You can depend on us for those special projects
For all your construction jobs that require garage doors or overhead doors, we can help you define clear, precise specifications so you’ll be sure to find the product you’re looking for on the worksite. Bear in mind that even when doors have the same dimensions, they may require very different hardware. It all depends on their application and use, which must be carefully evaluated.
Before selecting a garage door or overhead door system, it’s important to determine your needs:
1) What type of traffic will they be subjected to?
Determine the risks of potential breakdown, considering all the types of vehicles and people that may use the doors.
2) Are insulation and weather-tightness important?
If energy costs are an important consideration for your project, don’t choose doors that are overly large. If they’re motorized, you’ll need to evaluate every possible accessory that could reduce energy waste in your building.
3) How many times per day (or week) will the doors be used?
Depending on how many times the doors will be opened and closed, it’s important to choose the appropriate hardware. The same goes for the door openers.
4) What type of safety and security are you looking for?
Protection against accidents stemming from use of the doors? Protection against vandalism?
5) Do you need a lot of natural light or is one small window enough?
Keep in mind that the more windows the door has, the more its thermal resistance factor will be diminished. If you’re looking for security, one small window (e.g. 21" x 8") installed from the side where the door is operated will be sufficient.
6) Are there any extraordinary conditions?
Strong winds, danger of explosion, corrosive air? Will a bridge crane be installed? How about a car wash/truck wash?
Once you have answered these questions, you can determine the dimensions of the doors you’ll need:
1) The door subcontractor will need to know the distance between the floor and the ceiling (under the rafters) or the first obstruction the garage door or overhead door will encounter in its path. All doors must have sufficient clearance on their way toward the ceiling.
2) The minimum distance between two doors side‑by‑side is 18 inches (46 mm).
3) If the doors are equipped with electric door openers and accessories, it’s important to consult the designated electrical engineer. For maximum door opener efficiency, use the highest possible voltage.
What type of door should you use for your particular application?
1) Sectional doors:
Over 90% of the sectional garage doors used in the Canada are made from 26‑gauge galvanized steel 1 ¾" (45 mm) thick, injected with polyurethane foam. Polyurethane provides the best insulation on the market, and because it adheres to the walls of the door, it also increases their rigidity, making them twice as strong as doors using polystyrene insulation.
2) Rolling steel doors – fire rated:
Perhaps you need a rolling steel door divided into two sections inside your building, and maybe that door has to have a fire resistance rating of more than 45 minutes.
3) High-speed doors:
You might need a high‑speed (60"/second) PVC door to divide two different areas inside your building.
4) Loading dock doors:
For overhead doors equipped with a loading/unloading dock, you have many available options: mechanical docks, hydraulic docks, platform lifts, etc. You also mustn’t forget all the different safety accessories associated with garage doors and overhead doors.
Regardless of whether you need a sectional garage door, rolling door, high‑speed door, strip door, all‑glass door, pass‑door, wicket door or loading dock, at Doorcraft Manufacturing Ltd., we have the necessary experience and qualified installation technicians to ensure your peace of mind and prevent you from having to deal with future emergencies due to a poorly chosen overhead door system.
Always look for components with the appropriate sturdiness and efficiency for your project. This will prevent unexpected breakdowns. Remember that the cost of sturdiness is much lower than the cost of frequent repairs. In some cases, you may be able to double the durability of your door for only 15% more than the standard price.
Last but not least, we offer a Preventive Maintenance Program (PMP), a program of planned preventive maintenance that will ensure the optimal operation of your overhead doors and prevent interruptions in service for many years to come. Ask us about our annual maintenance contracts.
Get in touch with our sales representatives or our Technical Service personnel at 506-450-3031 from 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday.