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Doors with access controls are supposed to make businesses more secure, but this isn’t always the case. In theory, these doors are designed to ensure only those with a code or card can get in. However, hacking such systems is often as easy as picking up a dropped ID card or watching an employee enter a code on the keypad. Knowing your system’s vulnerabilities is the first step to making it more secure. Here are three ways your system can be hacked:

Crimes Of Opportunity

Sometimes hacking a system is a matter of patience. A visitor can steal a card from a desk, and someone who wants to gain access to a building can slip in behind an authorized employee. People who want access to your business, or just the information within, are willing to bide their time and wait for that moment of vulnerability. Business owners can reduce the chance of these security breaches by upgrading systems or training employees on best practices, such as staying vigilant about letting others in behind them.

Interfering With The Physical System

Electronic security systems are better than a plain lock and key, but they also have a glaring vulnerability: they depend on power. Security cameras can be rendered useless with a snip of a wire. To guard against this, business owners can set systems to run with backup generators, but this is an extra expense and still leaves a few moments between the power shutting off and the backup generator coming online that hackers can exploit.

Remotely Hacking Into The Business’ Network

Businesses that deal with financial or personal information are potential targets for hackers who want to gain access to and sell or exploit data. Potential hackers can discover plenty about getting into Wi-Fi systems or secured servers by doing a quick search on the web, some of which provide step-by-step instructions on how to crack digital systems.

Hackers are always discovering new ways to gain access to buildings or networks, businesses should also have a plan in place to respond to a breach quickly.

For more information how to protect your business please contact us. As a family owned and operated business since 1937, Vortex is committed to providing you with a fast and thorough response to your needs. Vortex offers entrance door repairs, warehouse door installations, fire door installations, ADA compliance inspections and low-cost preventive maintenance inspections. For more information, contact Vortex Doors online or call 800-698-6783.

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Cold weather can wreak havoc on exterior doors. The cold temperatures cause metal door components to contract, which can alter the way the door opens and closes or locks. Without proper door insulation, businesses can experience heat loss, resulting in increased energy costs. Here are some ways to prepare for unpredictable winter weather to ensure a business entrance remains secure:

Before The Storm

Door installers or maintenance specialists should check screws, hinges, and springs to ensure they are not loose.

Weather stripping should be tested to ensure the door remains properly insulated. Weather stripping can crack and warp from repeated exposure to cold weather.

A professional door technician can repair or replace existing weather stripping before a storm hits. They may also apply caulking to seal door frames to preserve the energy efficiency of the business.

Rolling or sliding doors depend on adequate lubrication for proper operation. Cold temperatures can dry out the lubrication, increasing friction during operation.

Some areas encounter excess rain in the winter, and entrances should be watertight to prevent interior flooding and water damage. Moisture can cause swelling of the door frame, which can cause the door to scrape as it opens and shuts.

After The Storm

Ensure pathways and driveways leading to entrances are clear of snow and that salt/sand is applied to the pavement to improve traction for customers and business owners.

Cold weather may be harsh, but taking preventative measures goes a long way toward preserving the security of a business entrance. Checking door hardware, insulation and seals helps prolong the life of the door and maintain its proper operation even in the face of unpredictable winter weather.

For more information on how to keep your property safe, please contact us. As a family owned and operated business since 1937, Vortex is committed to providing you with a fast and thorough response to your needs. Vortex offers entrance door repairs, warehouse door installations, fire door installations, ADA compliance inspections and low-cost preventive maintenance inspections. For more information, contact Vortex Doors online or call 800-698-6783.

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All businesses, no matter the industry, are vulnerable to break-ins from intruders. Having a way to secure various building entrances keeps employees, inventory and other valuables safe from theft or harm. Here’s an overview on the most common types of locks and ways business owners can upgrade their existing security to a higher level of protection:

Types Of Locks

Traditional lock-and-key doors are inexpensive and easy to install, but they provide minimal security. Lockpickers and intruders can easily use small tools or brute force to break open a door, which puts businesses and employees at risk.

A step above these traditional barriers are electronic locks. Keypad controls, card readers, automatic timed locks and remote transmitters are a few examples of electronic locks that provide an extra level of security for a business. Most electronic locks fall under two categories:

• Fail-safe: the door automatically unlocks during power failures, allowing those inside to exit safely if necessary
• Fail-secure: the door automatically locks during power failures, which means people can’t enter or exit the building for added security

Entrances that have different types of electrical locks keep your business more secure. Any attempted forced entry requires a rewiring of the system, and this is too time consuming for most intruders.

Implementing Increased Door Security

Digital locks let business owners implement higher levels of security, keeping out both criminals and pedestrians. Card readers let employers limit building access to those who have been issued a card; because cards can be stolen or misplaced, a keypad entrance might be preferred.

