As high-speed industrial doors, busy areas requiring fast access while maintaining temperature control and security can benefit from rapid roll doors.

Opening and closing fast is what makes them so efficient, but with shutters moving at speeds of 0.8m per second or more, a faulty door could pose serious safety risks.

Mechanical doors may be designed to be durable, but any equipment that’s used on a daily basis must be inspected regularly to ensure it remains in good working condition.

Similar to an MOT for your vehicle, a qualified technician can carry out a rapid roll door service to check that all parts are working as they should, and diagnose any necessary repairs.

Regardless of the type of roller shutter you have installed, regular servicing is essential if you want to keep your business safe and avoid the disruption of broken-down shutters.

Here’s why rapid roll door servicing is not just important, but necessary, and how often you should get rapid roll doors checked according to the law.

Why do you need to service rapid roll doors?

A rapid roll door that stops working defeats the purpose of being able to open and shut quickly, affecting your ability to carry out business operations as normal.

If the shutter is stuck in an open or partway open position, heated or chilled air will escape, reducing energy efficiency. Polluted air can also circulate inside, posing a contamination risk.

Additionally, a shutter door that is jammed open or cannot close properly compromises your security, leaving your business exposed to theft and vandalism.

Whether the roller door won’t open at all or it breaks down in the middle of operation, workers can’t resume their duties until it’s up and running again.

Every second of downtime costs your business – after all, time is money. Surely you would rather save both by keeping your rapid roll doors well-maintained.

Not only can regular servicing help your equipment to last longer and avoid inconvenient breakdowns, but it’s also a legal requirement to comply with health and safety laws.

Failure to do so can not only result in accidental injuries and property damage, but will also leave you liable for financial penalties, and could even lead to imprisonment and the closure of your business.

How often should you have rapid roll doors serviced?

In line with several applicable health and safety regulations for machinery maintenance and workplace safety, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recommends that all industrial and mechanical doors should be serviced at least once a year – every 12 months.

An authorised professional should check the condition and operational performance of all components, and provide signed paperwork confirming the results of the inspection and testing.

This should offer peace of mind that your rapid roll doors are less likely to experience a sudden fault or breakdown, as the inspection should uncover any potential issues in their early stages.

However, just because this is the minimum frequency accepted by the law, doesn’t mean you can’t schedule rapid roll door servicing more regularly if you think it will benefit your business.

For example, external doors that are exposed to the elements can deteriorate faster than internal doors, as can primary access points that are consistently cycled open and closed many times a day.

Factors such as the intensity of use, operating environment, and manufacturer’s recommendations should be taken into account when deciding how often to schedule a rapid roll door service.

To stay on top of any minor problems that might develop, you may want to consider having your rapid roll doors serviced at least twice a year – once every 6 months – instead.

Rapid roll door maintenance and servicing

Many businesses may forget to set up annual or semi-annual roller door services, or may believe it isn’t a priority – until suddenly their equipment stops working, potentially due to a much more serious fault that will also be more expensive to repair.

Don’t leave it to the last minute and create such high levels of risk. Just as you would make sure your shutters are installed properly, you should also ensure that a qualified professional comes to your premises to carry out maintenance checks and repairs.

Here at Roller Shutter Services, not only do we supply rapid roll doors that are manufactured and fitted to regulatory standards, but we also provide one-off and contract rapid roll door servicing.

Of course, if you notice a minor fault between services, it’s best to get it checked as soon as possible – which is why we also offer a 24/7 call-out service for emergency rapid roll door repairs.

To arrange a rapid roll door service, request a repair, or discuss replacement rapid roll doors, get in touch with our team on 0800 328 9356 or email us at today.

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