Replacing a Storefront Door
Your business expects a lot from its storefront, and especially from the storefront door. You might even think that the door to your store is the most important business tool you have.
The door is where customers come into your business place so that they can buy your goods or enjoy your services. The door to you business needs to be inviting so that customers will want to come in. At the same time, the door needs to be robust enough to discourage criminals from invading your business place, as well as keeping the elements out.
Depending on the climate on a particular business day, you may prefer to keep the door open to let in a fresh breeze, or simply to appear welcoming to your customers. But the vital element is that your customers want to go through that door so that they can do business with you.
For security and structural reasons, a storefront door is usually a rather heavy device. The glass is usually several times thicker than that found in homes or even automobiles. This means that the hardware in your door will need to be strong enough to handle the weight of the glass and to be able to operate smoothly several, hopefully hundreds, of times each day.
Many businesses take advantage of automatic opening and closing devices for customer convenience. The mechanical elements of these systems with their sensors, regulators, motors and drive units require special attention and adjustment. Even if your storefront does not use an automatic opening device, most business storefront doors will have a hydraulic closing device.
This unit, of course, is a lot more complicated than the spring that used to slam Grandma’s porch screendoor shut. However, once the unit is properly adjusted it should provide years of trouble free service, allowing your customers to walk right in without worrying about the door closing behind them.
Some businesses consider their store front doors as heavy-duty windows that customers can walk through.
Depending on the architecture of your store front, your glass door may be framed or frameless, and feature single or multi-pane construction of tempered, laminated, or herculite glass construction. Thickness of the pane, and there by the weight of the door, will be determined by the architect.
Storefront glass, especially the door, is vulnerable to damage from storms, vehicle, and vandalism. Obviously, the heavier and better engineered the door is, the less likely it will be to damage. This must be balanced with the initial expense of the heavier glass, as well as the extra wear and tear that the door hardware will be subjected too while supporting the door.
We realize that it takes more than just a great door to make customers want to come through yours. Remember, however, that grabbing your door handle and giving it that first tug may be the customer’s first physical contact with your business, so it should have a substantial feel.
If you have any questions concerning commercial or residential glassneeds, we hope you will contact Associated Glass first.