How Humidity and Climate Can Impact Pedestrian Doors

Commercial pedestrian doors control traffic flow and give customers their first impression of your space. Consequently, they must be easy to use and visually appealing. Whether you run a retail store, office building, or restaurant, you need pedestrian doors that can withstand extreme weather. Here are some ways Western Canada’s climate can affect your pedestrian doors and some advice for minimizing those impacts.

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Impacts Of Extreme Weather

Depending on the type of material, your pedestrian doors will have distinct reactions to sudden changes in weather or temperature.

  • Glass. Glass doors are prone to condensation when the mercury drops. Modern doors are designed to be energy efficient; if they’re effectively keeping your building airtight, they’re more likely to prevent warmth and humidity from getting out. Even if they’re keeping your interior temperature comfortable, steamed-up doors can give an undesirable impression and may even cause mould or mildew to develop.

  • Steel. During summer, steel gets hot in the sunshine, creating a burning risk for people using your doors. Even if the heat isn’t enough to cause serious injury, it can still give visitors an unpleasant experience. When the temperature drops in winter, your steel doors are likely to contract. They’re also prone to freezing if not used regularly, so you must frequently lubricate the springs and hinges during the cold months.

  • Fibreglass. Because fibreglass is less reactive to changing weather and temperature fluctuations, it doesn’t need as much maintenance as other materials. Paint touch-ups aren’t required as frequently. Additionally, the foam core in fibreglass doors makes them energy efficient.

  • Wood. Summertime heat can cause wood doors to expand and warp, causing your pedestrian doors to malfunction or not open and close at all. Poorly functioning doors compromise your security and can make your business seem unprofessional to customers. Wood is also prone to collecting moisture.

The expansion and contraction effects of extreme heat or cold can also wreak havoc on the locks, frames, closer, and other hardware. Investing in preventative maintenance can help you avoid the need for significant repairs.

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Minimize The Impacts of Your Climate

Weather extremes are a normal part of life in Western Canada. While you can’t stop nature from taking its natural course, there are ways you can manage its impact. Here are some tips for minimizing weather-related damage to your pedestrian doors.

  • Moisture control. Use a dehumidifier if your pedestrian doors tend to collect condensation. This is especially important during winter. Additionally, a humidifier can help keep moisture levels regulated all year long.

  • Weatherstrip. Weatherstrip is a small detail that goes a long way toward preserving the condition of your pedestrian doors while also helping you maintain a consistent indoor temperature. In addition to the energy savings, you’ll pay less on door repairs.

  • Regular maintenance. Some door problems are seasonal. Although it’s tempting to hope a problem will self-correct when the temperature changes, you may set yourself up for more significant issues. Investing in planned maintenance will take the guesswork out of the equation.

If your pedestrian doors malfunction, you can try troubleshooting the issue on your own. However, don’t waste time hoping it’ll correct itself. Call an expert to take care of it once and for all. You’ll spare yourself the hassle and minimize downtime for your business.

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Need New Pedestrian Doors?

When it’s time to replace your pedestrian doors, trust a supplier who knows the particularities of your local climate. If your business needs an entry with that extra something special, a custom design gives you complete security and functionality while effectively conveying your image.

Creative Door Services™ is one of Canada’s largest suppliers of pedestrian doors. Our inventory is carefully curated to stand up to the rigours of Western Canada’s challenging weather patterns. We know your time is valuable, so we don’t waste it with unreliable products or substandard service.

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Western Canada’s Choice for Pedestrian Door Installation and Maintenance

When your pedestrian doors start making trouble, you must correct the problem as quickly as possible. Whether you need repairs, maintenance, or a brand-new pedestrian door for your business, Creative Door Services™ is on the job with a can-do work ethic and a spirit of creativity. Our inventory is of the highest quality, and our installation work is second to none.

We proudly serve Western Canada from locations in Kelowna, British Columbia; Vancouver, British Columbia; Calgary, Alberta; Edmonton, Alberta; Fort McMurray, Alberta; Regina, Saskatchewan; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; and Winnipeg, Manitoba. To learn more about our pedestrian door installation and maintenance services, contact us today.

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