Over time even the best quality, and best-maintained, commercial door will show the effects of continual use and daily wear and tear. That’s why it’s important for any business to be able to rely on its door supplier for prompt, efficient repair work when the need arises.

Luckily, many common door repair jobs are relatively simple, and don’t require complete replacement of the door. Here are a few of the more frequently encountered problems you’re likely to run into with your commercial doors.

Alignment issues

Buildings settle, doors and frames warp, hinges sag under the relentless pull of gravity. And over time, due to these and other causes, doors come out of alignment with their frames. The result is a door that’s hard to open, and that may not close properly. This is annoying, can hinder your business, and can even pose a security risk. Having to tug on a door to get it to open and close can also cause more damage. How complicated fixing the problem will be will depend on what’s causing it; in any case, it’s a good idea to have an expert take a look at it ASAP.

Worn-out hardware

Commercial door hardware – handles, springs, locks, hinges, and all the other mechanisms that allow your door to open, close and latch – can succumb to constant usage just as the door and frame themselves can. Typically the problem can be resolved by pulling out and replacing the faulty piece of hardware, which is easier and less expensive than an entire door replacement or repair.

Faulty sealing

A problem with the sealing around your commercial door is another common repair issue, and it’s one that’s typically not as immediately obvious as an alignment or hardware problem. It’s important to get it dealt with, however, because it can cause thermal leakage, degrading your ability to control the temperature inside your business and costing you money. If you’re finding it hard to maintain climate control or hearing a telltale whistling sound inside when it’s windy, failing door seals such as weather stripping may be to blame. This is usually an easy fix that’s worth doing as soon as you notice the problem.

Problems with automatic and roll-up doors

Mechanically operated and overhead roll-up doors come with their own set of common maintenance and repair issues. These include problems with the power supply that keep the door from opening and closing; damage to or misalignment of the tracks along which the door slides, which hinders its opening and closing or makes it slow and/or noisy; broken springs or cables, which will not allow the door to open; and worn rollers, which will make an overhead door operate less efficiently.

Simple regular maintenance of your doors such as lubrication of moving parts will help avoid or at least postpone many of these common types of repair problems. But when the need for repair does arise, it usually makes sense to have a trustworthy professional deal with it immediately.