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In this section, we will provide useful information to help you choose the right steel or metal door. Whether you are a commercial entity/business owner, or a homeowner, steel doors offer some important advantages which we will explore in this section. Steel doors are manufactured to meet the most rigid architectural demands to withstand different challenges. But, first thing is first: what is steel? Steel is an alloy (combination of elements) of iron with carbon and sometimes combined with other elements as well, which is used as a structural and fabricating material for many industrial needs making it one of the most used materials in the world – and for a good reason. Steel is used to create everything from household appliances to multi-story building. Steel doors are preferred by commercial and business owners as well as homeowners for many reasons. Steel doors are also used in both interior and exterior locations.
Steel Doors Security
Steel doors are recognized for their superior security benefits. If security is a concern for you, steel doors are a logical choice as they can be manufactured with interlocking spot welded steel stiffeners. In addition, the doors edges will be welded continuously for the entire length which will lead to increased strength. The material itself offers the most in terms of security – it can’t be easily broken and can resist intense heat for a long period of time.
Steel Doors Design
Steel doors have a customizable design: they are easy to paint according to need and surrounding color schemes and they come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and combinations of wood, glass and other materials. For any location, you can find the right steel door to match it. In addition, steel doors can come with decorative panels and profiles.
Steel Doors Sturdiness and Maintenance
Steel and metal doors are highly resistant to all weather and won’t shrink or swell. Many materials are sensitive to humidity and heat changes. Steel doors can hold for many years thanks to a strong construction and the characteristics of the material. Metal alloys such as steel, are usually rust resistant and can withstand all climates. Because of this resistance, maintenance for steel doors is minimal making it a top choice for businesses and commercial complexes.
Steel Doors Insulation Factor
Steel doors create a good insulation for two important factors: temperature and sound. Temperature insulation helps in keeping temperatures in a controlled state as needed and make any complex more energy efficient as the temperature control system need less energy to maintain balance and are not put off balance by outside conditions. Noise insulation is also a key benefit of steel doors. This can be important in many locations such as industrial complexes where noise needs to be kept in, but also office buildings and residential locations, where noise needs to be kept out. Most locations are not isolated from their surroundings. This makes steel doors a good choice.
Fire Rated Steel Doors
Steel and metal doors can be fire rated, which is important for many businesses and industrial complexes. Some location are mandated by regulation to have a fire rated doors and walls. To learn more about fire rated doors click here.
Steel and Metal Door Installation
Steel doors usually come ready made with knob and lock holes and sockets, making installation fast and simple.
Hollow Metal Doors
Hollow metal door are made of strong, reinforces steel sheets. In addition, the door voids are filled with insulation materials. There are different standards for these doors but the most common on is 1 and ¾ inch thick. The door come painted with a prime layer, usually gray. This prime layer finish is ready to be painted on if needed.
What makes hollow metal doors unique? First, they are more durable, stronger and tougher. Second, they are easier to maintain than doors made from other materials such as aluminum or wood. Door cost is higher but the overall price of owning such a door is lower – this is known as “total cost of ownership” – the price of not only buying the door and installing it, but also maintaining it over time and its expected lifetime.
Galvanneal Steel Doors
What is Galvanneal steel vs. what is galvanized steel? Galvanizing steel s the process of applying a protective zinc coating to steel or iron to prevent rusting by exposure to oxygen. Galvanneal steel, is basically galvanized steel that is also has a heat treated coating (a process called annealing). Galvanneal steel production is based on galvanized steel. Once galvanized steel is created it is goes through an annealing process in a different furnace. There, a zinc-iron alloy (composite) is coated onto the steel. This gives the door a matte appearance coating, which is very hard. This coating, which provides protection from corrosion, allows the door to be painted and more easily welded. To paint the door, all that is needed is to wipe down the surface. There is no need for prime painting before the finish painting. One of the most common uses of Galvanneal steel is in the Automobile industry and construction industry. In construction its main uses are in roofing, ceiling systems, and corner molding.
The main benefits of Galvanneal steel are:
- Longer product lifetime
- Minimal maintenance throughout product lifetime
- Lower initial product costs
- Highly resistant to corrosion
- Easily painted on
Stainless Steel Doors
Stainless steel is an alloy (composite of more than one type of steel) with at least 10.5% chromium in it. This makes the steel resistant to rust, corrosion, and stains from water. This resistance is not full as corrosion will occur in extreme environments. But compared to other types of steel, it will defiantly hold for longer and corrosion will take longer.
Stainless steel is used when both the properties of the steel and the resistance against corrosion are required. This can be in any location with high salinity or low air circulation. For example, pools, plants, hospitals, storage areas, and laboratories.
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How to choose the right steel door for you?
Choosing the right door is a combination of many criteria.
- Frequency of use
- Amount of possible abuse
- Lifetime and maintenance
- Durability and Endurance
- Salinity in environment
- Regional building codes
- Insulation for heat and sound
Main Cons for Steel Doors
- Weather resistance is lower than in wood or fiberglass doors
- Harder to fix scratches and dents
- Rust might occur in bruises if not taken care of
Here are some useful links from the steel door institute with technical information and guides:
- For information and technical documentation about steel doors
- Information about steel door selection
- Information about steel door installation
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