How to Do Professional Steel Doors Inspections!

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Matt Pierini

Principal - Steel Expert

Our experienced team of professionals in steel door installations and maintenance typically follow a systematic approach during inspections to ensure the security, functionality, and longevity of the doors. Here is a general guide on how they might conduct inspections:

1. Visual Inspection:

  • Frame and Hardware: Check the door frame for any visible damage or misalignment. Inspect hinges, handles, locks, and other hardware components for proper functioning.
  • Surface Inspection: Examine the surface of the steel door for signs of corrosion, dents, or scratches. This is crucial for both aesthetics and the door’s structural integrity.
  • Weather Stripping: Ensure that weather stripping is intact and effective in preventing drafts, moisture, and heat loss.

2. Operational Inspection:

  • Open and Close Tests: Operate the door to check for smooth opening and closing. Verify that it latches securely and that there are no unusual noises during operation.
  • Lock Mechanism: Test all locking mechanisms to ensure they engage and disengage smoothly. Check the alignment of the locking points.
  • Automatic Systems (if applicable): If the steel door is automated, test the functionality of sensors, motors, and any electronic components.

3. Security Inspection:

  • Safety Features: Verify that safety features such as panic bars, exit devices, and emergency release mechanisms are functional.
  • Edges and Corners: Check for sharp edges or corners that could pose a safety hazard.
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5. Weather Resistance:

  • Seals and Gaskets: Examine the seals and gaskets for any wear or damage. These are crucial for weatherproofing and energy efficiency.

6. Structural Integrity:

  • Frame Stability: Check the stability of the door frame, ensuring it is securely anchored to the surrounding structure.
  • Welds and Joints: Inspect welds and joints for any signs of weakness or deterioration.

7. Maintenance Needs:

  • Lubrication: Apply lubricants to moving parts such as hinges and locks to ensure smooth operation.
  • Corrosion Prevention: Treat any signs of corrosion promptly by cleaning and applying anti-corrosion solutions.

8. Documentation:

  • Record Findings: Document the findings of the inspection, noting any issues or areas that may require attention.

9. Recommendations:

  • Provide Suggestions: Based on the inspection we perform, we provide written recommendations for repairs, replacements, or maintenance actions that may be necessary.

Our professionals always follow manufacturer guidelines and industry standards specific to steel doors during inspections. Regular inspections and timely maintenance are essential to ensure the longevity and optimal performance of steel doors.

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