by Barney Jergens
Although Large Metal Doors are becoming increasingly popular in high end commercial and residential applications, customers largely don’t know many of the factors involved in manufacturing and selecting large Metal Doors. It is of the utmost importance that your Large Metal Door matches the exact purposes your door is designed for. One of the most common mistakes contractors make is that they install large metal doors are too insufficient for the purpose. Contractors often buy cheap doors so they can increase the margin on their jobs, resulting in performance that doesn’t live up to customer standards.
Problem 1 – Weight
The number one problem architects and designers face with Large Metal Doors is weight. Because metal is heavy, most door manufacturers make Large Metal Doors that weigh far too much for practical use. This results in a multitude of problems, including skewing, twisting, bending, and breaking of the door itself. Not only that, heavy doors invariably cause damage to your expensive door hardware. It even often leads to damage of your door jambs around the door and expensive molding, and the walls around the door frame. In the end it’s common that tens of thousands of damage or even hundreds of thousands occurs. What we’ve seen is that contractors might save a little bit of money while costing customers a whole lot in the long run.
Problem 2 – Strength
One of the main goals with large metal doors is the promise of increased strength, security, and privacy. For a metal door to provide these benefits it must be strong enough to withstand even the most brazen punishment. Weak metal doors provide virtually none of the appropriate functions. In fact, most metal doors are no stronger than wood doors. There is a common misconception surrounding metal doors that they are always stronger than wood doors. In order to offer increased strength, they must be designed appropriately. They must be designed in a way that they are able to withstand bending and breaking.
Problem 3 – Warping
Warping is one of the top problems with any doors. You want your doors to function properly no matter the situation. Warping often occurs when the doors are poorly designed and aren’t built with enough rigidity or they are not constructed properly in the first place. More importantly, if you have large metal pocket and sliding doors, they will not slide properly if the doors are warped. To function properly, large metal doors must be made within AWI standards. Any warping could cause the door to stop functioning.
Problem 4 – Size
Most companies that manufacture metal doors can’t make a door larger than 36” x 80”. The bigger the door is, the more susceptible the doors are to the first three problems. Manufacturing large metal doors requires tremendous amounts of engineering prowess, innovation, skilled labor, specialized equipment, and larger work areas. Very few manufacturers can do this task.
Problem 5 – Skin Options
While metal doors provide an aesthetic appearance not offered by many other types of doors, most door manufacturers offer very few types of skins and appearances. Commonly, they stick to stainless steel and aluminum, because those are the most common metals used for appliances.
Problem 6 – Eco-friendly
Most manufacturers produce doors that involve a lot of wasted energy and wasted materials.
Large Metal Doors has the advantage in every single area. Our doors are stronger than any aluminum honeycomb panel. There’s no reason to use aluminum honeycomb because our product is advantageous in every way. Our product also weighs less per square foot than any other door products on the market. We can make doors that are larger, lighter, and stronger. When you go with our products, you go with the best!