In the battle against damage, pennies of protection save dollars in repairs of doors.
When it comes to the things that can damage doors, there’s a rogue’s gallery of culprits:
- Hotels – luggage, luggage and room service carts, housekeeping carts and equipment
- Hospitals – gurneys, diagnostic equipment, carts and much more
- Skilled Nursing – wheelchairs, carts and electric scooters
- Office buildings – carts and delivery dollies
- Schools – kids’ feet, supply carts and maintenance carts
If we were able to put a “hit-o-meter” on doors to tally how often stuff bangs into them, we’d be surprised at the volume of bashes and dings doled out every day.
We’ve often talked in this blog about how appearance matters, and how you get only one chance to make a first impression. Gouged, scuffed and dented doors are just one of the black eyes your building can develop over time.
Facility Door Protection Solutions to the Rescue
Fortunately, there are several solutions available to help cover up previous damage, and/or to stop damage from happening in the future.
Simple, rectangular panels – normally, these are made from high-impact polymer sheets. They come in a rainbow of colors and a forest of woodland patterns to match both the door finish and the overall décor.
To step up the protection, stainless steel panels are a heavier duty alternative, and can also work to match the overall color scheme.
Depending on the height of equipment predicted to hit the door, larger panels can be applied to cover more of the door vs. a simple toe-kick panel. In addition, peel and stick self-adhesive backing makes installation a simple press-apply snap.
Sometimes, architects and interior designers are seeking more of an artistic flair in a décor. One example could be the patient areas of a children’s hospital. This is where designer kick plates come in.
By introducing shapes and vibrant colors, designers can achieve the aesthetic they envision when still providing a high degree of door protection.
Now, we know what you’re thinking … “Whoa, Whoa! How can putting in full doors be ‘budget minded’?”
We would argue that sometimes – depending on the scope of the renovation project – it may be wise to consider replacing old doors with high impact clad doors. In addition, while it may mean a higher first cost, clad doors can deliver longer-term savings to the maintenance budget, which will make owners happy.
The advantage of clad doors is that they are not just durable … they’re beautiful. The inclusion of woodgrains adds warmth, creating an inviting décor and atmosphere. Various door edge options can help reduce damage or allow for easy edge replacement in the event of damage.
Let’s take a hospital for example … despite the best of intentions, sometime staff doesn’t quite line up square as they move gurneys or equipment through doors. BANG! The door frame takes a hit. In time, painted door frames start to show a compounded mash-up of chips, dings, scratches and scuffs.
The answer is to install door frame guards, but the key is to match the guard to the level of damage either anticipated or being experienced:
- Custom door frame guards are measured and then molded for a precise fit. Installation is done with contact adhesive.
- Standard door frame guards are the better option where the potential for greater damage is anticipated. A high-impact rigid vinyl cover snaps over a continuous aluminum retainer, which is secured with self-tapping screws.