Doors are a part of our homes and public buildings that are easy to take for granted. They aren’t particularly interesting and their basic functioning is simple — push or pull open and close and lock on occasion. However, the doors of your business or property are more than just something that keeps the hot Houston temperatures at bay and can keep local miscreants out of your business. They serve many more purposes than just that.
Today, on the Commercial Door Service blog, we are going to discuss just what our doors do for our businesses in the Houston area, and when it is time to repair or replace them. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about doors and visit our website to learn more about the commercial door repair and installation services that we can provide your business in Houston.
Everything You Need to Know About Your Doors
As a business or property owner, you have a lot of responsibilities on your plate. There is a lot that you have to attend to and are responsible for — as the cliche states, you have a lot of balls in the air that you have to juggle. So, why should you be concerned with the doors of your business?
Though at first unapparent, your doors do a lot for you and could even be affecting your business’s bottom-line. How so?
- The type of doors you have can affect how much you are paying in insurance each month.
- The type of doors and the condition they are in says a lot about your business or property.
- If your doors don’t function properly it may deter prospective customers, clients, or tenants.
What is a Commercial Door & What Can It Offer Me?
“Commercial doors” refers to a large category of doors: from glass doors that are manually opened, automatic doors, metal doors, and even some wood doors, there are many types of doors used for public, industrial, and commercial spaces.
Types of Commercial Doors
Though there are many types of commercial doors, many will fit into one of these categories below:
Automatically Locking Security Doors
- These are the simplest type of door
- Used as gateways into your business and between various quadrants of your business
- Can lock on both sides or locked one-way
Powered Security Doors
- Are powered — opening automatically or manually when someone operates it
- The opening mechanism must approve the opening of the door before it will operate
- Use sophisticated locking mechanisms such that can be controlled remotely
Steel Security Doors
- Heavy, bulky, manufactured from steel
- Main purpose is to impose security and be immune to most brute-force
- Particularly useful for areas of high-security
Keypad Security Doors
- Offer more sophisticated locking systems utilizing electronic keypad or key-card systems
- More difficult to force open
- Allow you to easily control who comes and goes from your property when you change the keypad code or disable key-card access
- Designed for safety and security — emergency situations
- Seals in case of a fire
- Effective for keeping outsiders from accessing the area
- Works seamlessly and provides what you need in case of a fire that other types of doors simply can’t provide
One-Way Security Doors
- Allow employees or customers to exit without the need to get back in the building
- Offer dependable security
Why Should I Know What Kind of Door I Have or Need?
Knowing the type of door that you currently have can offer you a lot of information such as:
- The benefits that door can provide
- If it is truly serving your security and safety needs
- If it needs repair or replacement
- How it could be helping or hampering your business
Reasons to Replace Your Door
If your door isn’t functioning properly, it may just need some TLC to get it working like it used to again. However, sometimes it’s time to retire at your door and replace it with a new one.
It’s Worn Out, Broken Beyond Repair, Or Too Expensive to Repair
Doors are rated for a specific number of uses or volume of usage. As a result, eventually, your door will simply need to be replaced as it has served for the entirety of its life. However, certain conditions can send your door to the grave early: such as heat which can easily warp the door making it difficult to open or close — and even lock securely. Blunt force, accidents, chemical spillage, water damage, and other conditions can cause damage to your door beyond repair.
Increase Security & Safety to Cut Insurance Costs
In other instances, you may want to replace your door so you can decrease your monthly costs on building insurance. Installing fire doors, panic bars, and upgrading your security measures can help to lower your insurance premiums because the risk for damages and other costs is decreased. Look into other means to up the safety and security of your building to enjoy the greatest savings. Also, be sure to invest in professional commercial door installation to make sure your door is functioning to its fullest capacity.
Fire Doors & Why They Are Important
Fire doors are essential for keeping your building and those who frequent it safe. A fire door is easy to identify as it is usually labeled as a fire door. However, other identifying factors include:
- A special seal — an intumescent seal — that expands and seals the door when its surroundings reach a certain temperature due to fire and smoke
- Thick glass measuring at least ¼ inch thick — however, not all fire doors have glass
- Close automatically and stay closed unless there is an obstruction in the way
Other important factors to note include:
- Fire doors are required by law — if you aren’t sure if you are meeting the lawful requirements, contact us!
