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There is a notion that commercial doors will last until you’re ready to change them. However, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. The lifespan will depend on several things. We can safely say, however, they should last around 15-30 years. Even with that great of a span, if you don’t maintain the door, you shouldn’t expect it to keep working the average amount of time.
What affects a door’s life cycle?
Your door is an essential part of your business, as it keeps all your goods protected. As your door opens and closes, the torsion and extension springs keep the door functioning. Just like a car, the springs do most of the hard work and are usually the first to go. If you are already ahead of the game and have that knowledge, you could replace the springs to keep your door going for longer. The springs measure in cycles, and by replacing them, it adds life, which means you can open and close your door more times. Springs can have 10,000 to 100,000 cycles depending on their construction.
The weather too is a critical part of how long your door lasts. Too cold, and you may hear your door creaking, leaving it difficult to open. However, add a bit of grease, and it should ease the squeaking and keep the springs in perfect working order. If you do live where the winters are bitter cold, insulating your door is a good option. If you opt for an electrical door, the electronics can go meaning that your door is not operational. With a quick repair service, you could be up in no time at all.
When should I replace my commercial door?
If you’re still unsure about whether it’s time to replace your door, you can take a moment to inspect it carefully. With any commercial door, you should be looking out for holes, severely damaged paint, and sunken material. You’ve come to the point that no amount of paint is going to help the situation. It’s time to ask yourself the following: do you find that when you open the door, it’s becoming more and more difficult? Are you able to hear unusual creaks from the door? When’s the last time you had it serviced? Changing the springs isn’t going to make a difference? If you mostly answered yes, then it’s time to think about buying a new door. If the door is left severely dilapidated, it can become a hazard, especially if there is structural damage.
Which door should I buy?
With the number of commercial doors, there’s a lot of choices. Wooden commercial doors seem like an easy option, as a bit of paint, and they look new again. However, they aren’t always strong enough to withstand extreme weather. Rolling doors are easy to open, close, aesthetically pleasing, and are electric. When you’re looking to buy your next door, you want a purchase that will last. To ensure that your commercial door will maintain its performance for longer, opt for one that starts slow, speeds up, and then slows as it opens completely. You may even choose a door that is springless, which allows your door to last the maximum amount of time. Safety should always be high up on your list. Photo eyes make sure that no one gets stuck in the door. Always choose a door that will be reliable and easy to maintain.