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Six Doorway Considerations and saving energy with warehouse doors

1. Purpose -  The primary purpose of the doorway in question - interior/exterior.

The responsibilities of an exterior door are quite different to those of an interior doorway. Think about your intention behind the door from the very beginning. If all you need is to divide two areas internally, - but require a bit of speed to open and close the door for the likes of forklifts, - then you could be better off with a cost-effective rapid roller door such as ES40 High Speed Door. To view the full range of Movidor Rapid Doors, click here (https://www.remaxdoors.com/products/rapid-doors/movidor-high-speed-flexible-roll-doors).

For something with a bit more security for an exterior door, more design appeal / less speed required - consider a Compact Sectional Door which offers versatility in design from coloured RAL panels to insulated glass panels. Some other factors to consider include:

  • is it a loading dock door
  • do you require temperature control doors
  • does your warehouse need dust control
  • what is the benefit of high speed roller doors
  • are you looking for temperature control with frequent door open
  • do you require insulated rapid door

2. Traffic - The traffic demands on the door - how many times the opening is opened/closed. 

This is very important. If you underestimate the traffic requirements of your doorway, it could result in a lot of frustration and wasted costs later down the line. For example, a busy site where forklifts and delivery trucks rule the floor space, a fast, automated door is the bee's-knees. Do you expect your employees to jump down off a forklift, open a roller shutter by hand, or wait for a slow roller shutter to open/close?  Consider how many times each day this occurs. Paying your employees to stand and wait while a door functions is hardly a productive use of their time, nor the salary you pay them.

On the other end of the spectrum - if you only have pedestrians coming in and out each day simply to open the door in the morning and close it at night, then a Rapid Door is probably not for you. Consider a sectional door which provides options such as a wicket-door for pedestrians. 

3. Size - The necessary size of the opening.

This one ties in quite tightly to the point above; your traffic. What type of vehicles are coming in and out of the warehouse? Pedestrians only require a standard doorway, whereas large haulage trucks require a large Movipak style door to accommodate vehicle size. 

View all Movidor products here: https://www.remaxdoors.com/products/rapid-doors/movidor-high-speed-flexible-roll-doors

4. Energy Costs - Both operational costs and energy loss.

Would you know the financial cost of operating your doors on a day to day basis? Do you know how much money you spend on energy loss from a temperature controlled area? The payback period of installing a fast and insulated alternative may very well be justified. Try out the Remax Energy Calculator tool. This shows you the energy loss in dollar figures as well as metrics from your current doorways. 

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5. Wind Velocity - Pressure on the opening / if any.

Local doorway specialists who manufacture their own doors will have knowledge of local conditions, as well as experience in dealing with companies who require wind bars / additional support within doors that face the elements. When you talk to a door specialist, ensure that you let them know of wind pressure - better still, ask for an onsite consultation so that they can gather the details themselves. You may be used to the windflow - but it is vital to asses and inform the manufacturer so that you don't end up with additional maintenance costs later down the line.

6. Capital Cost -  How many years it could potentially take you to pay off your door/s.

Once you have calculated the energy costs of your current doorway - or calculated the energy required by a non-insulated, slow, standard roller shutter for a new doorway - find out what the annual total operational costs are. Include waiting-time by employees; for example, if a 2m high door is opened 3 times an hour and a standard roller shutter takes a 20 seconds each time - in an eight hour work-day, this works out at 40 minutes a week. Whereas a rapid door can move at 2m/sec...  The pay-off period of a, possibly more expensive, rapid door may not be all that long! 

If you would like to request a sit visit by our team to assess your doorways - please contact us on: 1800 010 221 or email: marketing@remaxproducts.com.au.


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