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Archive for December, 2015

Safety_LogoChoosing the right service provider for your company’s entrance and warehouse door needs can be tricky. You want an established, reliable and insured company that will provide a quick turnaround at a reasonable price, but you also want a company that recognizes just how important putting safety first is before beginning that repair job.


Choose a company that puts safety paramount, requiring its service technicians to complete initial safety training as well as periodic refresher training. The company you want for your commercial door repair needs will have a solid record of consistently monitoring and enforcing the appropriate safety procedures and equipment as well as adhering to OSHA specifications. Technicians should also be trained in ladder safety, driving company vehicles, and OSHA’s Lock Out, Tag Out procedures. Lock Out, Tag Out are the procedures and practices that govern how electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical, and thermal energy sources are handled. They should also be properly trained in metal properties in order to perform the correct welding and torch procedures.

The Right Equipment

In addition to the right skills, a professional company should also have the right safety equipment, which includes:

  • Welding goggles or mask for eye protection from welding arc flash
  • Protective heat, flame, and cut resistant welding sleeves
  • Steel toe boots
  • Hard hat
  • High-visibility safety vest
  • Safety Cones and Delineators


When you need your commercial doors fixed, you want to feel confident that your employees, customers, and the public at large won’t be put in harm’s way until the malfunction is fixed. Thankfully, Vortex is the company you’re looking for. Not only is a premium put on safety, but on service as well. For more information contact Vortex Doors online or call 800-698-6783.

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HighCycleRollUpHigh cycle roll-up doors are the heavy-duty workhorses of commercial doors. Understanding your door and performing proper maintenance are the keys to getting the most out of your investment. With the proper care, these doors can last for years even at the busiest of locations.

What Makes a Door “High Cycle?”

Built to withstand opening and closing up to 25 times or more a day, high cycle doors use durable workings and heavy duty springs. Most have a “barrel and spring” construction. The barrel holds the rolling mechanism and the springs help ease the burden of the door’s weight on the mechanism. Because roll-up doors are often made from sturdier materials than other doors, the size of the springs are especially important.

What Can Go Wrong?

High cycle doors are designed to cycle 50,000 or more times before needing springs replaced, but occasional hiccups can happen to any door assembly. A door that wobbles as it moves or has a motor that will turn on but not lift the door likely has an issue with its springs. Door panels or curtains can shift out of place and prevent the door from opening properly. Even small issues like damage to the slat or panel can put extra strain on your rolling mechanism and wear it out faster, making prompt service essential for the life of your door.

Preventing Problems

Preventive Maintenance is crucial in maintaining a high cycle door. Servicing your door at least once a year is recommended by most manufacturers. This inspection can often detect spring fatigue, abnormal wear on parts, it includes balancing of the door, and ensures proper tension is on the door for safe operation.

Professional Assistance

When problems arise, call 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 high cycle roll-up doors, or any door for your business, contact Vortex Doors online or call 800-698-6783.

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