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5 Tips for Door Replacement

What to Consider Before Replacing Your Hydraulic or Bi-Fold Door Repairs and updates to equipment are simply unavoidable. Though small adjustments and fixes are to be expected, at some point, the maintenance scale tips and a new equipment purchase offers the best solution. Bi-fold and hydraulic doors present the same decisions as all other equipment. Purchasing a new door may be the best option, but there’s a lot to take into consideration before investing in a brand-new door. Reasons to replace an oversized door include more than just an obvious non-working door. A building owner might also replace a door to accommodate the growing size of machinery, which requires larger doors; or when they’re looking for a cosmetic update to increase the value of the building. No matter the reasoning behind it, there are five key points to consider before replacing a door: the comparison between repair and replacing, safety, building capacity, style and technology, and the importance of consulting a professional. Repair vs. Replace High-quality doors typically last upwards of 20 years. However, necessary maintenance and repairs become more and more common as a door ages. The frequency at which a door opens and closes can also deteriorate parts faster, and common elements such as door seals and mechanical components regularly require repairs or replacing. Without proper sealing, building owners risk increased energy costs. An effective seal should be free of cracks, tears or broken pieces. Visual indicators of wear and damage include the seals and weather strips of a door. Watch for cracks, tears or broken pieces on the door’s seals. Without proper sealing, building owners risk increased energy costs. This simple repair, which usually costs less than $100 often results in annual cost savings. An inconsistent or non-functioning lifting operator be cause for door replacement. A cost-saving and effective solution – which many manufacturers offer – is replacing the motor without having to replace the entire door, if the door frame is structurally sound. Overall, if a door’s problems are costing $250-$500 in repairs every six months, consider replacing the door and operating system. Other factors such as safety may also be ample cause for replacement. Safety Improperly functioning overhead doors present life-threatening risks. If a 2,000-pound door malfunctions and gravity takes over, any people, equipment or vehicles in the way are in danger. Most overhead door manufacturers have a design factor safety element used in the manufacturing process to help avoid such accidents, but older models may not have safety designed into the door. Safety sensors aren’t new technology, but not all doors feature them. Choose a door with photo eyes or safety-sensing edges to recognize if an obstruction is in the way as it closes. Photo eyes transmit a beam a few inches from the floor, and if something breaks the beam, the door recognizes it and stops. Similarly, safety sensing edges attach to the bottom of the doorframe and cause the door to stop if an obstruction meets them. Trying to open a door while it’s locked in place raises safety concerns, and often results in damage and expenses. Unless a door has an automatic latch, a single latch handle needs to be manually released prior to opening the door. Look for a single latch handle that incorporates a safety switch to prevent the door from starting until it’s unlocked. Some manufacturers also offer optional top override switches, which serve as backup safety switches if the limit switch in the control box fails. When contact is made with the override switch, it stops the door from traveling past its opening height. Last, check to see if the manufacturer has a high safety rating. For example, a door with a 5 to 1 safety rating indicates that the cables and straps opening the door can withstand stress that is five times greater than the weight of the door. Before ordering a door, confirm that it has the necessary safety features. Save on costly replacements and prevent potential injuries by confirming safety sensors, safety switches and the safety rating. Building Capacity An oversized door should only be paired with a sturdy frame. In fact, it’s nearly impossible to mount a new bi-fold or hydraulic door without the proper frame. If a current structure is damaged or the steel is rusted, the frame may be repairable. If not, the manufacturer or contractor will need to fit and install a new doorframe with the new door. Besides the frame, the building itself should be inspected to ensure it can handle the weight of a large door. A good manufacturer will inspect the structure, from the jamb and steel header to the foundation, ensuring the building is structurally acceptable if a retrofit is necessary. The manufacturer and contractor will work closely to ensure the building is braced properly to handle the loads of the door. The structure of a building often determines whether a bi-fold or hydraulic door present a better option. Each applies different amounts of weight to the building, and the placement of the door makes a difference as well. A hydraulic door is often a better option for openings on the side instead of the front of a building. Bi-fold doors, on the other hand, are mounted above the opening, so if it’s being installed on a side wall, there’s not typically enough room above it to stay below the roofline of the building. When choosing between a bi-fold and hydraulic door, consider all aspects and features. Style & Technology Doors can be custom designed to fit nearly any aesthetic requirements. From glass, wood and siding to a combination of materials, the possibilities are only limited by the imagination. Bi-fold and hydraulic doors each offer characteristics that make them an attractive option for different situations. For example, bi-fold doors raise upward instead of outward, requiring less operating space in front of the building. Hydraulic doors, on the other hand, open faster, providing an ideal solution for a heat-controlled building. In fact, hydraulic doors open as much

