Weatherstrips are the malleable material placed in the door jamb and header portions that seal the door. Although they may go unnoticed during day-to-day business operations, these small strips help keep out unwanted insects, moisture, and regulate the indoor climate by keeping out hot or cold air. Business owners need to periodically check all weatherstrips to ensure they’re properly protecting against unwanted pests and high energy bills. These are common signs that weatherstripping needs to be replaced.
Light Is Breaking Through
One of the first signs that weatherstripping has worn down is when outside light begins to shine through breaks in the material. Though small, these gaps can cause poor ventilation, leading to costly energy bills. Once breakage begins to occur, it is likely to only worsen.
Water Is Trickling In
If moisture begins to accumulate either within the weatherstripping itself or it’s coming inside and pooling, there is an issue with the integrity of the material. By replacing the weatherstripping when this occurs, business owners may actually be saving their door, flooring, and nearby objects from water damage.
Material Is Degrading
The natural wear and tear from the opening and closing of a door takes a toll on weatherstripping, especially commercial doors that are used by numerous workers and visitors daily. Over time, the material can become so bent, cracked, or compressed that it doesn’t properly seal the door. Costs can quickly add up when weatherstripping is no longer doing its job. Don’t put off replacing it—contact a professional to ensure the job is done quickly and correctly. Our experienced, licensed staff at Strike Doors LLC can replace and install new weatherstripping to help secure your business’s doors. Give us a call today at (800) 658-2839 for a free quote.
Many businesses go through each day without giving any mind to their garage door. It’s not until the door begins to malfunction that they realize the important role it plays in the business’s safety and operations. In order to keep a roll-up door operating properly, follow these maintenance tips.
When performing maintenance on a roll-up door, it is critical to follow safety standards. This includes unplugging door openers and putting any controls away when not in use, preventing them from accidentally being activated. Remove tension from door springs when lift cables are being adjusted, as they can swing and cause injuries. One should also clamp locking pliers onto the roller tracks below the roller to prevent an open door from falling. Finally, only a professional door company should adjust overhead torsion springs, as releasing the tension on these springs can be extremely dangerous.
In general, it’s much easier to prevent problems than to repair them. Preventative maintenance inspections should be done at least once a month. This routine should start with a visual inspection of the hardware, accounting for any excessive rust or breakage in springs, hinges, fasteners, or roller wheels. One should also investigate how the door is operating, and if it seems to be moving too slowly, too quickly, or if it is uneven or bent. Any of these concerns should be addressed by a professional company.
Addressing Noisy Doors
For those who use their garage doors often or late at night, a very noisy door can be a major problem. Luckily, noisy doors are often caused by loose nuts, which can be easily fixed with a socket wrench. Keeping the door parts lubricated will also allow the door to operate with ease and less sound.
Addressing Opening and Closing Problems
A common problem that can arise with garage doors is that they do not fully open or close. While this may be a problem that requires professional services , it may also just be that the “close limit switch” on the garage opener needs to be adjusted. The location of this switch is usually found in the operator’s manual. Another common problem is that the garage door reverses before it closes. Often, this is due to the sensor believing there is something in its path. Be sure there are no obstructions and that the sensor is clean, as any spots on the sensor may be interpreted as an object in its way.
Although maintenance is important for the longevity of roll-up doors, having a quality commercial door installed from a trusted company will go a long way. For more information about installing a commercial roll-up or glass door, give Strike Doors, LLC a call at (800) 658-2839 today!