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The Benefits of an Air Curtain

the-benefits-of-an-air-curtainThe air curtain is an ingenious invention, creating a completely transparent, seamless and mostly penetrable barrier between two spaces. Originally invented and patented at the turn of the century, they moved into more wide scale use in Europe throughout the 1940s and 50s and entered the American market in the 1960s.

Today air curtains are a staple for many commercial business owners who have a vested interest in protecting temperature fluctuations, energy efficiency or quality control inside or between two spaces. They are also more visually appealing and customer-friendly than plastic strip doors, which may be fine in B2B locations, but are cumbersome and unsightly when curb-appeal and easy customer access is desired.

How do air curtains work?

The conceptual workings of an air curtain are quite simple. In most cases, the equipment is mounted at the top of an entry or opening between two spaces. For a recirculating unit, an air intake systems draw air in, accelerates the air via a fan unit, and then delivers a consistent stream of continuously flowing air across the width of the opening. The distribution nozzle is adjustable within a certain number of degrees to direct the flow of air inward or outward. The effect is an efficient jet stream, where roughly 80% of the air is returned to the intake and the other 20% moves in the opposite direction.

There are also non-recirculating systems, typically mounted vertically along the sides of the opening. If the opening is wide enough, it requires more than one system to work correctly. Also, it’s worth noting that side-mounted, horizontal air curtains are more prone to damage so protective measures should be taken.

When you’re selecting the right air curtain for your business, the installer will review:

  • The type of door or opening
  • How the door is used, i.e. a loading dock, deliveries, shipments, entrance or egress of employees and/or customers, between freezer or cooling units, etc.
  • Physical dimensions of the opening
  • Climate control issues, such as the addition of heat at the interior side of the door
  • Drafts or air pressure differences existing at the opening

The results of this review will determine which type, size and power rating will be best for your particular use.

Air Curtains Save Time, Money and Energy Expenses

Installation of an air curtain saves business owners time, money and energy.

Time is money, and air curtains save time

First, the air curtain provides unobstructed movement between spaces – no waiting for doors to open and close. This saves time for employees and makes your business more appealing from the curb. In fact, studies show that business increases in response to the open door effect. Open doors draw people in – so your air curtain allows your brick-and-mortar front door to remain open without the typical risks of heating/cooling loss or excessive energy bills. Also, your business will be more appealing to those with mobility issues or disabilities because there is no cumbersome door to manage.

Increase comfort and energy savings

The air curtain will preserve the temperature differentiations between two spaces, keeping the warm air on one side and cooler air on the other. In addition to increasing both staff and customer comfort, you’ll also notice a distinct improvement in energy savings.

Energy savings come indirectly as well, via less wear-and-tear on your HVAC system since the blowers and air handlers kick on/off less often. Also, regular cleaning and minor maintenance of the air curtain on a regular basis minimizes overall maintenance, repair, and replacement costs.

Improve quality control and safety

The same high-pressure air flow that prevents temperature exchanges is a deterrent for insects and pests. Air curtains also prevent the migration of dust, contaminants, odors and pollutants between two spaces, increasing quality control.

Company safety is also enhanced. For example, air curtains used in cold room doorways prevents misting, which reduces icy and or slippery surfaces that put employees at risk for injury. The lack of obstructions also reduces the chance of employee and/or equipment collisions. In fire situations, the air curtain forms a barrier, preventing smoke from infiltrating the space and also provides a clearer path for employee and customer evacuation.

If you’re considering installing air curtains at your place of business, select a reputable and experience air curtain installer. Failure to select the correct unit can be a costly mistake. The airflow from the air curtain won’t be adequate enough to provide the advertised benefits, and you’ll wind up with an expensive lesson and extra expenditures returning and replacing it. Better to have the right unit(s) selected the first time around.

Contact R&S for a free on-site consultation so we can determine which air curtain units would be best for your business.

What Your Garage Door Says About You?

You wouldn’t think that a garage door says a whole lot about the people who live inside, but it does. After more than 50 years in the garage installation and repair business, you’d be surprised what we know by examining a garage door.

