Commercial Roll-up Overhead Doors Save Space, Need Little Upkeep

Roll-up overhead doors are a low-maintenance option for your commercial garage or loading dock entrance. These types of garage doors coil up around a drum that’s mounted above the door opening and they take up much less overhead space than a sectional overhead door.

Not much door maintenance is needed with a roll-up garage door because parts are protected inside the coil, so they are less exposed to outside elements and to possible damage from forklifts and other machinery. This gives them an advantage over sectional garage doors, which require frequent lubrication, and whose parts are susceptible to rust and corrosion.

Roll-up overhead doors have fewer moving parts than their sectional counterparts, meaning less risk of damage and less risk of breakage. Roll-up overhead doors are probably the least frequent commercial door repairs we perform, simply because their opening/closing mechanism is simple and contained.

Material Options Make Overhead Doors More Durable

The thin, interlocking steel slats are what make overhead coiling doors quite durable. Sectional overhead doors, even if they’re also steel, are more susceptible to damage from impacts, whether they be from extreme weather or vehicle/machinery accidents. Some other advantages of roll-up garage doors are:

    1. Enhanced Security: The solid, interlocking construction of roll-up garage doors makes them hard to break into. The durable steel slats create a formidable barrier, making it challenging for thieves to penetrate and gain entry to the building. This added security is particularly beneficial for businesses that store valuable goods or sensitive information.
    1. Thermal Insulation: Some overhead coiling doors come in insulated models, combining metal and foam in their construction. The foam provides significant thermal insulation, helping to keep heat out during the summer and retain warmth in the winter. This means you save money on energy bills, as your HVAC system doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain a steady internal temperature. Insulated overhead doors are ideal for warehouses, manufacturing plants, and any facility where temperature control is crucial.
    1. Noise Reduction: Roll-up overhead doors are effective at keeping external noises out. This is particularly advantageous for businesses located in noisy industrial areas or on busy streets. The robust construction of these doors helps create a quieter, more comfortable working environment by blocking out unwanted sounds.
    1. Weather Resistance: Typically made of heavy-duty aluminum or steel, roll-up doors are built to withstand daily use and are strong enough to endure wind and hard rains. Aluminum roll-up doors are rust-resistant, making them a long-lasting option even in harsh weather conditions. This durability ensures that the doors remain functional and looking good over time, reducing the need for frequent replacements or repairs.
    1. Space Efficiency: Roll-up doors save on space by moving directly upward when they open, taking up only a small area at the header of the opening. This design maximizes the available space in your facility, providing more room for storage and operations. In industrial settings, where space is often at a premium, this can be a significant advantage. The vertical operation of roll-up doors also means they don’t interfere with interior or exterior space, making them an efficient choice for tight areas.

We can explain the difference between roll-up overhead doors and sectional doors, and help you decide which commercial garage door option is the best for your operation. We are Sacramento’s foremost commercial door installation and repair company. We specialize in all types of commercial and industrial doors, including truck trailer doors, overhead doors we just discussed, and storefront doors and windows.

Our technicians are friendly and knowledgeable – they’ll know exactly which type of overhead door your loading dock needs.