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Category: Gates & Grilles

ScissorGates-blogScissor gates are widely recognizable for their style when they’re used as a security gate. The steel folding gate doors are often used on storefronts and businesses for a high form of protection in public areas. They are primarily used on vulnerable areas that contain windows where the area can easily be broken into. Here are some of the benefits.

Added Security

Scissor gates are used on storefronts to protect the exterior and interior property from damage or theft after hours. The size and strength of scissor gates make them a viable option to protecting certain properties when the building is unoccupied. The gates are often locked with just a standard pad lock for a high level of security and safety from intruders. The steel frame makes them durable and cannot easily be tampered with for those who are trying to break in.

Style and Design

The typical style of scissor gates features an all-black color that is uniform to most buildings or storefronts for a professional look. Business owners who want a different design can also have the gate powder coated with a specific color so that it complements the surrounding environment. This makes for a custom style that fits the needs and preference of the store owner to ensure that their building still appears attractive.

Prevent Unauthorized Access

Not only do scissor gates protect storefronts, but they can also be used to close off a specific area in a building. This allows business owners to leave the roll up door open without allowing access to unauthorized individuals who are wandering the property. It also offers added peace of mind by preventing people from entering into your warehouse without your approval.

Professional Assistance

It is recommended that businesses get scissor gates maintained and inspected on a regular basis. Vortex Doors 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 scissor gates, or any door for your business, contact Vortex Doors online or call 800-698-6783.

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grille-blogAccordion grilles are becoming more popular in commercial spaces today for a variety of reasons. They are especially good to install in spaces which have height limitations or no overhead access. In addition, they are used in wide open commercial spaces (such as shopping malls and open-air retail centers) as well as warehouse or storage spaces. Here are the three most common reasons why customers today are increasingly choosing to install accordion grilles.

Attractive Yet Also Secure

Accordion grilles provide a seamless storefront look for large commercial spaces even before or after business hours. These grilles may look attractive and delicate, but they are really quite strong and secure! Especially in areas where other types of security monitoring can be difficult to install or monitor, an accordion grille can pull double-duty by providing a pleasing yet impenetrable exterior.

Light and Easy to Operate

For commercial businesses in particular, some employees who are not as strong or tall may have a difficult time operating other types of door and window locking mechanisms. An accordion grille takes away these concerns as it functions as a floor-to-ceiling secure storefront that can be operated just by sliding it forward or back. Even employees with special considerations (such as no heavy lifting) can operate an accordion grille easily.  These can also be equipped with motor operator to make operation even easier!

Durable and Long-Lasting

Accordion grilles are known to be quite durable and long-lasting so long as minimum preventive and routine maintenance is performed at regular intervals. However, it is important that in order to keep it lasting a long time that personnel should be trained in proper grille operation. For instance, grilles must be opened and closed slowly and carefully using a light touch. This will prevent the hidden locking mechanism from jamming. As well, since accordion grilles do not require a floor track, it is important to keep the path clear of any potential debris that could get stuck in the grille.

Professional Assistance

As with any grille or door, especially those being used for commercial use, it is recommended that businesses get them maintained and inspected on a regular basis. Vortex Doors 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 accordion grilles, or any door for your business, contact Vortex Doors online or give us a call at 800-698-6783.

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Bi_Folding_GateProtecting commercial property is particularly important for businesses that maintain valuables on their premises. Whether solutions are needed to safeguard a store, an industrial property, or a parking lot, a security gate can keep your property protected. Read on to learn more about how you can shield your business from unwanted traffic and individuals with a security gate.

Maintenance Tips

Security gates are available in a wide variety of styles and sizes and are commonly used for large industrial complexes that require perimeter or storefront security. A gate symbolizes strength and is also available in a variety of options in elegant aesthetic designs.

In order for it to provide the most protection it has to be inspected regularly. Without the proper maintenance and correct operation, the gate could jump the track and get damaged, which would cause more extensive repairs to the gate and hardware. Here are some reminders:

  • If motor operated, check that the motor operator is working properly, that all safety loops are working, and timer is set to close at a reasonable time to allow traffic safely through the opening before closing.
  • Regularly check and ensure that all rollers and tracks are in good working order to smoothly operate the gate

Save Money

Your security gate investment will reduce the losses that your business might otherwise be exposed to without perimeter protection. As insurance companies are generally responsible for certain losses that occur on commercial properties, installing a security gate might enable you to obtain lower insurance premiums. And if your business currently uses security guards to help safeguard certain valuables, a security gate could eliminate or reduce your need for patrolmen, which saves you on patrol costs.

Professional Maintenance

Security gates are great for protecting your company and your valuables, including your equipment, merchandise, and supplies. And to keep your gates in premium shape, you can rely on Vortex to provide you with professional maintenance.

Vortex Doors prides ourselves in having fast, friendly service, with experienced technicians that have been taught at our proprietary state-of-the-art training center. For more information on security gate maintenance or repair, contact Vortex Doors online or give us a call at 800-698-6783.