5 Things We Can Learn About You Through Your Garage Door

Here are some of the things your garage blabs to the world about you and other house occupants.

  1. You like to draw attention to yourself. If you have a fresh and brightly colored garage door, odds are you’re feeling pretty bold and confident. In fact, you feel so good about yourself – and your home’s garage door – that you don’t mind if the whole world takes a look. In fact, your boldly painted red, blue or yellow garage door is more like your way of saying, “Look at me, world!” as you boldly stare back.Helpful Tip: Just make sure you keep that paint well-sealed and/or refreshed because while a dilapidated neutral-colored door is always a bit of an eyesore, your peeling red paint is a much more garish display of decay.
  2. You’re not overly observant. Sometimes, our garage door maintenance routes take us back and forth through the same neighborhoods. The first time we see the garage door up, we figure it’s a fluke or perhaps a homeowner is busy working outside. The next time, and the next – we realize that the homeowner is driving away, clicking the remote access closer, and not paying attention to the fact that the door isn’t closing. Whoops!Helpful Tip: First, we highly recommend waiting until your garage door is all the way closed before driving off. Second, if the door won’t close, odds are there is something in the way and/or that the laser eyes are a tad bit off – both of which are easy fixes.
  3. You’re a neat Nelly. It’s not just the garage door that says this about you; it’s your house, the window trimmings, the landscape design and everything else. The paint is fresh and the lawn and shrubs are tidy. When the garage door is up, the neighbors are in awe at the organization they see on display – there’s a place for everything and everything in its place. Yours is the garage that everyone wants to have – but hardly anybody does.Helpful Tip: We applaud the time you spend keeping things in order, but we recommend giving yourself a break once in a while and letting the professionals take over. A licenses garage door company will be happy to perform routine garage door maintenance at a very reasonable price, leaving you more free to get out there and have fun once in a while.
  4. You’re a renter. When the yard is verdant and well-maintained, and the house is in good shape – but the garage door is outdated and a bit dilapidated, we figure you must be a renter. While you’re doing a great job of maintaining what you can, there’s a point where an outdated garage door gives you away. Replacing a garage door isn’t something most landlords volunteer to do, and it isn’t an expense most renters volunteer to take on. Thus, rental homes often have garage doors that are seriously out of date.Helpful tip: Contact a licensed garage door company and have them give you a free estimate for an automatic garage door replacement. Even bottom-end units are attractive and reliable, and they sure beat the look and (dys)function of an outdated door. Then, staple it to a copy of our post, Garage Door Safety 101. It will serve as a reminder that the outdated garage door on your home is actually a bit of a safety hazard.
  5. You know your stuff when it comes to garage doors. If you’re paying attention to the world of garage doors, you’ll show it off by replacing weather stripping or seals before winter weather strikes, or upgrading the insulation before you turn it into a hobby shop or man cave. You may even have certain luxuries, like a garage door screen, the converts your garage into more of an indoor/outdoor living space when the weather gets warm.Helpful tip: While we applaud your DIY ability, there are some garage door repairs you shouldn’t do yourself. Know when to contact the professionals so you don’t make a regrettable error.

Feel like your garage door isn’t saying the right thing about you? Contact us here at R&S and we’ll see if we can help.

Benefits of a Strip Door

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Is your company looking for ways to cut costs, provide a comfortable and safe environment for warehouse employees, regulate temperatures or protect valuable products from the elements and other forms of contamination? Sounds like it would benefit from a strip door.

Strip doors assist warehouse function and business owners in a variety of ways. Typically made from durable, PVC plastic, the tough strips provide a barrier between two spaces that are normally separated by a solid door. The difference is that unlike a door that is opened and closed to gain entrance or egress, the strip doors can be passed through via foot, vehicle or forklift.

