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Problems With Buying Your Hangar Door Separately

REIDsteel design and build their own doors into their own hangars. There is one line of responsibility and everything structural is there. Sometimes we are asked to put in doors by others; for example Megadoors in places with no space for outriggers, but where the full width needs to be opened. But there are pitfalls. The hangar door weight is carried on the steel work, so the front truss needs to be stronger and stiffer; and the canopy and access have to be designed to suit, often at some expense.

Other door manufacturers often exclude vital components (the cladding for example - the seals - even the top guide structure). Obviously the hangar designer has to make up these shortfalls, often at considerable cost. Not only this but some door manufacturers save a few pennies by limiting deflection tolerance in the upper door track. This tiny saving on the door can result in the front truss having to be twice, five times, ten times stronger, heavier and more expensive!

Our recommendation is; if you are buying the hangar from us, then buy the doors from us too. This will save you money (although it is not always obvious from looking at other door manufacturers quotes), and you will end up with a good hangar and door combination that works!

We can fit other manfacturers doors to our buildings, although we generally don't recommend this as it causes problems in operation, design and construction and can also lead to large increases in hidden costs.The only time we recommend buying a hangar door elsewhere is if you require the whole of the hangar open all at once and you don't have any space either side of the hangar for outriggers. In this case, we recommend buying a fabric lifting door from Megadoor as our engineers have a good working relationship with these door suppliers.

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