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door security systemsThe 6 Primary Types of Door Security Systems

Doors are designed to keep out more than just the elements. A very big part of their purpose is security. Doors have been equipped with locks for over 4,000 years. When you have a business, security is one of your prime concerns. The types of devices used for security doors and entryways on commercial buildings have to be sturdier than anything found on the front door of your house. There are seven main methods of securing entrances to a place of business:

  • Card Readers
  • Keypad Controls
  • Radio Transmitters
  • Magnetic Locks
  • Phone Entry Systems
  • Loop Detectors

Along with repairing commercial-grade doors, Vortex Doors also installs these security systems. Because these systems need to be closely integrated with the door itself, our repair experience gives us the right expertise to properly install them. To get an idea of which would be best for your establishment, it helps to have a brief description of how each works and what situations they’re best suited for. You should also keep in mind that these separate methods can be used in combination with one another.

A Swipe Of The Card
One of the most easily recognized methods for securing any type of door is the card reader. This system relies on cards that are issued only to designated individuals. It also has flexibility in allowing different people to have different levels of access. You might have more than one secure area and only want some people to be able to enter all of these areas. There are three basic ways that the cards can be read; bar code, magnetic strip, or RFID. The magnetic strip technique requires the card-holder to swipe the card through a card reader. This slows things down a bit but allows security personnel to get a better look at the card user. Bar codes are a little faster. The card only has to be held near the card reader so that it can scan it. An RFID card doesn’t even have to be displayed to be read. This type of card would be best for situations, like delivery drivers, where it’s difficult to get close to the card reader. All types of card readers have the added benefit of keeping tabs on who is accessing what.

Pushing The Right Buttons
Keypad controls use a numeric or alphanumeric keypad for access. There can be a single password or number for everyone, or you can assign different codes to different individuals. This approach is usually applied to similar circumstances as those that rely on card readers. This type of security system has an advantage over a card reader in that someone can’t gain entrance by using a lost or stolen card.

Sending Out Positive Signals
Radio transmitters work basically like the home version. This is a device used to open automatic garage doors. Just pressing a button on the transmitter sends out a signal to either an automatic opener or security personnel to open the door. This is a great solution for large drive-through doors that open slowly. The person needing to gain entry can push a button well ahead of time to avoid delays. They also allow the person to avoid leaving the vehicle in bad weather.

magnetic door locksMagnetic Attraction
Magnetic locks are more of a latching mechanism than a security protocol. Because of this, they often need to be used in combination with some other security system like a card reader or keypad. This type of lock has a couple of advantages over mechanical locks. It has no moving parts, so it will last longer. By the same token, there’s much less chance of it getting stuck. It uses an electromagnet that can be powered by your building’s electrical system or, preferably, by a separate battery. When the power is cut off, the lock quickly and cleanly releases the door. This feature makes it ideal for emergency exits. These locks are actually stronger than you might think. They go all the way up to 1,200 pounds of force.

Phone It In
Phone entry systems are similar to CCTV systems in that they require a live person to let anyone else in. The main difference is that instead of a visual ID, a voice ID is used. It has an advantage over a CCTV system by making it possible to assign code words to anyone using this system. It also tends to be less expensive than CCTV.

Get In The Loop
Loop detectors are designed mainly for vehicle entry. These systems consist of a wire loop that’s embedded in a pavement. This loop has an electrical current sent through it that creates a magnetic field around it. When a vehicle passes over the loop, a secondary magnetic field is produced by the steel in the vehicle. This secondary field interferes with the current in the loop. The change in the current is detected by a monitor that then opens the door or gate. You might not have heard of this system, but you run into quite often. This is a very common technique for alerting an automated traffic signal that a vehicle is waiting to get across an intersection.

Contact Vortex Doors to learn more about our door security installation services. Or request service or a free estimate today! 

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Roll Up Door InsulatedHave you been considering the pros and cons of using or installing an insulated roll up door? Although they are a common feature with industrial sites, commercial businesses can use these unique barriers to save money in several ways. To get a better idea about why you should use these types of doors versus other options, take a look at five top reasons to use insulated roll up doors below.

1. High winds insurance premiums saver

Each year, when you go to pay your annual property insurance premiums, there are certain ways to get discounts. In particular, insulated roll up doors will save you against property damage caused by the weather. Although it is not always the case, insurance companies potentially give discounts to commercial property owners that have a way to permanently shutter windows against high winds produced by tornadoes and hurricanes. Most insulated roll up doors can be wind-load certified and are tough, durable and wide.