4 Safety Features to Look For On Overhead Doors

Putting safety first opens many doors — especially when making decisions on purchasing large bi-fold or hydraulic overhead doors. Key safety features save owners on costly replacements, as well as prevent potential injuries. Consider these four safety features when shopping for your next door: Safety Sensors Overhead Door Photo Eye It’s important for a door to recognize if an obstruction is in the way as it closes. Choose a door with photo eyes or safety-sensing edges. Photo eyes transmit a beam a few inches off the floor; if something breaks the beam, the door automatically stops and reverses. Safety sensing edges attach to the bottom of the doorframe and cause the door to stop and reverse if something makes contact with them. While photo eyes and safety-sensing edges aren’t new technology, not all doors feature these. The alternative is a door wired to operate only with constant pressure on the push during the close cycle. This is required for any door without photo eyes or safety-sensing edges, but when the operator removes his finger from the push button the door will stop. Safety Switches Unless a door has an automatic latch, a single latch handle needs to be manually released prior to opening the door. Look for a single latch handle that incorporates a safety switch to prevent the door from starting until it’s unlocked. This will save on expenses associated with damage from trying to open the door while it’s locked in place. Some manufacturers also offer optional top override switches. These serve as backup safety switches if the limit switch in the control box fails. When contact is made with the override switch, it stops the door from traveling past its opening height. Safety in Strength For long-term durability, select a door made of all-steel construction rather than a combination of wood and steel. Also confirm that the door’s construction meets the current wind load requirements of the building code. Some older doors may lack strength because they were built according to older building codes based off of lower wind loads. Safety Rating Last but certainly not least, check to see if the manufacturer has a high safety rating. For example, a door with a 5 to 1 safety rating means the cables and straps opening the door can withstand stress that is five times greater than the weight of the door. With these tips in mind, you’ll be well on your way to finding a door that puts safety first. Learn More Or Request a Quote

Open the Door to Energy Efficiency

Minimizing Energy Costs with Bi-fold & Hydraulic Doors Bi-fold and hydraulic doors are one of the most convenient and necessary features on many buildings. Without them, we couldn’t quickly and easily load and unload bulk materials or have access into and out of buildings with large and oversized equipment. But with large doors, as with any opening into a structure, often comes the risk of energy losses and increased heating and cooling costs. Whether it’s a door for a new educational building or a replacement unit for an existing manufacturing facility, a door that’s built and installed with energy efficiency in mind will not only save costs but will also last longer. To expedite the installation of a bi-fold or hydraulic door and minimize heating and cooling costs during replacement projects, work with a manufacturer that fabricates the door offsite and ensures materials are delivered to the site before the project. This will ensure a quick and smooth installation. When looking for a hydraulic or bi-fold door, you’ll see that most, if not all, are customized options. Even so, it’s still worth noting that this is the most critical aspect of the door selection process. Just like the windows in a house, a bi-fold or hydraulic door that’s made precisely for the opening it’s intended will be one of best lines of defense against energy loss. Work with a manufacturer that is thorough and works from the beginning to the end of the project, designing, building and installing the door. This ensures they understand the needs of the facility and expectations of the project. For example, if temperature fluctuations are unacceptable due to the door’s proximity to sensitive materials, a swing-open hydraulic door with a fast open and close time might be preferred over a bi-fold door. Some door manufacturers offer variable frequency drives for their bi-fold doors that decrease the door’s open and close cycle times by as much as 30 percent. Some VFDs also convert single-phase power into three-phase power, which is more economical because it doesn’t require as much conductor material. In addition to minimizing how long the door takes to open and close, choosing to insulate the door can also have a big impact on controlling energy loss. Take a look at the insulation options and choose an option that will be appropriate for the climate and building needs. Work with a manufacturer to find the best-rated insulation for the climate. Insulation materials – such as white-faced blanket, board or spray foam – vary in cost and rating. When considering windows, be sure to look for insulated glass options to maximize efficiency. A malfunction or broken part can have a big impact on a facility’s production, especially in the dead of winter. A door that is solid, durable and built with quality components ensures optimal performance and contributes to energy efficiency day after day. Look for all-steel designs, which provide greater stability than doors made with wood and steel. Heavy-gauge steel tubing and jig-welded construction are ideal for enhancing door durability and dependability. To expedite the installation process and minimize heating and cooling costs during replacement projects, work with a manufacturer that fabricates the door offsite and ensures materials are delivered to the site before the project. This will ensure a quick and smooth installation. Doors are exposed to the elements every day, so it’s important to occasionally inspect them, especially before winter, to ensure energy savings year after year. Take a look at the seals and weather strip, which are the door’s only defense against air infiltration where it meets the ground and building.

