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4 Benefits of Repairing Your Damaged Commercial Doors

Commercial door damage

There are 60 seconds in a minute and 3600 seconds in an hour. That means there are 86,400 seconds in a 24-hour day, 604,800 seconds in a week, and 31,449,600 seconds in a year. 

If your door opens and closes about once every 60 seconds, its hardware is cycling roughly half a million times a year. Could you cycle half a million times without maintenance or at least a checkup?

That’s why it’s so important to take an honest look at your commercial doors’ performance, assess their current state, and decide whether it’s time for a little preventive maintenance. 

But of course, if your commercial door already suffers from a broken door closer, bad hinges, or a wonky latch mechanism, you already know it needs attention. In spite of those half million or so reasons to wonder, you may not need to replace the whole door. Repair may still be a viable option, and there are 4 very good reasons to do it:

1. Security

If your doors creak or grind every time they open, that’s not a passive door buzzer. It’s a liability

Door hardware gets old and gives up; it’s the nature of all things. When your front door latch suddenly decides to become a quitter, you’d better hope it’s not a blustery day in your neck of the woods. Without a secure latch, the door could whip open and cause real damage, hurt someone, or leave the shop wide open in the middle of the night. 

If you have to double or triple-check your door when you leave because you’re unsure whether it actually latched, it’s time to think about repairing your doors with a little hardware refresh. The last thing you want to experience is to be awakened in the middle of the night by your security company telling you there’s been a break-in.

2. Efficiency

Does the wind whistle through the gap in your commercial door? Even if it plays an entertaining tune, that’s not the kind of whistle you want to work to. If your door’s weatherstripping is worn to the point where it can’t hold back a pleasant summer breeze, perhaps it’s time to think about replacing some of those old, worn parts. 

In the end, repairing instead of replacing can save you money on your commercial doors as well as your utility bill.

3. Aesthetics

It has long been a saying that you never get a second chance at a first impression. If your customers are greeted with a shriek from rusty hinges when they open your front door, the experience will make an impression — and it won’t be good.

You can head off that negative review on Yelp with a few inexpensive pieces that can make your commercial door as good as new. 

Maybe you need a new pull (because the old one has developed a high polish). Perhaps you need a new kick-down door holder that actually works. Bolting on a few fresh parts can make all the difference in your customers’ experience. And these days, that’s what it’s all about.

4. Cost

Doing business in the real world can hit you with a lot of surprises. Your commercial doors can suffer from everything that comes along with living in the real world, including:

  • Extreme weather
  • Heavy impacts
  • Vandalism
  • Bent frames (e.g., from forklift damage)
  • Objects intruding into the door’s path 

Damage will certainly occur. Considering the amount of traffic that moves through the average commercial doorway, it’s obvious why the building codes are quite rigorous for these entries. It’s a wonder commercial doors last as long as they do.

Repairing what’s broken is usually more economical than replacing an entire door. If you can restore function with a refresh of a door’s hinges and latching system, you’re going to save a lot of money. 

And if you think of repairs as maintenance, knowing that most door hardware will need to be replaced or repaired at least once during the life of the building should help make the burden lighter. The good news is it’s easy to make it happen with help from CDF Distributors. Shop, choose, customize, order, and get it all shipped in as little as three days when you choose CDF Distributors as your commercial door supplier.

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