Ask Tracy: Why should a heavy duty, industrial strength door closer be important to you?Thursday, December 6, 2012
Heavy Duty Doors For Your Equipment Shelter
At Shelter Works, we place a great deal of emphasis on the quality of the door, including the hardware that controls its operation. It could be tempting to think that a chain is adequate to control the opening and closing of the door, but you need more than that.
There are 3 primary considerations:
The door is an 80 lb solid moving object when it is not secured. In industrial buildings, the doors typically open to the exterior, making them susceptible to the forces of wind. Even a gentle breeze can cause an unsecured door to swing with considerable force. Our hydraulic door closers stop the door from closing automatically, so it is not just (literally) swinging in the breeze. It controls the motion so that nobody gets blindsided.
Our closers have a hold-open feature to keep the door in the open position when you want it to stay open. The firmer you set the door, the greater its hold. This allows personnel to enter and exit the building hands-free without worrying that the door will close on them unexpectedly.
The hydraulics on our heavy duty door closer gradually slows the door at the end of its swing. So even in a strong wind, the door will not be ripped off of its hinges or damage the closer. The last thing you want is to deal with a broken door when it is getting cold and dark and you want to go home for the day.
Some manufacturers rely on a piece of hardware store chain to keep the door from opening beyond 90 degrees. But in real-world windy weather conditions, that is simply not enough. A piece of chain offers neither safety, convenience, nor durability; you need to specify a heavy-duty, industrial-strength hydraulic door closer.
As we always say at Shelter Works, quality matters, so make sure that you get the proper performance from your industrial enclosure.