Winter is finally here. If you own a commercial building, now's the time to start worrying about your automatic doors. You might not realize this, but the harsh winter weather can wreak havoc on your commercial doors, especially if you're expecting snow and ice. Here are a few important steps you'll need to take this winter. These steps will help protect your automatic doors.
Clear a Path to Your Door
If you typically clear a path to the sidewalk in front of your store, you're missing a vital area in your removal plans. You actually need to clear a path all the way to your automatic doors. Allowing snow and ice to pack up along the entry to your store will cause serious damage to your automatic doors. To avoid that damage, begin each day by clearing a path all the way to your automatic doors. Finish off the clearing by sweeping away all remnants of snow and ice from along the outer edges of your doors.
Don't Go Overboard With the Road Salt
If you're worried about slip and fall accidents, you should probably go heavy on the road salt, especially in front of the store. Unfortunately, the excess road salt can spell disaster for your automatic doors. Not only can road salt slow down the movement of your automatic doors, but the corrosive nature of the product can also damage the mechanical components of your doors. To protect your doors, apply a light even layer of road salt on your pathways, but take care around your doors.
Pay Attention to the Tracks and Frames
If you want to make sure that your automatic doors function properly throughout the winter, pay close attention to the tracks and frames. You'll want to keep your tracks clean and free of dirt, debris, and road salt — as explained above. You'll also want to catch damage to your frames as quickly as possible. The best way do to that is to inspect your automatic doors at least once a day throughout the winter. Clean your tracks to remove debris and have damage repaired immediately.
Call for Repairs at the First Sign of Damage
Finally, if you own a commercial building, you need to stay on top of the automatic door repairs, especially during the winter. If your doors show signs of damage caused by corrosion, seem to drag along the tracks, or fail to close securely, contact your local door contractor to arrange for repairs.
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