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Store BurglaryBurglary can happen to anyone; homeowners, renters, and store owners. While there is no way to 100% avoid the possibility of a theft, you can take proactive approaches to prevent it. For store owners, we’ve outline five of the best measures you can take to help protect your store from burglaries.

1. Opening and Closing

A lot of burglaries occur during the night, however another common time is during opening and closing. The burglars won’t even need to break in if they come across you entering or leaving your premises. The best way to prevent burglaries when opening or closing up shop is to do this as a team. Having two or three employees open and close the store might deter any solo burglars. Remember, safety in numbers.

2. Cash Register Location

While it might not seem like an important factor, the placement of the cash register can actually make a difference in your store being broken into or not. This is especially true if your store has an all-glass front that is view-able to the public. Placing your register near the front of the store, in the plain view of the public, also keeps any burglars exposed who are attempting to open the register. A burglar would be much more comfortable taking money from a cash register located out of sight.

3. Alarm System

Having some form of alarm system or security system protects you in two ways. Should a burglary occur, the alarms will raise and police will be notified. They can also protect your store if you place a notice in a visible area that shows your store is protected by a security system. This alone has potential to deter a would-be burglar.

4. Gates and Grilles

The types of gates and grilles you can get for your store are endless. The benefit of getting some form of security gate is that they are much more difficult to break into. A simple glass storefront stands no chance against a burglar. However if your shop has a security gate across the front during off-hours, the burglar doesn’t stand a chance against your shop.

5. Lighting

The lighting of your store can have some effect on whether burglars see it as a worthy target. During the day, your store will most likely have sufficient lighting for customers. However, at night you should floodlight areas around your store. This light leaves burglars very exposed and easy to spot. Any suspicious activity can be witnessed with well-placed flood lights.

By following these tips, you’ll at least help minimize the chance of a burglary. Unfortunately, even the most careful and proactive of stores can still be targeted.

In the unfortunate event of a break-in, Vortex Doors can help with the aftermath. Our 24/7 Emergency Service is on standby for events such as these. Our professionals will help you board up any damaged entrances. These temporary board ups will provide your store with protection from the elements as we install your new doors.

For a proactive approach, Vortex Doors also provides burglary prevention by providing security gates and other deterrents such as security systems.

Call for a emergency assistance at 800-698-6783 or email us at

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Category: Board Ups & Glass Replacement

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Seattle Accordion Door Repairs And Installation

Top Customer-Rated Seattle Accordion Door Repairs and Installation

Business owners throughout the greater Seattle metropolitan area consider our company their leading source for superior commercial and industrial door repairs. We are specialists at repairing as well as installing the widest range of accordion doors in the marketplace. Owners of retail operations, restaurants, warehouses, aviation hangars, factories and other buildings used for commercial purposes who are already using accordion doors know the versatile performance of this type of door. They are the perfect solution for creating everything from closet doors and room dividers to acoustical sound barriers and security partitions within an open space, all without the need to build a wall at added expense. In addition, accordion doors easily fit any size width and are the perfect way to provide security for restaurants, cafes, bars, lounges and indoor mall retail stores.

Expert Repairs

But just as accordion doors provide a unique solution for creating separate areas in any commercial or industrial space, they also require a specific expertise when their vertical folded partitions or mounted tracks and rollers require repair service. Our Seattle accordion door repairs and installation service responds quickly to every service call and dispatches highly trained professional technicians to handle repair problems of any size. All of our repair services come with a guarantee of complete customer satisfaction.

Servicing Every Size and Style

No matter whether your accordion doors are constructed of wood, security-grade acrylic, aluminum or other material, we provide the tools and the expertise to get your accordion doors functioning at peak efficiency once again. If the accordion doors in your building are worn out, outdated or no longer providing the desired room solution, our company is expert at recommending the best options for new commercial and industrial accordion doors to suit your business’s budget. We also handle every detail of the new installation and can provide for the disposal of old accordion doors. We take the same care and thoroughness when we install new accordion doors at a commercial or industrial property that we do when making a repair service call to fix existing units.

Free Consultation

Business owners not already enjoying the advantage of accordion doors on their property may want to consider having custom accordion doors built to suit their specific needs and locations. As the area’s premiere Seattle accordion door repairs and installation specialist, we can offer your business a complimentary consultation to advise you on how replacing your current doors with accordion doors can increase the versatility and functionality of your existing space in addition to providing the necessary security that all businesses today need to operate at maximum profitability.

Call us today to discover how our years of service and experience in door repair and installation can benefit your existing accordion doors to operate more smoothly and efficiently, or how the installation of new accordion doors for your business or commercial enterprise will help maximize your use of space while providing the bonus of security features.

Contact Vortex Doors to learn more about our accordion door repair and installation services in Seattle. Or request service or a free estimate today! 

Category: Accordion Grilles

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