Give Your Rolling Metal Doors a Break and Install a Strip Door

Even the highest quality rolling metal doors need a break once in a while since overuse causes wear and tear that leads to more frequent maintenance, repair and/or replacement. Also, any time wasted waiting for a door to go up or descend is time employees could use being more productive. Strip doors provide all of the same benefits of a closed steel door (sans off-hours security, of course), which makes them an ideal solution during working hours.

Here are some of the benefits of installing strip doors in the right locations.

Strip doors save on energy costs

Have a busy loading or shipping bay? Odds are employees prefer to have the door open at all times so they can keep working. This makes it impossible to maintain consistent – not to mention comfortable – interior temperatures, especially during the hottest and coldest times of year.

Your PVC strip door will provide impressive insulation value, as well as protection from the elements. The strips part easily when people or vehicles pass through and then fall back into place, creating an insulating barrier between exterior and interior spaces. The result is less wear and tear on your HVAC system and higher annual energy savings.

Protect the integrity of your products

Just as people are susceptible to the elements, so are products, machinery and equipment. Strip doors make excellent barriers to improve quality control for your products. In cases where they’re installed between indoor and outdoor locations, strip doors provide improved regularity in regards to temperature, weather and humidity fluctuations. In interior locations, they can provide a more clean and sanitary environment for products that are particularly sensitive to dirt, dust or exposure to environmental particulate matter.

Keep fridge and freezer temps more consistent

Dealing with the cumbersome cooler and freezer room doors is difficult for employees in busy kitchens or food production and storage facilities. Yet, keeping a door propped open can raise temperatures to a level that compromises the inventory or violates food safety regulations. Strip doors are the answer. Simply choose a strip door model that provides the level of insulation you need and employees will notice a drastic difference.

Contain odors and noise

The good news about wide-span metal buildings is that production equipment and materials sizing is a non-issue. The bad part is that any building where design and manufacturing take place in the same area, or where office personnel need to do their jobs amidst noising construction, makes employees susceptible to noise volumes or odor levels that are intolerable.

You can use PVC strip doors to better contain sound and certain odors to a smaller area, providing peace of mind to employees elsewhere in the space. There are plenty of other uses for strip doors, including:

Strip doors are easy to clean and maintain, and will also save maintenance costs for the steel doors that take their place during the off hours. Contact R&S to learn more about strip doors and to choose the right version for your business’s needs.

Solutions for Storing Holiday Decorations in the Garage

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Feel like holiday decorations are exploding from every nook and cranny in your garage and closets? Perhaps it’s time to re-think your storage solutions. These days, garage storage is as much of a science as it is an art form, and there are plenty of tricks at your disposal.

We assure you that if you work out the storage kinks ahead of time, putting away your holiday decorations will be much less depressing than it already is. Before you get started, we recommend using a clear weather day to de-clutter and clean out your garage if you haven’t done it in a while. It will make it that much easier to design a new storage system for your holiday items.

7 Solutions to Organize Holiday Storage in Your Garage

Here are some of the ideas, gadgets, and tricks we’ve learned over the years, and much of the advice holds true for any seasonal or themed furnishings, accents and toys.

