Commercial Sectional Doors 101: Maintenance And Repairs

Sectional doors are essential for many commercial and industrial establishments, providing efficient access and security. Proper maintenance and timely repairs are crucial to ensure these doors' smooth functioning and longevity. Here are some helpful tips to properly maintain your sectional doors.

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Understanding Sectional Doors

Before delving into maintenance and repairs, it’s crucial to grasp the fundamentals of sectional doors. These doors comprise several horizontal panels joined together by hinges that allow them to bend and follow a curved path as they open and close. When fully open, the door lies flat against the ceiling. Commonly used in commercial and industrial settings, sectional doors offer durability, security, and ease of operation.

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Common Challenges

Regular inspection is crucial in identifying potential issues before they escalate. It’s a good idea to conduct a visual inspection of your door, tracks, and hardware at least once a month to keep ahead of problems. Here are seven common issues that you may notice in your sectional doors:

  1. Misaligned tracks. Sectional doors operate on tracks, and misalignment can hinder smooth movement. This issue may result from wear and tear or debris, dust, and other obstructions in the tracks. In most cases, a qualified technician can straighten or repair the track. However, if the damage is severe, the entire track may need to be replaced.
  2. Damaged weatherstrip. Look for any damage to the weatherstrip along the bottom or sides of your sectional door. If it tears or comes loose, it can result in an annoying flapping sound whenever you open or close the door. Plus, it can allow debris, pests, and the elements to enter your facility.
  3. Loose hardware. Over time, vibrations and usage can cause nuts and bolts to loosen, leading to potential safety hazards. Regularly check the hardware and tighten loose nuts or bolts to maintain the door’s structural integrity.
  4. Torsion spring issues. Torsion springs play a crucial role in counterbalancing the weight of the door. Signs of wear, such as fraying or rusting, indicate the need for immediate attention. A standard torsion spring can handle about 10,000 cycles. Therefore, busy operations may need the torsion springs on their sectional doors replaced every few years.
  5. 5. Damaged panels. Sectional doors consist of multiple panels, and damage to any can compromise the door’s integrity. It’s essential to address dents, cracks, rust, and other forms of damage promptly. However, investing in an entirely new door may be more cost-effective if there are two or more damaged panels.
  6. 6. Lubrication problems. Lack of proper lubrication can lead to friction and excessive wear on the door’s moving parts, affecting the overall performance. Inadequate lubrication could be the issue if you notice a grinding or squeaking sound or your sectional door isn’t moving up and down smoothly. Use a silicone-based lubricant to lubricate all moving parts, including rollers, hinges, and springs. Avoid using oil-based lubricants, which can attract dust and dirt, causing further damage.
  7. Electrical malfunctions. If your sectional door operates with an electric opener, electrical issues such as faulty wiring or a malfunctioning opener can lead to problems. If your door won’t open or close or is acting strangely, call a professional to diagnose and fix the issue.

If you notice any of these signs, it’s best to contact a Creative Door Services™ technician as soon as possible. They’ll determine the extent of the problem and, if necessary, recommend a replacement.

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DIY Repairs and When To Call Professionals

While routine maintenance can address minor issues, certain repairs require the expertise of professionals. Seek professional help for spring replacement, track realignment, and electrical repairs.

At Creative Door Services™, we offer a planned maintenance program to ensure the safety and security of your home. Our experienced technicians can identify potential issues and perform necessary adjustments, ensuring optimal performance. Remember, when in doubt, always consult with skilled professionals to handle complex repairs and maintenance tasks, ensuring the safety and functionality of your sectional doors.

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Reliable Sectional Doors For Your Business

Sectional doors are a reliable and practical solution for many industries. However, they require proper maintenance and repairs to continue functioning safely and efficiently. At Creative Door Services™, you can trust our skilled professionals to handle even the most complex sectional door repair and maintenance tasks. We also offer a wide selection of high-quality sectional doors to meet the unique needs of any industry. Let Creative Door Services™ be the go-to solution for all your sectional door needs.

Contact us today to learn more about our products and services or get a free quote. We have eight locations to serve you. You can find us in Kelowna, British Columbia; Vancouver, British Columbia; Calgary, Alberta; Edmonton, Alberta; Fort McMurray, Alberta; Regina, Saskatchewan; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; and Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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