2. Providing extra physical security for commercial property owners

By installing roll up doors, you can increase the security of your property and watch your annual property insurance premiums fall. For instance, if you leave your business unattended for a long duration on a regular basis, having a large door to cover windows, the garage door and the entry doors could save you money by avoiding break-ins.

3. Utility bill-saving doors

One of the great things about insulated roll up doors is the ability to be dependable and sturdy. However, they also have the ability to stop energy transfers. If you get a lot of sun on one particular side of your property, you can keep the heat out by putting insulated roll up doors on the windows on the side. You can also keep the ill effects of winter away from your property by having a roll of door with insulation installed.

RollUpDoor_Insulated2_24. Easy operating doors

Are you always dodging a door or having to work moving single file through a traditional door? Perfect for larger demanding door applications, insulated roll up doors will give you more space to work with. They will also be large enough to allow you to turn a business store into a garage door. Although models in the past were difficult to install, modern models feature quick installation, push-up operation and the brackets are built into place.

5. Stylish and simplistic look to maintain

Of course, at the end of the day, many commercial business owners appreciate the insulated roll up door because it is a simple addition to almost every exterior architectural style. For that reason, it is considered one of the best of the least expensive choices when it comes to doors for commercial businesses. In addition to getting metal models, the insulated roll up doors can be outfitted with wood or other materials to match the exterior of architecture. The only thing that the property owner needs to do is call a professional and have them installed.

For more information about insulated roll up doors, contact Vortex Doors or give us a call at 800-698-6783.

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Frameless Glass Door Lock Repair And Installation Is Possible With A Phone Call

Frameless Glass door lock repair and installation is important. When you have a frameless glass door that is no longer working as it should, it’s time to think about getting it repaired. If you want to enhance the look of your lobby, office or store, you may even want to consider having one of these Frameless Glass doors installed. It’s essential that you have the style of door that you need and when you’re in need of door glass replacement, we’re only a phone call away.

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As a successful business owner, you know that the appearance of your building is important to your customers. It is not enough to make the interior look attractive and inviting; the exterior is equally or more important. Your building is probably closed for more hours of the day than it is open, and clients as well as potential customers see it during those hours. A commercial roll up door provides the security and the appearance that serve you well.

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Commercial Door

Avoid Commercial Door DamageThe entrance to a business is the first impression customers have and also the first line of defense against theft or vandalism. Unfortunately, the doors of many companies are often neglected or damaged, which can have consequences business owner do not want. Costly steel or glass door repair can be avoided if you take a few things into account.

There are several avoidable things that property owners do that damage their doors. Proper and timely preventative maintenance can keep the business entrance looking fresh and enticing, as well as protecting the storefront and keep energy costs in line. Here are some ways that businesses damage the doors on their property, and how to avoid causing further damage in the future.

Foreign Objects in the Way

Planters and decorative pots make an entryway look fresh and inviting. When placed correctly shrubbery displays bring attention to a storefront and make it look unique. Be careful when setting outdoor decor near the entrance – a loose door may swing into it and break the pot or damage the door. Instead, test the door with a few careful swings before finding a final place for plants and displays. This is especially important in the case of glass doors. Cracked or shattered glass doors will inevitably lead to glass door repair.

Narrow Entrances

Small, narrow or recessed entrances do not provide doors a lot of room to swing. For businesses that are off the sidewalk, consider installing a door bumper on the outside walls. The door will gently bounce off the outer wall. This is particularly imperative when installing commercial glass doors. Avoid glass door repair by ensuring that your glass door edges won’t chip or crack. Installing pneumatic door closures will also allow the door to shut gently, instead of swing, which will help prevent foot traffic from opening or closing the door.

Misaligned Doors

Doors that are hung off-center will become damaged over time. The doors can stick in the door frame and may become chipped. Periodic checks and maintenance inspections will help make sure it remains hanging correctly.

Neglecting Weather Stripping

The rubber weather seal around outside doors protects the frame from weather and moisture buildup. It also ensures a tight door closure. Over time, however, this seal can become loose or cracked. Part of proper preventative maintenance on doors includes checking the condition of the weather stripping, adhesion, and replacing it when needed. Good seals on exterior doors help keep the temperature regulated inside, saving the business money on heating and cooling.

There are several ways that businesses inadvertently damage their exterior doors. Fortunately, the ones mentioned above can be avoided with proper care, preventative maintenance, and a little caution.

For more information on preventative door maintenance, please contact us. 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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