Dock Leveler Seals are used to create a seal when a truck is in the loading dock bay to keep out intruders, bugs, and the elements. Many customers require this for sanitary, health code and security applications. It is also effective for overnight security if a truck has to park in the bay. The overhead door and the truck trailer door may stay open while the gap between them is sealed. Many grades and sizes are available. If trucks regularly stay at your loading dock overnight, even small gaps between the truck and loading bay may allow someone to enter your facility. Even if you have a loading dock seal in place, security can still be a concern. Worn down or broken seals can create vulnerable gaps between the trucks and your loading bay. This gap makes your business vulnerable to theft and property damage.
A worn down loading dock seal doesn't provide the necessary insulation between the truck and loading dock. These air gaps allow cold or hot air to slip through the seal pads and enter your facility causing uncomfortable working temperatures and increased heating and cooling costs. Dock seals and shelters can significantly improve the energy efficiency and environment control of buildings, reducing costs. They provide an effective barrier against the elements, keeping loading docks safe and efficient. Dock seals and shelters also provide a positive seal between internal and external environments. They prevent the passage of dust, insects, exhaust fumes and other airborne particulate matter while the loading dock is in use.
Every little gap you notice around a parked trailer on the loading dock is costing you money each and every day. The heating and air conditioning that escapes via those gaps can cost you thousands of dollars a year. Without efficient seal solutions in place, dock operations are at risk for wind and rain penetration, energy loss, invasive insects and rodents, dangerous loading and unloading conditions and harm to merchandise and equipment.
Not all dock seals are created equal. Inexpensive, general contractor grade seals may be appealing in many cases. To get the most out of their performance and useful life, dock seals should be planned and specified based on an operation's unique requirements. Dock door size is an important factor in effectively determining the style of seal needed for a particular application. Ultimately, what's important when choosing between a dock shelter or dock seal is determining the right solutions. An experienced commercial and industrial dock solution provider like who can help guide you to the right selection for your situation and applications.