  1. Install ceiling-to-floor shelving. In truth, this first tip is one we’d advise to just about everyone. Stainless steel storage shelving systems abound and you can often find them used. They are affordable, require virtually zero cleaning or maintenance once installed and will help to get things up and off the floor, with items stored vertically to reduce the impact on your garage square footage. Once installed, you can make an entire section the “holiday décor” station, or you can use the top- or top-two levels to store holiday and other seasonal items that are rarely used during the rest of the year.
  2. Use a rafter- or ceiling-suspended storage options. One of the best things you can do to store items you don’t use that often is to get them up and out of the way. There are several different rafter- or ceiling suspended storage systems available for this purpose. The higher-end options can be hand or electrically raised and lowered, making it pain-free to load and unload them when you need to.
  3. Bag up the tree. Does your family use an artificial tree? Go online or to your local hardware store and invest in a high-quality roller bag designated to store a tree of your size. That saves the hassle of setting it up and breaking it down each year. When everything is zippered up tight, storage bags are the easiest way to keep your tree looking its best, free from dust, debris or pests. If you have a small tree and/or you’re small enough, the tree can be stored on a piece of plywood resting on the rafters. Otherwise, find a designated corner where it can be stored upright.
  4. Get holiday lights under control. If you use multiple strings of lights to decorate the exterior and/or interior of your home we have several recommendations for you. The first is cheap and easy – use a length of masking tape, folded back on itself to form a tag, and write down how long the string of lights is and where you use(d) it. That makes next year’s decorating that much easier. When it’s time to take them down, carefully wind the lights into a round and store string one in its own plastic bag, then lay those flat in a clear plastic storage bin (more on those next).
  5. Buy clear, plastic storage bins. When it comes to holiday decorations, it’s all about clear plastic bins so you can see what’s in there. In truth, we’re fans of clear storage bins for everything because we’re tired of scratching out and re-writing labels as our items come and go. Again, it’s worth it to invest in quality – and buy the type that snap-and-lock to keep your items pest- and debris-free for the other 46+ weeks they’re being stored each year. Plus, they make it easy to stack and stack without having to worry about collapsing cardboard.
  6. Divide decorations by location. Try organizing your decorations in a way that makes sense, like differentiating storage bins by indoor/outdoor, the floor of the home and/or specific rooms. This helps you with both set up and break down.
  7. Weatherproof your garage. Weatherproofing your garage, by upgrading insulation and ensure your garage is properly sealed, will protect the decorations from significant temperature fluctuations and/or direct weather and moisture contact that can destroy the contents.

When your holiday decorations are sorted, organized and safely stored, it makes decorating and de-decorating a breeze.

Maintaining Rolling Doors

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It gets wet this time of year and that makes your commercial building susceptible to moisture and direct contact with water. If you haven’t done so already, get your crew together and perform a little maintenance to help your rolling steel doors do the job they were designed to do.

Skipping routine maintenance steps can mechanical parts to gunk up, slow down or corrode – which compromises your doors’ performance.

Maintenance Tips & Recommendations for Efficient Rolling Steel Doors

Here are some of the DIY maintenance tips we recommend to protect your doors and your business. Don’t have time to get it done yourself? Contact a local commercial door installer and they’ll be happy to come out and perform the maintenance for you.

  1. Keep the tracks, equipment and surrounding areas clean. Perhaps one of the simplest and easiest things you can do is to keep the door tracks, equipment and the area around the doors and tracks clean. The more dirt, dust and debris accumulates, the harder it is for your doors to work well. Also, organic material often absorbs water, so if that pile of leaves or a soft twig or two makes its way into the door track or other parts, the constant exposure to resting moisture makes metal parts more prone to rust and corrosion.
  2. Lubricate the track and mechanical parts. Most rolling steel metal doors have metal-to-metal interactions. While this combination makes them durable, it also leaves them susceptible to rust and corrosion. Keeping your tracks and metal mechanical parts lubricated is necessary for your door to work efficiently, and it’s also necessary to maintain your doors’ warranties. Don’t forget to also lubricate the door’s springs, hinges and locks. We recommend using a lithium grease product. Silicone lubricants are another good option.
  3. Make sure you have the right operator. Did you move into a building with existing rolling doors? If so, consider scheduling a free consultation with a professional commercial door installer to see if the operator and other door equipment is the right fit for your business’s needs. Door operators come in all different types. If the business owner before you was trying to save a buck, or had a business that didn’t utilize the doors on a rigorous basis, the current door operator might require an upgrade to ensure it can hold up to its current frequency of use. A reliable and reputable commercial door installer will not tell you to upgrade unless they truly feel it’s necessary. If they do, it’s worth the investment to ensure your door can keep up with the demands of your business.
  4. Consider installing a strip door. Does your business spend a significant time with the rolling doors up and bays open? If so, consider installing strip doors. These affordable additions have multiple benefits, not the least of which is protecting your door and it’s mechanical parts from environmental debris, moisture, pests, dirt, etc. They also enhance the building’s daylighting, conserve heating and cooling costs and they don’t inhibit employee’s entrance and egress from the building.
  5. Sign up for a maintenance plan. Have a local commercial door vendor you work with on a regular basis? Give them a call and ask them about their maintenance plan options. This is a simple way to ensure your commercial doors – both rolling steel and otherwise – are all inspected and maintained on a regular basis. In some cases, you may only need a routine maintenance appointment bi-annually. In others, more frequents maintenance may be required. By joining a maintenance plan, you don’t have to calendar anything but can rest assured that your doors will be maintained and repaired on a regular basis.

