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Vortex Doors Relocates

Vortex Doors RelocatesFrom our humble beginnings in 1937, Vortex Doors’ philosophy has always been to provide each customer with a superior experience in door, gate, and dock equipment repair and service.

In 1996 Vortex Doors started serving the Seattle, WA area when Keith Smith, Team Leader, who transferred from the Orange County Service Center to start a new Service Center in Seattle.

Smith started off as a Service Technician 31 years ago in Orange County and has been with the company ever since.

As the Seattle Service Center Team Leader, Smith: “I am proud of our growth in the Seattle area and the great team in place. I am excited to be able to provide a new, larger building designed with state-of-the-art equipment and technology for our employees. Our customers will truly benefit from us being able to keep more stock in our shop and add more trucks to our fleet so we can continue our fast service.”

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The new building is 14,000 square feet, compared to the last building at 7,400 square feet! Vortex Doors nearly doubled the warehouse space, truck storage, and safe workspace. The new space will occupy 11 office team members, 16 Service Technicians, and 12 service trucks.

The building used to be one large 100,000 sq. foot space, but was recently divided into two units.  One of Vortex Doors’ vendors will take over the other spot.  It also backs to the largest Amazon Fulfillment centers in WA.

The biggest advantage to a larger building is the additional space for added trucks and inventory.  By having more trucks and inventory Vortex Doors’ technicians are able to service more customers, while continuing to fulfill their speedy promise. Service Technicians will also have more room to move around without damaging the inventory and allow for a safer work space.

New Address:

Vortex Industries, Inc.

6705 S.209th St. Suite 105

Kent, WA 98032

(425) 251 – 0225

Vortex Doors wants to thank all their customers for their continued support, and they can’t wait to see what the future has in store for Vortex Doors Seattle.

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Fire Rated Doors

Fire Rated DoorsInterior fire rated doors do not just function as a way to enter and leave the space, but also as a method of blocking out the movement of fire through a building. By installing fire rated doors, it becomes possible to reduce at least some of the risk associated with the fire spreading. This can minimize damage, but in some cases, it can also help reduce the risk of injury.

Fire rated doors can pose a safety hazard for a variety of reasons. All property owners and managers should carefully monitor these entries for proper function, provide ongoing preventative maintenance on them, and ensure that any concern is addressed immediately when it occurs. Doing this helps ensure that the property and customers remain safe.

If you are looking for alternative information about door safety, Vortex is here to help! As a family owned and operated business since 1937, Vortex is committed to providing you 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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Motorized Doors

Motorized Doors Proper interior doors provide a simple function, but when they are not installed correctly or do not operate in the best manner, they become a safety hazard. Any building owner – whether commercial or residential – must take specific care to realize when there are risks associated with these doors. Once it is understood what those risks are, taking steps to fix the underlying problem is essential.

There are several common types of safety hazards associated with interior doors to monitor on a routine basis.

Crushing Hazard

Any motorized door has a risk of creating a crushing hazard. Motorized doors that do not operate properly in a commercial building are commonly associated with crushing when sensors do not perform the way they should. Maintain proper function of the door by ensuring sensors operate correctly to avoid this risk.

Pinching Fingers

Another common sensor problem occurs with the pinching of fingers. An individual reaching to open the door, or not monitoring their hand movements, can often create this type of risk. This pinching hazard can, in some cases, lead to the loss of fingertips or other significant injuries.

If you are looking for alternative information about door safety, Vortex is here to help! As a family owned and operated business since 1937, Vortex is committed to providing you 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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Torsion Spring

Commercial Door ServiceA torsion spring is a relatively new door opening spring, as compared to the traditional expansion springs, that works by twisting, which in turn, exerts torque in the opposite direction that is proportional to how much it was twisted. Commercial and industrial torsion springs are used in warehouses, loading docks, and a variety of other locations that require large overhead doors. Because of the wide range of applications, door sizes, and door weights, the torsion springs on commercial and industrial doors vary widely in size and lift.

Torsion springs are used in the placement within spring bars that are mounted on the inside of the door itself. They use a center bracket, as well as a drum with a cable, which runs down the sides of the door to the bottom bracket. This allows for the cables to wind around the drum as the door opens, effectively providing the force needed to lift the door. Contrary to an extension spring, which expands and contracts, a torsion spring turns, which makes it a more durable and efficient method for opening heavy commercial doors.

Because of their large number of uses, and the different door sizes and weights available on the market, torsion springs for commercial doors come in a wide range of sizes. It is also noteworthy that commercial doors may require single, duplex and triplex springs. Duplex torsion springs are those in which a smaller spring is placed inside a larger one, with both of them working together. This results in less space being needed on the shaft. Triplex springs are of the same principle except for the number of springs, which in this case is three.

The number of springs used on a particular door will depend on its height and width, as well as the type of shaft and number of brackets. In some cases, a commercial vertical lift door will only require one bracket, while others will need two or more to function correctly. Sometimes, very wide doors will demand the use of several springs placed in a linear manner, which leads to the use of multiple anchor brackets.

One of the great benefits to using torsion springs on commercial doors is their availability. If one of the springs on the door breaks over time, it can be easily replaced by another one without having to change the entire door opening system, therefore reducing maintenance costs and time invested in the repair itself.

If you are looking for alternative information on Torsion Springs Vortex is here to help! As a family owned and operated business since 1937, Vortex is committed to providing you 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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Automatic Doors

Automatic DoorsYou might not realize it but installing automatic doors in the front of your grocery store or business actually has several different benefits. Not only can installing automatic doors improve the public’s overall perception of your business, but the doors are typically a lot more convenient for both your customers and your employees.

Energy Savings

If you’re concerned about the energy efficiency of your store, installing automatic doors might be a good option for you. Because they open and close when triggered, you don’t have to worry about the heat or cold air escaping your store because someone inadvertently left the door open. Also, the tight secure seals surrounding automatic doors work as kind of an airlock — they keep the warm and cool air inside without letting unnecessary drafts inside.

Accessibility

Automatic doors make getting in and out of your store a lot easier, especially for employees corralling carts from the parking lot. Also, guests who are toting children, strollers, and several bags will appreciate not having to open large metal doors as they come and go from your business. Additionally, when deciding whether or not to install automatic doors, you need to consider the amount of foot traffic your store gets. Any place with large volumes of traffic on a regular basis benefits from installing automatic doors. When they open and close automatically, it keeps traffic moving, preventing a crowd from gathering around the door.

Safety and Control

Automatic doors help lower your store’s safety risks and give you more control. Because the doors automatically trigger, you don’t need to worry about the door slamming shut on a child’s fingers or hitting someone accidentally. Instead, they slide safely to the side, preventing unnecessary injuries. Also, they are easy to turn on and off, letting you control access to your store. At closing time, your employees only shut the doors off to keep guests from entering your shop.

While the decision to install automatic doors is up to you, the benefits outweigh the risks. Keep people safe, make your store more accessible, and conserve energy by installing automatic doors.

If you are looking for alternative information about automatic doors and keeping your entrance secure, Vortex is here to help! As a family owned and operated business since 1937, Vortex is committed to providing you 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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