Commercial Glass Door Installation

Commercial Glass Door Installation

Glass doors are a common feature of businesses that offer vast arrays of goods and products to consumers on busy streets. If you operate a market or storefront on one of these thoroughfares, you might already have a glass door for an entrance. If the current door has been in place for a number of years, it might be time to replace that door with something newer, stronger and more attractive.

When the parts become worn, commercial glass door repair becomes necessary. Even then, you might find it better to opt for an all-out commercial glass door replacement, as this will come with today’s more secure and advanced features.

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Commercial Glass Door Installation, Repair, And Replacement

Commercial Glass Door Installation

There are numerous reasons to have a new glass door installed at the entrance of your business premises. With today’s newer, fortified glass, your business could be protected against storms, fires and acts of violence. Moreover, the doors are equipped with continuous hinges that run the vertical length of the adjoined side of the door.

Today’s commercial glass doors are made of specially formulated glass that offers prolonged resistance to high thermal stress. Therefore, when a fire breaks out in an adjacent building, it could take a lot longer for the flames to penetrate the glass and spread into your shop’s interior. Chances are, the fire would never even have time to advance that far because the firefighters would arrive on the scene before the flames spread to your shop. As such, fire-resistant glass could make your exterior virtually fireproof.

Shop owner putting an "Opened" sign in window while it rains outside.

With a commercial glass door installation, you could ultimately fortify your shop against the impact of storms. If your business is located in an area where violent storms are common occurrences, your shop could easily withstand this season’s blizzards, hurricanes or wind blasts. The strength and protection that new glass doors provide could be an absolute necessity if the street is often plagued in the fall and winter with flying branches and chunks of hail. The price of a new glass door could help you avoid the need for costly door repairs.

Today’s glass doors for businesses are even resistant to the impacts of major natural disasters. If a hurricane rips through your town, a new glass door could possibly withstand the blasts and torrents of flying debris. This could protect your interior and inventory from damage and allow you to immediately resume business once the storm has passed. New glass business doors can even withstand the impacts of tornadoes and earthquakes. While there is no guarantee that a glass door will withstand stresses of all possible magnitudes and intensities, today’s fortified glass is better equipped for some of the biggest likely challenges.

New glass doors also provide businesses with greater protection against vandalism and street violence. In some towns and cities, both issues have become major problems in recent years. If your business is located along a thoroughfare that has been the site of rioting in the past few years, a new glass window could protect your door from damage. As such, the strength of a new glass door can also protect your interior contents from theft and looting.

A glass storefront in the early morning.

Today’s new glass business doors are made with stress-resistant security film that makes that glass stronger and more resilient in the face of high-impact force and heat. When tremors or hail rip through the area, newer glass doors generally have the strength to withstand the impacts, whereas older glass doors typically shatter or incur cracks. The security film can also render these newer doors virtually bulletproof. If violence sweeps through your neighborhood, your door could withstand the blasts while others buckle in the face of random violence.

While there is no such thing as an absolutely shatter-proof type of glass, newer glass doors are a lot more difficult to break. In fact, a door made of newly fortified glass could be very difficult to crack, even if you swing a hammer at the surface. In the event that the glass does break, the cracks are generally small and isolated. If a portion of the glass dislodges on impact, it would likely do so in a large piece, which is considerably safer than the thousands of small chunks that cover the ground after an old glass door shatters.

When you purchase a new glass door for your shop or office, you could even have the glass customized with an imprint of your logo or brand name. The imprint could serve as an attraction that would no doubt leave impressions on the minds of visitors and passersby. An imprint of your business logo could complement the other signs that advertise the name, logo and mascot of your business. If you have a neon sign in your window or a perpendicular sidewalk sign, the glass imprint could further solidify your name and brand to everyone who sees the letters and enters and exits your business.

Commercial Door Closer Repair And Adjustment

Commercial glass doors are usually equipped with closers that are pre-adjusted to turn at specific rates and speeds. After the door has been set into place, it is sometimes necessary to make further adjustments to ensure that the door will open and close as designed. Door closers function through a series of four distinct control zones — back check, main speed, latch speed and delayed action.

