The Different Types of Industrial Doors

Industrial and fast action doors are commonly used in commercial spaces such as hotels, business offices, malls, restaurants, and hospital. They are referred to as “fast action” primarily because it is easy and convenient to use. Compared to residential doors, industrial doors are more durable and can withstand any level of use and any weather.

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Suppliers of industrial and fast action doors have created different types of doors depending on the purpose of its use, as well as the design of the building. They are classified according to what they are made up of: wood, steel, aluminum, glass, fiberglass, and overhead.

Wooden industrial doors consist of thin layers of wood veneer that is wrapped around a solid core. This core is made up of a particle board, solid lumber, as well as perlite and vermiculite. These types of industrial doors are usually used in the interior parts of a commercial building since exposing it to moisture during wet weather conditions may destroy the integrity of the wood itself. It is usually chosen because of its simple yet elegant appearance.

Steel industrial doors are made up of sheets of steel that are wrapped around a core. They are often referred to as “hollow” as they contain a foam insulation, honeycombed core, and a steel stiffener. These types of doors are the standard for most commercial buildings since they offer premium security and are very durable and very cost-effective. They are usually used in mechanical rooms or rooms that require heavy duty door applications.

Aluminum industrial doors are most commonly seen in the entrance of a commercial building. They are basically used because it gives out a clean and sleek look. Aside from that, it enables natural light to pass through the building. Some commercial buildings, on the other hand, choose this type of door primarily because it doesn’t require much maintenance since it doesn’t need to be painted or stained like those of steel and wooden doors. And while most commercial doors have steel frames, the frames of these doors are made up of aluminum; giving it a different look from other types.

Full glass industrial doors are usually seen in the interior parts of commercial buildings primarily because they are somewhat fragile. It also serves a decorative purpose as you can design it with paint or hang any decorative in it. Furthermore, it also allows large amounts of light to come in; making the building appear as though the place is an open space. These doors are usually made out from safety glass to reduce the risk of the door getting broken. They are usually hung on pivots and they may or may not have a frame.

Another durable and long-lasting option for commercial buildings is the fiberglass type of industrial doors. It is also time- and cost- efficient since it requires little to no maintenance and they usually outlast steel and wooden doors, especially during heavy use. Most schools use this type of doors to reduce the need to replace and to maintain costs during the long run. However, they are usually more expensive compared to the other types.

The last type of industrial doors is the overhead door. Overhead doors are actually made up of layers of steel. They are commonly seen at loading docks and factories to give way and allow for large objects to be brought inside the room. They are usually 8 to 10 feet in width; the height, on the other hand, varies depending on the available supply or the preference of the user. These doors are similar to a garage door as they coil up towards the ceiling; they can be operated manually or automatically.

Home Security Companies through Time

A number of home security companies claim that men (throughout history) have tried to devise an alarm system that would help make staying at their homes and communities safe not only from criminal attacks and theft but also from inevitable natural disasters. As a matter of fact, alarm systems started as drumbeats and horns that were manually operated by guards to warn the community of a problem. Later on, these systems became more refined with the use of smoke signals and colored rockets to determine difference between various warning alarms.

According to the DGA Security, a home security operator, the rise of home security companies has dated back to the late 18th century and the mid-19th century. In fact, one of the major inventions that actually led to the dawning of the modern home security alarm systems were said to be the invention of the battery in 1799, as well as the invention of the telegraph in 1841. A few years after the telegraph was invented, Dr. William Channing devised an early fire alarm system; this was around the same time when the first ever security alarm system was invented by Augustus Pope, a Unitarian Minister.

Although there were only a few changes from the systems, the start of the digital technology in 1970s paved the way to the usage of electrical circuits to operate home security alarms. An electrician named Moses Farmer developed the first circuits used in home alarm system. He also developed a circuit system that rings the bell which sounds the alarm. His circuit system has solved one of the major problems that were encountered with the earlier alarm systems.

According to the Guide 4 Home website, the initial alarm systems for home security are made up of an electrical circuit that runs around the door or the window frame which will then sound as soon as they are opened. The problem with these alarms, however, was that they stopped ringing as soon as the intruder has closed the door or the window; this makes it ineffective and easy to work around with for intruders who know the system.

Most, if not all, of the earlier home security alarm system were said and considered to be simple local alarms; that is, they can only warn the people who are within earshot. Some of the problems that were raised with these alarms were the need for the person to be just nearby and call emergency services. Another problem is that the people started to ignore these alarms as false alarms are becoming more frequent.

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Fire alarm system, 1930-s. Image:

In 1871, track fire and burglar alarms were introduced as well as the idea of a monitoring center by E.A. Calahan. The primary goal of monitoring the alarms in one central office is to enable a faster response to alarms than that which is promised by a local alarm that is still being used up until the beginning of the 21st century. According to the DGA Security, the cost of home security alarms has greatly reduced through the development of a system by enabling a number of alarm systems to be monitored over 1 signal which allowed for multiple subscriptions to be monitored.

The DGA Security says that the development of the alarm systems for home security hasn’t changed at all up until the mid-20th century which was the time when digital technology enabled their improvement. The improvements that were brought about the age of technology have become so significant during those times primarily because anti-theft alarm systems had become very easy for intruders and burglars to bypass and immobilize. Today, our home security systems are so advanced that some can even detect even the slightest movement from an intruder.

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