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Archive for March, 2017

DIY Door Repairs

Many DIY tasks seem easy at first but quickly become more involved. Door repair is one area that is more complicated than it seems. Businesses should always call a professional for door repair to keep their doors safe, secure, and efficient.

Your Doors Protect The Integrity Of Your Business

Locks are small mechanisms that have huge impacts on the safety and security of your business. In order for a lock to function properly, it is crucial that the door is aligned perfectly with the doorframe. A door that is misaligned by only a few millimeters can render a locking mechanism useless, leaving your company’s assets at risk.

Commercial doors, such as roll-up doors and automatic doors, often have moving parts and mechanisms needed to function. Someone inexperienced with these components could accidentally damage them, which could cause your doors to stop working altogether.

Improperly Repaired Doors Have A Huge Impact On Energy Efficiency

Heating and cooling a business are costly tasks as it is. If your doors are installed or repaired poorly, that can increase your utility costs even further. Gaps between the door and the frame can allow air to pass through, which can affect the temperature in your building. This means your heating and cooling systems have to work harder and expend more energy to keep it comfortable.

DIY Projects Expose Employees To Injury

Even simple DIY projects can land a person in the emergency room, and commercial door repairs are no exception. Having an employee attempt to fix a door without training and the right tools can lead to serious injuries, especially when it comes to doors with moving parts and electrical components. Professionals are more experienced with the tools needed to repair a door, and they’ll also be insured by their employer. Keep your own employees from missing work and having to file workers’ compensation claims by deferring repairs to the professionals.

While the cost of professional assistance may seem high, hiring a professional can save your business money in the long run. An improperly repaired door can add to your energy costs and result in break-ins, injuries, and other security issues.

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 authorized door repair, contact Vortex Doors online or call 800-698-6783.

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Winter conditions can cause a number of problems for a business’s exterior doors. The doors can become hard to close, or they can start to make noise. Here are three common problems commercial doors experience during the winter and how they can be fixed.

Loose Hinge Screws

Snow and ice can build up on the door and frame. This buildup can put pressure on the hinges when the door closes and can force the screws to come loose.

Torn Weather Stripping

Weather stripping, typically made out of rubber, can dry out and crack as it ages and in the winter time. These tears can result in cold air leaking indoors and cause issues with your building’s energy usage. In some situations, the weather stripping at the bottom of the door can freeze to the metal plate beneath it, known as the sill. When someone opens the door, the weather stripping will tear off completely.

Dried Out Lubrication

In the winter the oil lubricating your door hinges can dry out which will cause the door to squeak, potentially distracting employees and causing disruptions. In order to stop the squeaking, coat the door pins and hinges with silicone or graphite.

If your business has a rolling or sliding door, the lubrication on the tracks can also dry out or become unevenly distributed, which can cause the door to stop functioning. Applying lubricant to the tracks and pulleys can help fix the problem, but for commercial doors, calling a professional door technician is more effective.

In the winter, you want your doors to work properly and to create an airtight seal. If your doors are in disrepair, it can cause your utility bills to rise, and it can slow down your business’s operations. To prevent these problems, make sure to have your doors maintained throughout the year and have them repaired quickly when these issues arise.

If you need more information on how to fix your doors, Vortex Doors 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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