Industrial and fast action doors are commonly used in commercial spaces such as hotels, business offices, malls, restaurants, and hospital. They are referred to as “fast action” primarily because it is easy and convenient to use. Compared to residential doors, industrial doors are more durable and can withstand any level of use and any weather.
Suppliers of industrial and fast action doors have created different types of doors depending on the purpose of its use, as well as the design of the building. They are classified according to what they are made up of: wood, steel, aluminum, glass, fiberglass, and overhead.
Wooden industrial doors consist of thin layers of wood veneer that is wrapped around a solid core. This core is made up of a particle board, solid lumber, as well as perlite and vermiculite. These types of industrial doors are usually used in the interior parts of a commercial building since exposing it to moisture during wet weather conditions may destroy the integrity of the wood itself. It is usually chosen because of its simple yet elegant appearance.
Steel industrial doors are made up of sheets of steel that are wrapped around a core. They are often referred to as “hollow” as they contain a foam insulation, honeycombed core, and a steel stiffener. These types of doors are the standard for most commercial buildings since they offer premium security and are very durable and very cost-effective. They are usually used in mechanical rooms or rooms that require heavy duty door applications.
Aluminum industrial doors are most commonly seen in the entrance of a commercial building. They are basically used because it gives out a clean and sleek look. Aside from that, it enables natural light to pass through the building. Some commercial buildings, on the other hand, choose this type of door primarily because it doesn’t require much maintenance since it doesn’t need to be painted or stained like those of steel and wooden doors. And while most commercial doors have steel frames, the frames of these doors are made up of aluminum; giving it a different look from other types.
Full glass industrial doors are usually seen in the interior parts of commercial buildings primarily because they are somewhat fragile. It also serves a decorative purpose as you can design it with paint or hang any decorative in it. Furthermore, it also allows large amounts of light to come in; making the building appear as though the place is an open space. These doors are usually made out from safety glass to reduce the risk of the door getting broken. They are usually hung on pivots and they may or may not have a frame.
Another durable and long-lasting option for commercial buildings is the fiberglass type of industrial doors. It is also time- and cost- efficient since it requires little to no maintenance and they usually outlast steel and wooden doors, especially during heavy use. Most schools use this type of doors to reduce the need to replace and to maintain costs during the long run. However, they are usually more expensive compared to the other types.
The last type of industrial doors is the overhead door. Overhead doors are actually made up of layers of steel. They are commonly seen at loading docks and factories to give way and allow for large objects to be brought inside the room. They are usually 8 to 10 feet in width; the height, on the other hand, varies depending on the available supply or the preference of the user. These doors are similar to a garage door as they coil up towards the ceiling; they can be operated manually or automatically.