Next Stop: Brewhalla’s Open Doors

Door manufacturer helps transform a train maintenance building into a beautiful brewery Conversations buzz and beer flows from the tap. In the distance, a train roars past. The train’s presence is subtle and fleeting, but not lacking significance. After all, the building that’s now home to a brewery and taproom spent its early years as a locomotive maintenance facility. Brewhalla is one of Fargo, North Dakota’s latest breweries, and it’s located in a building that’s older than the state itself. Named in honor of their Scandinavian heritage, the team at Drekker Brewing Company opened Brewhalla — its second location — in September 2018. With features heavily influenced by the building’s history and an entrance flanked with sizeable picturesque custom doors, the structure now appears breathtaking and effortless, but the road getting there was anything but. From trains to beer Custom doors by Midland Door Solutions offer the perfect grand entrance to Drekker Brewing Company in Fargo, N.D. The Northern Pacific Railway Company (NPRC) built the 11,700-square-foot building that houses Brewhalla in 1883. It was primarily a foundry and repair building for railcars and locomotives, and later served as a storage and warehouse facility. When Kevin Bartram of MBA Architects purchased the abandoned building, he had a vision in mind. “Kevin always knew he wanted to make this his home and live in the north end of the building,” said Darin Montplaisir, one of Drekker’s four co-founders. “He had envisioned a brewery in the other half of the building, so he approached us and we jumped on the opportunity.” With one Drekker location already established in downtown Fargo, a second location less than a mile away was a no-brainer. “We were running out of space downtown,” Montplaisir said. “It was perfect timing. And we had always thought that building would make an awesome brewery. Everything about it is so unique, and we knew we wanted to move in.” Out with the old, in with the… old Keeping the natural, original elements was one of the key goals of MBA Architects and the Drekker team when they started design in the summer of 2017. Brewhalla’s structure is built with masonry load-bearing walls and a timber wood-framed roof structure. Besides adding necessary structural reinforcements, most of the wood and brick in the building is original. “We were surprised by how much the engineers let us keep,” Montplaisir said. “It was important to us to keep the building as close to original as possible. We love that about it.” Tables in the taproom at Drekker are made from wood recovered during the renovation process. Part of the restoration process was finding new uses for old elements of the building. Some of the original nuts and bolts were used in installing the new wood pieces, and the taproom tables are made from extra wood from the building. Outside, a repurposed footing now serves as a bench beside the firepit. Even the skylights, which line the roof of the building, have an old purpose: they served as smoke shoots for the train exhaust. Old train tracks that were discovered below layers of concrete will be used in a future fixture in the taproom. “People ask us, ‘how’d you get it to look like that?’ about a lot of things,” Montplaisir said. “And they can’t believe it when we tell them that’s the original.” Authenticity played a key role in restoration of Brewhalla. That’s why, when it came to the building’s doors, MBA Architects knew who to call. A trio of showstopping entrances In its early days, trains entered the maintenance building through one of the three large doors along the east side of the building. The openings are now fitted with three custom-designed doors that each serve a different purpose. Each of the custom doors at the brewery measures 12 feet wide by 16 feet tall and weighs 2,300 pounds. The middle door is a standard customer entrance door. The doors on either side of the patron entrance required a fully custom solution and were designed and installed by Midland Door Solutions. The West Fargo-based company specializes in custom hydraulic and bi-fold doors. In addition to architecture and design, they create and install doors for the aviation, industrial and agricultural industries. Customized solutions are Midland’s specialty, so Brewhalla was a perfect fit for their next undertaking. “Unique applications like this allow us to showcase our creativity,” said Jason Myrvik, Midland Door Solutions general manager. “We were excited to take on a local project and work with the customer to create the look and feel they were striving for.” MBA Architects’ team had seen photos of other Midland custom doors, and knew they’d be a good fit for the unique situation. “We performed historic research and found drawings of similar doors in other NPRC buildings,” said James Monson, architect at MBA Architects. “However, we wanted the benefits of modern technologies.” MBA worked with Midland to create a truly beautiful set of oversized doors. They each measure 12 feet wide by 16 feet tall and weigh 2,300 pounds. After several discussions between the architect and structural engineer, the team at Midland proposed a design to MBA and Drekker. They mirrored the pattern and elements of the main entrance door. Heavy, dark lines contrast the windowpanes and pop against the light brick building. “The goal was to mimic the contour of the arches on the openings and custom windows in the middle arch,” Myrvik said. “So we ensured our glass followed the curvature of the arch. We utilized aluminum grids embedded in the glass to create the same look as the mullions in the windows. This helped create a cohesive look for all three sections.” The southern door is a vertical bi-fold door that serves as a shipping and receiving entrance. It’s made with heavy-gauge steel tubing and has a fully automated operating system. The doors open and close quietly in seconds, a critical necessity when the doors are used throughout the day while customers are present. Forklifts bring loads