Are you interested in learning more about the routine maintenance that will keep your Bay Area business’s doors operating smoothly and efficiently, day in and day out. Contact us here at R&S and we’ll be happy to come out for a free consultation and provide estimates for whatever you need.

Keeping Your Garage Secure During the Holidays

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Are you heading out of town for the holidays? This time of year is a popular one for thieves because they know that homes are often left empty while occupants are busy at various holiday functions or making their way out of town.

The garage may be your weakest home security link, so make sure your garage and home remain burglar free this season.

7 Tips For Making Your Garage More Secure Over the Holidays

Here are 7 tips to prevent your home and garage from getting burgled.

  1. Perform routine garage door maintenance. If your automatic door is working properly, it’s much more difficult to access without the remote access entry. We recommend performing DIY maintenance – cleaning the garage door tracks, lubricating moving parts, and keeping the area around the garage door free of debris – at least twice a year. Using high-quality seals and weather stripping will also help to prevent access.
  2. Keep your garage door closed. A closed garage door is your first line of defense against garage and/or home theft. An open garage door is an all to commons sight in most neighborhoods. Certainly never leave your garage door open for long periods of time, especially when you’re away from the home. When you leave for work each morning – or head out of town – make sure the garage door closes all the way before making your way into the street. This gives you a chance to go back and shut it again if the automatic safety features cause it to go back up as the result of an errant rake, toy or pile of leaves in the way.
  3. Utilize the lock function. Did you know your automatic door has a lock function? Many homeowners forget this important second-line of defense. Test it routinely to make sure it works. If you have an older door, or the lock function on your garage doesn’t work, you can padlock the throw latch or install C-clamps on each side of the door track, making it significantly more difficult to open the door from the outside.
  4. Don’t leave the remote in the car. It makes sense to leave your remote in the car, doesn’t it? You’ll never forget it and be locked out when you come home. The problem is that if a thief is able to get into your car and take the remote, he has full access to your home. If you have a more modern car, utilize the car’s automatic garage door programming system, making the remote a non-issue. Otherwise, bring your opener with you and make it a habit of clipping it to your key ring so you’ll never forget it. Better yet, buy a keychain remote fob and ditch the visor-clip version altogether.
  5. Upgrade your garage entry door. How burglar proof is the entry door from your garage to your home? Even thieves that make their way into the garage will think twice if your home has a solid-core wood or reinforced steel door with an anti-kick device on it. Always lock and deadbolt the door when no one is home.
  6. Install a peephole. If you don’t already have one, consider installing a wide-angle peephole in the door that leads from your home to the garage. That way, if you hear a suspicious noise in the garage, you can look through it – rather than open the door – to see what’s going on. This is also a good idea if you have younger children or teens who are on their own after school and before you get home from work.
  7. Frost or cover your garage windows. Leaving your garage windows exposed gives burglars a first-row seat view of the garage’s contents. If you have lots of expensive tools and/or toys, your clear window view serves as an invitation. We recommend frosting garage windows or installing blinds or window treatments that remain closed unless you are in the garage.

Feel like your garage could use some security upgrades? Give us a call here at R&S and we’ll be happy to help you out.

The Benefits of a Garage Door Screen

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One of the major garage door screen manufacturers has a saying, “It’s not just a screen, it’s a lifestyle.” We’d have to agree. While the garage may be a utilitarian storage unit for some households, it serves entirely different purposes than when it was originally designed.

