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Why Choose Business Doors That Can Withstand Extreme Weather Conditions

Over the past few weeks, we have experienced extreme weather conditions that switches from cold to hot and vice versa as well as unusually heavy rain. This means businesses should be prepared to tackle the changes in temperature so that their profits don’t take a nosedive. One aspect that will greatly help in keeping your business open is a robust and sturdy business door. It can withstand the ever-changing weather conditions very well. 

At Doorway Services, we will help ensure that your business is up and running. Whether it’s the snow or the sun or a heavy downpour, our business doors will ensure that the weather is kept out of your workplace and your business functions are as smooth and secure as ever! Moreover, we undertake business door repair that will ensure safe access to your commercial building. 

In this piece, we have discussed why you should choose business doors that can withstand extreme weather conditions.

The Constant Change in Temperature

Over summer, doors and frames experience thermal expansion which makes the material of the door swell. This makes it tough for the door to fit in the frame. Moreover, your commercial door can experience thermal bowing. This is when the sun exposure from one side of the door and the cool indoor air on the other, come together and cause the door to bow in the direction of the sun. 

On the other hand, low temperatures can make the doors and their frames shrink making them vulnerable enough to crack over time and become more brittle. This is known as thermal contraction and wood is the primary example here.

The Effects of Weather

When choosing business doors, the weather definitely counts for a lot, but it is not the only consideration. The commercial doors you install have to withstand hail, snow, ice, rain and the sun. If it was just one element over a small period of time, it would barely affect your door. But imagine week after week of the same climate or, consistent but extreme changes in the weather. It will certainly have an impact on your commercial entrance doors. 

Constant exposure to the sun can give a faded look to the door’s finish. Moreover, humidity (which is not dependent on season) can put a lot of stress on materials like wood and make it either expand or contract.

At Doorway Services, we offer commercial door repairs service to reverse the effects of harsh weather. 

So, What are My Options with Business Doors?

A business door that’s robust and sturdy is made of fortified or coated steel that is capable of withstanding harsh weather conditions. This means that these commercial front doors are highly durable and will last for a long time. At Doorway Services, we install weather seals to our doors which adds an added layer of protection from the elements of the weather.

We will help you choose a door that has a robust finish and offers excellent weather resistance and durability. You should opt for a lighter shade as it will help fight thermal bowing, not to mention it won’t fade easily. 

Best Commercial Shop Doors for Extreme Weather

Dane Shutters

Apart from providing top-notch security, Dane shutters also provide excellent protection against constant changes in the weather. The insulation on these shutters not only protects your commercial building from the outdoors but also reduce the heat and energy loss from within the property. 

Steel Doors

As the name suggests, steel doors are extremely sturdy, hence weather resistant and they are suitable for businesses across industries. Our steel doors are manufactured from galvanised stainless steel with a zinc coating adding to their overall resistance. 

If you’d like to know more about installing weather-resistant business doors, get in touch with us today!

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How To Choose The Right Door For Your Warehouse

Choosing the right door for your warehouse will depend on a number of different aspects. It will depend on what you store inside, how people gain access within your facility, the kind of foot traffic you receive and much more. 

In this piece, we will discuss how these factors come together to influence how you choose the right door for your warehouse. 

Storage Aspects

In most cases, what you store within your warehouse won’t affect the type of business door you’ll need. However, in some cases, you might require a very specific type of door depending on the characteristics of the products stored within. 

For instance, if you store liquids or organic food products in your warehouse, then there’s a chance that the goods might either freeze or spoil. This is why maintaining a certain level of temperature to avoid the freezing of liquids and the spoiling of perishable items is essential. Here, automatic doors and steel doors would be the perfect option. 

Similarly, if you store highly flammable products in your warehouse, having fire doors installed is ideal. 

Weather and Location

If your warehouse is located in a residential area, a lot of noise emanating from your surroundings can be disturbing. This is why having insulated doors are perfect to keep the noise pollution at bay. 

Every time that your door opens and closes, you lose heat from within the facility. This can then result in more energy consumption to restore the temperature back to normal. If temperature is of great importance in your facility, consider installing high-speed automatic doors that’ll take less time to open and close, preventing loss of heat in the warehouse. 

With high-speed swing and slide doors, the products you store in the warehouse will be protected. Moreover, in the colder months, these doors can help maintain comfortable temperatures for working staff who rely on boilers and heaters to stay warm.

Ease of Accessibility

We have seen how high-speed automatic doors are great for preventing heat loss. At the same time, these industrial doors are ideal in warehouses where frequent regular access is required. For fast-paced businesses involving several deliveries and collection on a daily basis, time that’s spent waiting for doors to open and close can accumulate and waste hours over the course of the day. So having doors that provide speedy accessibility is of utmost importance for fast-moving businesses. 

If you house goods and products of high value, it will be worth installing high-security Dane shutters to avoid unwanted access. Additionally, you can have a separate pedestrian access.

Adopt a Bespoke Approach

With business doors, you can’t adopt a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Depending on the specifications of your facility, every warehouse door will be constructed in a manner that’s unique to the premises. At Doorway Services, we design and provide a range of options that are bespoke to your business needs that results in the perfect fit!

Our experienced team is hands-on in providing you with the best business door advice and service. We also provide business door repair and maintenance service to ensure that it performs well always!

So get in touch with us today and choose the right door for your warehouse!

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Here’s Why You Need To Install Fire Doors

Whilst not always a topic we’re keen to talk about, fire safety is absolutely crucial in the design of any new buildings; after all, people who occupy a building expect to be safe and sound in case a fire breaks out. And to ensure that there are no mishaps, as business owners you need to have fire doors installed across the property. 

