6 Summer Maintenance Tips For Commercial Pedestrian Doors

Summer is a busy time of year for many businesses. As key access points, pedestrian doors receive a lot of traffic during warm months. Therefore, if you haven’t already, now’s the time to inspect your pedestrian doors to ensure you don’t run into any unexpected breakdowns that could impact your operations. Beat the summer rush with these six maintenance tips!

shop owner standing in from of commercial storefront with OPEN sign in summer
  1. Clean the outside of the door. Use water and a mild detergent to remove built-up dirt on both sides of your pedestrian doors. This will help prevent rust from forming. For the same reason, touch up any chips or cracks in the paint, if applicable. The hot summer sun can quickly fade and deteriorate your door’s paint and finish.
  2. Examine the frame. Ensure the frames around your pedestrian doors are plumb, level, and square and that they’re not warped or damaged. An ill-fitting door can put your facility at risk of break-ins. If something seems amiss, call a professional to inspect the issue.

    close up of pedestrian door frame and hinges for inspection

  3. Verify the weatherstrip. The weatherstrip around your pedestrian doors prevents warm air from infiltrating your facility over the summer. It also prevents dirt, debris, and unwanted critters from getting inside. Therefore, checking if the weatherstrip is loose, brittle, cracked, torn, or deformed is essential. If you can feel a draft coming from around the door when you put your hand near the weatherstrip, replace it immediately. You can also save on energy bills by ensuring your pedestrian doors are airtight.

    In addition, if your door doesn’t already have one, you may want to consider installing a sweep at the bottom to prevent the cool, air-conditioned air from escaping. They’re simple to install, and you can adjust them for different types of thresholds.
  4. Inspect the strike plate. Verify that the screws on your man door’s strike plate are tight. If the strike plate becomes misaligned, the door may not close properly, compromising the safety of your property. Replace or tighten any screws as soon as possible.
  5. Lubricate the hinges and locks. Lubricate the hinges on your pedestrian doors with lithium grease to ensure they continue to move smoothly and quietly all summer long. You should also check that the hinge screws haven’t come loose. If they have, tighten them to ensure your door doesn’t sag.

    Furthermore, if your door has a cylindrical or mortise lock, lubricate it often to keep the moving parts in good working order. Occasionally, wipe it with a damp cloth to prevent debris from accumulating in the lock.

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  6. Schedule a professional inspection. It’s important to schedule regular maintenance to preserve the health of your pedestrian doors and prevent minor problems from turning into major issues. Creative Door Services(tm) offers a flexible planned maintenance program. Someone from our team will make regularly scheduled visits to your facility to inspect, maintain, and repair or replace any worn components before they fail.

    For example, if you have an automatic pedestrian door, a technician will ensure the operator, push plates, sensors, transmitters, and receivers are all in good working order. They’ll also inspect the door motor, access control system and switches..

Finally, on top of seasonal maintenance, it’s a good idea to implement a daily pedestrian door checklist to ensure access to your facility is never compromised. As soon as you notice something isn’t working right, reach out to the Creative Door ServicesTM team for assistance.

hospital corridor to emergency exit pedestrian man door with exit sign and pushbar

Pedestrian Door Installation, Repair, And Maintenance in Western Canada

If your business needs new commercial man doors, turn to the experts at Creative Door Services. We carry a variety of stylish and durable doors and can customize them for material, colour, and glazing. We also have an extensive selection of finishing hardware and accessories for manual and automatic pedestrian doors, including door closers, locksets, exit devices, electrified hardware, kick plates and more.

Moreover, our team provides professional installation, maintenance, and repair services on all types of pedestrian doors to ensure your business remains safe and secure for years to come.

Contact us today to learn more or to get a free quote. We have eight locations to serve you. You can find us in Kelowna, British Columbia; Vancouver, British Columbia; Calgary, Alberta; Edmonton, Alberta; Fort McMurray, Alberta; Regina, Saskatchewan; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; and Winnipeg, Manitoba

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