schools and other places that receive high traffic as they can withstand repeated use and abuse.


Glass doors, as would be assumed, provide the most natural light and so, can help your store and commercial space seem more open. These types of doors are often used by brick and mortar stores because they allow their products to be readily seen by passersby. Other aspects of glass doors to keep in mind include:

  • Not usually fire-rated
  • Are made from safety glass
  • Can be constructed with or without a frame
  • Usually, hung on pivots


Overhead doors are usually made from metal such as steel and are generally reserved for more places such as loading docks and can be 8-10 feet wide. These doors are installed for the purpose of easy transportation of large items and can be made to be any height. Unlike the other doors discussed previously, these doors are made to coil up vertically to the ceiling much like garage doors. They are often operated manually or automatically.

What Kind of Door Do I Need?

After learning about the advantages and disadvantages of each commercial door, you may be unsure which kind is right for you. Oftentimes, the best way to determine the best type of door for your establishment is through considering these few factors:


Depending on where your door will need to be installed will determine, the kind of door you need. As we mentioned with fiberglass doors — these are best used in high traffic areas when you need durability. Additionally, wood doors are best for indoor applications when you also have to take the look of the door into consideration.

Durability needs

Some doors can withstand more wear and tear than others. It is important to consider how much traffic will frequent through your door as well as the type of traffic (Who will be going through and how much wear-and-tear will they put on your door?). In some instances, use will be more important and in others, aesthetics will be.

Indoors or outdoors

In some cases, depending on the type of door, it won’t matter whether it is inside or outside. However, wood doors and some metal doors do not withstand the elements of being outside. It is also important to think about not just if your doors will be indoors or outdoors, but if they will be exposed to similar elements. Buildings with elements that include high heat, humidity will need doors that can withstand that wear and tear.

Look and aesthetics

Also, the look of your door will also play into the type of door you choose. Retail buildings such as malls, boutiques, grocery stores, and other similar buildings require glass doors. These type of buildings need to maintain an image and will attract more customers with the proper doors. However, in some cases, such as a factory, workshop, and other similar buildings in Houston, the look of the door is less of a consideration; use is the only factor.  

We hope you enjoyed learning a little bit more about commercial doors and we hope that you will call Commercial Door Service for all of your commercial door repair and installation needs. Visit our website to learn more about what we can offer you!