When Should You Replace A Commercial Overhead Door?

Written by Ted Newman on . Posted in Commercial Door Maintenance

When properly cared for, modern commercial garage doors can last 30 years or longer. No matter how vigilant you are about commercial garage door maintenance, your doors will still need repairs from time to time. There may come a time when you ask yourself, “Do I need a new door at my commercial property?” because maintenance and occasional repairs are no longer enough to keep your doors in good working condition.

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Luckily, there are some obvious signs that indicate when to replace the commercial doors at your location.

Your Garage Has a New Purpose

While commercial garages are often used for automotive or boat repairs or storing products, they can be used for many other purposes. An entrepreneur may open a restaurant in one, for example. It’s not unusual to see a micro-brewery operating in a garage these days. A commercial garage is a great location for a greenhouse as well. If the purpose of your garage has changed, it may be time for new garage doors.

The Doors Are Old

The appearance of a business is one of the leading factors that can either motivate people to walk through the doors. If your doors are old and worn, consider replacing your garage doors to give your business a welcoming look that will inspire people to choose you over competing organizations. When your commercial garage doors have visible damage, they can negatively impact the image you want to project. If the damage can’t be fixed, you should get new garage doors as soon as possible.

The Doors Don’t Provide the Safety and Security You Need

Garage doors that don’t work properly can threaten your safety and security. If a door’s sensor no longer detects things under it when it’s closing, it can result in an injury. When a garage door doesn’t close all the way, it can make it easy for thieves to enter. If your doors no longer provide the safety and security you need, it’s time to consider installing new commercial garage doors at your location.

Your Doors Make Loud Noises

Loud noises are a sure-fire sign that your doors need the attention of a professional technician. They can also indicate that you need new garage doors. To determine what’s causing the noises, schedule an inspection with O&L Door Systems today.

You Need Your Garage Doors to Open Faster

Just like the purpose of your garage may change, you may also need the rate at which your garage doors open to be faster. If that’s the case, you might want to install new highs speed commercial garage doors.

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Benefits of Insulated Commercial Doors

Written by Ted Newman on . Posted in Commercial Door Maintenance

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Do you have a garage or several bays at your workplace? If so, you may assume they’re doing their job, but in many cases, garage doors can do more than they’re currently doing. That is, you can get more out of insulated vs uninsulated commercial doors once you have insulated doors installed.

Why Insulate Commercial Doors?

Garage door insulation is highly effective at providing meaningful benefits for commercial and industrial properties. Here are some of the significant benefits you’ll enjoy when you insulate the garage doors at your business:

  • Maintained room temperature: Insulated garage doors are better able to maintain comfortable room temperature. That’s because they keep the cold out during the winter and block heat from entering your garage during the summer when they’re closed.
  • Increased energy efficiency: By protecting your workspace from extreme temperatures, your insulated garage doors will prevent your HVAC system from working harder than necessary year-round. In turn, insulated doors will increase your energy efficiency and lower your electricity bill. In addition, you’ll be able to save money by not having to replace your HVAC system prematurely due to overuse.
  • Improved work environment: Insulated garage doors operate quieter than their uninsulated alternatives. If you have offices attached to your warehouse or garage, insulated garage doors are a must. Because they’re comparatively quiet, insulated garage doors can create a better work environment for everyone.
  • Better protection: Whether you store equipment or products in your garage or warehouse, you need to protect your inventory. By installing insulated garage doors, you’ll be able to store your things at the appropriate temperature to preserve them in working or salable condition.
  • Greater durability: Insulation makes commercial garage doors more durable because it provides lasting support for the doors’ outer panels. With insulation reinforcing the outer panels, the doors are less prone to damage and the opening mechanism will be shielded from the elements.

Contact O&L Door Systems

By now, we’re sure you land on the insulated side of the insulated vs uninsulated commercial doors debate. If you want to get a quote for insulated garage doors for your business location around the Twin Cities, O&L Door Systems can help.

We look forward to helping you create a more pleasant and energy-efficient work environment by installing durable, noise-buffering insulated garage doors at your location. Request a quote today!

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Commercial Garage Door Preventative Maintenance Checklist

Written by Ted Newman on . Posted in Commercial Door Maintenance

The garage door of your facility is one of the most-used doors and entryways to your building. Many owners or managers make the mistake of only having their commercial garage doors inspected when a part or piece of hardware breaks.

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To keep your commercial garage door in proper working condition and avoiding time-consuming and costly repairs, you should perform regular maintenance and hire a professional garage door service to inspect your door once annually. By performing routine maintenance on your garage door, you ensure:

  • Safety: With a properly-maintained door, you can identify and prevent hardware failure that leaves the door inoperable or could injure employees.
  • Life-Expectancy: While commercial garage doors last for many years, the parts will prematurely wear out without maintenance. Regular inspections can prolong the lifespan of the system.
  • Cost: Most tune-ups are far less expensive than common repairs or entire door replacement.

Commercial Garage Door Inspections

Between annual maintenance visits, site managers and employees can perform visual inspections and basic tests that can identify potential issues with your garage door. Every month or two, you should perform the following commercial garage door maintenance:

  • Regular Visual Inspections: With the garage door closed, visually look over the mechanisms of the garage door — cables, springs, rollers and hangers — checking for signs of excessive wear or rust and corrosion.
  • Door Balance Test: Disconnect the door from the opener and then lift the door halfway up its track. If the door is properly balanced, the door will remain in place. Unbalanced doors will either snap open or crash down.
  • Test Reversing Mechanism: As a safety feature that manufacturers must install, test the reversing mechanism by placing a piece of wood at the bottom of the door. Close the commercial garage door using the automatic opener. When the door hits the wood, it should automatically reopen.
  • Clear Photo Eyes: Remove any debris from photo eyes. Also, test the functionality of this safety feature by closing the garage door and then blocking the photo eye beam with a broomstick. If it’s working properly, the door should raise when the beam is broken.
  • Lubrication: As needed, make sure all moving parts are properly lubricated to prevent wear and rust buildup.

Sectional and Rolling Commercial Garage Door Inspection Checklist

For sectional and rolling doors, regular preventative maintenance is often determined by the condition of the facility, including its geographical location, environmental conditions and the normal operations of the door.

Sectional doors should be inspected monthly for loose hardware. Hinges and springs should also be lubricated. Regularly check to ensure the track has not been misaligned, the weatherseal has not cracked and that there’s no difficulty opening or closing the door.

Rolling doors require maintenance every three to six months to ensure proper functionality. Lubricate all moving parts, including roller chains and bearings. For crank-operated doors, use grease on the crank assembly and not a lubricant. Also, drop-test fire doors and check the tension of roller chains.

For Regular Commercial Door Maintenance, Call O&L Door Systems

At O&L Door Systems, we have over 25 years of practical experience installing, maintaining and repairing all makes and models of doors for business owners throughout the Twin Cities, MN, and beyond. We specialize in all types of door repairs, including broken spring, cable, track and roller repair. When you’re in a bind, we also offer emergency 24-hour services.

To learn more about our garage door services and maintenance offerings, complete our online contact form or speak to one of our team members at 612-623-1817.

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