Corrosion-resistant doors are found in a wide range of commercial, medical and research settings where a sterile environment is necessary, including hospitals, labs, restaurants, manufacturing operations and food processing companies, research facilities and pharmaceutical companies. These doors must be washed down and sterilized with harsh chemicals to keep them free of organisms. Doors installed in this environment need to be able to stand up to repeated exposures to cleaning chemicals.
Corrosion also occurs when doors are exposed to the elements. Doors in a coastal environment should resist salt-water corrosion, while doors that come into contact with water, either in flooding or during normal operation, such as in a car wash, shouldn’t be subject to rust.
One of the best materials for resisting corrosion is fiberglass. Fiberglass door laminates not only last decades, as opposed to steel and wood, but are also manufactured in such a way that present a strong front against corrosive agents, be it weather or chemicals. Plus, fiberglass doors have layers of gel-coated skins, with a smooth finish that seals the door from corrosive agents. Single panel construction means there are no cavities or voids on the surface that can harbor bacteria or other contaminants, while the gel coat helps to prevent mold and mildew buildup. The surface never needs painting and can be washed with soap and water.
For businesses located in high moisture environments – boat yards, docks, marinas, coastal commercial operations, chemical store houses, car washes, pool houses and agricultural storage facilities — where steel garage doors and components may be necessary, the business owner may opt for powder-coated tracks and face hardware to resist corrosion. Powder-coated steel is not as resistant to corrosion as stainless steel, but will offer more protection than standard galvanized. Business owners may also opt for stainless steel tracks, hardware, and stainless steel nylon rollers with sealed bearings, as well as stainless steel cables.
Meet with a Sacs Door and Gate Corp. consultant and discuss the installation of a corrosion-resistant door or overhead door in your business.