After thoughtfully choosing the best security measures for the entrances to your commercial property, the last thing you want to do is unintentionally wreck them.
Much of the standard door etiquette we’re used to isn’t actually good for doors. If you’re propping your business doors open or slamming them shut, you could be doing some major damage. Here are some ways to protect the doors that are protecting your business.
Paint the Door
No, we’re not trying to improve the door’s self-esteem. Painting your exterior doors prevents rust and uneven closure, two things that reduce the security of your business’s exterior doors.
Painting over a material that is prone to rusting, like steel, prevents the underlying metal from oxidizing. If you have painted doors, check them regularly for peeling paint or bald spots. Many times, the paint will start to wear around the edges of the door and handle first simply due to constant contact with the door frame and peoples’ hands. Make sure to paint over these uneven spots so that your doors don’t rust.
It’s very tempting to kick a door open if you’ve got full hands, but using force on a door can do a lot of damage. Inflicting a striking force on a door, repeatedly, can damage not only the integrity of the door itself but also the mechanisms used to lock and latch the door. Although it might be easier to let your doors slam or kick them open, do your best to handle with care.
Keep Doors Dry
In addition to handling doors with care, be sure to keep your doors, interior and exterior, as dry as possible. You may not be able to protect them from the elements, but avoid power-washing and, if possible, add awnings over exterior doors to offer additional protection. Even if you’ve painted your doors you’re still susceptible to warping and rust in unpainted areas like locks and hinges.
Dog Down Doors
If you can get away with keeping your doors unlocked during business hours you’ll increase the longevity of its locking devices. Dogging down your doors means that you depress the locking device keeping the lock withdrawn and the door free swinging. Put simply, while you’re at work, this gives the moving pieces inside of the doors a break.
If you’d like to leave your doors unlocked during business hours but keep sensitive information or valuable items on site, invest in a safe for your business and keep any items you want out of reach and tucked safely away.
Pay attention to your doors. If they’re slamming shut or if the mechanisms don’t perfectly align, have a professional locksmith adjust them. Letting your doors bang against their frame multiple times a day does damage not only to the door but also the door frame and the surrounding insulation. Ignoring small things such as this could end up costing you hugely in repairs down the road.
Skip the Decal
Leave the exterior doors to your business blank. It’s tempting to post business hours or showcase your logo on your front door, but you could be doing more harm than good.
Door decals can bubble or peel which puts you at risk for water damage and rusting issues. Post pertinent business information on a separate sign and place in the window. Leave your exterior door as a blank canvas.
Call a Locksmith
Commercial security doors can be complicated. If you find that you’ve got an issue with one, don’t try to DIY. Call a locksmith you can trust that knows how to work on the various devices that make your doors secure in the first place.
Sometimes we underestimate how much TLC we should be giving the things we use daily and it can be difficult remembering to give them a once over now and again. Make sure that you’re checking your doors on a regular basis. Many of our clients set calendar reminders to check their doors monthly when they have other obligations like making a rent or mortgage payment. Catching problems before they start will ensure that you’re getting the value you deserve for your commercial security doors.