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    At first, it may seem difficult to choose the optimum industrial or commercial garage door. We're here to make your life easier. A good choice is one that really corresponds to the way the door will be used. Paying too much for a door may not be beneficial; paying too little may result in annoying and expensive repairs.


    Step 1: Select a door that will be suitable for your actual application.


    Consult our application table.


    APPLICATION G-1000 G-2000 G-3000 G-4400 G-5000 G-7000 G-8000 G-8500
    Fire/ambulance stations
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Commercial buildings (warehouses)
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Municipal garages
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Car/truck washes
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Agricultural buildings
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    High-security facilities
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Trucking/transport
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Manufacturing facilities
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Primary industries
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Condo/apartment buildings
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Underground parking garages
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Mini-storage facilities
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Car dealerships
    Auto repair shops
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


     

      Recommended door

     

      Suitable door

     

      Not recommended door


    Choose the type of windows you require.

    Sealed thermal glasses ("thermo")
    Sealed lites Polycarbonate Acrylic
    Clear, reinforced, tempered, laminated or tinted Clear or tinted Clear or tinted

    Full vision window section ("service station" style)
    Single pane Polycarbonate (single) Acrylic (single)
    Clear, wired, tempered, laminated or tinted Clear, tinted or textured Clear or tinted
    Sealed lites Polycarbonate (double) Acrylic (double)
    Clear, wired, tempered, laminated or tinted Clear or tinted Clear or tinted

     


    Step 2: Choose the door system according to the degree of sturdiness you need. This depends mainly on the dimensions of the door, the material it's made of and the number of daily open/close cycles it will undergo. Consult our sturdiness scale.


    The spring acts as a counterweight to facilitate the opening of the door. Choosing a spring depends mainly on the daily number of open/close cycles your door will undergo.

    Here are some recommended typical systems:

     

      Light duty Heavy duty Super heavy duty
    Garaga hardware:
    • 14-gauge steel tracks and mounting brackets*
    • Pull rope
    • Single hinges
     
    • 13-gauge steel tracks and mounting brackets*
    • Pull chain
    • Single or double hinges
     
    • 12-gauge steel tracks and mounting brackets*
    • Pull chain or chain hoist
    • Single or double hinges
    • Reinforcement bars
     
    Spring: 10,000-cycle springs 25,000 to 100,000-cycle springs Springs for more than 100,000 cycles

    * The lower the gauge number, the thicker the steel


     

     

    Recommended hardware by type of usage

     

    Based on the assumption that a Garaga Model G-5000 sectional door is being used, here are Garaga's recommendations for hardware, depending on the application.

    Garage door industrial hardware

     

     

    Hardware Shipping Department
    Size: 8' X 8'
    Municipal Garage
    Size : 14' X 14'
    Type 3" "Industrial", 12 ga. tracks 3" "Industrial", 12 ga. tracks
    Vertical tracks Attached to the walls with mounting brackets Attached to the walls with continuous angle
    Horizontal tracks Reinforced with 2" x 2", 13 ga. horizontal steel angle. Reinforced with 2" x 2", 13 ga. horizontal steel angle.
    Type of elevation Full vertical lift
    (space required : twice the height of the door)
    Maximum clearance possible depending on the height available
    Hinges Single Double
    Number of cycles for springs 50,000 25,000
    Operation Pull chain Chain hoist
    Options "C"-shaped bumper springs None
    Situation This type of door has a very high use frequency and a very high risk of damage. Plan for quarterly checks of the door system. This type of door has a moderate use frequency since it will accommodate 1 or 2 vehicles at a time
    Special note See: dock seals, dock levelers, dock bumpers.
    Also: protection posts (54” high) or “Z”- style fender guards
    Pusher springs if Standard Lift


    Hardware Condominium building
    Size: 16' X 6' 6"
    Car Wash
    Size: 10' X 12', (All thermal glass)
    Type 3" "Industrial", 12 ga. tracks 3" "Industrial", 12 ga. tracks
    Vertical tracks Attached to the walls with continuous angle Attached to the walls with continuous angle
    Horizontal tracks Reinforced with 2" x 2", 13 ga. horizontal steel angle. Reinforced with 2" x 2", 13 ga. horizontal steel angle.
    Type of elevation Often limited (Low headroom) Maximum clearance possible depending on the height available
    Hinges Double Double
    Number of cycles for springs Maximum possible (ex : 200,000 cycles) Maximum possible
    Operation Electric trolley operator (in all cases) Chain hoist
    Options Protection posts (60” high) and precision rubber rollers Precision rollers (NB SS type) and galvanized springs and shaft
    Situation This type of door has a very high use frequency. Monthly maintenance is required (annual service contract) This type of door operates under severe conditions and requires monthly maintenance (and even more frequently during the cold season)
    Special note Electric operator accessories are important. Consult with Garaga Engineering Department  

    Conversion: 1 inch = 25.4 mm

     

     

    Step 3: Select your door opener and the other accessories you will need.


