Doors of businesses and commercial establishments are some of the doors that are subjected to a lot of stress and strain, more so if the business is going good. As such, these doors must be built with parts that can endure the stress that they are forced to face every day. Opening and closing hundreds of times each day would break these door parts easily if they are not made of durable materials and are not cared for properly. If you are operating a business, your front office and garage doors must be of commercial grade or quality. You need to know the most common commercial door parts that need to be replaced so that you’ll have a ready replacement once they break down. Here are the parts of a commercial door that need to be replaced every now and then.
Hinges and Bolts
Hinges and bolts hold the commercial door to the door frame. As such, these hinges and bolts carry the weight of the entire door. Carrying the weight of the entire door, especially when it is opened and closed every day will inevitably put a heavy strain on hinges and bolts. Therefore, you need to use hinges and bolts that are made of strong materials that can safely carry the weight of the door itself. But that is not enough. You also need to periodically inspect these hinges and bolts to ensure that they are always in good working condition. This is the only way you can avoid accidents arising from a malfunctioning commercial garage door.
Commercial Garage Door Rollers
Rollers are used on some commercial garage doors to enable these doors to run smoothly on the door trackers. Typically, these rollers are small and are quite inconspicuous so they tend to be neglected by owners of the business establishment. But these rollers also carry the weight of the door itself, so they are also subjected to a lot of stress and strain. Given that these commercial doors open and close hundreds of times each day, you can just imagine how much stress these rollers are forced to carry every day. If your business is using a commercial garage door, you need to check these rollers regularly and see if they are still in shape, have no damage, chips or cracks. If there are any deformities, you should ask a professional to replace them at once to avoid any accidents.
Commercial Door Trackers
Trackers are used in some commercial garage doors to guide the rollers as they run to and fro. If the trackers are straight, the rollers will have no problem in travelling through the whole length of the door opening. However, if the trackers are bent, the garage door will not be able to run this whole length. Trackers can be bent if they are accidently knocked out of place. If they are bent, you need to ask the professional to straighten them out or completely replace them.
Commercial Door Springs
The forces or weights of commercial doors that go up and down are mitigated by the door springs. As these doors move up and down hundreds of times each day, these springs would naturally weaken through time. Metal fatigue will creep in and eventually these springs will snap. You need to regularly check them if they are still in good working condition. Once you see that they are not able to give the proper support to the weight of the door, you need to have them replaced by a professional. It’s a good practice to have these springs checked once a year whether they have problems or not.
Weatherstripping and Weather Seal Strip
Weatherstripping in commercial garage doors are there to prevent outside moisture, insects, pests and adverse temperature from creeping into the garage. This weatherstripping is typically made of rubber or similar material that gets in contact with the garage floor. As such, the weatherstripping and other weather seal strips are subjected to friction and other destructive forces of the elements. They tend to fray, crack and peel and will allow the elements to enter the garage. Check the weatherstripping and weather seal strip for signs of these issues and have them repaired or replaced at once.
Commercial Garage Door Cables
Special cables on commercial garage doors that move up and down also hold the weight of the door itself. As the doors are used, these cables are stressed. Over time, the cables will show the strain and will eventually wear out. You need to attend to and check them regularly to see if they are still working as they should. If there are any signs of aging, have them replaced at once.