These days, garages are used as hobby shops and sports centrals; they’re used as man caves or in-law units, or they may be temporarily converted into a semi-studio for a young adult child who isn’t ready to flee the nest just yet.

In all of these cases, screen doors can go a long way towards improving the ambiance of the space, conserving energy, improving light and air flow and so on.

Five Benefits of Installing a Garage Door Screen

Garage door screens fit a wide range of garage door sizes. Once the screen is built and installed, you’ll be able to easily move it into place when your garage door is up. There are a few different garage door screens to choose from. Here are some of the most common:

  • Roll up screen doors. These are the least expensive garage door screen and are a good DIY option for homes that will rarely use the garage screen feature – perhaps only a time or two when company is visiting for the summer. They attach to the header and jambs and then a zipper or magnet system works to open and close them.
  • Retractable screen. Most retractable screens are installed using a housing system that attaches at the header. A remote control system raises and lowers the screen.
  • Sliding screen doors. These systems remain fixed in place. Your garage door remote’s additional button can be programmed to open and close the sliding screen door, or you can use a separate remote control.

Each one has its pluses and minuses. Working with a professional garage door installer will help you pick the best one for your lifestyle and needs. If you’ll be using the screen door on a regular basis, it’s worth paying for high-quality screen system so you can enjoy reliable operation day after day.

Here are five reasons we recommend installing a screen door on your garage.

  1. Expand your home’s square footage. When you convert all or a portion of your garage into a living space, you instantly gain square footage. This space will come in handy when you’re hosting a party or large gathering while hosting out-of-town guests, or for providing additional space for adolescents and teens to be ‘home’ with their friends while still retaining a bit of autonomy (while you preserve a bit of piece).
  2. Energy efficiency. By opening up the garage, and using a screen door, you eliminate the need for a portable A/C system or multiple fans. You’ll benefit from air flow and cooler evening- and night-time temperatures. This will save energy, and reduce seasonal cooling costs.
  3. Protection from flying insects. Without a full garage remodel, you can still wind up with a stuffy and cave-like atmosphere in the warmer months, and a screen-free, open garage puts you and your guests at the mercy of flying insects, critters and neighborhood pets. With a screen in place, you can enjoy your garage all day long – even with lights on after sunset – no need for a bug zapper, the pungent odor of citronella or copious insect repellant.
  4. Keep your garage clean. When a garage door is open, the slightest breeze can blow leaves, dirt, pollen, dust and debris into the space. In addition to creating a messy garage, this is all the stuff you want to keep away from your home’s interior, the garage door track and its greased mechanical parts.
  5. Improve security. If you like to leave your garage door open when you’re at home, the screen door is a perfect way to add an extra barrier between its contents and potential thieves that want to make a quick grab. They know that taking the time to open up a screen creates that much more noise, motion and attention – so the screen acts as a deterrent.

Are you ready to take your indoor-outdoor lifestyle to the next life? Contact the team here at R&S and we’ll be happy to provide more information about your garage screen door options.

Personnel Doors: Hollow Metal vs. Solid Core Wood

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If you use personnel doors for your business, odds are they serve two main purposes. First, they create boundaries and divisions where you need them most (function). Second, in brick-and-mortar businesses – where customers and clients will have visual access to the interior – personnel doors make a visual impact (style).

So, when we’re working with our commercial clients, we discuss both their function and style requirements to help them determine whether they’d benefit from hollow metal doors or more traditional, solid core wood doors.

Hollow Metal Doors vs. Solid Core Wood Doors

First, let’s define each one:

  • Hollow metal doors: Hollow metal doors are typically made from steel. As a result, you’ll be deciding between different steel gauges. The higher the gauge, the thinner the steel. So, door facades made from steel with a smaller gauge are thicker and stronger. While they are called “hollow” this can be misleading because you still have the option of selecting insulation materials to suit your needs and climates.
  • Solid core wood doors. These are actually composites, made from two wood veneers on each side that are filled with varying infill materials. We should note that solid wood doors are not the same as solid core wood doors. The two are different and a fire inspector will be able to tell the difference in a single knock. The infill in a solid core wood door will create a more muffled sound, while a solid wood door will have a louder, more resonant knock.

