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4 Types of Commercial Garage Doors 

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Commercial garage doors play a significant role above and beyond simply allowing for entry into the building or area. They provide protection and security when storing vehicles or inventory, they aid in the ventilation of air and can come with windows to allow for more sunlight, and they help with the workflow for industries that continuously load and unload equipment.

Knowing the primary function of your commercial garage door will help you determine what type of door and features you need. Below, we summarize four main types of commercial garage doors and how to choose the right one for your business.

The different types of commercial garage doors

  1. Rolling Service Door – These metal-slatted commercial garage doors are designed to meet the needs of environments where durability, reliability, and security are necessary. Rolling service doors operate with an upward coiling system that provides a clean solution for establishments with limited headroom and side room. These doors are commonly found in distribution centres and warehouses.
  2. Fire-Rated Doors – Fire-rated doors operate in the same way roll-up doors do. The biggest difference is that fire-rated doors are made from a thick stainless steel material. As the name implies, fire-rated doors are fire resistant and offer greater insulation. They also come with an auto-closing feature in the event of a fire.
  3. Security Grilles – This type of commercial door is often seen in malls and airport concourses where security is a priority, but air circulation is also required. Security grilles come in upward-coiling or side-folding models and are made of galvanized steel or aluminum. Retail establishments benefit greatly from the variety of colours, patterns, materials, and unique designs that security grilles offer to match the aesthetics of their business. These doors provide an effective safety barrier against theft and are easy to operate.
  4. Sectional Doors – One of the most popular commercial garage doors in Calgary, sectional doors are made of galvanized steel panels and can be purchased with insulated features that can handle extreme weather conditions. Sectional garage doors operate with high-tension springs and hinged panels that roll on vertical tracks on either side of the door. These doors come in a range of colours and textures, are low maintenance, and are a reliable choice for many businesses.

Choosing the right commercial garage door

The options for commercial garage doors are not limited to the above. Innovation and technology have significantly improved industrial door applications. Commercial garage doors are not only functional and can withstand heavy use, but they are also designed to seamlessly match the aesthetics of your building with various colour and material options.

Whether you operate a warehouse or retail store, there are specific building requirements and safety codes that commercial garage doors must follow. For example, overhead doors for commercial freezers must have a safety release for emergencies or power outages, schools and hospitals require fire-rated doors, and shipping/receiving doors must have proper insulation to withstand Canada’s cold climate.

As a leading residential and commercial garage door company, our sales team and professional garage door technicians can guide you in choosing the right garage door that meets regulations. 

Where to find commercial garage door installation and service

We offer commercial garage door repairs, installation, and service.  Contact us for all of your residential and commercial garage door needs. We provide both on-call and regularly-scheduled maintenance to keep your garage doors operating efficiently year-round. 


With office locations in Lethbridge, Calgary, and Cranbrook, you can count on us to be here when you need us.

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