How to Pick the Right Material For Your Industrial Garage Door
We’re all familiar with pop sensation Madonna, and you’ve probably even hummed a couple of bars of “Material Girl” yourself. Material Girl came out in 1984 and is considered a pop classic, covered by modern artists like Britney Spears and Hilary Duff, and is generally adored by music fans. The chorus goes “Living in a material world”, and that is as true today as it was back in the ‘80s. Everyday, homeowners and business owners make decisions about what material will suit their need for various purposes. If you’re buying new cereal bowls, you wonder whether you should go with plastic or ceramic. Buying a new t-shirt? You may take some time to decide between all cotton or a shirt with synthetic fibers. Some of these choices are more important than others. The world probably won’t spin to a stop if you get a certain kind of silverware, but your businesses’ garage doors need to stand up to industrial level stress. That being said, no two businesses are exactly alike. Some businesses will need a sturdy, secure, no nonsense door. This choice could end up stifling the business of another company. It’s important to make sure that your choice of overhead doors only helps your business grow. This blog will look at all of the options of garage door material available on the market and help you decide which one will fit your business best.
Would You Consider Using Wood For Your Industrial Overhead Doors?
If you look back a few decades, you’ll notice that many businesses and buildings were using wood for their doors. Why was this material so popular? Wood was a “multipurpose” material that covered most contingencies and excluded very few businesses. It was durable and sturdy while still managing to be flexible when it counted. It was also light enough that it didn’t pose a major safety risk, while being heavy enough to keep intruders out and valuables in. However, in recent years, wood has taken a major dive as a garage door material of choice. The reason for this is that the supply of quality wood went down, but the demand remained unchanged. Therefore, many wood products began to be made of low quality lumber. Now, you can still use wood garage doors for your industrial business, but there is a high price tag attached.
The New Material on the Block: A Great “All Purpose” Choice
As the price of wood spiked and its quality took a dive, manufacturers knew that they would have to come up with a replacement. Now, pre-finished and insulated steel doors serve much the same purpose as wood once did. There are different options from thickness, most ranging from about an inch and a half to two inches. This, combined with insulation, means that businesses have a sturdy and durable door that keeps their energy bills down. These doors can be somewhat heavy, especially once insulated and painted, but they aren’t dangerous as long as your employees act accordingly around them. They can also run under different door operation mechanisms: an old fashioned manual chain works for some businesses, while faster paced workplaces might prefer the motor operator.
Metal is Good for Both Interiors and Exteriors
When you think of garage doors used in industrial settings, most people’s minds immediately wander towards the ones that adorn the front of the building. However, the interior can use doors as well. If you’ve ever walked through a mall that is in the process of closing up, you’ve likely seen employees rolling steel gates over their shops. Rolling doors are very similar, and are used for a similar purposes. These metal gates provide security over sensitive goods or equipment without changing the temperature. If you need to close off a section of your warehouse, these doors are a safe and reliable bet.
Need Something Lighter? Two Surprising Options That Can Save The Day
While the above materials are a great option, many businesses are starting to want lighter alternatives. They are less concerned about durability and security and more interested in something light and speedy. You may not think that cloth and vinyl are great ideas for residential doors, but they are becoming a popular niche for certain businesses too. Not only are they many times faster than their heavy metal cousins, they are also much lighter. If your warehouse or building contains temperature-sensitive goods like like pharmaceuticals, or you’re constantly opening and closing the door to deal with shipments, looking into cloth or vinyl garage doors might be the right idea for your industrial business. On the other hand, maybe you want the speed of a light door but you want the benefits of a heavier material. In such a case, you can consider an industrial automatic door. These doors have a higher cost but travel at a shocking 48” a second, thus ensuring that your need for speed is sated.
Are you looking for new garage doors, but you’re not 100% sure which option is best for your industrial operations? Call McKee-Horrigan Inc. at 1 888 244 4171 for instant access to an expert perspective. Not only will you be provided with a free quote, but we’ll also have a frank discussion with you about your business’s needs and priorities. With decades of experience under our belt, we’re more than equipped to handle any task you can direct us towards! Your business relies on its garage doors, so don’t skimp on this essential step. Instead, get something tailor fit for your company and its goals, and you’ll love the results.