How to Choose a Commercial Garage Door

How to Choose a Commercial Garage Door

As a business owner, there are a lot of important decisions you need to make. One decision that you may not have put much thought into is what type of garage door you need. The commercial garage door plays a big part in how you access your building and protect your business. The garage door may also be one of the first things your clients see, so you want to make sure it is in good condition.

How to choose your Commercial Garage Door part 2

If you are just starting to look for a new garage door, you may be surprised to learn there are many different types of commercial garage doors that serve specific purposes. Before deciding on one to purchase, it is best to understand the differences between each type of door.

Commercial Garage Door Considerations
Since commercial garage doors are built mainly for functionality, you should think about your business’s needs. Doors come in various shapes, sizes, and materials based on their use.

Here are some things to consider before purchasing a new door:

  • Do you need to consider the speed that the doors open or close?
  • Do you need more light in your facility?
  • How often will the doors be open?
  • What will be stored behind the garage doors?
  • Will you have manual or electronic 

4 Types Of Garage Doors
Now that you have an idea of what to consider when choosing your commercial garage door let’s look at the different types available.  

  1. Roll Up Doors
    If you are pressed for space, you may want to consider a roll-up door. These are the types of doors usually seen in storage facilities and are great for warehouses that need to make use of every inch of space. Roll-up doors don’t take up a lot of space. The door is attached via steel roll slats and is rolled up and down by roll-formed guides. This type of door can be very sturdy and does a great job of keeping the contents inside your facility safe.
  2. Overhead Doors
    Overhead doors are some of the most popular doors on the market. These doors can be operated manually or with a remote and lift up via a track on the wall until it stops in an overhead position. These are very versatile and come in your choice of material, usually wood or aluminum, and can be made to match the rest of your building’s exterior.
  3. High-Speed Door
    If you live in an area with extreme weather conditions, you may want to purchase a high-speed door. This type of door will save you money on heating and cooling your facility since the outside air won’t have as much of an opportunity to get inside. This is also important if you have temperature-sensitive items inside your facility that would become damaged if they were to be exposed to hot or cold air. 
  4. Fire-Rated Door
    If your facility houses chemicals or flammable goods, you should consider a fire-rated door. This type of door is designed to give people time to exit the building in the event of a fire and will also keep the fire contained. Fire-rated doors get raised up and lowered down manually, but you do have the option of installing an automatic opener with a smoke detector.

What Else To Keep In Mind
Before purchasing and installing a new commercial garage door, check to ensure it complies with your building code or any design limitations your facility may have.  Delivery times may vary based on the type of door and material you choose. If you have any additional questions, we would be happy to assist you.

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