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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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The Ultimate Fire Door Maintenance List For All Round Safety

Fire door maintenance is pretty straightforward. But when it comes to checking them over, its best to have a plan in place. This way, you can ensure that your fire-resistant doors will extend the maximum protection possible whenever the need arises.

To make this easier for you, we’ve compiled a list that’ll not only keep you up to date with the maintenance work of your fire doors but also ensure all-round safety round the clock!

Let’s take a look.

Legal Requirement for Fire Door Maintenance

In accordance with Article 17 of the Fire Safety Order, all fire doors must be properly installed and maintained. Failing to abide by this will be considered as a breach of the order. This could lead to your property being shut down while the necessary safety changes are made. In order to ensure that you’re in full compliance with the regulations, it is best to sign up for regular ‘Fire Door Inspection’ with Doorway Services.

Schedule Routine Maintenance Checks

Ideally, fire door checks should be carried out at least twice a year. But if the building is newly constructed, the safety checks conducted should be more frequent – preferably at least once every three months. Additionally, you need to keep an eye on the foot traffic that your building receives. Areas that experience the largest flow of people should have fire doors that are in top-notch condition and not damaged in any way. 

Here, fire door checks must be made as often as once every week.

Fire Door and Frame Set Checks

At the time of fire door inspection, be as thorough as possible and pay attention to the smallest details. To ensure that you comply with the regulations, you have to check the door frame and set. 

This includes:

  • Checking that appropriate gap between the door frame and the door is maintained.
  • The seals are intact and in place with no damage whatsoever.
  • Correct signage is being used.
  • There’s no blockage in the transfer grille.

You can refer to the fire door checklist readily available online as it highlights all the aspects that are to be inspected. Moreover, it is best to work through the maintenance checks systematically so as to not miss out on anything. 

Create and Maintain a Fire Door Register

If your building (s) has more than one fire door installed with varying inspection schedules, it’ll be best to create and maintain a fire door register to be on track with the inspections and their due dates. 

Your register will be the central source that’ll contain information regarding:

  • Door specifications
  • Different door components required
  • Maintenance work undertaken
  • Various checks required
  • Fire certificate numbers
  • Date of fire door installation (s).

In essence, your fire door register will have a firsthand record of all repair/maintenance-related aspects. Additionally, it’ll protect you in case of any legal actions and/or investigations.

Fire Door Repairs

If the maintenance checks bring to light any repair work that needs to be done, then you should get on top of it. Ensure that any components you replace are compatible with your fire door. Moreover, make sure that you have the right equipment and tools to carry out the repair work. 

If you’re not sure about the components to be used, then it is best to refer to the fire certificate datasheet to find out about their compatibility with your door model. While you can preside over these checks, it’s recommended that you call in door repair experts at Doorway Services for a professional and safe maintenance check. 

Our experienced door technicians are just a call away in case you need any advice on fire door maintenance. Our impressive track record with successful installations over the years speaks volumes about the quality we bring to the table. 

So, be it fire door installation or repair, give us a call today.

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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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The 3 Types of Doors Every Care Home Needs

Adult care homes in the UK have been on the rise to serve the ever-increasing needs of our older population. As people age, it becomes consistently harder to cater to all their needs which is why care homes are often the perfect alternative to home-based care. But old age homes come with their own set of challenges. A great number of the elderly population suffers from Dementia, Alzheimers and Parkinsons. This means that the care home premises need to have top-notch safety and security measures in place to ensure that the residents within do not wander off on their own. 

This includes having adequate and well-trained staff on board to keep a close eye on people entering and exiting the care home premises. 

The types of doors installed at various points of entry is a brilliant way to safeguard the premises from both internal and external factors.

Robust and sturdy doors for care homes should be an integral aspect of your plan for a safe and secure property. 

This is why at Doorway Services, we’ve highlighted the 3 types of doors that every care home needs!

1. Fire Doors

 

You can never be too prepared in case of fire breakouts and care homes are no exception. Fire doors should be a part of both residential and commercial premises so that intense fires can be contained and the affected building can be evacuated. 

The simple truth is that fire doors save lives. They’re made to contain fire and smoke from spreading for a certain time period which can be used to:

  • Safeguard escape routes so people within care homes can safely vacate the premises. 
  • Safeguard the property and the contents within (for insurance purposes)
  • Let firefighters tackle the fire as safely and quickly as possible. 

Add smoke alarms and fire extinguishers to the mix and your care home will be at the peak of safety. Fire door maintenance and repair has to be taken up regularly to ensure they’re in top-notch condition as they’re integral to the health and safety of a premise. 

At Doorway Services, we’ll help you ensure that the fire doors in your care home are always functioning at the highest standard. 

2. Automatic Doors

 

The older population in care homes might not be able to manually open and close heavyset doors. This is where automatic doors come into the picture. What’s more, these are available in both swing and slide alternatives so you can take your pick. 

Having automatic doors installed in care homes and other commercial premises is applicable by law as well. According to the ‘Disability and Discrimination Act Part 3, Provision of Services’ enforced on 1st October 2004 – service providers have to make “reasonable adjustments” in their premises to make sure that people with disability are able to access the premises. 

This means elderly people and people with disabilities should be able to enter and exit premises freely and in a safe way. Care homes provide a service to the elderly which directly makes the law applicable to them. 

And the best way to ensure that the elderly can enter and exit a premise without any assistance is by installing automatic doors from Doorway Services.

3. Password Protected Automatic Doors

 

As mentioned earlier, the elderly in care homes may suffer from ailments like dementia. They might wander off sometimes without being able to find their way back and this concern in care homes is ever-present. 

To remedy this, care homes can install password protected automatic doors to ensure that the patients in the premise don’t ever lose their way. Unless a member of staff punches in the password, they won’t be able to get out of their respective wards. This way, care home personnel will be able to keep tabs on the whereabouts of every resident while ensuring they don’t wander away and hurt themselves. 

Password protected automatic doors are perhaps an easy and effective way to protect care homes from break-ins. So, if you’re wondering how you could up your game and make your premises more secure, password-protected doors are the answer!

At Doorway Services, we provide an extensive range of robust commercial doors perfect for care homes. What’s more, we can customise each door as per your individual requirements while also providing routine maintenance checks and repairs

Give us a call today and make your care homes safe and secure for its inhabitants!