Design The Loading Dock - Select Dock Doors

Posted by Antonio Cuchiara on August 06, 2016

A dock door is required for inside/outside loading docks. The most commonly installed doors are manually operated and are either an overhead sectional door or a roller door. A sectional door is smoother and quieter than a roller door because of rollers that run inside of tracks.

Dock Doors can either be an overhead sectional door, or a roller door.

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Other advantages of a sectional door are:

• They are thicker and stronger than a roller door

Dock door thickness, Sectional door are thicker and stronger than a roller door and they can be insulated.


• They can be insulated

Common dock door dimensions are 8’0” in width with 8 ft, 9 ft or 10 ft heights. Consider extending the door 13 ft to 14 ft above the driveway and a minimum of 8’6” wide if full access to the truck’s interior is required.

Dock doors dimensions are determined by:

• Type of trucks being serviced

Dock doors dimensions are determined by type of trucks being service. Different types of trucks are refrigerated truck, container truck, flatbed truck, semitrailer and straight truck.


• Sealing system

Dock door sealing system, dock seals


• Environmental concerns

Environmental concern in selecting dock doors; Loading dock area, Maneuvering area and Apron space.


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For more information, please give us a call at 973-471-4060 or email us at: We service Northern New Jersey (Bergen, Passaic, Union, Essex, Morris, Hudson, Hunterdon, Somerset county/counties), Manhattan, New York City, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Bronx, Westchester and Rockland. 

Topics: Bay Door Sizes, Loading Dock Doors, Dock Door Sizes

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