When Is It Time To Upgrade Your Industrial Door

Industrial doors are fantastic at providing businesses an installation that contributes to the smooth flow of goods, deliveries, and people through their units and buildings. On top of this, they act as the perfect security measure protecting goods and people inside and preventing intruders from outside. Industrial door maintenance is key to a prolonged service life of industrial doors of any kind. Whether you have a roller shutter, high-speed door, sectional doors, etc. This regular, preventative maintenance works to keep your doors in good condition, reducing the risk of breakdowns. However, there comes a point when you may need to replace your industrial door completely. Making an upgrade is occasionally the last and final option for an industrial door that has come to the end of its working life. This could be for a number of reasons, so there are several signs you should be aware of that may indicate when it is time to upgrade your industrial door. 

A temperature change in the building

A dramatic change in the temperature of your building may mean your exterior industrial door is failing. Often these doors have been designed to trap the warmth or cold into the building, to keep the internal climate at a set temperature. This is particularly important in food warehousing. So when this is no longer working, it is definitely a concern. This could be a simple issue with the door shutting and closing which an engineer may be able to repair but this can often be a sign the door needs to be upgraded. If critical temperatures need to be maintained, the time required to repair the door could be costly to your business losing valuable goods and seeing an increase in energy costs. A quick installation of a new industrial door will be simpler. 

Your door is slowing down

Over time the motorised mechanics which operate your industrials doors will slow down. Without regular maintenance, this can reduce opening and closing speeds and may even cause harm to those who use the doors. Industrial doors which are becoming a hazard within the workplace can be extremely dangerous and should be repaired or completely upgraded as soon as possible. In some older industrial doors, this can be a bigger problem as they are not fitted with the safety measures to prevent the door from coming into contact with a person at speed. If you currently have older models installed across your building, now is certainly a good time to upgrade to an industrial door which will pose less of a risk to the safety of your team and visitors. 

Damage or wear and tear

Gradually all doors will gather noticeable wear and tear, often this can include dents, chips, rust, and scratches. Although these may not seem like a big concern, the longer they are left, the more problems may arise later down the line. Despite the obvious effect on the appearance of the door, this can also lead to mechanical issues. It is best to consider upgrading a door you have had for many years to ensure the visible effects of usage do not further interrupt the mechanical operation of the industrial door. 

An engineer can no longer repair the door 

If your maintenance engineer is noticing more and more issues that require repair each year, it may be time to upgrade. Although it is tempting to push a door to its full potential and get as much use out of it as possible if an engineer recommends a door upgrade, it’s best you take their advice. In the long-term, you will save yourself the cost of large repairs to keep your older doors in operation.

Adam Hansen

Adam is a part time journalist, entrepreneur, investor and father.