Simply put, installing fire doors is equal to saving lives. These doors are a part of a property’s ‘passive’ fire protection protocol making them obligatory for offices, public buildings and factories. 

Fire doors are designed to keep the fire and smoke from spreading for a certain amount of time. This helps with the following essential functions:

  • Protecting escape routes for safe evacuation
  • Protecting the property and the contents within for insurance purposes
  • Assist firefighters in extinguishing the fire in a safe and sound manner

Where Should I Install Fire Doors?

Commercial buildings must have protected escape routes that are clearly specified with the help of signs. If these routes lead to staircases and corridors, having fire doors installed here would be preferable. 

Containing fires by compartmentalising it is one of the key functions of fire doors. This keeps the fire and smoke from spreading from one place to another. This tells us that these doors are usually installed in areas that are at a high-risk. For instance, storage areas with combustible goods, kitchens and boiler rooms are ideal for fire door installation. 

Fire Doors vs Other Doors

Fire doors are designed specifically to resist and contain fire and smoke. This in itself places them in a league apart from other regular doors. 

To give you an idea of how different fire doors really are, we’ve mentioned some key attributes below. 

  • Fire doors are comparatively heavier than regular doors as they’re made of composite resistant material. This makes them fairly difficult to open and close.
  • To make these doors shut automatically, they need to have a door closer fixed.
  • Fire doors come with seals fitted snugly around the edges. These tend to expand when exposed to heat to help block any gaps in between.
  • If there are windows attached to these doors, they have to be glazed for fire-resistance.
  • Every component of the door has to be fire-resistant for optimal performance.

How long do Fire Doors Have to Resist Fire?

FD30 is the most commonly installed fire door and it is designed to fend off the fire for at least 30 minutes. FD60 doors are also available and they’re designed to resist fire for at least 60 minutes. Both the doors have fully tested seals installed that resist and contain the smoke as well.

You should know that fire doors are subjected to a furnace test by using the time-temperature aspect. The certifications are provided as proof of the authenticity of its resistance.

However, in case of a real fire, how long will these doors actually hold up will depend on a number of elements. Factors like the ratio of fire to door orientation, the reason behind what caused the burning and the extent of energy release will combine to decide the level of fire resistance in real-time. 

For instance, fire doors installed might fail sooner in case of a breakout or they might end up standing through the worse cases of fire.

So it will really depend on the nature of your business and the contents stored within to decide how fire-prone your property really is. Additionally, the expert installers and specifiers at Doorway Services will be able to help you make a better and safe choice.

Performing Routine Checks and Repairs

You need to conduct routine fire door checks to ensure that they’re ready in case of an emergency. The slightest change in any element of the door can impact its performance. Every six months or so, make it a point to call in the servicing specialists at Doorway Services. If your building receives moe foot traffic, conduct checks more often.

Give us a call today to know how you can make your building more safe and fire compliant.

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Here’s How Installing Sliding Glass Front Doors Will Benefit Your Shop

Any potential customer approaching your business will first see your shopfront. Needless to say, the entrance to your store acts as the face of your company and is the first point of contact. This can greatly impact further interactions that the customer is likely to have with your business which is why having an attractive storefront with sliding glass front doors will tip the scales in your favour. 

So to create a contemporary and smart entrance for your shop, it’s definitely worth installing sliding glass front doors. Their sleek and smart appearance is highly versatile and will look absolutely stunning for businesses across industries. For instance, glass front doors will be perfect for retail stores and at the same time will look effortless in a sleek, professional environment, food outlets, medical facilities and more. 

There are several other reasons why installing sliding glass front doors will benefit your shop. 

Let’s take a look at some of these benefits. 

Aesthetic Appeal

If you wish to give your shop a modern and stylish look, sliding glass front doors are the way to go as they add to the overall aesthetic appeal of your business. 

Easy Maintenance

Glass doors are weather-resistant not to mention very easy to clean. Moreover, automatic doors made of glass, require little to no maintenance and last for decades making them a worthwhile investment. This means once you install automatic glass front doors, you can rest assured that your shopfront will keep looking amazing for years to come. 

Perfect for All Types of Businesses

Shopfronts with automatic glass doors are suitable for businesses irrespective of their size, shape and industry. At Doorway Services, each automatic door installation complies to all the relevant safety standards so you customer and employee well-being is ensured at all times. 

Availability of a Range of Control Operation Systems

With automatic glass door available in both slide and swing configurations you can choose for them to either operate manually or key in automation. This will offer your customers with an access point that’s extremely convenient for your business.

Opportunity to Advertise Yourself with Sliding Glass Front Doors

When you have a glass storefront for your retail outlet, it becomes easy to display your products. This means you can advertise your products to potential customers 24/7. Glass front doors act as a readily available advertising opportunity for your business so you can make the most of it. Random people passing by your store would decide to drop in and make a purchase without even intending to do so. So displaying your wares through glass front doors increases your chances of selling.

Secure and Safe

Sliding glass doors might not look like it but they’re extremely sturdy and their stark transparency makes it easier to spot burglars who might be lurking outside your store. Automatic glass doors are perhaps the safest and most secure entrances that you can choose to safeguard your business premises.

Allows Natural Lighting

Glass front doors let natural light into the premises reducing the need for internal lighting at least during the day. This way you can save on your energy bills as your energy consumption is reduced. 

At Doorway Services, we offer a range of glass front doors for shops and retail businesses each available with customisations unique to specific business requirements. We also offer automatic door repair and maintenance services to ensure optimal door performance throughout.

Get in touch with us today for bespoke business door solutions!