Picking Out The Right Commercial Garage Door For Your Business

Business owners face many difficult decisions on a day-to-day basis. Deciding on the right commercial garage door for your business is one of those decisions. There are quite a few factors to consider before selecting the right overhead door. What material will be the safest and most effective for your needs? Price is an important part of the process, but what about the actual product itself? Here are some things to consider:


What type of garage door do you need for your business? The material matters! Depending on the specific needs of your application, you’ll want to know the different features of each material.

Steel/Stainless Steel - These are a popular option for commercial overhead doors. Steel is a durable option, providing a sturdy garage door with decent insulation; this is a great option for industrial applications. Steel is relatively low maintenance, requiring some occasional attention to prevent rust.

Aluminum - If you want an attractive look for your commercial door, aluminum is a great option for customization. Aluminum will generally offer a variety of finishing textures, colors and are virtually maintenance-free. While not as durable as steel, aluminum doors can provide a modern look for customer-facing applications.

Glass - Commercial doors with glass are visually pleasing and can offer light to an otherwise dark space. While glass is more resistant to dents than aluminum, glass can shatter. Glass commercial doors work well in retail and commercial applications.

Fiberglass - Similar to the benefits of glass and aluminum, fiberglass is an attractive option for commercial overhead doors. Fiberglass doors are versatile, with the ability to look like wood grain or be painted a custom color. Maintenance will require a clear protectant periodically to reduce wear from the elements.

Safety & Security

Commercial doors are a vital part of enhancing building operations. While an overhead door will serve as a convenient point of access, it’s still an entry that needs to be secure. Whether its the location or the products/services you provide, a secure overhead door is always essential. A commercial garage door can come with a variety of security features like keycodes and alarm systems, so deciding on more than just the material is important.

Another factor in safety is that of your employees and customers. It’s likely that your new garage door will be operated -- that’s what it’s for! A quality commercial garage door should operate correctly to avoid increasing risk of injury.

Longevity & Maintenance

How often do commercial garage doors need to be serviced? What happens if parts need to be replaced? Make sure you know exactly what your chosen material and product needs to last as long as possible. Our technicians at Hamburg Overhead Door are experts about the products we offer; we want you to know how to take care of the overhead door you select so it can last your business for years to come.


A commercial garage door can be powered by an opener or by hand. Depending on your application, it might be tiring to repeatedly open the door by hand. A power opener will do the work for you. It all comes down to your specific needs! If your business doesn’t require the door to be operated frequently, you may want the manual option to keep things simple.

Energy Efficiency

As a business owner, you’ll probably find yourself managing a budget of some sort. A commercial garage door with proper insulation can help reduce energy bills. Each material will have a different R-value, which represents its heat flow resistance. The better the R-value of the material you select, the better your garage door will be at preventing an increase in heating and cooling costs. Steel doors will often have decent insulation, but you want them to operate quickly to prevent loss of heat or AC from the door being open too long.

An Expert Approach

You don’t have to make any big decisions alone. Hamburg Overhead Door offers free consultations at your place of business or home. We are happy to help answer any questions you may have about installing or repairing a commercial garage door.