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  • The first control to engage the action of the door is the back check. When you open the door, the back check will slow the movement before you extend the door to a fully opened angle. This function can prove extremely crucial in the event of a storm when the door could otherwise be blown open by the raging winds. Without this back check control, the door might be swung fully open and shut in violent sweeps that could damage the door and its surroundings. The back-check control also prevents injuries that could otherwise be caused when a door swings open or shut near an unsuspecting bystander.
  • The second control function in the door closer is the main speed control, which regulates the speed of the door between the back check and latch speed zone. The main speed zone starts once the closing door has folded to an angle of approximately 70 degrees and ends once the door is angled at about 20 degrees from the closed position, at which point the latch speed control takes effect. The purpose of the main speed zone is to prevent the door from closing too fast through most of its closing cycle, as that would be dangerous for people standing or walking through in the doorway.
  • The third and often final control zone in the sequence of door closer functions is the latch speed control, which begins when the closing door comes within six inches of being fully closed. The latch speed control zone can be set to regulate the door at a different speed from the prior control zone. In most cases, users prefer to make this the slowest zone, as this is when the door finally realigns with the tracks and closes shut. Without this regulating function, the speed of the door might accelerate during those final six inches.
  • An optional four control zone in the sequence of a door closer is called the delayed action zone, which slows the pace of the closing function to allow for a longer and safer entrance and exit. At many commercial businesses, people will enter through the doors in packs. If you regularly have groups of friends and entire families entering into your shop or business building in clusters, the door should have a delay function, regardless of whether people are kind enough to hold the door for others. With the delayed action function, the fully opened door will remain open for a select number of seconds, allowing people to safely pass through without getting hit by the door from behind.

Each door closer is equipped with a set of adjustment valves, though the location of this feature will depend on the make and model of the door in question. If you wish to make adjustments to one of the control zones, it is crucial to select the proper valve and twist it in the right direction with a screwdriver or hex wrench. A wrong-turned or over-screwed valve could result in a hazardous closing function, such as a door that closes at an extra-slow pace before abruptly shifting to a dangerous speed.

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Commercial Door Astragals And Sweeps

Along the bottom horizontal edge of a commercial door, it is crucial to have sweeps in place to prevent the flow of air and dirt from the ground. This way, whenever the door is closed, you will not have to worry about dirt blowing into your shop when the winds are rough outside. Sweeps also help to prevent insects from crawling through the thin space between the bottom of the door and the floor below. On rainy days, sweeps prevent the incoming flow of water and drizzle from the outside. If the space contracts between the door and the ground, sweeps soften the friction.

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There are generally two types of sweeps for commercial doors. The most common type is the rubber sweep, which is a powerful door accessory for blocking out wind drafts and dirt. With a rubber sweep under your door, you can protect your interior insulation on days when the weather outside is exceedingly hot or cold. An alternative to the rubber sweep is the brush sweep, which consists of tight filaments that run smoothly across the ground and block unwanted passages. Brush sweeps also work better along rough grounds such as concrete floors.

Commercial glass door sweeps should be replaced every few years or whenever the edges become worn from the constant friction.

Another accessory that is necessary for most commercial doors is an astragal, which seals the gap that forms between a double-opening doorway. On a pair of mating doors, the astragal attaches vertically along the edge of one door and acts as a gap barrier when the other door closes. Astragals do for the vertical gap along the opening side of a commercial door what the sweeps do for the underside — preventing wind drafts and the flow of dirt and drizzle. With astragals, you can protect the insulation within your shop as long as the door is closed.

An astragal is an important accessory if you have a wide doorway with twin mating doors. When the weather is windy and cold outside, you can protect your interior contents and inventory from flowing drizzle on windy, rainy days. You can also block out cold drafts that might otherwise force you to rely too heavily on your heating system and pay steeper energy bills. As such, astragals can help you save money throughout the year, regardless of the weather outside.

Astragals work in combination with sweeps to make the gaps along doors more foolproof and tightly sealed.

