Commercial Garage Door FAQs

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When you’re in the market to purchase a new commercial garage door, it is common to have questions regarding how to best select and care for your door to guarantee optimal functionality for many years. To assist you in your commercial garage door search, check out our list of commonly asked questions:

Where Can I Buy a New Commercial or Industrial Garage Door?

At OL Door Systems, we offer a wide selection of Clopay® commercial and industrial garage doors. We’re proud to be an Authorized Dealer of Clopay — the most trusted, leading manufacturer of commercial garage doors. Each door is constructed from the finest steel and tested to withstand excessive force and variable climates. Our professionals can help you select and then we can install a new commercial door that best fits your daily production needs and budget. We carry a wide selection of commercial doors, truck doors, coiling doors, fire doors, and other types.

What Size Is a Standard Commercial Garage Door?

For standard commercial doors, they measure 32 feet by 2 inches wide by 1 inch in height. We know that not every facility is the same, so we offer variable door sizing so the commercial garage door fits your needs and not the other way around. Our Clopay doors can be manufactured in 2-inch increments ranging from 4’ 2” to 36’ 2” in width and 4′ to 26’ high. If you need a custom door size, please call us to learn more about our wide selection.

What Is Headroom and What Is the Minimum for a Sectional Garage Door?

Headroom is the distance measured from the top of the garage opening to the lowest point of the ceiling or obstruction. Determining how much headroom you need largely depends on the type of spring system your commercial garage door will have — torsion springs require 12 inches, for example — and if you’re using a garage door opener. With an opener, you’ll need an additional 3 inches of headroom. The sales staff at Ole and Lena’s Garage Doors will help you determine how much headroom you have and the correct garage door size for your space. We can also review options that include low-headroom kits for tight installations or vertical and high-lift tracks for facilities with high ceilings.

How Often Should the Door Be Serviced?

Professional garage door maintenance companies will recommend you have your system inspected once annually. However, between checkups, you should be performing regular visual inspections, tightening hardware and lubricating moving parts. Also, make note of any unusual sounds or behavior your garage door makes while operating and call a professional company to check out the issue in-person, since it may be something minor that could easily be fixed now rather than cause a worse problem later.

What Maintenance Can I Perform?

To keep your commercial garage door in proper working order, perform visual inspections every one to three months. During these inspections, you’ll want to look at the door surface and hardware, lubricate the rollers, hinges, shaft and springs, check all hardware for rust or loose parts and look at the weatherstripping seal for damage or cracks. During maintenance, also perform a balance test and check safety features like photo eye sensors and reversing mechanism.

For Comprehensive Installation and Repair, Contact OL Door Systems

For over 25 years, OL Door Systems has been a leading expert in commercial garage door installation, maintenance, and repair. We pride ourselves on offering the most comprehensive, reliable and affordable commercial garage door services throughout the Twin Cities.

To install a new garage door or have routine maintenance performed, call us at 612-623-1817 or request a quote.

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Full Vision Garage Doors

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To add a contemporary vibe to your business’s exterior, peruse the stunning collection of clear panel garage doors available from OL Door Systems. Full-view garage doors make a bold statement to your building, adding visual interest and evoking a simple beauty.

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This simple door design makes them a perfect addition to any building type — they allow additional light into your space, give a warm, welcoming glow in the evenings and improve overall energy efficiency.

Advantages of Full-View Garage Doors for Commerical Facilities

For businesses and commercial facilities, you no longer have to choose a garage door based on functionality alone. With a clear panel garage door, you benefit from a boosted visual appeal, so your building doesn’t just fade into its surroundings, while also improving operations. Full-view garage doors are ideal for restaurants, fire stations, auto-servicing businesses and other facilities. For many companies, having a clear panel garage door offers the following advantages:

  • Easy to Use: Due to their lightweight aluminum construction, clear panel garage doors are extremely easy to use. Whenever you need to merge your indoor and outdoor spaces, they are easily lifted by hand. This benefit is especially useful for restaurants when staff needs to quickly, safely and easily raise or lower the door.
  • Low Maintenance: Full-view aluminum doors are crafted from durable anodized aluminum and finished with a powder coating that prevents rust and corrosion. Their long-lasting durability and construction also mean these full-view doors require practically no routine maintenance.
  • Boosts Curb Appeal: Clear panel garage doors give your space a contemporary vibe and a bold professionalism that boosts overall curb appeal. And with the view inside, it makes your establishment appear more welcoming to visitors.

Benefits of Clear Panel Garage Doors

When you have the right type and design for your business’s door, you add modern appeal and can even increase productivity. Natural light can replace the cost of electric bills and if this results in enough savings, hire more staff members. With a full-vision door, you can make your business stand out. Additional benefits include:

  • Increased Visibility: Full-vision doors allow you to enjoy the beautiful outdoors and makes your space feel larger.
  • Natural Lighting: Having natural lighting can improve your mood and allow you to see better while working on projects.
  • Energy Efficiency: Many clear panel garage doors feature added insulation layers which prevent warm or cool air from escaping — improving energy efficiency and reducing utility costs.

Get Full View Doors From OL Door Systems

To fully revamp the exterior of your business, invest in a practical, easy-to-use and attractive clear panel garage door. Since 1991, we’ve been the leading experts in commercial door installation, maintenance, and repair throughout the Twin Cities. To learn more about our services, call us today at 612-623-1817 or request a quote today.

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Benefits of Automatic Doors for Retail Stores

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Front Entry DoorsCommercial storefront doors can have a big impact on boosting your business and making your store successful. Automatic doors can help with driving customer traffic in and out of the store, enhancing shoppers’ experience, and improve the perception of the storefront.

Are automatic doors for retail stores worth it? Absolutely. Here’s why:

Convenience/Easy Traffic Flow/Hands-Free

Most simply, automatic doors are easy! They allow for a better traffic flow in and out of the store because customers won’t be held up opening and closing doors themselves. Many customers will be entering and leaving the store with small children they have to hold on to, shopping carts or strollers they must push, and any number of boxes, bags and packages from their shopping. Automatic doors offer a convenient, hands-free way to enter and exit without extra cargo encumbering the door-opening process, and multiple people can move through at once.

Customer Preference and Public Perception

Not only do customers prefer automatic doors for retail stores, but their presence improves your business in terms of public perception. Modern technology in a store’s construction can make customers see it as a state-of-the-art leader in the retail industry, which means more business and a justification for higher prices.

Efficient Energy Enhancement

Automatic doors are an excellent way to cut costs on energy consumption and save on your company’s heating and cooling. These doors only open when necessary for use and close completely as soon as customers pass through. They’re also sensitive to weather conditions, so you don’t have to worry about customers holding open the door too long during a bitterly cold blizzard — automatic doors will regulate and control air exchange, making sure you don’t waste energy or air.

Safety and Security

As long as you make sure to install your doors properly and have them regularly inspected, they will provide safe, sophisticated, straightforward access during operation and secure barriers when not in use.

ADA Accommodation

Don’t worry about your store being inaccessible to those with disabilities because of a difficult manual door — automatic doors are made to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. They make it safe and convenient for everyone to enter your store. This is important because as a business owner, handicap ADA doors are necessary so patrons can enter and leave your location.

Expanded Options

You may not be thinking about aesthetics when you consider automatic doors, but they provide so many different design options. Choose from a plethora of colors, finishes, designs, sizes, and styles to suit your unique store.

Cost Benefits

With proper installation and maintenance, your automatic doors will be an economical investment you’re glad you made. For more information on boosting your retail business with automatic doors, contact OL Door Systems today for a quote!

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