If your business moves heavy equipment in and out of buildings, you know that large commercial doors are a requirement. Different kinds of commercial doors can accommodate large farm or industrial equipment. There are many things to consider when choosing the perfect door. A bi-folding hanging door might be the right fit for your building.
What is a Bi-Folding Hanging Door?
A bi-folding hanging door is a two-piece door that is connected by hinges. The hinges go across the door parallel to the ground. There is also a set of hinges at the top of the door.
When the door is opening, the bottom is pulled upward, and the middle of the door folds outward. The bottom corners of the door crawl up I-beams on the side of the door frame. When the door is fully open, it creates a shade canopy outside the building.
The door is lifted by steel cables or nylon straps. Most use an electric motor attached to a hydraulic pump to move the cables or straps. Bi-folding doors can come with remote controls for convenience.
What Industries Can Benefit from Bi-Folding Hanging Doors?
Any business that uses heavy equipment can benefit from bi-folding hanging doors. These doors are a good fit for agriculture companies who need to use big tractors or other large equipment for planting or harvesting. Even smaller-scale farms can find bi-folding doors to be more convenient to work with.
Bi-folding doors are also great for the following:
- Construction companies that want to store their equipment inside a building for protection.
- Landscaping and snow removal companies with large mowers or plows.
- Repair shops that work on large trucks or other heavy equipment.
- Waste removal and recycling companies with big trucks.
- Municipalities that have large equipment to take care of their city or town.
- Street paving companies.
- Private airstrips or aviation repair companies.
What are the Benefits of Using Bi-Folding Doors?
Bi-folding doors have several benefits. These doors do not take up much space since they use very little side room inside the building.
When the doors are in the up position, vehicles and equipment can be parked below in the shade. The doors do not swing out wide when opening, so vehicles and equipment can be parked nearby. Bi-folding doors give you plenty of headroom so your tallest equipment can move in and out easily.
Since bi-folding doors fold in half when they are open, they put very little stress on the building. The top of the door sits at an angle to allow water to run off, away from the building.
This style of commercial door can come in a variety of sizes to accommodate the largest equipment, including aircraft. They can be 90 feet wide if needed.
Bi-folding hanging doors can be installed in any type of building. You do not need to build a brand-new facility to change over to a bi-folding door. With this design, the roof of your current building will not have to be lifted to add a bi-folding door.
Bi-folding doors are manufactured to stand up to serious weather events. They are designed to withstand the hurricane-force wind that can happen in other states. While hurricanes do not happen in Washington, there are sometimes strong storms with high wind warnings. If there is any damage to your bi-folding door, Overhead Door Co. of Yakima™ can repair it.
Bi-folding hanging doors can be customized. Windows may be added to allow natural light into the building. The doors can be painted to match the building’s trim or company colors.
It is a good idea to consider installing insulated doors. This can help keep your building warmer in cold weather and cooler in hot weather. This can save you money on energy costs if your building needs to be climate controlled inside.
Is a Bi-Folding Hanging Door the Right Choice for Your Building?
With so many door options out there, it can take a while to decide which type of door will work the best for your business. A bi-folding hanging door can work for many different buildings and companies.
Bi-folding doors are strong; they can stand up to harsh weather and high usage. They are low maintenance. If needed, many repairs can be done on-site. These doors can be customized to what your building needs. They can be insulated to keep workers comfortable and machinery or supplies within the right temperature range.
If you need an extra-large door that will not use up floor space inside your building, a bi-folding hanging door could be the best option.