Whether you’re planning to build a small pleasure barn or a large training facility with an extra-wide clear span arena for riding, choosing the right type of overhead barn doors is essential. Every equine facility is a custom engineered building to meet your needs for scale of use.
Overhead and sliding barn doors are generally made from one of three types of material: steel, wood, or aluminum. Though each of these has its benefits, steel and aluminum doors are by far the most efficient. Steel doors require very little maintenance and come pre-painted with a factory-applied coating. Aluminum doors are incredibly durable, corrosion-resistant and ideal for humid environments. Incorporating glazed sections into a steel or aluminum door will maximize natural light into the interior space while still offering insulating value.
Many overhead doors are designed with raised panels or scored designs, which create depth and personality, and certainly eye-catching views. Carriage-style doors are very sophisticated and incredibly versatile, either in a sliding application or an overhead installation.
The overhead doors you choose for your barn or arena should be carefully selected to ensure they meet or exceed industry standards for strength and durability. A galvanized steel overhead door offers the unique combination of superior strength, optimal weight and corrosion resistance.
To ensure you are maintaining ideal heating and humidity settings, it is critical that the builder has a sound knowledge about the types of insulation available in overhead doors. Polyurethane insulated doors help reduce the impact of outside air temperatures, thus reducing the amount of energy required to cool or heat your facility. Ensuring the overhead door has the highest quality polyurethane insulation between the panels provides higher R-value, better strength and consistent protection from all elements.
Kim Mihalcheon is the Executive Director for Steel-Craft Door Products Ltd. which builds high quality residential and commercial garage doors using the highest-grade materials and best manufacturing techniques. Their attention to quality and detail enables them to build doors ideally suited for the unique Canadian climate. The high R-value and steel composition of their doors lowers heating and cooling costs by keeping interiors warm during the winter and cool during the summer. Produced from a recyclable-product steel, Steel-Craft doors are the sustainable choice. Durable, highly efficient, and 100% Canadian-manufactured, Steel- Craft doors are built to last in Canada’s climate. Steel-Craft.ca