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Archive for February, 2017

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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The first line of defense against burglars breaking into your building is using a strong door with a good lock. However, there are other things you can do to make your property safe and less attractive to burglars. Here are five things you can do to deter would-be burglars from breaking into your building.

1. Use Timers for Your Lights

Purchase timers for the lights in your building. Set the timers to turn the lights on and off at different times when you are closed. The lights going on and off will give the impression that a security guard or someone else is moving around inside the building. If a burglar is watching, they will think twice about trying to break into the building if they think someone is inside and will move on.

2. Pay Attention to Landscaping

Burglars like to hide behind small trees and bushes when breaking into a building. The coverage allows them to hide from neighbors and people passing by as they break or jimmy open a window. Remove any trees or bushes from in front of windows and doors to eliminate any potential hiding spots. Replace the trees and bushes with low-lying plants that will give the exterior of your business an attractive appearance while providing an extra level of security.

3. Install Security Signs and Dummy Cameras

Security system signs are highly effective for scaring off burglars. A potential thief has no way of knowing if the sign was planted as part of a legitimate security installation. Dummy cameras can have the same effect. If you can’t afford actual surveillance cameras, you can outfit the perimeter of your building with inexpensive dummy cameras that look just like the real thing, complete with blinking lights and security company insignia. Crooks can’t tell if the camera is legitimate, and they’ll usually proceed to a less risky target.

4. Don’t Advertise Your Belongings

Don’t leave valuable items out in the open, on trucks in the parking lot, or in plain sight along the side of the building. Keep things like copper wire and equipment safely locked up. You should also be mindful of what types of valuables are visible through your front windows.

5. Security Gates

Installing a security gate on your property is a good way to deter burglars and mischief. With a security gate, you can limit your entrances and exits to one or two distinct places and have a peace of mind that your belongings are securely locked in. There are a wide variety of security gates that can be made to have a decorative look and enhance the appearance of your building while providing an extra level of protection against burglars. Remember, burglars look for opportunities. Your job is to make your building look like a bad opportunity. This is easy to do; it just requires a bit of planning and preparation.

If you are looking for alternative ways to secure your business, Vortex 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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