The Right Material For Industrial Doors

Each material available for use on an industrial door offers both advantages and disadvantages, which can make it difficult when choosing the right material for the industrial doors on your premises. This guide, provided by Fen Bay Services, will help you to make a good decision when it comes to choosing the material for your industrial doors.

Different Materials For Industrial Doors

There are several different types of industrial doors that can be manufactured using a range of materials. The most common materials found in the design and production of industrial doors include: 

  • Steel 
  • Aluminium 
  • Timber 
  • Fire resistant materials 
  • Wired glass 

Whether a door is made solely from one of these materials or with a combination of multiple materials, all industrial doors must be made using durable materials that can provide protection and last. 

Factors to Consider When Choosing Materials For an Industrial Door

When choosing materials it isn’t as simple as finding the cheapest or the most aesthetically pleasing, in fact, there are a number of factors that should influence your decision. 

The following factors must be considered:

  • The type of door you require – The first consideration in finding the material for your door should be the type of door you require. There are many different types of industrial doors, from roller shutters to high-speed doors and heavy-duty doors. All these types and more are suited to particular materials. For example, a roller shutter is often manufactured using galvanised steel or aluminium. 
  • The security of your premises – If the intended use of your industrial door is to protect your premises from intruders or damage your best choice of material will be the strongest/sturdiest and most durable. This, for most properties, is the choice of a steel door. 
  • Fire protection – Fire safety doors are a legal requirement in any non-domestic property, in line with UK fire safety regulations. In order to protect your property from fire damage, you should consider industrial doors made with fire-resistant materials. 
  • Temperature control – In industrial premises where the handling of temperature-controlled goods occurs, the industrial doors must be capable of maintaining the set climate of the industrial space. 
  • Where the door will be placed – It is important to consider whether your industrial door will be placed internally or externally in your building. As this can change the requirements you may have. For example, an external industrial door will need to be weather and damage proof, capable of withstanding harsh conditions and excessive use. Whereas an internal door may not need to be so heavy-duty. Instead, you may wish to consider a door that is high-speed and hence will need to use a different, lighter, material.