Why Do Hospital Theaters Prefer PVC Doors Over Timber Doors?

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As a civilization, we have come a really long way since the Victorian era where hospitals were the breeding ground for more disease. Do you know a Victorian operating room had a 1 in 4 death rate? Back then, the correlation between hospital and hygiene wasn’t really well understood. 

But now, the interrelationship is loud and clear. In fact, I can’t stress enough how hygiene and hospitals are so profoundly intertwined – thanks to the COVID-19 outbreak. And that’s precisely what brings us to our today’s main topic. 

Why do hospital theaters prefer PVC doors over timber doors? I’m not just here to ride the bandwagon and endorse PVC doors in the name of a pandemic. I’ll explain the reasons in detail. 

Doors seem like such an insignificant part of a hospital arena, don’t they? But when you think about it, doors are one of the most used aspects of any hospital theater. It’s probably one item everyone going in and out of the theater touches. 

From nurses and doctors to flocks of family members coming in and going out – a door in a hospital theater isn’t just any regular entrance. It is a potential entry point for deadly viruses and pathogens that’ll attack the weak and fragile patients at once without a whim. 

You see where I am going, right?

Let’s discuss the top 7 reasons why hospital theaters prefer PVC doors over timber doors. 

PVC Doors Are Less Likely to Host Bacteria and Mould 

Wood is porous and can get moist, rotten, and whatnot. As a result, they can serve a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and mold. Also, due to the moisture sensitivity, there aren’t great options available to clean timber doors. You can’t really use chemicals or saltwater. If you do, the wood often swells and rots soon. 

On the other hand, you don’t have to worry about any of these vices with your PVC doors. The door panels don’t have gaps or joints that are often the best place for mold to grow. Since PVC doors are also impervious to moisture, acid, or even petroleum, you don’t have to be too selective about the cleaning material. 

In a place as hygiene-sensitive as a hospital theatre, you don’t want to compromise with the door’s cleaning frequency, right?

PVC Doors Are More Durable 

With colors evenly impregnated through the thick polymer skin, you don’t have to worry much about the PVC doors’ appearance wearing off and tearing down. PVC doors don’t rot, rust, flake, fade or feel. 

But with woods, all these little caveats have to be kept in mind. Also, wooden doors need to be polished every year or so. 

Thanks to the strong materials used in the making, PVC doors are resilient to most adverse situations. Unlike wooden doors, PVC doors can withstand a wide range of climates and weather. 

And what does this all mean? Lesser maintenance = Lesser expenditure! 

PVC Doors Are Energy Efficient

We all know PVC doors keep any area warmer in winter and cooler in summer. So naturally, PVC doors promote cost-efficient thermal insulation. As a result, PVC doors can dramatically reduce the dependency on cooling and heating units in a hospital theater. 

Mind you, I’m not saying these doors can replace the heating or cooling devices explicitly used for specific processes or as per the patient’s need. However, PVC doors can reduce some load off the AC unit or general heating system. 

The amount of electricity you save with these doors may not seem to amount to much. But if you take some time out and calculate, any hospital would be saving thousands of dollars every year on energy via PVC doors.  

PVC Doors Are Around 50% Lighter Than Timber Swing Doors 

Timber doors are downright heavy – we all know that. Within hospital theaters, you’ll often see doctors, nurses, and helpers bringing in and taking out different medical equipment, from a high-tech monitoring machine to a wheelchair. 

If there’s nobody to push or pull the door for them, they often have to use their shoulder or whole body’s help to pass the equipment through the door. This doesn’t just lead to seemingly trivial discomfort but also mishaps like slipping and breaking things. 

On the flipside, PVC doors are either automated or at least 50% lighter than their traditional counterparts, aka timber doors. Easy like a breeze to open and close – PVC doors really help streamline the incoming and outgoing process and prevent accidents. 

PVC Doors Help Make The Room Soundproof 

What happens inside a hospital theater stays inside a hospital theater, right? We don’t want to hear any of that shrieking and yelling. Nope. So, in addition to being an excellent thermal insulator, PVC doors also moonlight as an effective sound insulator, did you know? 

If the rooms are covered with PVC doors, to an extent, the rooms will be soundproof. And naturally, it means that the investment in other soundproofing devices can be reduced, which in turn will reduce your overall expenditure.

PVC Doors Withstand Hardcore Cleaning 

With the onset of the pandemic, we have brushed up our hygiene game like never before. Imagine the precautions that take place in a hospital theater – they’re on another level. With repetitive cleaning and sanitizing being an integral part of any hospital, do you think wooden doors can withstand harsh cleaning materials?

No. Timber doors will hold the additional moisture and swell, making the perfect recipe for mold to grow. On the other hand, polymer PVC door panels can withstand any kind of hard cleaning material, whether it’s acid or petroleum. 

PVC Doors Are More Economical Than Timber Doors 

PVC doors are considerably cheaper than wooden and aluminum doors. So, upfront, you’ll be saving a lot of money. And even if you bag a sweet deal on a timber door, think about all the maintenance and replacement cost you will have to bear in the long run. 

From fresh paint of coats and sanding to removing molds and treating corrosion, it’s well-known that timber doors come with a lot of extra baggage. In real estate, timber doors are still the most popular option, given their aesthetics. But a hospital theater doesn’t really have any pressure to give the ‘old money vibe, right? 

All in all, PVC doors are cheaper to buy and maintain than timber doors. 

At Trax, PVC doors are available in three distinct styles: Econo, Full-Rib, and Teardrop Edge. All three variants are formulated in standard and low-temperature format. These doors help control temperature and save energy bills. On top of that, safety border strips are included for free. 

So, what are you waiting for? We are just a call away!  

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