Electronic and manually operated sectional overhead doors have a number of advantages compared to other types of doors and openings. In terms of their installation, the materials that are used mean that they can be designed and customised to a wide variety of different dimensions – this makes them a popular choice for businesses that are unable to buy other types of doors due to the spaces that are involved. The doors themselves are made up of individual pieces that are slotted together, and this makes it relatively simple to insert transparent pieces that act as windows. In the event that the door suffers from accidental damage, this modular nature allows repair work to be carried out with a minimal amount of time and fuss.
Energy efficiency is also a major factor when it comes to using a sectional overhead door, and the composite plastics perform well as thermal insulation. Old-fashioned metallic doors act as conductors of heat, which means that additional energy is effectively ‘wasted’ with metal shutters and panels. Modern overhead doors also provide very little opportunity for heat to escape through any gaps – this is also true from the outside, making them an effective draught excluder.
In warehouse environments where internal space is limited, this type of door takes up very little room when it is in the ‘open’ position – this is because the door moves up towards the ceiling. This is ideal when vehicles need to enter and exit at regular intervals, and drivers do not need to worry about damaging the sides of their vehicles on stray handles.
With all of these performance benefits in mind, the design also needs to be taken into consideration, and a sectional overhead door can be supplied in a range of different colours. The pieces of each door can be ‘finished’ in the factory, so by the time it has been installed there is no further decorative work required. This kind of flexibility has led to these doors appearing on modern industrial estates around the world, and they are just as useful for modernising existing buildings.