What to Do When You Need a New Warehouse Door
A new warehouse door is a sizeable capital improvement project, but you aren’t on your own. First, make sure you cannot fix or repair the door you already have, or that the ROI on the new door justifies the expense. Next, when you are positive that you need a new door, use our guide to make the right buying decision.
Common Problems with Warehouse Doors and Cold Storage/Freezer Doors
Essentially, doors serve as a barrier to protect us from harm, save energy and help us separate processes for optimal productivity. When they aren’t working properly, you could face unscheduled downtime and costly shipping or production delays. There are common problems to investigate if your door is not doing its job:
- Door won’t open
- Door is stuck
- Door seal is damaged
- Unit is leaking
- Automatic doors are nonresponsive or stuck
- Door was knocked, bumped, or damaged
- Door is off its track
- Door is affected by grime, buildup, or oxidation/rust
- Frost accumulation along the edges of doors or warehouse cannot maintain proper temperatures
If you are repairing the door in-house, remember that safety comes first. Ensure that the door is locked out / tagged out, cannot fall on another person and wear protective gear while you investigate. The second most important rule is that you should never try to force a door back onto its tracks. Rule out the most obvious problems first, like empty or malfunctioning power sources for automatic doors or grime that needs to be cleared from the tracks. If the door and track are not physically damaged, and the spring or chain is still intact, you can try putting the door back onto its track.
If you are diagnosing a cold storage door or freezer door, the cause may be less obvious but it will also determine the scope of repair necessary. It is easier to replace individual components, like hinges or individual panels, but it may be more difficult to replace or repair walls, floors and entire refrigeration systems. Thankfully, a new door could be all you need to keep the refrigeration system up and running for years.
Diagnose and repair/replace your doors as quickly as possible to avoid further disruption to your business, and to also avoid security risks and environmental risks. Ongoing, do your best to keep to a comprehensive maintenance schedule to prevent big issues down the road.
When you do have to replace or upgrade your warehouse door or cold storage/freezer door, make sure your door is designed by the experts. Here’s are the top five things to keep in mind when you need a new industrial door:
1. Fabric Warehouse Doors Offer Safety Advantages
Innovations by warehouse door manufacturers have led to new safety precautions that you won’t find on older industrial doors. Rite-Hite LiteSpeed Door has a unique, soft bottom edge and soft-breakaway system without metal/plastic support or electrical wiring buried within the door. It provides a softer, safer cushion for products, personnel, and equipment.
2. Your Doors Determine Your Environmental Risk
If you work in a sanitary or quality controlled environment, you need an industrial door that holds the line. In some industries, your warehouse door must exceed compliance to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The best Clean Room Doors will be designed with a smooth curtain fabric and stainless steel components for easy and frequent wipe downs, corrosion resistance and seal replacement.
3. When Warehouse Doors are Too Slow, You Lose Money
In real-time manufacturing, every moment counts. You shouldn’t waste time waiting for doors to open and close -- even seconds will add up when you count the books. Rite-Hite engineers designed doors with faster cycles, improving productivity, and less energy loss. With peak speeds up to 120”/ sec (3 m/sec), high speed doors are swifter to help with superior environmental separation and control or unscheduled downtime.
4. Simple Maintenance, Best-in-Class Service
Rite-Hite representatives provide maintenance and repairs for your warehouse doors and other industrial doors throughout your facility and our Representative Network can also help you upgrade doors when the time is right. Changing your space? No problem. Your support doesn’t expire when your facility changes. If you’re moving to a new facility, updating your existing facility, or building out additional space, we have a team of design and product experts to find a customized solution that meets all of your needs.
5. Knows YOUR Industry Well
There are so many factors that go into choosing the right industrial door. The right vendor will understand your industry’s specific needs to find the best solution. Some of our customers are more interested in a climate-controlled environment while others are fine with outside air to keep their employees cooler. Some packed warehouses may benefit from smaller equipment footprints while other warehouses are more interested in heavier doors to deter intruders.
The experts at Rite-Hite evaluate the performance of your existing doors against other door options, whether you are buying new or repairing. Our revolutionary line of industrial doors is designed with these efficiencies in mind to bring your workflow to its highest potential with leading engineers designing new products for high-speed, low-maintenance, and maximum-uptime solutions.