Many businesses need a fast, efficient, but still protective option for warehouses and storage rooms. Rolling and/or sliding garage doors are one of the more popular options for their convenience and scalability. To get a better feel for what rolling and sliding doors can provide, here's an overlook of their installation and general use.
Rolling Garage Doors
The term rolling door describes a type of door made of connected panels that are flexible at each link. These flexible links allow the door to be rolled up around an axle or bar at the top of the garage door frame system, allowing either powered operation or manual lifting with a pressure-assisted, safe lifting option.
Single door-sized rolling garage doors come with a frame that can be sized for your specific wall. If you're not buying a rolling door for new construction, you can order a customized door frame or adapter system that fits your specific door size, and the frame can be installed with two or three people using standard tools such as screwdrivers or powered drills.
Larger doors that cover nearly the entire wall of a storage unit or warehouse may require professional installation. This is due to the size of the frame and the possible height and weight of the installed door panel. If you plan on using third party contractors, be sure to review the specific brand with your contracting team to make sure that the proper equipment is available.
The frame is attached to the door clearance area, and brackets are added to hang the door. The door itself--called a curtain in rolling door models--is mounted to the frame with attached tensioners that allow the door to pull itself up slightly with hand assistance. Powered door models will have a motor system that needs to be locked in place against a gear connector on the frame.
This installation allows personalized security when it comes to locks, as different types of padlocks or anchors can be installed in the ground to be fastened to the door curtain.
Sliding Door Models
Installation for sliding garage doors or sliding bay doors is similar to the rolling door concept. The main difference is that the curtain is standing up for mounting, and anything larger than a small storage unit will require a crew for safe installation.
Sliding doors are placed inside a rail system, allowing easy sliding and locking against the frame. The rail should be installed by a certified professional, as your security depends on how deeply the rail is set into concrete or other floor materials--never soil, as it's easy to dig the rail out of place.
Powered sliding doors make it easier to open large warehouse bay openings, but require regular maintenance to make sure that the system is properly lubricated. Special attention should be given to the rails, as debris can build up quickly. Regular vacuuming and at least quarterly rail inspections can keep the system efficient.
Contact a commercial garage door company, like Shank Door, to discuss the door types available, as well as their various features.