Before you have trucks backing up to your loading docks, you need to make sure that there is a seal between your building and those trailers. This is where loading dock seals and dock shelters come in. You want to avoid damage to the merchandise that comes on and off the trailers, and you want to prevent issues with personnel slipping or otherwise being compromised by the weather outside affecting their work. Truck shelters and loading dock seals are the answer.
Loading Dock Seals
Dock seals do more than just protect your building. They protect your workers and the materials and merchandise being moved between the trailers and the building. Loading dock seals are available in a variety of sizes and configurations, so even if you have a slanted approach to your loading dock, tapered loading dock seals are available. Dock seals compress against the back end of the trailer, providing a tight seal. Dock seals have a bright yellow strip set against black, making it easy to see for drivers as they back up to the loading dock seals.
Think these dock door seals are only about weather? They also help with climate control between the trailer and your warehouse, perfect for refrigerated and frozen materials. There are also special dock seal curtains that allow you to accommodate a variety of different height trailers, eliminating the need to always have a dedicated dock for certain size loads. Add wear shields to your dock door seals to help extend the useful life the loading dock seal.
Truck Shelters and Dock Shelters
Are you pulling off full pallets of materials? Then you need the maximum amount of space for the forklift or pallet jack, and truck shelters provide this space. Dock shelters are like sleeves for trailers, and you can back the trailer into the dock shelter as it forms a seal around the back end of the trailer. Like loading dock seals, dock shelters protect from the weather outside as well as providing climate control between the building and the refrigerated or frozen trailer.
These truck shelters can be configured for the newer, larger width trailers as well as the standard width trailers. The soft sided truck shelters provide a level of protection in case of a miss-spot, and the rigid truck shelters feature light-transmitting panels to help eliminate the need for as much lighting. And all of the dock shelters feature the same bright yellow strip to help with accuracy when backing trailers.