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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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Vortex Doors Relocates

Vortex Doors RelocatesFrom our humble beginnings in 1937, Vortex Doors’ philosophy has always been to provide each customer with a superior experience in door, gate, and dock equipment repair and service.

In 1996 Vortex Doors started serving the Seattle, WA area when Keith Smith, Team Leader, who transferred from the Orange County Service Center to start a new Service Center in Seattle.

Smith started off as a Service Technician 31 years ago in Orange County and has been with the company ever since.

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As the Seattle Service Center Team Leader, Smith: “I am proud of our growth in the Seattle area and the great team in place. I am excited to be able to provide a new, larger building designed with state-of-the-art equipment and technology for our employees. Our customers will truly benefit from us being able to keep more stock in our shop and add more trucks to our fleet so we can continue our fast service.”

The new building is 14,000 square feet, compared to the last building at 7,400 square feet! Vortex Doors nearly doubled the warehouse space, truck storage, and safe workspace. The new space will occupy 11 office team members, 16 Service Technicians, and 12 service trucks.

The building used to be one large 100,000 sq. foot space, but was recently divided into two units.  One of Vortex Doors’ vendors will take over the other spot.  It also backs to the largest Amazon Fulfillment centers in WA.

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The biggest advantage to a larger building is the additional space for added trucks and inventory. By having more trucks and inventory Vortex Doors’ technicians are able to service more customers, while continuing to fulfill their speedy promise. Service Technicians will also have more room to move around without damaging the inventory and allow for a safer work space.

New Address:

Vortex Industries, Inc.

6705 S.209th St. Suite 105

Kent, WA 98032

(425) 251 – 0225

Vortex Doors wants to thank all their customers for their continued support, and they can’t wait to see what the future has in store for Vortex Doors Seattle.

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Fire Rated Doors

Fire Rated DoorsInterior fire rated doors do not just function as a way to enter and leave the space, but also as a method of blocking out the movement of fire through a building. By installing fire rated doors, it becomes possible to reduce at least some of the risk associated with the fire spreading. This can minimize damage, but in some cases, it can also help reduce the risk of injury.

Fire rated doors can pose a safety hazard for a variety of reasons. All property owners and managers should carefully monitor these entries for proper function, provide ongoing preventative maintenance on them, and ensure that any concern is addressed immediately when it occurs. Doing this helps ensure that the property and customers remain safe.

If you are looking for alternative information about door safety, Vortex is here to help! 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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Motorized Doors

Motorized Doors Proper interior doors provide a simple function, but when they are not installed correctly or do not operate in the best manner, they become a safety hazard. Any building owner – whether commercial or residential – must take specific care to realize when there are risks associated with these doors. Once it is understood what those risks are, taking steps to fix the underlying problem is essential.

There are several common types of safety hazards associated with interior doors to monitor on a routine basis.

Crushing Hazard

Any motorized door has a risk of creating a crushing hazard. Motorized doors that do not operate properly in a commercial building are commonly associated with crushing when sensors do not perform the way they should. Maintain proper function of the door by ensuring sensors operate correctly to avoid this risk.

Pinching Fingers

Another common sensor problem occurs with the pinching of fingers. An individual reaching to open the door, or not monitoring their hand movements, can often create this type of risk. This pinching hazard can, in some cases, lead to the loss of fingertips or other significant injuries.

If you are looking for alternative information about door safety, Vortex is here to help! 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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Torsion Spring

Commercial Door ServiceA torsion spring is a relatively new door opening spring, as compared to the traditional expansion springs, that works by twisting, which in turn, exerts torque in the opposite direction that is proportional to how much it was twisted. Commercial and industrial torsion springs are used in warehouses, loading docks, and a variety of other locations that require large overhead doors. Because of the wide range of applications, door sizes, and door weights, the torsion springs on commercial and industrial doors vary widely in size and lift.

Torsion springs are used in the placement within spring bars that are mounted on the inside of the door itself. They use a center bracket, as well as a drum with a cable, which runs down the sides of the door to the bottom bracket. This allows for the cables to wind around the drum as the door opens, effectively providing the force needed to lift the door. Contrary to an extension spring, which expands and contracts, a torsion spring turns, which makes it a more durable and efficient method for opening heavy commercial doors.

Because of their large number of uses, and the different door sizes and weights available on the market, torsion springs for commercial doors come in a wide range of sizes. It is also noteworthy that commercial doors may require single, duplex and triplex springs. Duplex torsion springs are those in which a smaller spring is placed inside a larger one, with both of them working together. This results in less space being needed on the shaft. Triplex springs are of the same principle except for the number of springs, which in this case is three.

The number of springs used on a particular door will depend on its height and width, as well as the type of shaft and number of brackets. In some cases, a commercial vertical lift door will only require one bracket, while others will need two or more to function correctly. Sometimes, very wide doors will demand the use of several springs placed in a linear manner, which leads to the use of multiple anchor brackets.

One of the great benefits to using torsion springs on commercial doors is their availability. If one of the springs on the door breaks over time, it can be easily replaced by another one without having to change the entire door opening system, therefore reducing maintenance costs and time invested in the repair itself.

If you are looking for alternative information on Torsion Springs Vortex is here to help! 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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