Sheet Door Maintenance: Keep Your Galvanized Steel in Top Shape

Commercial doors are essential workhorses. They endure constant use and harsh weather conditions and provide security to protect your business property, employees, and customers. There are several types of commercial doors available, one of which is sheet doors. These doors are made of galvanized steel and are quite popular among businesses due to their affordability, durability, and low-maintenance nature. However, even the sturdiest sheet door requires some care and maintenance to ensure it performs optimally for many years.

In this guide from Creative Door Services™, your reliable partner for commercial door solutions in Western Canada, we'll discuss the importance of effectively maintaining galvanized steel sheet doors and explore when it's necessary to call in a professional technician.

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Why Galvanized Steel? Understanding the Material's Advantages

Galvanized steel stands out as a top choice for sheet doors due to its inherent strengths:

  • Durability: A zinc coating is applied to the steel base to provide exceptional resistance to corrosion, rust, and harsh weather elements, ensuring durability.
  • Low Maintenance: Galvanized steel requires minimal maintenance compared to other materials, making it cost-effective.
  • Affordability: Sheet doors constructed from galvanized steel offer a budget-friendly option for securing your commercial space.

The Essential Sheet Door Maintenance Checklist – DIY Projects

Regular maintenance of your galvanized steel sheet doors is essential to keep them functioning properly and extend their lifespan. To help you accomplish this, we have compiled a comprehensive checklist of DIY maintenance tasks. By following these crucial maintenance steps, you can keep your doors in excellent condition.

  1. Visual Inspection: It is recommended that you perform a routine, comprehensive visual examination of your doors or ask a professional to do so on your behalf. Look for any signs of damage, including dents, scratches, warping, or loose hinges. Pay close attention to the galvanized coating to check for any indications of peeling or excessive rusting. Prompt detection of these problems helps with timely repairs and can reduce further deterioration.
  2. Cleaning: It is important to regularly clean your sheet doors using a mild soap solution and warm water. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, as they can damage the doors' galvanized coating. Once you have cleaned the doors, make sure to rinse them thoroughly with clean water and allow them to dry completely to prevent rust formation. Always remember to check the manufacturer’s website for the recommended cleaner for your door’s make and model.
  3. Lubrication: To ensure that your sheet door runs smoothly and endures time, it's important to periodically lubricate the moving parts, such as hinges and rollers. To avoid wear and tear, use a silicone-based lubricant specifically formulated for garage doors and commercial doors. Always remember to check with the door’s manufacturer before using any cleaning and lubrication chemicals. Apply the lubricant sparingly according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  4. Hardware Check: Over time, the constant use and vibrations of the door’s movement can cause the hardware on your sheet doors to become loose. To fix this problem, you should tighten all the loose nuts, bolts, and screws using the appropriate tools.
  5. Weatherstripping Inspection: Regular inspection of the weatherstripping around the perimeter of your door is essential to maintaining energy efficiency and preventing drafts. Check for any signs of wear, damage, or cracking and replace any worn-out weatherstripping to ensure a proper seal. This will help maintain your business's overall energy efficiency.
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When to Call a Professional Technician

Our team of professionals is here to help you with regular maintenance and more complex door issues to ensure they’re fixed right the first time. When should you call a technician?

  • Complex Repairs: If your door has suffered from severe damage, such as a large dent or a malfunctioning lock, it's important to seek assistance from a qualified technician to handle the complex repairs. Our professionals have the expertise and tools to carry out the repairs safely and effectively.
  • Door Replacement: If your galvanized steel sheet door has reached the end of its lifespan and is showing significant wear and tear or security vulnerabilities, it is recommended to consult a professional who can suggest the best replacement option and carry out the installation process.
  • Advanced Maintenance: If you need to adjust the springs of your garage door or troubleshoot any complex electrical issues with automatic door openers (if installed), it is highly recommended to hire a professional with specialized skills and knowledge. This will ensure that the tasks are carried out safely and correctly, and your door's optimal performance is maintained.

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Master the Remarkable™ with Creative Door Services™

Creative Door Services™ offers several benefits for commercial door maintenance. Our team of highly trained and experienced technicians can handle all your sheet door maintenance needs, from routine checks to complex repairs and replacements. Our technicians are certified and trained to provide the best possible care for your sheet doors. We understand the importance of minimizing downtime for your business, which is why we offer prompt and reliable service to address your sheet door needs.

To ensure the integrity and performance of your sheet doors, we only use genuine parts from trusted manufacturers. Safety is our top priority, and our technicians undergo rigorous safety training through the Canadian Door Institute to ensure that all maintenance and repairs are conducted with utmost care and attention to detail.

By adhering to the maintenance checklist provided in this guide and recognizing when it's necessary to seek professional assistance, you can ensure that your commercial doors will continue to operate efficiently and effectively for many years. Creative Door Services™ is a reliable source for your commercial door maintenance needs, providing top-notch quality and dependability. Experience their superior service and see the difference for yourself.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and discover the benefits of partnering with Western Canada's leading provider of commercial door solutions. 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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