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Sylvan EshSylvan Esh ★★★★★ Awesome customer service! Quick turnaroundKaren WolffKaren Wolff ★★★★★ Had the pleasure of working with Garrety Glass. They worked with me to schedule and the install was completed in under the expected timeframe on 9/5/23- Blake & Scott from the Cockeysville location. Great service and expectation management. I’ll definitely contact Garrety Glass in the future.Response from the ownerThank you so much for choosing Garrety Glass, Karen! We’re grateful for your kind words and are thrilled to hear that our team provided you with great service and met your expectations. We look forward to assisting you again in the future! sam hsam h ★★★★★ Garrety Glass from start to finish was one of best companies I have ever worked with. They were always right on schedule, and I had zero problems with any work getting done. The craftsmanship is some of the best I have seen. They also had by far the best price of anyone. It your looking to get a sunroom I recommend Garrety Glass.Response from the ownerThank you, Sam! We’re grateful for your kind words and delighted that you had a seamless experience with us. Our team takes great pride in delivering top-notch craftsmanship and value. If you ever need any more assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out. debbie fdebbie f ★★★★★ Work done In a timely manner, good craftsmanship. Professsional and polite.Response from the ownerWe’re grateful for your feedback and are glad to hear that you were pleased with our timely service and craftsmanship. It was a pleasure working with you! Carol VignaCarol Vigna ★★★★★ Response from the ownerThank you so much for the 5-star rating, Carol! We appreciate your support. Zachary SheererZachary Sheerer ★★★★★ Anatoli and Scott did an amazing job. Our windows were installed fast and efficient and they look amazing! Thank you so much!Response from the ownerThank you, Zachary! We’re so grateful for your kind words and are thrilled to hear that Anatoli and Scott provided fast and efficient window installation. Your windows looking amazing means the world to us! Arlene DudaArlene Duda ★★★★★ Salesman Dan was very responsive to my needs and helpful in planning my screened patio enclosure. Kevin did a great job with the install and took care to address all my questions.Response from the ownerThank you, Arlene! We appreciate your kind words and are glad Dan and Kevin were able to provide you with excellent service. We look forward to exceeding your expectations with our people and our products. ellie pilatellie pilat ★★★★★ Everyone at Garrety Glass was so helpful and knowledgeable It was a pleasure working with them and the installersResponse from the ownerThank you, Ellie! We appreciate your kind words and are grateful for the opportunity to assist you. VICKI SAPPVICKI SAPP ★★★★★ Garrety Glass has installed a 4 season Sunroom for us, and we since added an awning. The products are of excellent quality. The installation of both products was efficient and professional. Our salesman, Jordan Merrifield is knowledgeable, personable and easy to work with. Garrett Glass is a first class operation.Response from the ownerThank you, Vicki! We appreciate your kind words about our products and installation. Jordan is a valuable member of our team, and we’re glad he provided you with a great experience. We strive to be a first-class operation, and we’re grateful for your support. Darren SnyderDarren Snyder ★★★★★ I purchased a retractable awning. The installer had to move the brackets after installing them in the wrong location leaving extra holes in the face cover, and calling the job done. I asked about replacing the face cover and the repairs were done without issue.Response from the ownerThank you for your feedback, Darren! We appreciate your understanding during the installation process and are glad we were able to address the issue promptly. Jim ViarsJim Viars ★★★★★ Mike and Paul were on time. Very professional and did a fantastic jobResponse from the ownerThank you, Jim! We appreciate your kind words and are glad to hear that Mike and Paul provided you with fantastic service. William RunkleWilliam Runkle ★★★★☆ Response from the ownerThank you William! We look forward to continuing to exceed with our people and our products. Glenn EstridgeGlenn Estridge ★★★★★ Installed motorized awning. All aspects very good.Response from the ownerThank you, Glenn! We appreciate your feedback on the installation of your motorized awning. We look forward to continuing to exceed with our people and our products. Sheri KaranSheri Karan ★★★★★ Blake & Dre were on time, professional and did a great job installing my new patio doorTimothy MegonnellTimothy Megonnell ★★★★★ Frank Stough, Design Consultant and Mike Furhman, shower installer had a fantastic team approach towards customer satisfaction! They both exhibited attention to detail, craftsmanship and creating an outstanding product.Response from the ownerThank you, Timothy! We appreciate your kind words about Frank and Mike’s teamwork, attention to detail, and craftsmanship. We look forward to continuing to exceed customers’ expectations with our people and products. Hannah AndrewsHannah Andrews ★★★★★ Mike and Paul installed beautiful new glass doors on our shower. They were very friendly and did great work!Michelle AlmoneyMichelle Almoney ★★★★★ Nick and Alika were the two installers. We had a large deck with several levels that we wanted to convert into a screened porch with an outside section. They sat down and went over all the options with us in an understandable and detailed way. The install happened sooner than we expected and they were on time, respectful of our property and kept us informed on the timeline and the progress they were making. I would definitely recommend them.Response from the ownerThank you, Michelle! Nick and Alika did a fantastic job with your deck conversion. We appreciate your recommendation and are glad that they were able to exceed your expectations. Cece MaroneyCece Maroney ★★★★★ Garretty Glass was great from sales to installation. We had a glass shower door installed in our bathroom. Dan was extremely helpful with selecting the type of door and the variety of options available. Mike and Paul installed our shower door. They arrived on time and were extremely nice. I highly recommend Garretty Glass for the quality of the product and their customer service.Cece MaroneyCece Maroney ★★★★★ Garretty Glass was great from sales to installation. We had a glass shower door installed in our bathroom. Dan was extremely helpful with selecting the type of door and the variety of options available. Mike and Paul installed our shower door. They arrived on time and were extremely nice. I highly recommend for the quality of the product and their customer service.Response from the ownerThank you, Cece! We’re grateful for your kind words about our team’s assistance with your glass shower door. From helping you