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Self Supporting Hangar Door

The hangar door that shines through a relatively limited line up of hydraulic door manufacturers.

AeroDoor International

The choice of hangar doors for sub 65-foot openings was certainly missing something until manufacturers with self supporting hydraulic doors arrived. Other bi-fold doors and the hydraulic swing door often rely heavily on the building for support which raises the cost of the building. So people manufacturing hydraulic doors like this (there’s now 4 to our knowledge) and it’s self supported frame have been very well received.

But what about the people shopping for a hangar door which already has a building? Well those self supporting hangar doors are still an option. That’s because unless your building was designed for the hydraulic swing door or a bifold door, it won’t be capable of supporting those doors. You need to choose a door that adds the least amount of load to your building. That door will be a self supporting hangar door!

It became apparent a long time ago that there was need for a hangar door that didn’t add loads to the building frame and after much thought and inspiration, the self supporting door concept emerged.

Where other doors require expensive building reinforcement, Higher Power Door requires a common framed opening but please remember it requires a bigger foundation support to carry the wind load.

Self supporting hangar door- key facts…

Each door is custom designed to fit the customer’s door opening and can go as wide as 70ft or tall as 22ft. Simple straight up/down hydraulic operation works with a low power, low pressure, hydraulic two-cylinder system. The pistons push straight up so there are no horizontal stresses to bend the cylinders.

The door can be assembled quickly because it arrives as bolt-together parts. The shipping package is small, usually 2-1/2 feet wide, by 2 feet high, by the width of the door. Large doors come in bolt-together sections. Also, the customer can choose how to power the door—120 Volt AC, 240 Volt AC, or 24 Volt DC.

The door opening loses nothing horizontally, but does require at an absolute minimum 12” of head room. The door starts by moving straight up several inches.

The door has weather seal top and bottom, with double seals on the sides. The doors are normally built to withstand 90 mph winds, but they can be designed to meet higher codes.

Positioned midway up the higher power door is a stiffening truss.

The self supporting hydraulic door contains everything to install the door and to operate it.

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