How to Select the Right High-Performance Doors

Doors are essential to keeping your warehouse working as efficiently as possible. However, when optimizing your warehouse for superior performance, how do you know which high-performance doors to choose? Here are 5 helpful tips for selecting the best high-performance door for your warehouse, no matter your industry!

  1. What will the door be used for?

Regardless of your industry field, it is important to consider what your warehouse doors’ purpose will be. Who will they keep out? What will they keep in? These are important questions to ask!

For example, what if you store frozen products in your warehouse? If this is the case, you will want a door that offers both speed and high-insulation. High-speed freezer doors are the perfect choice by keeping your products cool and your costs low. 

Apply the same way of thinking to your business. There are a variety of doors available for you to choose from and keep your warehouse working to full capacity!

  1. What are the safety precautions necessary?

Every door will come with its own risks, regardless of how much training your employees undergo. However, the best way to decrease the risk of any work-related accidents is to fully research your door options, make sure your employees understand the door and that they understand how it works.

The best example is a rapid-roller door. Will your employees know its speeds, or how to stop it in case of an emergency? Unfortunately, operating warehouse doors is not as easy as flicking a switch. These are important elements to consider when selecting the right warehouse door for your building.

  1. Will your employees benefit?

Expanding upon the previous point, you should consider your warehouse employees when considering your warehouse doors. Will the door be easy or difficult to open, much less operate? Temperature control is also another element to consider. For example, doors that leak cool air may be less satisfactory for your employees, especially in the warmer months.

Overall, while your employees’ well-being may not be an obvious factor in selecting the right door for your warehouse, it is still an important one.

  1. How much does a new door cost?

Many individuals may consider this question the most critical one in the decision-making process: how much will your new warehouse door cost? As with any other warehouse equipment, the costs of a door go beyond the initial purchase and installation. What about after the fact?

Other major costs for warehouse doors can include maintenance and servicing, as well as any extra equipment or material.

  1. What traffic will be interacting with the door?

Depending on who, or what, makes deliveries to your warehouse, you will need to consider what kind of traffic you expect to enter and leave the building. If a delivery van unloads heavy equipment, then a high-performance roll-up rubber door would be ideal. If you require a more versatile solution that can adapt to different kinds of traffic, then a fabric door would be best for your warehouse.

In conclusion, there are a variety of factors to consider when selecting the right type of high-performance door for your warehouse and business. However, these are the top 5, including use, costs, safety and traffic!

Are you still thinking about the perfect high-performance door for your warehouse building? Port City Industrial can help! Not only do we sell Rytec Corporation doors, but we also install, service and maintain any equipment that you purchase from us.

New Contract with City of Mobile & Port City Industrial

Port City Industrial has always been a company that values the dignity of hard work, building lasting relationships, doing what’s right and serving our customers and the community.

We are a proud locally-owned family business based out of Mobile, Alabama, that is always willing to go the extra mile to make our client’s warehouses work. Our vision for our company is displayed through our values and actions in hopes to make a greater impact on our clients and the community. We believe in creating opportunities through partnerships with our community that can help encourage local growth and expansion to better serve the great City of Mobile.

The Port City Industrial team is thrilled and honored to announce a new partnership between the City of Mobile and Port City Industrial. This month, Port City Industrial has been awarded an authorization service contract with the City of Mobile for overhead garage doors, counter shutters, electronic gates services and more at various city locations throughout the city. The comprehensive closing costs for this contract results in $105,600.00.

This partnership is a true privilege on the behalf of Port City Industrial and a testament to commitment towards furthering our city for a better future. We look forward to what’s to come for our community and our city!

How High-Speed Performance Doors Enhance Building Security

At Port City Industrial, we supply our customers with the best high-speed performance doors in the industry. Our high-speed performance doors have enhanced building security for hundreds of customers. Not only are these doors durable, they are highly efficient and climate-controlled, which protects employees and items within the warehouse. 

High-Performance Fabric Doors

Our high-performance fabric doors stimulate safety, sustainability and efficiency. These doors have a simple, lightweight design that is low-maintenance and easy to install. Its quick closing and operating speeds make daily operations more efficient, while minimizing the loss of conditioned air. A built-in light grid guards the closing zone for up to eight feet, and the bottom profile prevents downtime and closing damage. 

