How to Choose a Hangar Door

If you want to choose a new hangar door, you may feel overwhelmed by the number of choices that are out there. This is particularly true if you have chosen the wrong door in the past, or if this is the first time you are buying one of these doors. The reality is that making the wrong choice means that the efficiency of your hangar is reduced, as is the property value. Luckily, there is quite a lot of advice out there that you can use before contacting manufacturers of hanger doors, ensuring you are ready to get what you really need.

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The Style of Doors

There are four main styles to choose from. These are:

  1. Bi-fold doors
  2. Hydraulic doors
  3. Bottom rolling doors
  4. Sliding doors

You may also be able to find a manufacturer that is able to custom-build a door for your needs. However, this is often very overwhelming and you may feel as if the manufacturer is trying to sell you something that you don’t really need, leaving you to pay far more than you had intended. This is why it is so important that you do a little bit of research yourself first so that you are aware of the pros and cons of the different types of doors. If you then find that none of the four options is suitable for you, then you may want to consider a custom-built door instead. Having this knowledge will also enable you to negotiate a better price in that situation.

Insulation & Sheeting

You will also have to make decisions in terms of the sheeting and insulation on your doors. This is vital, as these will determine your energy costs, property value and lease out opportunities. If there are no extremes of temperature in the location of your hangar, then 26 gauge sheeting, which is standard, is more than sufficient. This is also affordable.

However, if you are in a climate with fluctuating temperatures or temperature extremes, you will need to look at something stronger. Insulated sheeting is vital to make sure an aircraft remains at a comfortable temperature so that there is no damage to the aircraft and its components. Additionally, you may want to consider transparent sheeting, as this allows light to come through meaning you don’t have to have the added expenses of a lighting bill.

The Motor

Hanger doors tend to have motors that open and close them. It is vital that you choose one that is completely fit for purpose. It should allow the door to open and close quite quickly, so that the heat or coolness from inside the hangar doesn’t fully escape. This is why you must look at electricity consumption and capacity of the motor as well.

Do remember that the following is only a guide to choosing the right hangar door. There are many considerations to make and this is a decision you shouldn’t make lightly. Spend some time researching your different options before ultimately making a purchase.

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