- Various types of fire doors are rated to resist fire for different lengths of time
- Prevent heat transfer and make exiting in the case of an emergency safer
- Should be inspected annually to ensure functionality
Panic Bars & Why You Need Them
Panic bars are also essential for increasing the safety of your building. These mechanisms are usually installed on most modern commercial doors. However, there may be certain types of older doors that don’t have them. Panic bars were created to enhance the safety of public buildings allowing for faster means of existing and less possibilities for trampling. If your building lacks panic bars, it’s a good idea to have them installed as soon as possible. This may even contribute to decreasing your insurance premiums due to increased safety measures.
Your Door Is Sending the Wrong Message
Your door can say a lot about your business. For example, a metal security door indicates that a space isn’t for public access, whereas a glass door can communicate a front entrance. Even more so, the style of your glass door can say a lot about the type of services that you provide as well as your desired clientele. Make sure you are sending the right message with the right type of door.
Reasons to Repair Your Door & Common Damage
Nothing lasts forever and neither do the doors on our buildings. Commercial doors are made to take quite a beating from use, abuse, and outdoor elements. Common damage to commercial doors include:
If your door is difficult to open or close, it could be due to warping. Heat and exposure to weather extremes can but a lot of wear-and-tear on our doors. Often you will experience warpage of your doors during the hottest Houston summer days. Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of ways to repair a warped door other than to replace it with a warp-resistant door.
Traffic & Usage
The amount of traffic that your door experiences will also put wear-and tear on it. All parts of the door will be affected by the amount of traffic. In some cases, investing in regular maintenance can prolong the life of the door. However, sometimes replacement is inevitable. When considering commercial door repair or replacement, it is important to think about the traffic rating of your door:
- High traffic doors will be used 400-5,000 times a day and 1,500,000 times a year
- Low traffic doors will be used 25 times a day and 9,000 times a year
Failure to Close
When your door fails to close, it is time to invest in commercial door repair. In some cases, failure to close is due to warpage, while it could be a result of being worn out or because of faulty parts such:
- Weather striping
- And others
Many commercial doors are exposed to damaging elements such as water, heat, and other weather elements. Corrosion and rust can weaken your door and cause your security and safety to be compromised. Surface corrosion can often be cleaned and repaired. However, if rust remains after cleaning, the damage may require extensive repairs or replacement.
A bent door frame or jam that is no longer plumb will require fixing for your doors to function properly. Alignment issues will impact the functioning of your door and, after some time, damage the door itself.
A door that is old and outdated may be able to be salvaged by simply replacing various worn out parts. Additionally, an outdated door can be updated to match current building code requirements and increase safety and security. However, in some cases, it may be more cost effective to replace the door.
Common Commercial Door Repairs
Commercial doors are built to withstand the use and abuse that they are subjected to on a daily basis. Though replacement can often solve the issues you may be facing with your door. In many cases, applying some repairs to the door can give you many more years of use. Common fixes for commercial doors include:
Certain parts of your door may be under more strain than others and wear out faster than the entire door itself. For example, a spring may be faulty or the door handle bent beyond what could be fixed. When you repair your door instead of replacing it, you can often save hundreds of dollars — don’t throw out your entire door because one part is broken or faulty.
Door and Frame Alignment
Adjusting your door or frame alignment can make a big difference in the performance of your door. If one part is off, it could be making your door difficult to open or close and could damage the entire door, door jam, and other parts of your building. Schedule an alignment maintenance appointment now!
Sometimes there may be a sealing issue with your door. You can tell that it isn’t sealing properly when:
- You feel a draft
- Your energy bills are increasing
- You hear a whistling noise when there is a breeze
Replacing the seals of your door is a straightforward, easy process and can save you money not only by protecting your door, but also by decreasing your heating or cooling bill.
Need Commercial Door Repair or Replacement?
Do you need commercial door repair or commercial door installation? Then call us — Commercial Door Service of Houston! We offer the services you need to keep your business safe, secure, and successful. We even provide emergency door repair services. Visit our website to learn more about our services and to make a service appointment.