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Metal door frame restoration is often a viable solution to typical issues, such as rust or impact damage. Door Innovation can assist you with our do-it-yourself repair kits. The corrosion of metal door frames is one of the most common occurrences in frames exposed to outside weather conditions or chemicals, but completely replacing a damaged door frame isn't always the most cost-effective solution. Learn more about our options below.

Metal Door Frame Corrosion

Corrosion of steel door frames is observed most often at the lower ends of the frame jambs, and is most widely described as a rusted frame. A common misconception about this corrosion is that it takes place from the outside of the frame to the inside. In fact, just the opposite is true. Water, whether from rain or humid conditions, finds its way inside the frame. Once inside, it can remain damp behind the frame for prolonged periods of time due to the enclosed space. During this time, the backside of the frame is continually wet and eventually rust can begin to form. Aggravating this condition, many steel frames are filled with masonry mix during installation. The masonry mix has a porous structure, so it holds water (just like a sponge) in close contact with the backside of the frame, eventually rusting it from the inside out.

To prolong the life of a steel frame mounted in exterior openings, or those subject to the presence of chemicals, the frame should be produced from galvanized or galvannealed steel. In both cases, the steel is coated with zinc to aid in rust prevention. Most frame manufacturers are aware of these steels and will use them if they know the frame is going in openings where corrosion can occur. On the other hand, there are frames that are not made from these corrosion resistant steels installed in openings, exposed to corrosive conditions.

The Jamb Patch repair kit, made with galvannealed steel, is used to repair steel door frames that have rusted or corroded. Steel door frame corrosion is one of the most common conditions of a steel frame that has been installed for a number of years. The cost of frame replacement can easily exceed $1,000 dollars per opening, but using our kit will save you money, as you can fix it yourself without full replacement.

Aluminum Door Frame Corrosion

Contrary to popular belief, aluminum can rust. When it does, aluminum oxide is formed. It has a white appearance and when observed at the lower portion of an aluminum door frame, most people believe it is residual de-icing salt. The next time you observe this condition, rub some of the material between your fingers. If it's salt, it will be hard & rough, if it's aluminum oxide, it will feel slippery.

In order to protect aluminum from corrosion, the aluminum components must be produced from anodized aluminum. Anodizing is a process that actually forces the formation of aluminum oxide on the surface of the component. Aluminum oxide is a very hard material and helps the aluminum resist corrosion.

There is another aluminum corrosion mechanism that should be considered, i.e. bi-metallic corrosion. This occurs when two different metals, for example aluminum and steel, are placed in intimate contact with each other. If the metals are further exposed to wet conditions, a galvanic cell is created and then corrosion can take place at a more accelerated rate.

This condition is frequently seen at the lower ends of aluminum door jambs that were anchored to the surrounding surfaces using steel fasteners. Since many of these systems are located on the exterior of buildings, they are subject to rain & salt conditions as well. If the aluminum frame was installed with steel fasteners without properly insulating the metals from one another, it is only a matter of time before bi-metallic corrosion occurs. Even with the use of anodized aluminum, this condition is still possible.

The Jamb Anchor repair kit is used to repair aluminum door frames that have lost integrity through corrosive attack and extend the useful life of the frame and opening. Typically, when an aluminum door frame has corroded, the customer is faced with replacing the entire door system. This can cost thousands and even tens of thousands of dollars per opening.

With our kit, you can self-repair the door system, saving money and extending the life of your door. The Jamb Anchor is designed specifically to resist bi-metallic corrosive. It is manufactured with an e-coat top finish to protect the aluminum from any steel components it might come in contact with.

Metal Door Frame Damage

Commercial doors and frames are heavily used. A typical entry door at a high volume retail store could see hundreds of thousands of cycles per year. High volume applications are found in other types of facilities, such as schools, hospitals, universities, hotels, convention centers, and other buildings. In many instances, it is not just people moving through these openings but shopping carts as well. In other instances, the store employees and vendors may be using the same entrances to bring goods into the facility. In all of these cases, there is a high risk of impact to the door frame, which can cause damage.

Door frames are engineered to resist impact. The typical steel door frame is manufactured from 16 gauge steel. This material is almost 1/16" thick, and exceedingly strong. The typical aluminum door frame is manufactured from aluminum tube with wall thicknesses approaching 1/8" thick. Engineers know impact is a given, so strength is part of the design to prolong the life of the frame.

Even though the frames are designed for long service life, repeated impacts eventually take a toll. In a worst case scenario, the frame breaks loose from its anchor points. This compromises the structural integrity of the door system and can lead to inoperable doors or in some instances, injury to people passing through the opening. It is imperative that door systems remain solidly anchored at all times.

Another source of frame damage can come from forced entry. A frame and door system can be damaged by someone using a pry bar or other device to break into a facility.

The Jamb Patch repair kit is used to repair steel door frames that have become damaged due to impact or forced entry. The Jamb Anchor is used to repair aluminum door frames that have lost integrity through forced entry or corrosive attack.

Contact us today form more information about how our products will help repair metal door frame damage.

Broken Commercial Door Frames

Commercial door frames are designed to provide years of dependable service. Properly maintained, these systems can be expected to provide more than 10 years of service life.

Unfortunately, these same frames are subject to degradation from numerous conditions including corrosive decay, attempted forced entry and impact from the people and materials passing through them. In the most severe cases, it is possible a frame can weaken and break along its perimeter.

Jamb Patch and Jamb Anchor solutions from Door Innovation

The Jamb Patch repair kit is used to repair steel door frames that have rusted or become damaged due to impact or forced entry, and the Jamb Anchor repair kit is used to repair aluminum door frames that have lost integrity through forced entry or corrosive attack. Both of these allow you to do repairs yourself, saving money and extending the life of your door.

Contact us today for more information about repairing broken commercial door frames with our effective and affordable products.

Rusted Metal Door Frame

The rusting of metal door frames is one of the most common conditions found in frames exposed to outside weather conditions or chemicals such as cleaning solvents or de-icing salts. Rusting of these frames is observed most often at the lower ends of the frame jambs, and most widely described as a rusted or corroded frame. A common misconception about the rusting of these frames is that they rust from outside of the frame to the inside. In fact, just the opposite is true. The frame eventually rusts from the inside through to the outside.

Frame Material Selection
To prolong the life of a steel frame mounted in exterior openings or those subject to the presence of chemicals, the frame should be produced from galvanized or galvannealed steel. In both cases, the steel is coated with zinc to aid in rust prevention. Most frame manufacturers are aware of these steels and will use them if they know the frame is going in openings where rust can occur.

While most frame manufacturers build door frames from the appropriate steel grade, frames manufactured from “less rust resistant steels” still find their way into openings exposed to corrosive conditions.

In either case it’s not a question of whether the frame is going to rust, only a question of when will it rust. In the case of frames made from galvanized or galvannealed steel, the rust will simply take longer to develop than a frame not made from these materials.

The patent pending Jamb Patch products are used to repair steel door frames that have rusted or corroded in the exterior or interior of your building. Contact us to learn more.

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