Are you building a new warehouse for your business? Will the warehouse have garage bays for deliveries or other forms of traffic? If so, you'll need to install commercial garage doors to secure the bay openings. A garage door may seem like a simple piece of hardware, but there are actually a few different types for you to choose from. Picking the right one for your warehouse will depend on your budget, your space requirements, and your needs for speed and convenience. Here are three of the most popular types of garage doors for businesses:
Single panel doors. These used to be the most common types of doors for commercial purposes. As the name suggests, they are made with a single section of steel or aluminum. When opened, they usually swing out and up, so you'll need plenty of clearance outside the door. They can either be operated manually or with a remote opener and closer.
One of the biggest advantages of a single panel door is that they're usually less expensive than other types. If you're working on a tight budget, this may be the choice for you. They also work best for smaller openings. If you use one of these doors on a large opening, you'll have a big piece of metal hanging out when the door is open. Also, these types of doors usually can't be partially opened. It's generally all or nothing. That may be a problem for energy efficiency if you need to keep the door somewhat open for long periods of time.
Sectional doors. These doors work much like a traditional residential garage door. They're made of steel, aluminum, or wood and the door is broken down into multiple horizontal sections. When closed, the door may look seamless. When the door opens, though, the sections roll up the tracks into an overhead area of the garage.
These doors often come in a wide variety of colors and styles, so they can meet almost any aesthetic. They're also energy efficient because they seal tightly and because you can partially open or close them. They may cost more than single panel doors, but you may recoup that expense with convenience and energy efficiency.
Roll-up doors. These metal doors roll-up into an area just above the door opening. Unlike a sectional door, which rolls on tracks to a space above the garage, the roll-up door doesn't require overhead tracks. That could be a big benefit if you're running short on overhead space.
Roll-up doors don't generally come in many different styles or colors. They usually have a metal appearance. However, they are durable, convenient, and cost-effective.
For more information, contact a commercial garage door dealer. They can help you find the right door for your warehouse.