In today’s fast-moving world, the moment there’s a perceived need, technology moves quickly to supply an answer. The commercial door industry is no different. Need a particular type of high-performance door? There’s a manufacturer out there who to fill the gap.
So what is a high-performance door? The definition can vary, but in general, it’s a door with features beyond those of the standard sectional, coiling or sliding door, designed to perform quicker and better than standard doors.
Often, a high-performance door just means a high-speed door. Doors are available that travel as fast as 72 inches per second – but other important factors may come into play in the design besides speed. For instance, you might need a high-speed door but have no room for a coiling door. Springless doors with low overhead clearance are one solution Bi-parting doors that clear the opening fast (preventing backups) are another solution; these also keep warm air in and freezing air out – an important factor in a high-end setting or heated parking garage.
High performance features might also include insulation values, expressed as the R-value, or thermal efficiency. Today’s insulated doors offer a wide range of R-values, with the highest numbers representing the greatest insulating properties. U-value measures the flow of heat through the building materials or insulation: the lower this figure, the better the insulating ability.
Some businesses require doors that can absorb impact. Breakaway bottom sections for sectional doors, or high-speed fabric doors that zip back into tracks without the need for tools are a couple of the options developed to answer this need.
Rubber doors offer features that are just right for a variety of industries, including mining and industrial, parking and automotive (where tight headroom is a factor), and logistics and transportation, where withstanding accidental vehicle impacts and easy reset are key.
There are high-performance doors for almost any need, from clean rooms to creating an explosion-proof area, or to resisting hurricane-force winds.