Here are some of the things you’ll want to consider as you decide between hollow metal or solid core wood options for your businesses personnel doors.

What’s your budget?

In almost all cases, a hollow metal door will be more affordable than its solid core wood counterpart. If budget is an issue at all, metal doors will save you money. Additionally, high-quality hollow metal doors are also incredibly durable and low-maintenance, which can also save you money in the long run. While wood veneers are tough, they are still more prone to damage than steel.

What aesthetic are you going for?

Don’t be under the illusion that metal doors are plain Jane. In fact, today’s hollow metal doors are designed in a wide range of facades, including those with decorative panels. They can even resemble real wood and this makes it easier to get a more traditional or style-specific look inside your building. However, only the real-wood veneers on a solid core wood door can provide the look of finished wood. If you are going for an upscale look, solid core wood doors are almost always the best choice.

What is your climate?

Does the interior of your business have a fluctuating climate due to proximity to a warehouse or storage area that is open to the outside? If so, be aware that wood doors are more prone to warping. This will take its toll on the doors functional and aesthetic value over time, and will also increase your maintenance responsibilities. If moisture or temperature fluctuations are the norm for you, then metal is probably the best option.

Do you need fire-rated doors?

The good news is that even solid core wood door can come with fire-ratings as high as 60- or 90-minutes. The only detriment is that they are significantly more expensive than a standard metal door counterpart with the same fire rating.

Keep in mind that you don’t have to choose one or the other. You can work with the sales rep at your commercial door company and figure out which doors will work best where. Keep beautiful, classic-looking solid wood core doors in main offices or areas where you entertain customers and potential clients, and then save money by installing hollow metal doors in areas that are exclusive to employees and staff.

Need assistance designing or installing personnel doors in your Bay Area business? Contact us here at R&S and schedule your free, onsite estimate.

4 Garage Door Fixes You Should Do Yourself

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While there are some general maintenance and garage door housekeeping tasks that are perfect DIY projects – like cleaning up the moving parts and tracks, upgrading or replacing the insulation, or lubricating the moving mechanical parts, there are other repair and replacement chores that are best left to the professionals. There are two reasons for this.

First, even today’s lighter and more flexible garage doors still weigh hundreds of pounds. Their size makes them cumbersome, unwieldy and unpredictable – and this makes for pretty dangerous situations. Secondly, most garage door manufacturer warrantees are only guaranteed if a licensed, professional garage door installer performs the heavier-duty repairs and maintenance tasks. Doing it on your own – meaning you can’t provide receipts for professional service later on – will most likely void your warranty.

Let the garage door professionals handle the following 4 garage door fixes

Here are 4 garage door repairs that are best left to professionals.

  1. Replacing torsion springs. While you may understand that a torsion spring packs a very powerful punch, there is nothing like experiencing it firsthand – and we don’t recommend it. If the torsion spring snaps off or breaks mid-repair, you will be seriously hurt at best and permanently injured at worst. Fortunately, most garage door manufacturers are migrating away from torsion spring technology in lieu of safer extension systems – but not all of them. Even if you opt to perform a DIY garage door repair, we advise paying the minimal amount it will cost to have a professional come out and perform the torsion spring work for you.
  2. Repairs that require specialized tools. Unfortunately, many garage doors have highly specialized parts that require highly specialized tools. Understandably, most homeowners have no desire to spend hundreds of dollars on specialty tools they’ll only use once or twice in a lifetime. Instead, they’ll try to make their own tools work. This is a bad idea. In addition to the risk of injury, there’s a very good chance you’ll damage the garage door and/or its parts – and these parts will no longer be covered under warranty since you aren’t a licensed garage door professional. Now, your garage door repair just got that much more expensive.
  3. Replacing a garage door. The good news about modern garage doors is that they are multi-layered, which makes them more efficient, reliable and insulated. The bad news is that they are also pretty cumbersome. The doors shift their weight and undulate into a new position with the slightest tip or shift on your end. If nothing else, don’t ever attempt to replace a garage door by yourself – it is definitely a two person job, and preferable three. However, we recommend paying the professionals for both of the aforementioned reasons. You will avoid injury – potentially serious injury – and you can be sure that your warranty will remain in place.
  4. A malfunctioning garage door opener. If the fix is easy, go ahead. If you can’t fix it in your first or second attempt, call it a day and call the pros. Garage doors can be very temperamental. If the repair isn’t automatic, you risk the door coming off its track while you’re up there on a ladder. Wielding a garage door that has fallen off its track, while balancing on a ladder, is darn near impossible and you risk serious injury or even fatality.

