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Why Semi-Trailer Door Maintenance is a Critical Investment

Commercial truck drivers log a whopping 140 billion miles on U.S. roads each year, with a single driver averaging 45,000 miles, according to the Federal Highway Administration. With semis comprising 42 percent of that transportation activity, it’s no surprise that semi-trailers undergo significant wear and abuse. Maintaining these vehicles, including semi-trailer doors, is essential to keeping them operating efficiently. At Midwest Garage Doors, we specialize semi-tractor trailers compliance according to Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration guidelines, which specify that “every […]

Essential Buying Tips for Commercial Garage Door Installation

As with most aspects of a warehouse or industrial operation, commercial garage doors are designed to be heavy duty, typically made of steel or other durable materials. That durability and strength also plays a role in securing an entry into the building. As a building owner or supervisor, what factors should you consider when investing in a garage door? Assess your operations. Consider daily activities: is the garage being used four to five times per day? Or more than 30 […]

Insulated Commercial Garage Door 101

Insulated garage doors are ultimately a money saver. When it comes to protecting inventory, improving employee productivity, morale and overall efficiency, it’s hard to beat the results that come from the investment of something as innocuous as an insulated door. What do you need to know to make a wise purchase? We’ll bring you up-to-speed. Types of Insulation Insulation provides great value by preserving internal temperatures and energy efficiency, buffering noise and strengthening the door itself. There are two basic […]

How to Create an Energy Efficient Warehouse

“Nonrefrigerated warehouses in the U.S. use an average of 6.1 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity and 13,400 Btu of natural gas per square foot annually. Lighting and space heating account for approximately 76 percent of total use (Figure 1), making these systems the best targets for energy savings.” –Business Energy Advisor A large portion of operational costs in distribution centers can be traced back to energy use–or misuse, according to the Environmental Defense Fund. But companies can take steps to contain costs […]

What NOT to do When Buying Commercial Garage Doors

Materials, inventory and equipment expenses can add up when you run a business. If you aren’t careful those costs can compound, especially when purchasing volume garage doors for a storage facility, warehouse, loading dock, hospital, retail complex or other commercial building. How can you make a well-informed purchase? By being aware of what can go wrong when selecting and installing commercial garage doors. Here’s what you don’t want to do: Choose a garage door ill-suited for operations. Residential doors are […]