I think everybody has seen a lot of rusty metal doors in their day. If you walk behind any given Shopping Center you’ll probably find quite a few of them. The question is when do they need to be replaced. Normally a little rust will not hurt the security of the door. In most cases you can simply just sand the door down and have a good skilled painter cover the door with a preventative. But eventually all hollow metal doors will need to be replaced. If you’re lucky it will just be the door and not the frame and in most cases that’s exactly the case. When it comes to commercial door replacement the less you can replace the better off you are.
How can I keep a commercial metal door from rusting?
Obviously if you’re on the coast this little task is going to be something that you’re going to need to work on continually. It will certainly be a constant battle against the elements but not an impossible one. You can if you catch it early prevent a door from rusting for a long time. Here are three things that will help you tremendously.
Drip caps: drip caps are placed at the top of a door and prevent water from traveling down a face of a wall and then pooling in the top of a door.
Kick plates and caped door sweeps
Regular application of quality exterior heat resistant paint.
If you maintain your doors and install just a couple pieces of hardware it will be the difference in a door lasting 2 years and 20 years.
How much does it cost to replace a hollow metal door or wood door?
I wish it was as easy as wooden doors are x amount and steel doors are this amount. However for just a hollow metal door without a frame and depending on size you’re normally looking somewhere around $1100 to $1,600 that’s delivered and install. for hollow metal frame commercial wood doors you’re looking all isomer around $700 to $1000. Unless there is a specialty veneer, type of wood or the door is fire rated and then they can go up to three and $4,000 a piece depending on how fire-rated they need to be.
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