Garage doors have more commercial applications than residential and must be versatile enough to handle these applications and the high demand of a commercial environment. The various purposes for commercial garage doors requires that they be made different sizes and from different types of materials. Each commercial door is built with a specific purpose, making them a highly customizable product to suit a client’s needs. There are plenty of factors to keep in mind when looking for a commercial garage door such as material, insulation, thickness, opening mechanism, inclusion of windows, location, and clearance needed.
Unlike residential garage doors, commercial doors are held to much higher standards to ensure continuous and safe operation in a commercial environment. Commercial doors must be secure but also have to comply with OSHA requirements and local codes. They typically include heavy-duty locks for security and they can be configured into a building’s security system rather easily. One safety feature that commercial doors have is the break-away bottom section. This section is designed to allow it to give way during an impact to prevent structural damage to the door or any of the other components. The break-away panel can be replaced easily without the need to call a technician for a repair.
There are several types of commercial garage doors available that differ in materials, opening mechanism, and function. The three main basic types of commercial garage doors are aluminum, steel sectional, and rolling steel. Aluminum doors come in patterns designed to include windows to allow more light and visibility. This makes aluminum doors perfect for internal partitions as well as merging indoor and outdoor spaces. Aluminum doors are most commonly used in fire stations and car dealerships. Steel sectional doors are composed of several steel panels hinged together. Steel sectional commercial doors have multiple gauge and insulation options that contribute to its security and climate control abilities. Some steel sectionals can also come glazed or stucco embossed.
The last type of commercial garage door is rolling steel. These doors are corrugated with strips of steel that allow it to be rolled up overhead. The corrugations also give it the strength to withstand impacts. There are several types of rolling steel doors that serve different commercial purposes. One type of rolling steel door is the service, or security door. These doors are available with the traditional steel slats or perforated slats to allow for airflow and visibility. They are constructed from steel gauges 18 through 24 and can be painted any color. Security grilles are composed of perforated slats and can be side-folding openers as well as rolling openers. They are typically used in malls and schools. The last type of rolling steel doors are counter doors. Counter doors are steel rollers that are fitted for small areas such as a cafeteria counter top. The extra strength of the rolling steel doors provided by the corrugations makes them ideal for commercial uses.
Commercial garage doors are built stronger to meet the harsh demands of the working environment. It is important for them to follow OSHA’s safety requirements while still providing the strength and security necessary. Garage door installation companies can help clients decide on which commercial doors work best for their applications and can also offer installation services. It always helps to become informed on the types before consulting with a technician.