Durable, Fast-Opening Hydraulic Doors

Midland Door Solutions manufactures and installs durable, efficient and fast-opening hydraulic doors for large agricultural, aviation and commercial buildings. The company custom designs all of its doors to fit any new or existing building.

Customized Overhead Bi-Fold Doors For Safe, Easy Access to New and Existing Buildings

Midland Door Solutions, West Fargo, North Dakota, manufactures and installs durable, long-lasting bi-fold doors for large agricultural, aviation and commercial buildings. The company custom designs each door to fit any new or existing building for safe and easy access. Beyond installation, Midland crews offer continual service to ensure customer needs are met for the lifetime of the door.

Midland Door Solutions Offers Architectural Doors

Midland Door Solutions offers custom architectural doors for use in a wide range of buildings, such as barns, hotels, offices, restaurants, stadiums, storefronts and high-end homes. The doors give business owners the flexibility to open up large spans of wall to enhance traffic flow in and out of buildings, or divide interior spaces, such as conference rooms, in an easy and aesthetically unique way.

When And How To Choose Bi-Fold Doors

Sectional overhead doors are the most common solutions for openings, but when does it make sense to install an overhead bi-fold door, and how do you know which one is right? Traditional overhead doors work great for a wide range of buildings, but they have their limits; most can only be constructed as wide as 40 feet. If you have large agricultural equipment, 40 feet may simply be too narrow. This is when a bi-fold door is a better solution. Bi-fold doors feature a unique truss system that keeps them stable to as wide as 90 feet to accommodate some of the largest equipment.

Variable Speed Drive System for Bi-fold Doors

Midland Door Solutions, a full-service door manufacturer for agricultural, aviation and commercial buildings, offers a variable speed drive operating system for its bi-fold doors. The system contains a variable frequency drive and programmable logic control, which provide smooth, quiet operation throughout the door’s cycle.