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Dock Seal

Which Do You Need? What's the Difference?

Dock seals provide an effective seal between the truck trailer and building wall and are the best choice when a tight seal is needed. Dock shelters are used on larger door openings. Shelters are also best for loading docks serving a variety of trailer sizes. They allow full access to trailer openings and, in many situations, will out-last dock seals. Either way, a dock seal or shelter can help you save money on energy costs.

Benefits of Dock Seals & Shelters

  • Save money on energy costs
  • Seals in warehouse heating and cooling - Energy saving pay back time can be less than a year
  • Reduce employee injury and absenteeism - Seal out wind, rain, ice and dust that cause employee illness and accidents
  • Reduce pilferage - Close the gap between truck and door, thereby eliminating easy access for theft
  • Prolong life of dock equipment - Seal out moisture, dust and elements that reduce equipment life

Dock Seal Anatomy

Dock Seal Cutaway

1: 2" thick kiln-dried wood backing (encased in preservative)
2: Polyurethane foam filler
3: Galvanized metal mounting brackets
4: Base fabric - Vinyl, Hypalon®, Neoprene or Promax 5
5: Yellow guide stripe

Dock Shelter Anatomy

Dock Shelter Cutaway

1: 2" x 8" Pressure-treated lumber
2: 2" x 4" Pressure-treated lumber
3: 6" Steel Channel protective bumper
4: 1-5/8" Extruded aluminum trim
5: 1-1/4" Diameter foam bead
6: Base Fabric - Vinyl, Hypalon®, Neoprene or Promax 5
7: Yellow aiming stripe

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