High cycle roll-up doors are the heavy-duty workhorses of commercial doors. Understanding your door and performing proper maintenance are the keys to getting the most out of your investment. With the proper care, these doors can last for years even at the busiest of locations.
What Makes a Door “High Cycle?”
Built to withstand opening and closing up to 25 times or more a day, high cycle doors use durable workings and heavy duty springs. Most have a “barrel and spring” construction. The barrel holds the rolling mechanism and the springs help ease the burden of the door’s weight on the mechanism. Because roll-up doors are often made from sturdier materials than other doors, the size of the springs are especially important.
What Can Go Wrong?
High cycle doors are designed to cycle 50,000 or more times before needing springs replaced, but occasional hiccups can happen to any door assembly. A door that wobbles as it moves or has a motor that will turn on but not lift the door likely has an issue with its springs. Door panels or curtains can shift out of place and prevent the door from opening properly. Even small issues like damage to the slat or panel can put extra strain on your rolling mechanism and wear it out faster, making prompt service essential for the life of your door.
Preventive Maintenance is crucial in maintaining a high cycle door. Servicing your door at least once a year is recommended by most manufacturers. This inspection can often detect spring fatigue, abnormal wear on parts, it includes balancing of the door, and ensures proper tension is on the door for safe operation.
When problems arise, call 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 high cycle roll-up doors, or any door for your business, contact Vortex Doors online or call 800-698-6783.