    The choice of the door opener depends on the weight of the door and the number of open/close cycles that it will undergo. There are two types of door openers: trolley type and jackshaft.

     

      Light duty
    Medium duty Industrial duty
    Heavy industrial duty
    Trolley-type door opener
    • Less than 8 cycles/hour
    • ATS Model
     
    • Less than 12 cycles/hour
    • MT Model
     
    • More than 12 cycles/hour
    • T Model
    • GT Model
     
    • High cycles
    • APT Model
     
    Jackshaft Door opener
    • Less than 8 cycles/hour
    • 3900 Model
     
    • Less than 8 cycles/hour
    • MJ Model
    • MH Model
    • RBH Model
     
    • More than 12 cycles/hour
    • H Model
     
    • High cycles
    • GH Model
    • J Model
     

     

     

     Application examples for various type of building.

     

    Fire station
    H MH
    RBH
    Operator:  Liftmaster door operatorl H  Liftmaster door operator MH  LiftMaster door operator RBH

    Important accessories

    to install:

    • Adjustable timer to close (standard on L 4.0)
    • Pneumatic reversing system
    • Photocell safety system (standard on L 4.0)
    Optional accessories:
    • Radio transmitter
    • NEMA 4 enclosure (opener)
    • NEMA 4 photo-eye upgrade
    • Exterior 3-button station with key lockout (NEMA)

     

     

     

    Municipal garage H RBH
    Operator: Liftmaster door operatorl H LiftMaster door operator RBH
    Important accessories

    to install:

    • Adjustable timer to close (standard on L 4.0)
    • Pneumatic reversing system
    • Photocell safety system (standard on L 4.0)
    Optional accessories: • Radio transmitter
    • Loop detector (on the outside as well as the inside)
    • Exterior 3-button station with key lockout (NEMA)
    • NEMA 4 enclosure (opener)
    • NEMA 4 photo-eye upgrade

     

     

     

    Apartment complex or condominiums
    APT HCT
    Operator:  Liftmaster door operator APT  LiftMaster door operator HCT
    Important accessories

    to install:

    • Adjustable timer to close (standard on L 4.0)
    • Pneumatic reversing system
    • Safety device (standard on L 4.0, not standard on HCT model)
    • Traffic lights
    • Radio transmitter
    • Star 450 radio receiver (to manage tenants)
    Optional accessories: • NEMA 4 enclosure (opener)
    • NEMA 4 photo-eye upgrade
    • Exterior 3-button station with key lockout (NEMA)
    • Loop detector

     

     

    Car wash, wash bay
    H RBH
    Operator:  Liftmaster door operatorl H LiftMaster door operator RBH
    Important accessories

    to install:

    • Adjustable timer to close (standard on L 4.0)
    • Pneumatic reversing system
    • Photocell safety system (standard on L 4.0)
    • NEMA 4 enclosure (opener)
    • NEMA 4 photo-eye upgrade
    Optional accessories: • Radio transmitter
    • Exterior 3-button station with key lockout (NEMA)

    Note:
    The radio receiver must be enclosed in a seperate box or located away from the wash bay.
    Opening and closing cycles can be activated by a timer or from an outside location.

     

     

    Distribution center
    H MH
    RBH
    Operator: Liftmaster door operator H Liftmaster door operator MH LiftMaster door operator RBH
    Important accessories

    to install:

    • Pneumatic reversing system

    Note: Delivery doors (ex.: 9' x 8') are typically subject to high cycles, therefore important accessories become critical. You should also allow for posts on the inside to be anchored in concrete (about 54 inches) to protect the accessories in place.


    *These construction specifications and drawings are applicable to GARAGA Inc. products only.

    Step 4: How to choose a garage door installer


    Regarding the installation and maintenance of an industrial, commercial or agricultural garage door, we highly recommend you to ask for an expert. To find the closest dealer from your localization, please enter your zip code in the search box above. Otherwise, if you want to install the garage door by yourself, please visit: how to install a garage door.

    Step 5: Ask your garage door installer for industrial maintenance program.





 




 
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