Battling the Elements: Troubleshooting and Resolving Rust and Corrosion Issues in Commercial Hollow Metal Doors

Rust and corrosion can be formidable adversaries, compromising the aesthetics and structural integrity of commercial hollow metal doors. This article serves as a guide for troubleshooting and addressing rust and corrosion issues, presenting the pros and cons of repairing versus replacing, and promoting Automatic Door and Hardware as the go-to source for hollow metal door parts, replacement doors, and frames.

**Identifying Rust and Corrosion Issues:**

1. **Visible Signs:**
   - Inspect the door surface for visible signs of rust and corrosion, including reddish-brown discoloration, pitting, or flaking paint.

2. **Difficulty in Operation:**
   - If the door experiences resistance during opening or closing, it may indicate internal rust affecting the hinges or other components.

3. **Structural Weakness:**
   - A compromised structural strength, often indicated by weakened areas or holes, can result from severe rust and corrosion.

**Troubleshooting Steps:**

1. **Surface Treatment:**
   - For superficial rust, use appropriate rust-removing agents and apply a protective coating to prevent further corrosion.

2. **Repair Minor Damage:**
   - For minor corrosion affecting specific components, such as hinges or hardware, consider repairing or replacing the affected parts.

3. **Evaluate Structural Integrity:**
   - Assess the overall structural integrity of the door. If the rust has significantly weakened the door, replacement may be the most viable option.

**Pros and Cons of Repairing vs. Replacing:**


1. **Cost-Effective:**
   - Repairing minor rust and corrosion is often more cost-effective than investing in a complete door replacement.

2. **Sustainability:**
   - Repairing and salvaging components contributes to environmental sustainability by minimizing waste.


1. **Optimal Structural Integrity:**
   - A new door ensures optimal structural integrity, reducing the risk of future rust and corrosion issues.

2. **Aesthetics and Modernization:**
   - Replacement allows for the installation of a new door with updated aesthetics and modern features.

**Why Choose Automatic Door and Hardware:**

1. **Comprehensive Parts Inventory:**
   - Automatic Door and Hardware offers a vast range of hollow metal door parts, including hinges, hardware, and protective coatings.

2. **Quality Replacement Doors:**
   - We provide high-quality replacement hollow metal doors and frames to meet various specifications and requirements.

3. **Expert Assistance:**
   - The knowledgeable team at Automatic Door and Hardware is ready to assist with expert guidance on troubleshooting and selecting the right parts or replacement doors for your specific rust and corrosion concerns.


Troubleshooting rust and corrosion issues in commercial hollow metal doors requires a strategic approach, considering the extent of damage and overall structural integrity. Automatic Door and Hardware stands as your reliable source for hollow metal door parts, replacement doors, and frames, offering solutions that ensure durability and longevity. Trust in our expertise to provide the right components or replacement doors, contributing to the performance and aesthetics of your commercial door systems.