No two businesses are alike. As businesspeople, we customize our software, our accounting systems, and our office decor. As the saying goes, “form follows function.” All the unique designs of our businesses serve a specific purpose. The same should be true of the garage doors where we unload and load our supplies and products.
Just as our options for every other aspect of our business operations have expanded exponentially, so we now have a multitude of choices when it comes to selecting the industrial or commercial garage door that is perfectly suited for us. Here are the current top three choices.
Always the First Choice—Overhead Sectional Doors
When you see overhead sectional garage doors for commercial or industrial use, you’ll recognize how similar they are to your home garage door, apart from the size. The sections or panels that make up these doors are horizontally placed on top of one another. If you have a chance to see them open, you’ll see the lifting mechanism and the hardware differ from residential doors.
Because room heights in commercial structures are often quite high, section doors must be able to climb the wall and along the ceiling to allow maximum clearance. In order to determine the best type of sectional door, you must know the height of the ceilings and how much clearance is necessary. These are the most frequently used types of sectional garage doors:
- Standard, these most closely resemble residential doors
- High Lift, turns along the ceiling after traveling up the wall
- Full Vertical Lift, best for locational loading and unloading
Steel is still the material of choice for most industrial and commercial doors. Polyurethane is injected into door panels now as a way of enhancing the resilience of the door and providing insulation. However, if a business has no need to insulate a building, as when used for storing agricultural equipment, often the company will forego insulating the sectioned garaged door.
Rolling Steel Doors
Rather than having large panels, the rolling steel door has much smaller sections—usually no larger than three inches tall—called slats. These structures preserve the strength of the door while enabling it to roll up above the opened door.
Doors such as these are extremely functional when it comes to partitioning interior sections of a business off from other areas. This helps to prevent contaminants from spreading.
Another plus of such doors is their ability to restrict fire. Insurance companies often require rolling steel doors, which are rated according to the length of time they can prevent a fire from spreading from one area to another.
Similar doors, sometimes made from grates, are often used in malls or common areas where a storefront needs to be closed off separately from the rest of the businesses. All rolled steel doors gather in rolls at the top of the door.
High Speed Roll Up Doors
There are industries, especially those that deal with perishable goods or raw resources, that need garage doors capable of closing at lightning speed. That’s where the high-speed roll-up door comes into play. It can move at up to 96 inches (8 feet) per second, although for safety sake, they typically operate at no more than 48 inches (4 feet) a second, which is still amazingly fast.
Those commercial and industrial industries where these doors are used include mining companies, rail services that transport raw resources, food services that deal with perishable and frozen foods, and the like.
They are favored by different industries because they can be fabricated from many different types of materials. Mining companies, for instance, like rubberized doors that easily bear the blows of heavy ore. Vinyl doors are favored by the manufacturing sector.
Would You Like to Learn More About One of These Three Varieties?
You can always contact us if you live in Pocasset and the surrounding areas, reach us at 508-563-5633.
Commercial and industrial garage doors have long been our passion and our area of expertise. We are completely familiar with every style and variation of garage door represented in this section.
Should you have an interest in a particular door, we’ll be glad to send you a no-obligation quotation via email.
Do take the opportunity to visit our Commercial Door Picture Gallery. You’d never have guessed that commercial and industrial garage doors could be so attractive and inspiring.