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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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Insulated doors are ideal for climate control because they reduce air leakage, or heat flow. This is especially important in facilities where equipment or products can be compromised by extreme temperatures.

Some of the common features of insulated doors include foam-filled urethane slats designed with a steel backing. These doors are also commonly manufactured with guided weather stripping and a hood baffle to prevent the movement of air. Each insulated door has a U-factor, which is a measure of heat loss. The lower the U-factor, the less heat is lost. A quality insulated door will have an extremely low U-factor of 0.185.

A few of the best doors for climate control include the following:

1. Advanced Performance Overhead Doors

Advanced Performance overhead doors provide top-of-the-line performance and meet stringent climate requirements.

2. Sectional Steel Doors

Sectional steel doors are also a great option for climate control in commercial environments. Their functionality is not as specialized as the advanced sectional doors, but they do assist business owners with addressing climate control issues. They are available based on the climate needs of operational facilities.

3. Rolling Steel Doors

Rolling steel doors are available in stainless steel, interlocking steel, and aluminum curtains. They are designed to comply with strict energy compliance codes and are known for significantly decreasing air infiltration by as much as 95 percent. They also offer thermal resistance, are energy efficient, and reduce air leakage.

4. Energy Efficiency

Not only do insulated doors assist with climate control, but they also enhance energy efficiency at commercial facilities. Doors vary in their energy efficiency, but one strong indicator is the R-value. The R-value measures the thermal resistance for the insulation material. Like the U-factor, it acts as an indicator of how quickly a facility will lose heat. The higher the value, the more slowly heat will be lost.

Insulated doors typically have an R-value between R-3 and R-6. The R-6 models provide the greatest insulation. When the insulating material resists heat flow, the facility maintains its internal temperature and reduces the need for central heating. This results in lower heating costs and a greener workplace.

5. Insulated Doors Are Always a Good Investment

Insulated doors can improve your commercial operations by ensuring a more comfortable indoor climate, protecting your assets, and preserving the environment. Be sure to invest in the type of door with an appropriate U-factor and R-value for your needs.

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 these authorized door repair, contact Vortex Doors online or call 800-698-6783.

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usAs a business owner or manager with multiple locations to keep track of, it can be a true time, money and labor saver to find a company that can help do some of this work for you. This means if you have multiple locations that need door services, a self-performing door company with locations across the nation will be a great asset to your company. To get a better idea of the advantages of using one door company to help you with multiple locations, keep reading.

Full-Service

Along with choosing a door company that is close to the business locations you manage, you will want to get a full-service company so you do not need to learn how to maintain and fix each door in the property. Look for a company that knows how to replace entrance doors, warehouse doors, fire doors, as well as one that has ADA compliance inspections, and preventative maintenance options.

Maintenance Programs

In order to stay up to code, you will need a door service that knows what to look for during regularly scheduled maintenance or inspection sessions. While many business owners assume they will only need to call and have a broken door fixed, if you keep it well maintained, you will have less problems and less potential injuries. You will also want to work with a company that has a credentialed door technician who is familiar with city codes for every type of door on your property.

Save Money

Going direct to a self-performing door repair company with multiple locations saves you time, and more importantly, money. You get more personal service from a self-performing company who can be flexible with your needs and expectations. When you find a reputable door company with many locations, you can save money by avoiding additional fees and mark-ups passed on by a third party vendor. Finding the right door company will make handling door issues easy, efficient, and inexpensive in the long run.

Professional Assistance

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 these authorized door repair, contact Vortex Doors online or call 800-698-6783.

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lowenergy1You work hard to make sure your property is ADA compliant, and finding out that your current equipment is not up to code can be a shock to many business owners. However, working with an ADA compliant company can make all the difference so that you are familiar with the types of ADA equipment you need. When it comes to making a decision about installing a low-energy power assist/handicap operator door, get professional assistance so that you can understand the laws and which types of equipment fit your needs and budget.

What is a low energy door and why does my business need one?

Businesses that are required to be ADA compliant will need to upgrade their entrance or exit doors in order to be easily accessible to people living with certain types of disabilities. Although the name seems to imply that it is about energy-efficiency, low-energy doors mean that they do not take much effort to open. This is ideal for anyone that is not able to push or pull a door open.

lowenergy2Reasons the new style of door is needed

In the past, there was a problem with the low-energy power doors becoming dangerous during weather with high winds. There was also another problem related to building air pressure that affected the previous model of the low-energy doors. And some businesses did not have the width of 36” to allow for wheelchair access. Thankfully, the newer model helps control the door without the operator needing to be aggressive with the push or pull.


Security

Low-energy operators also ensure a door closes fully for security if you have electronic locks on the door. Standard manual closers set at 5 pounds often don’t close the door all the way causing inefficiencies to your HVAC system and potential security breaches if the door needs to close and latch after
each entry and exit.

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When you are ready to work with an authorized door repair company who specializes in commercial doors and knows about ADA compliant doors, 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 these authorized door repair, contact Vortex Doors online or call 800-698-6783.

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