For many businesses, their industrial site is a central hub of activity where their headquarters are located. Functionality is key when it comes to your business premises and there are many things you can do to ensure a smooth and safe running of day to day business. Doors are particularly important, designed to keep the elements at bay, and provide security for your business, your stock and more importantly for your staff, so for them to be in constant, sufficient working order is imperative.
Whichever doors your business relies on – industrial sliding doors, roller shutters or sectional doors, here are some things to consider that may help you establish if they are in need of repair or maintenance:
What material are they made from?
Most industrial doors are made from steel or UPVC, but if you have wooden doors you will need to pay extra attention to their condition and watch for signs of decay. If your doors are metal, then regularly oiling of the mechanical systems that operate them will keep the action smooth and prevent any seizing, particularly in cold weather. Your doors not only welcome customers in but they are keep intruders out, and their robustness is essential in keeping your premises secure, especially overnight.
Are your doors manual or automatic?
If your doors are automatic or have electronic actions e.g. remote locking, then you must ensure that back up remote locks are available in case one fails, and complete regular electronic safety tests to ensure their smooth operation. Doors with mechanical actions such as rolling grilles must be kept clean and oiled to prevent the mechanisms from rusting or seizing, thus preventing ease of use and compromising security. If you doors are spring-loaded you need to be especially careful as if one of the springs in the pair fails then the spring tension will be lost and the door will not hold steady when lifted. This is a safety hazard to members of staff and customers, so this must be regularly checked and if any wear is noticed replace both springs immediately.
Do your doors make a noise on opening?
If your doors make any unusual noises on opening/closing, such as squeaks, clicks or a stiff / juddering motion these are sure signs that your doors need attention. This is especially true of automatic doors if they are not operating smoothly or if they are being temperamental. You must address this right away to prevent the door system failing completely thus compromising security and fire safety. Any unusual noises that start suddenly could indicate a fault so get them assessed by an expert right away.
Is your door balanced?
After continual, extensive use your door can begin to fall off balance due to the wear and tear of part of the mechanical structure. This will result in a heavy door that fails to open and close properly and can even cause problems when locking. If an imbalanced door is not repaired promptly it can result in a full door replacement being required.
Are your doors damaged/dented?
Industrial doors are hardwearing and built to sustain heavy workloads, however if they sustain any damage they must be repaired straight away. A panel that has been dented or misshapen is very easy to fix at minimal cost, but more complex industrial doors, particularly those with mechanical or electrical action will require specialised attention. The repair costs will far outweigh the costs of having to replace stock or repair vandal damage if your site is broken into. By also keeping a watchful eye on the condition and operation of your doors they will provide with years of use and uncompromised security for your building.
If you are in any doubt at all about the condition of your industrial doors, IDS provide an industrial door maintenance service and 24 hour repairs. Don’t hesitate to contact us for more details.