Sectional Overhead Doors

Our sectional overhead doors are ideal solutions for commercial facilities and warehouses. These doors offer superior thermal insulation, so your facility is climate-controlled, no matter if it needs to be warm or cool. These doors also reduce noise infiltration, meaning distractions diminish and the environment in your workspace becomes more focused. Sectional overhead doors are great for those in need of fast and efficient operation, and have several safety features installed. 

Rolling Steel Doors

Our rolling steel doors are fantastic for high-cycle applications. The springless design ensures maintenance-free operation, and the panels are extremely durable. Rolling steel doors have support seals that reduce airflow and noise infiltration. Attached to the door is an emergency chain hoist to be used for operation during power outages. 

Cold Storage Doors

Our cold storage doors offer superior climate control, which helps you keep products fresh and energy bills low. These doors have a foam panel design that maintains operating flexibility up to thirty-three degrees and limits condensation, along with draft seals that allow for an extra degree of climate control. There is a light grid built into the guide tracks for up to eight feet of added safety, and a panel design that makes replacement easy for minimum downtime. 

Fire Doors

Our fire doors are insulated and act as a thermal barrier in case of a fire, which protects employees and items inside the building. A conventional motor operator will close the fire door through control wiring in response to an alarm. The closing speed of these doors is controlled to not exceed nine inches per second, and the doors are durable enough to require little to no maintenance

When it comes to your business, it’s important to have the materials that you need to get the job done. Our high-speed performance doors are created with the best materials and technology to ensure your business continues to run up to speed. Contact Port City Industrial, because our pallet racking team and dock and door service crews are the best in the business.

Why Invest in Hurricane-Strength Doors for Your Warehouse?

At Port City Industrial, we understand the importance of protecting your business from the hurricanes that strike along the Gulf Coast. That is why we provide the industry’s leading brand hurricane-proof doors for your warehouse! These doors make your warehouse safer, more accessible and, most importantly, protected against even the fiercest storms. Not sold yet? Here are three more reasons to invest in hurricane-strength doors: 

  1. Strong doors make for a strong building. 

A shocking discussion for many warehouse owners is how doors are the most vulnerable part of your warehouse. This is due to the fact that doors cover the largest gap in a building’s structure. If a door is too weak, high-speed winds may enter the building, causing pressure to build up against the walls and roof. When the pressure reaches its maximum, the roof is forced to raise, exposing the structure to the natural elements. 

By investing in hurricane-strength doors for your warehouse, you are choosing a door with draft seals, wind locks and steel mounting plates. These elements work in your favor against tough storms by adding security to your warehouse. 

  1. Consistency is key. 

The hurricanes we receive here on the Gulf Coast are often unpredictable. Most of the time, we do not even know how much time we have before the storm hits. However, by investing in hurricane-strength doors for your warehouse, you ensure that you have plenty of time to fulfill any and all responsibilities. By having consistent protection, you’ve taken all prior steps to protect your warehouse from the heavy rains and high-speed winds of the hurricane. 

  1. Contributes to cost efficiency. 

Hurricane-strength doors can save you hundreds of dollars a year! These doors are cost-effective protection meant to protect you, your warehouse and your assets. These doors are insulated, which contributes to your savings! This extra layer of protection will protect you and your assets during and after a storm from the harmful elements of the hurricane. 

  1. Reduced business interruption.

Warehouse doors damaged by hurricanes can significantly interrupt your business until your doors are repaired or replaced. With all of the chaos following a storm, it could take weeks to get doors replaced or repaired simply due to the "volume of need" during that time. While there are many issues that have to be dealt with post-hurricane, this is one problem you can simply avoid.

Having extra protection for your warehouse is always a good idea. Without this protection, you might find yourself and your business at risk of losing hundreds, maybe even thousands of dollars when a harmful storm strikes. Stay ahead of the storm, and know it is always better to be prepared rather than pay the price after the storm. Contact Port City Industrial, our pallet racking team and dock and door service crews are the best in the business.