choose the perfect door to the installation by Mike and Paul, we’re glad to hear that you had a great experience. We appreciate your recommendation for our quality products and customer service. Peter SchenkPeter Schenk ★★★★★ Everyone was very professional, from sales to construction. We highly recommend Garrety GlassResponse from the ownerThank you, Peter! We appreciate your review and are grateful for your kind words about our team’s professionalism. We look forward to continuing to exceed expectations with our people and our products. Mary Anne TillotsonMary Anne Tillotson ★★★★★ Garrety Glass is great! They are professional and courteous. Their work is good quality, and they are very helpful. I will definitely be back!Response from the ownerThank you, Mary Anne! We appreciate your kind words and are grateful for your support. See you soon! Larry BeanLarry Bean ★★★★★ We had a roof put unto our patio on 8/17/23. excellent work done by Colt and Mason. Great workmanship. Would call Garrety Glass again in the future.Response from the ownerThank you, Larry! We appreciate your kind words and are grateful for your trust in Garrety Glass. We’ll be here for you whenever you need us. Robert JohnstonRobert Johnston ★★★★★ The installers Kevin & JoJo were absolutely professional & courtesy at all times. I highly recommend this company for any projects.Response from the ownerThank you, Robert! We truly appreciate your recommendation. Kevin and JoJo are great assets to the team. I am going to personally let them know they did a great job on your project. Diane M.Diane M. ★★★★★ Not only did we get an excellent quality screened patio, but we were dealing with the BEST group of individuals. Gary, Wes, Kyle, Scott and Ryan were all a joy to work with. We couldn’t have chosen a better company for this project. Thanks for a great job and for the pleasure of dealing with individuals who still embrace professional values!Response from the ownerThank you, Diane! We appreciate your kind words and are grateful for the opportunity to work with you. Our team takes great pride in delivering excellent quality and maintaining professional values. It was truly a pleasure working with you on your screened patio project. We look forward to continuing to exceed expectations with our people and our products. Robert MummertRobert Mummert ★★★★★ Response from the ownerThank you, Robert, for the 5-star rating! We appreciate your support. 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They exceeded expectations on product, Delivery, and cost!Bernie KnauerBernie Knauer ★★★★★ Mike and Paul arrived on time. They were pleasant and professional. Did a great job installing my new glass shower door. I was tired of having the old shower curtain blowing in on me.George WasilkoGeorge Wasilko ★★★★★ Mike F and Paul did an outstanding job with the installation. Highly recommended.Molly StagerMolly Stager ★★★★★ We love our new glass shower encloser installed by Garrety Glass! Mike F. and Paul were very professional and our glass enclosure is beautiful!!Ed HallEd Hall ★★★★★ Mike F and Paul were on time and installation went smoothly. Great crew.James BurleyJames Burley ★★★★★ From start to finish everything was handled very professionally. Mike F and Paul did an awesome job on the install.Pati SharpPati Sharp ★★★★★ Andy was wonderful keeping me informed and was very clean and tidy. The room is amazing 👏John YergerJohn Yerger ★★★★★ We had Garrety Glass install a new frameless shower enclosure in our master bathroom. Mike F. and his helper (I forget his name) were fantastic. They performed quality work and were very efficient. Mike told me he was a perfectionist and it shows! I highly recommend this company.OliviasHouseOliviasHouse ★★★★★ Maintaining our historic properties at Olivia’s House: A Grief and Loss Center for Children can sometimes feel like a full-time job…which is why we keep Garrety Glass on speed dial!!! Rest assured, when working with Ted, Jordan and their dedicated team, you are with trustworthy professionals, who CARE about their clients.Recently, Blake and Mike installed new windows in our Hanover Middle School room. The end result was an incredible upgrade to the center however their professionalism, expertise and customer service was equally impressive.Thank you so much!!!Ellyn GarciaEllyn Garcia ★★★★★ Mike and Mike were on time, friendly, and efficient. We could not be more pleased with our new shower door and the service we received from Garrety Glass from start to finish!Alicia & John NavratilAlicia & John Navratil ★★★★★ Mike F. did an excellent job installed our shower door.Cheryl TuckerCheryl Tucker ★★★★★ They built us an extra large 4season sunroom. Such great quality ! Beautiful!Response from the ownerThank you very much! It really is a large room. We appreciate the business. Amy TaylorAmy Taylor ★★★★★ Loving my new glass shower door! Worked with Frank (sales) and Scott (installation)…had a great experience with both, very professional and knowledgeable on their product.Kathleen BradleyKathleen Bradley ★★★★★ My porch window project was recently completed to my total satisfaction. The quality of the workmanship was excellent as well as the quality of the windows. The men who worked on this job, Blake, Danny and Gary, were very respectful to me and to my home. They were really a pleasure to work with. I couldn’t be happier with the final product and would highly recommend Garrety to my family and friends.Tim DossTim Doss ★★★★★ Great experience with Mike F, Anitolli and the Garrety Team! We finally have our 8 ft his and her dream shower with barn style sliding doors. Great quality and workmanship! Highly recommend! ThanksAmy HouckAmy Houck ★★★★★ Frank really helped make this process painless on our part. Then Blake and his team did a great job installing our new bow window. They were quick, efficient, and very professional. We are very pleased with our new home update!L. W.L. W. ★★★★★ Mike F. installed our new shower door. He was very knowledgeable and polite. He did an excellent jobJerome HerbertJerome Herbert ★★★★★ We had our master bath glass shower surround replaced. Mike F. and Scott arrived promptly were extremely courteous and well prepared. They were clearly experienced, knowledgeable and efficient. The end result was outstanding. Highly recommend! Thank you!Libby MillerLibby Miller ★★★★★ Mike F. Installed glass doors on our new Master bathroom shower. He did a excellent job, was friendly and professional. Thank you Mike.Jennifer DrasherJennifer Drasher ★★★★★ Garretty Glass recently installed new glass shower walls and door for our brand new shower. Mike F and Andy were very professional. We are very happy with the end result!PL HenryPL Henry ★★★★★ The Garrety Harvey Window is a good quality and value. The Window installation team of Scott and Alika were very professional and did an excellent job. 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Commercial Door Panic Hardware Repair And Replacement

