4 Things to Consider Before Your Next Commercial Door Project

Whether you’re a seasoned door business professional, or just starting out in this industry, it can be overwhelming when you’re trying to decide which make and model of doors to purchase for your project. Luckily, there are a wide variety of options available for you to evaluate and then choose based on your specific needs!

Let’s take a look at the top four helpful considerations you can think about when gearing up for your next door project:


1. Do you need sectional or roll-up doors? 

Sectional doors serve a different function than roll-up doors, so you get to choose which option will be a better fit for your specific situation. Sectional doors stack up in sections piece by piece in a track system and operate upward in a flat position requiring more room overhead to accommodate door in the horizontal or open position. Roll-up doors wrap themselves around a coil when they are in the open position. So take a quick survey of your door installation area: which of these two options will serve you best? Do you have the overhead room to fit a sectional door or do you have obstructions that might the roll-up door might better accommodate?


2. Should you choose heavy duty rolling steel?

That depends; what will the day to day life of your door look like? Is it expected to have a high cycle of use? The more a door is rolled up and down every day, the faster the metal will show signs of aging. That’s where heavy duty rolling steel comes in: these doors are designed to last through heavy use and high cycle applications, and makes them a great fit for industrial use.



3. Are there heavy winds in your area?

Certain parts of the United States, specifically Texas and Florida, require roll-up and rolling steel doors to abide by certain manufacturing guidelines to ensure the product can withstand extreme winds. The door construction itself is designed to sustain a windload of +/-35 PSF up to 14 feet wide for standard roll-up doors and a windload of +/- 45 PSF for up to 16’ wide for rolling steel doors. Impact rated doors can also be purchased for areas exposed to windborne debris.



4. Is your building climate-controlled?

If so, you could probably use some extra help keeping your heating and cooling costs low! That’s why insulated rolling steel service doors could be a useful option for your jobsite. These products are specifically engineered to keep a strong barrier between the fluctuating temperatures outside and the interior of your building.



Remember, it’s always a good idea to consult with industry experts before making the final purchasing decisions for your project! Pitching your ideas and plans to knowledgeable professionals who can steer you in the right direction is a crucial step in the planning process. To speak directly to the ASTA team, you can give them a call at 800-423-0659.

Or, if you’d like to take a look at the door options available from ASTA, you can click the link below to browse our wide range of models and their diverse capabilities: