Guidance for Choosing the Right Industrial Door

Guidance for Choosing the Right Industrial Door

Industrial doors are designed to adequately separate zones and allow for the easy circulation of goods, machinery and personnel within buildings. As such, their role is an important one and selecting the right industrial door is a process that deserves careful consideration.

The below guidance should help you to determine which type of door would be most suitable, and for further advice, consult with an experienced door professional:

Understanding how secure you need your industrial doors to be

An exterior industrial door, for example, may need to have reinforced security, compared to one being used internally, and the type of working environment will have an impact upon which type of door you choose, too.

Do you want steel industrial doors? As the most common metal used to manufacture doors in high crime areas, this type of strength might be more suitable to keep your facility and its inhabitants, safe and secure. Otherwise, doors made from vinyl and aluminum are alternative, durable options.

How do you want your industrial doors to open?

There are several different ways that doors can open, such as by sliding upwards, or swinging to the right or left, while others may open outwards or inwards. Deciding how you want your doors to open is important, especially if you want your facility to be able to run smoothly. Having enough space to install the door is something that should be considered early on in the door selection process, too.

Think about what controls your industrial doors should have

Do you want your industrial doors to open manually, automatic or remote controlled?

What size should the door(s) be?

Doors wider than 10 meters are typically not recommended as they’re difficult to open, but you’ll need to carefully consider what size industrial door you want/need.

What type of industrial door should you choose?

There are several main types of industrial door, and the most popular are listed below. With professional guidance and the following pointers, you can select the type that is best suited for your needs:

Sectional industrial doors

Particularly useful if space is at a premium, a sectional industrial door uses only the upper part of the room in order to operate, and is made of large, insulated panels that are installed outdoors. Hinged panels give clear circulation space, and these energy efficient doors can be controlled manually or with a motor.

Industrial roll-up doors

High-speed and flexible while still being rigid, these doors are light and can be opened quickly. Able to be adapted for crossing between areas that are isolated from each other, or that require frequent opening and closing, they are extremely effective at separating zones from each other, such as production and storage areas.

Their swift opening speed reduces heat loss and sound dispersion and helps protect certain areas from dust and debris generated elsewhere.

Strip curtains are also available if you require maximum visibility and separation between two areas.

Overhead doors

Made of galvanized steel and perfectly suited for larger spaces, they can be installed with springs or counterweights and used in conjunction with pedestrian doors. Requiring little maintenance, they are however, very large.

Should you choose manual or automatically controlled industrial doors?

Usually including traction cables or chain hoists, a manual control system may be suitable for your needs. Should you be looking for a slightly more sophisticated door, you can opt for one with an automatic control that uses a variety of systems, such as key switches, radars and timers, to control the door electrically.

To discuss your industrial door needs in more detail, reach out to the knowledgeable team at Door and Dock Solutions, Houston, and we’ll get you kitted out with exactly what you’re looking for.