Are you in need of professional garage door repair? Give us a call here at R&S. We’ve provided professional, licensed garage door installation and repair in and around the Bay Area for more than two decades.

All About High-Speed Doors

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When you’re in the market for a new or replacement commercial roll up door, you need a product that is reliable, functional, durable and secure. While the standard commercial roll up door might be for you, many business owners find that high-speed doors are a better fit for their business.

While high-speed doors are considered newer kids on the commercial roll up door block, they bring you the benefit of better and faster overall performance, which can increase productivity and safety for your business.

What is a High-Speed Door?

High-speed doors work similarly to their standard counterparts but they use higher powered mechanics that increase cycle performance. In addition to cycling speeds ranging from 24-feet to 96-feet per second, most high-quality models can handle an unlimited number of opening and closing cycles per day without any signs of undue wear and tear.

They are popular with a range of businesses, most especially those where efficiency, temperature or air quality control and quick partitioning are of the essence. High-speed doors are designed in a range of models, including:

  • Basic
  • All-weather
  • Freezer
  • Clean Room
  • And more

Benefits of High-speed Doors

There are plenty of benefits reaped by business owners who install high-speed doors. These benefits include:

Efficiency and Productivity

Every second spent waiting for your warehouse doors to open and close is wasted time. High-speed doors are a simple way to increase worker efficiency and productivity. For example, consider the time spent opening and closing the doors accessing your loading dock. Multiply the seconds it takes to open and close doors, by the number of rolling doors you have on site, by the number of times they open each day.

Now, multiply that by the number of days you’re open per year – and we bet you’ll be shocked at how many hours are wasted in the simple act of opening and closing doors for daily business operations. High-speed doors will slash those hours significantly, and that’s mean money put directly back into your pockets.

Weather protection

The merchandise stored immediately to the interior of your warehouse or commercial building’s doors are susceptible to inclement weather whenever those doors are open. While strip doors can certainly help in this arena, high-speed doors do a much better job. At the first sign of wind, rain or a dust storm, the doors can be closed immediately, protecting valuable merchandise from destruction, damage and/or contamination.

Temperature and air quality control

The longer access doors are open, the more difficult it is to control the temperature in the interior spaces. Freezer high-speed doors are designed to function in temperatures as low as -22° F, so your frozen products or materials will be protected from the temperature of surrounding areas.

Similarly, special clean room models come equipped with minimal leak flow and pneumatic bottom edge detectors to minimize contamination between interior and exterior spaces, as well as specially divided interior spaces housing contaminant-sensitive products. Clean room high-speed doors are rated for interior contamination control in the pharmaceutical, hospital, laboratory, electronic and other controlled environments.

Energy savings

Again, the less time your doors spend in the open or cracked position, the less your heating and cooling systems have to work to maintain the building’s preferred temperatures. Since high-speed doors open and close so quickly, businesses experience notable energy savings during the peak hot and cold seasons. Reduced fuel costs are another unforeseen gain in efficiency because high-speed doors mean less time forklift operators, delivery and other service vehicles will spend idling as they wait. This is also a benefit to companies focused on environmentally friendly business practices.

Are you interested in learning more about your high-speed commercial rolling door options? Contact us here at R&S. We’re the Bay Area’s leading installers and maintenance professionals for commercial and industrial doors.

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