How to Customize Storage Doors on a Slope

Customizing your steel building with doors and accessories should be fun and easy, but what if your faced with a bit of a challenge?  What if your steel building is built on a slope? Well, you don’t have to worry because many customers just like you have been faced with this common problem.  One company by the name of DBCI had 10 buildings which were all built on a slope of 4 percent.  Most buildings, however are only about 1 percent.  This is why doors have rubber astragal tube-like material at the bottom.

The solution to this problem was to create a door that had an aluminum bottom bar which would be tapered, welded and bolted on certain locations.  The tape would run from about 4 1/2 inches on one end to 2 1/2 inches on the other.  It would then be made from aluminum and spliced down the middle.  A tig welding technique is used and bolts are placed in specific locations that provided taper.  Aluminium is used as a standard for doors because it would be a non-corrosive material and is more functional as far as wear and tear go.  It also gives the door a nicer look.  If the slopes of your building are varied it may be wise to have an installer make adjustments on-site such as removing nuts and bolts. This will make the bottom bar an expandable ruler on each side to help with the slope and create a tight seal on the floor.   This solution will allow workers some room in adjustment.  So when coming across a situation like this, there are a few options out there that can work for buildings on slopes.  This one solution has been helpful to one company and will be helpful to many others facing this problem.

DBCI – a manufacturer in storage doors is the company who came up with this solution.  They spent a whole month trying to figure out this problem and came up with many prototypes. It was a group of men who worked in the shop and each of them had ideas to contribute.  Everyone was co-operative and was excited to take on a new challenge.  The first few materials were delivered in July and then the rest were delivered in September.  The bottom bar was manufactured in Douglassville, GA and then had been shipped to Arizona where the manufacturing plant is located and this material is being used at the bottom of the doors. This is what most companies have done.  DBCI is very proud to introduce this new product which can be a huge solution to many.

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