On doors that open to the outside, exit devices are necessary safety features. Exit devices are also known as panic bars or push bars because they make it easier to open doors from the inside that are otherwise locked and sealed. With an exit device, a locked door that could not be opened from the outside without a key will instantly open when you push the bar. Once activated, the bar dislodges the lock and allows the door to open.

Exit devices are common at schools, allowing small children to open up big metal doors with ease. In public buildings, exit devices are required by law. Exit devices are also always seen on the doors inside of stairwells in commercial office buildings and hospitals. When fire alarms sound off or an exit drill is carried out, push bars make it easy for people of all ages, heights and strength levels to open up doors that lead to the outside.

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In public buildings that are crowded throughout the day, push bars make it easy for anyone to exit with minimal physical exertion. Whether a person is frail and handicapped or too young to push open a regular door, the push bar provides an easy opening that sometimes serves as a lifesaver when a building must quickly be emptied due to a sounded fire alarm.

In a commercial business or storefront, push bar doors make it easier for customers to come and go.

For added safety and accessibility, public doorways can also be accessorized with large buttons that, when pressed, will open a door automatically. This way, people in wheelchairs who cannot lean over to push open a door can instead reach out with one hand to activate the button. A similar accessibility feature can be installed on door systems that utilize levers and pulls.

When a push lever becomes stiff and unreliable, the component should be replaced immediately.

The exit device allows people to leave without trouble and return in the future at their own leisure, making the push level a part of your shop’s appeal. On any commercial door, panic hardware repair should be carried out whenever the door fails a periodic performance inspection.

Commercial Glass Doors From Garrety Glass

Whenever you have your glass door replaced with a newer model, you should always have the installation performed by professionals. At Garrety Glass, our team offers the highest quality glass and service work. Contact Garrety today for a quote or to learn more about our products and services.

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