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Frequently Asked Questions

Question 1. What is an Overhead Door?

Overhead doors are door designs that make it possible to allow or prevent access to a building. Rather than a door that opens inward or outward, the overhead door is mounted on a horizontal axis that makes it possible to raise or lower the barrier.

The typical Toronto overhead door is used in for garages in residential settings. In commercial or business settings, these doors are often employed at auto repair shops, warehouses, loading docks connected with manufacturing plants, and other areas. These types of doors are usually installed by overhead door services and usually come with options for warranties and service contracts.

Question 2. How Do I Adjust an Overhead Door?

Adjusting overhead doors may be necessary if those doors become uneven or seem to be sticking when you attempt to open or close them. Many issues can be resolved by adjusting the tension on door springs. This is usually done by closing the door, loosening or removing the springs, and then tightening them so they support the door and the function properly.

Many property owners prefer to leave this type of adjustment to an overhead door service. Check your warranty and service contract before attempting to adjust the door yourself. There may be provisions within those documents that defray the costs of adjusting an overhead door Toronto.

Question 3. How Does an Overhead Door Drive Chain Work?

Many overhead door designs include what’s known as a drive chain. The chain is responsible for moving the door up and down the tracks that are found on each side of the door jamb. With automated doors, the chain and motor control the speed with which the door raises and lowers. Drive chains are durable and designed to last for a number of years. Like other parts of the door design, they do need maintenance and upkeep. A service contract with a reputable overhead door service Toronto will help those Toronto overhead doors and drive chains to function properly for many years.

Question 4. Can Overhead Doors Be Used For Egress?

Egress is a term that describes a means of entering or leaving a facility with relative ease. That’s especially important if entering or exiting is necessary for personal safety. While doors that swing open and closed may be found in some cases, overhead doors can also be used for egress.

In order to know if an overhead door Toronto can be used at a specific point or egress, consult with a local building inspector. That professional will be able to tell you if there are any prohibitions within the local safety codes that would bar the use of an overhead door at that particular point of entry or exit.

Question 5. What is Security Gate?

Security gates are movable fixtures designed to offer protection to a building or property. A security gate may fold when not in use or swing to one side in order to allow access. There are also sliding security gates that are often included at points of entry when the property or some section of the property is protected by a fence.

A security gate Toronto may be operated manually or with the use of an automated opener. This is especially true with barrier security gates designed to limit access by unauthorized personnel. The goal of installing this type of gate is to increase the amount of security found at the facility.

Question 6. How Do I Buy a Barrier Security Gate?

Purchasing barrier security gates requires paying close attention to the dimensions, the materials used, and the features that you want with the gate. Also, consider where the gate is destined to be installed. What you want in a security gate designed to bar access to an employee parking lot may be different from what you need to keep parts and supplies secured somewhere within your facility.

If you’re not sure how to select the right security gates Toronto, a professional can make recommendations based on where the gate will be installed and what you hope to accomplish with the installation.

Question 7. What is a Rolling Steel Door?

Rolling steel doors are doors that are constructed of slats made using stainless steel, galvanized steel or aluminum. While some designs are made to retract and expand from right to left, most rolling steel doors Toronto are configured to raise and lower as needed. That allows the door to be stored in a coil when not in use.

A rolling steel door can be used in a number of settings. That includes industrial sites, research facilities, warehouses, and different types of parking facilities. They may also be used in residential settings, often as garage doors that make it easy to enter or leave the garage.

Question 8. How Is a Rolling Steel Door Installed?

Installing rolling steel doors requires outfitting the door frame with rails or tracks that the door can travel up and down on with ease. Over the door, a roller is installed that makes it easy to coil the door when it’s in the open position. Many rolling steel doors Toronto are configured to operate using an automated door opener as well as a manual override to use if the power is out.

Once the initial installation is complete, the door runs through a series of tests. This is to ensure the rate of tension on the door springs is adequate and that the chains that help to raise and lower the door are working as they should.

Question 9. What Are the Benefits of a Commercial Overhead Door?

A commercial overhead door offers a number of advantages. The right design makes it easy for authorized personnel to enter and exit with ease. The doors also prevent access by unauthorized personnel, making them a great addition to any type of building security measures that the owners already have in place. Those overhead doors can also make it easier to control the temperature and humidity levels within the space.

Toronto overhead doors may include insulation in the design. That helps to enhance the noise muffling qualities as well as allow greater control over maintaining the desired temperature and humidity level inside.

Question 10. Can I Replace a Section of My Overhead Door or Must I Replace the Entire Door?

Since overhead doors are composed of slats or sections, it’s possible to replace one portion of a door that has sustained damage. This is true assuming that the replacement slats or sections are still in production or that you have access to original parts.

There may be times when you do need to think about replacing the entire door. That’s true if the extent of the damage would require replacing most of the sections or slats. In that type of scenario, a representative of one of the local overhead door services Toronto might inform you that trying to repair the damaged door would cost more than replacing it with a new one.

Question 11. What is wrong if my door will only open about an inch, or two, then stops?

You may have a broken spring. We suggest you contact our office to arrange a service call and we will send one of our qualified technicians to replace it. If you have two springs on your door and one is broken, it is recommended that you replace both springs.

Question 12. Can I put photo cells on my existing opener?

Photo cells are available for many, but not all, older openers. Contact our office to see if your opener is adaptable.

Question 13. Why does my door close completely and then immediately open?

Check for obstructions under the door. If there is nothing under the door your machine’s “forces and limits” may need adjusting. Call our office to arrange a service call.

Question 14. I do not have a standard size opening. Can you get a door to fit?

Yes! There is a very wide range of standard sizes available. We can also special order many products in custom two” increments. Almost anything is possible! Consult our office for details regarding custom sizes.

Question 15. How come my remote has such short range?

Check your battery in your remote control. Transmitters (remotes) are sensitive to voltage and require batteries with full voltage to operate with full range. Do not use rechargeable batteries.

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