Boosting Entrance Security With Lights & Cameras

Installing motion-detector lights can help increase visibility at entrance areas, perhaps deterring a potential intruder. Brightly lit entrances certainly don’t invite criminals to hang around trying to bypass challenging locks.
Security cameras can record footage of entrances and automatically store it on a hard drive. Business owners can later review and evaluate the footage or use it for investigation purposes should intruders get past door locks.

Having a multi-faceted security system helps keep commercial buildings safer. It ensures employees are safe and it keeps valuable items secure when the building is unoccupied.

For more information on different types of door locks please contact us. As a family owned and operated business since 1937, Vortex is committed to providing you with a fast and thorough response to your needs. Vortex offers entrance door repairs, warehouse door installations, fire door installations, ADA compliance inspections and low-cost preventive maintenance inspections. For more information, contact Vortex Doors online or call 800-698-6783.

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DIY Door Repairs

Many DIY tasks seem easy at first but quickly become more involved. Door repair is one area that is more complicated than it seems. Businesses should always call a professional for door repair to keep their doors safe, secure, and efficient.

Your Doors Protect The Integrity Of Your Business

Locks are small mechanisms that have huge impacts on the safety and security of your business. In order for a lock to function properly, it is crucial that the door is aligned perfectly with the doorframe. A door that is misaligned by only a few millimeters can render a locking mechanism useless, leaving your company’s assets at risk.

Commercial doors, such as roll-up doors and automatic doors, often have moving parts and mechanisms needed to function. Someone inexperienced with these components could accidentally damage them, which could cause your doors to stop working altogether.

Improperly Repaired Doors Have A Huge Impact On Energy Efficiency

Heating and cooling a business are costly tasks as it is. If your doors are installed or repaired poorly, that can increase your utility costs even further. Gaps between the door and the frame can allow air to pass through, which can affect the temperature in your building. This means your heating and cooling systems have to work harder and expend more energy to keep it comfortable.

DIY Projects Expose Employees To Injury

Even simple DIY projects can land a person in the emergency room, and commercial door repairs are no exception. Having an employee attempt to fix a door without training and the right tools can lead to serious injuries, especially when it comes to doors with moving parts and electrical components. Professionals are more experienced with the tools needed to repair a door, and they’ll also be insured by their employer. Keep your own employees from missing work and having to file workers’ compensation claims by deferring repairs to the professionals.

While the cost of professional assistance may seem high, hiring a professional can save your business money in the long run. An improperly repaired door can add to your energy costs and result in break-ins, injuries, and other security issues.

When you are ready to work with an authorized door repair company who specializes in commercial doors and can service multiple locations, contact Vortex Doors. Vortex has been family-owned since 1937 and prides themselves in having fast, friendly service, with experienced technicians that have been trained at a proprietary state-of-the art training center. For more information on authorized door repair, contact Vortex Doors online or call 800-698-6783.

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Winter conditions can cause a number of problems for a business’s exterior doors. The doors can become hard to close, or they can start to make noise. Here are three common problems commercial doors experience during the winter and how they can be fixed.

Loose Hinge Screws

Snow and ice can build up on the door and frame. This buildup can put pressure on the hinges when the door closes and can force the screws to come loose.

Torn Weather Stripping

Weather stripping, typically made out of rubber, can dry out and crack as it ages and in the winter time. These tears can result in cold air leaking indoors and cause issues with your building’s energy usage. In some situations, the weather stripping at the bottom of the door can freeze to the metal plate beneath it, known as the sill. When someone opens the door, the weather stripping will tear off completely.

Dried Out Lubrication

In the winter the oil lubricating your door hinges can dry out which will cause the door to squeak, potentially distracting employees and causing disruptions. In order to stop the squeaking, coat the door pins and hinges with silicone or graphite.

If your business has a rolling or sliding door, the lubrication on the tracks can also dry out or become unevenly distributed, which can cause the door to stop functioning. Applying lubricant to the tracks and pulleys can help fix the problem, but for commercial doors, calling a professional door technician is more effective.

In the winter, you want your doors to work properly and to create an airtight seal. If your doors are in disrepair, it can cause your utility bills to rise, and it can slow down your business’s operations. To prevent these problems, make sure to have your doors maintained throughout the year and have them repaired quickly when these issues arise.

If you need more information on how to fix your doors, Vortex Doors is here to help. As a family owned and operated business since 1937, Vortex is committed to providing you with a fast and thorough response to your needs. Vortex offers entrance door repairs, warehouse door installations, fire door installations, ADA compliance inspections and low-cost preventive maintenance inspections. For more information, contact Vortex Doors online or call 800-698-6783.

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