An Overview of Warehouse Doors
Warehouses are multifarious spaces that may require special purpose doors to suit certain needs. Let’s take a look at the options available.
All buildings have different requirements when it comes to the types of doors they need, and the way these are configured. Warehouses are multifarious spaces and may require a range of different doors to suit different needs.
Here at FSE, we offer a range of special purpose doors to suit any needs. Warehouse doors can be manufactured with different properties and can be configured to meet the practical demands inherent to these spaces. And, as always, all of our doors are built to adhere to the Building Code of Australia.
All warehouses must have a fire protection model in place and one of the key elements of this is quality fire doors. Warehouses often inherently house hazardous materials and activity and the legislation and building regulations for these spaces are stringent.
“Fire door” is a short term for a fire-rated door set. Fire doors consist of the door leaf, frame and associated hardware such as handles, locks, viewing panels and air grills. All of these elements are rigorously tested in accordance with the Building Code of Australia (i.e. AS1530.4) to achieve their fire rating. You can read more about this process here.
These kinds of doors are required to close and latch by themselves to avoid being left open. This is particularly important for what is known as ‘compartmentalising’ a fire, which contains flame and smoke while directing traffic to safety.
In Australia, acoustic doors must meet certain ‘Rw’ sound resistant standards set out by the BCA and are tested and certified accordingly (see: ISO 140-3: 1995 – “acoustics – measurement of sound insulation of buildings and of building elements”).
Ensuring that ambient noise is constrained is very important in warehouses, and this is achieved by implementing acoustically treated barriers where necessary. This may be as simple as implementing a heavy door set or may require more custom acoustic doors.
S0me warehouse spaces may require strict security measures to be put in place to protect against forced entry, projectiles and explosions. This will require heavy-duty security doors to be implemented.
Ballistic doors differ from standard warehouse doors as they are designed to protect against more serious threats. The material used to make your door will depend entirely on the level of security required. They can be made from glass, metal (steel) and even wood.
Warehouse Door Configurations
Warehouse doors can be configured to suit any spacial or practical requirements. This includes:
• Hinged Doors: Our standard hinged doors are perfect for use in warehouses where space is limited. Our hinged warehouse door has been designed and engineered heavy-duty use in a wide range of industrial applications.
• Sliding Doors: Our sliding warehouse doors come in a range of configurations to suit the available side-room and headroom. They are suitable in spaces where a conventional side hung door is impractical.
• Automatic Swinging Doors: Swinging warehouse doors are perfect for spaces where doorways accommodate traffic flow in both directions. They perform like a normal security door, the key difference being that they swing 180-degrees to allow traffic to move quickly and easily back and forth through the doors – very useful in warehouses that are a hive of activity.