The cold winter months bring wind, snow and ice, making it a tough time of year for auto dealers in northern climates. It can be challenging to keep the weather out and provide a comfortable service environment for both customers and employees.
Modern, high-performance roll-up doors provide superior protection against the elements, especially during the winter. As cold weather approaches, here’s what you need to know and what you can do to make sure your auto dealership’s doors are in top-notch condition.
Benefits of high-performance doors for auto dealerships in cold climates
Tight seals. Specially designed seals on the sides and bottom of high-performance doors form a tight seal when the door is closed, helping minimize air ingress from the outside. They also help to prevent frost and ice build-up around doorways. Integral weather seals help reduce energy loss, ensuring your building’s heating system doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain a constant, comfortable temperature – which saves you money.
Limited air incursion. High-performance doors reduce air exchange between comfort-controlled interior environments and the cold weather outside.
Lower energy costs. High-performance doors are manufactured with energy-efficient materials, such as insulated panels, that have a high R-value to minimize energy loss when closed.
Fast speeds. Speeds up to 100 inches per second minimize the amount of time that the interior of the building is exposed to the outside elements to keep your building warm and comfortable.
Prep your high-performance doors for winter
Make sure your high-performance doors will keep your auto dealership warm this winter season with these tips:
1. Check the motors. Before cold weather hits your area, make sure your door motors are in excellent working condition. Test the doors to ensure they operate smoothly and don’t need additional maintenance.
2. Make sure doors close properly. Test all high-performance doors to ensure they close quickly and fully to prevent cold air from seeping around them.
3. Check door seals. Door seals are one of the most important barriers to cold air entering your auto dealership. Inspect the sides and bottom edges of your doors for any damaged or missing seals, then replace or repair them as needed.
Be prepared for cold weather
If your dealership or service center still uses older sectional or panel doors, it’s time for an upgrade. Contact us today to discuss your needs.