Fire doors are critical in a place of business. Not only can they provide you and your employees with the safety necessary in the event of a fire, they can actually slow the progress of the flames, resulting in less structural damage to your property. Like any other products, however, fire doors have an expiration date. In order to get the most out of your fire door, keep these three maintenance tips in mind.

Avoid Painting Certain Sections of the Door

FireDoor_REVIf you are planning on painting your fire door, it is important for you to use caution. Avoid painting any parts of the door, such as the curtains, guides and fusible links. These sections of the door need to be left alone in order to function correctly. If they end up painted, they will make the door out of compliance with fire codes. When in doubt, avoid painting entirely.

Do Not Perform Repairs Yourself

Sometimes the door may experience malfunctions, resulting in functional issues. If you notice that the door is not functioning correctly, or the door drops due to an emergency or power failure do not attempt any repairs yourself as this may result in compliance issues. Instead, call an authorized repair company to test the door and reset it as necessary. This can help you avoid legal issues and have the door up and running again in the event of an emergency situation. Always exercise caution around your door and do not use it except for how it is intended.

Invest in Annual Tests

In addition to performing maintenance when necessary, it is critical to engage in preventative care as often as possible as well. Have your fire door tested annually. Not only is this vital to the health of your door, but it is also sometimes required according to city and county laws. Consult with local experts to determine what your area’s codes are and how you can remain in compliance with them.

Roll-Up Fire & Smoke Door Test

View this video to watch a test of how the door works.

Professional Assistance

When you are ready to work with an authorized door repair company who specializes in commercial fire doors, 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.