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Archive for July, 2015

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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Fire02Rolling steel fire doors have long been a key facet of workplace security. In case of fire, these doors, which operate from ceiling to floor, work by sealing off an area where there is smoke and fire, thus preventing it from spreading quickly throughout the building. In addition to helping save lives, rolling steel fire doors also help protect property, supplies, products, sensitive documents and potential widespread damage.

Slow or Stop the Spread of Fire

Rolling steel fire doors were invented to stop or slow down the spread of fire from one area or room to the next. When the threat of fire is eminent, these doors close to prevent a fire from moving to other parts of your building.

Customizable for Different Openings

Height and width can be customized to fit different sized openings throughout any building or warehouse space as required by the local fire jurisdiction. In addition to controlling smoke and fire situations, many customers use rolling steel fire doors for employee entry and exit on a daily basis.

Meets Building and Fire Code Requirements

Many cities require that fire doors be tested on an annual basis by a certified door technician. Rolling steel fire doors are UL approved and Regulation 4 certified to meet building and fire code requirements. They can also be NFPA tested and certified.

Professional Assistance

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 getting your rolling steel fire doors inspected, maintained, or repaired so it stays up-to-code, contact Vortex Doors online or give us a call at 800-698-6783.

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HangarDoorwTruckIf you own or manage a property that has an aircraft hangar door, such as an airport or military base, you know how important it is to keep it maintained so that it remains safe for those who work in its vicinity. And because its unusual size, you also know that not every door repair company has the ability or knowledge to maintain and repair it. To get a better understanding of the skills needed and the type of company that can repair aircraft hangar doors, keep reading.

Unique Doors

As you may have guessed, in order to maintain an aircraft hangar door, it requires an expertise that is different than just a normal door repairman. It requires technicians that can handle the mechanical parts, the motors, and the all the other elements necessary that go into maintaining such a large size door. And it requires a technician that can handle the many types of aircraft doors, such as the Bi-Folding Hangar Doors, Horizontal Sliding Doors, and a variety of Hangar Canopy Doors.

Preventive Maintenance

It is important to keep in mind that preventive maintenance is often much cheaper than having to regularly re-install new hangar doors. And more importantly, this helps keep the doors safe for those who work in the vicinity. Part of the issue is that the doors are so large that they cannot function if they are even in the slightest state of disrepair. Having a door in disrepair means that parts of it can become dislodged during storms and cause serious injuries. So it goes without saying that safety is important reason to keep your doors maintained regularly.

Professional Assistance

In order to remain safe, it is recommended to get preventive maintenance inspections as well as maintenance on hydraulic hangar doors annually to insure safe and proper operation. And due to their size and specialty functions, it is important to research a company with experience on these doors and for a technician that has a mechanical background.

Vortex Doors specializes in door repair and maintenance on every type of door and this of course includes aircraft hangar doors. Vortex Doors can even help custom design a hangar door and can find hard to get repair parts at a cost effective solution. For more information on aircraft doors service or repair, contact Vortex Doors online or via telephone 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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