July 6, 2021

Find the Best Commercial & Industrial Garage Doors: The 3 Most Common Types

When you are shopping for commercial garage doors, you need to be sure you are getting the right type for your business. Below, we will be looking at what you need to know before you shop.

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Homeowners are familiar with sectional overhead garage doors. While these are available, they are only one type of garage door for commercial and industrial purposes. Let’s check out all of the available options.

For example, there are other styles and types of materials that work well with commercial, agricultural, or industrial purposes. Steel is one option for covering, but there is also rubber or reinforced fabric.

#1 Overhead Sectional Doors – Always a Popular Option

You have likely seen and used these types of doors countless times before. They are similar to the regular residential garage doors, but their size can vary. They are made from panels that are installed one on top of the other.

The big difference with these doors is how the door moves and the hardware used.

Most of the time, you will find that commercial buildings will have high ceilings. The doors will move up and along the wall before turning at the ceiling to ensure there is enough clearance for the interior of the building.

Different types of movement can be used with these doors depending on the interior building height, as well as the height of the garage door. Common options include:

Standard: The common movement option found in residential doors

High Lift: With this type of movement, the door moves up along the wall then turns when it is near the ceiling

Full Vertical Lift: Commonly found in areas used for loading/unloading

Galvanized steel is the most common type of material used for these doors. To help provide more strength and durability, as well as insulation, they are often injected with polyurethane foam.

You can also choose non-insulated garage doors. If you have a building that does not need to be heated, such as for storing machinery, this could be a good option.

#2 Rolling Steel Doors – Great for Many Businesses

These types of doors do not require horizontal tracks as the standard doors need. Instead, they roll up over the head of the door.

To roll up easily, these doors are made up of small slats that are only about 3” high. The height of the slats can vary from one manufacturer to the next, but they are typically quite small.

Rolling steel door (firewall) used to divide 2 areas in a manufacturing business.

These doors are versatile. They can be used for creating firewalls, which could be needed depending on the insurance requirements of your company. They can help to stop the spread of fire from one area to another. The doors can be rated for fire resistance from 30 to 240 minutes.

The doors can also be used to compartmentalize parts of the interior of a building. This can help to reduce the spread of dust or to keep people out of certain areas.

Counter shutters for food service counters, ticket areas, and similar locations are another use for these types of doors. Some have metal grilles, which you may have seen in malls.

The commonality between all of these types of doors in this section is that they will roll-up.

#3 High-Speed Roll-Up Doors – A Faster Option

The third option that you might want to consider is high-speed roll-up doors. These are not as common, but you will find that they are used in various types of heavy industry, as well as in some grocery stores, and distribution centers.

In the food industry, they could be a good option to open and closing off refrigerated sections quickly and easily.

The defining feature of the door is the speed at which it opens and closes. It can open at 96” per second. It will close at 48” per second. Closing is slower because it helps to reduce the risk of accidents.

Some doors are made from steel, but they could also be made from reinforced vinyl (polyester), which is common in manufacturing. They could also be made from thick rubber, which helps to deal better with impacts that might be found in heavy industries like mining.

High-speed vinyl door installed in a food distribution center.

Time to Learn More!

Do you live in Saint John and its surroundings? If so, contact us now at 1-888-451-4040.

We are standing by and are ready to provide our expert advice in commercial and industrial garage doors. We have knowledge and experience that will help you ensure that you are getting the right door for your business.

If you would like, we can send you a no-obligation quotation by email.

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