Hangar Door Buyers Guide

Useful information when planning to buy a hangar door.

If you’re looking for information on hangar doors with a view to buying one in 2021, we hope the information and questions we’ve documented here will help you feel more confident when talking to any hangar door manufacturer.

While AeroDoor will always endeavor to cover this information with you on the phone or in person, we find this page can be extra useful if you’re still doing your own research.

If you have any questions after reading this article, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Things to consider before talking to a hangar door manufacturer:

  • Dimensions
  • Power
  • Building Plans
  • Extras
  • Budget

Pre determine a clear opening width and height that allows you to safely maneuver your aircraft in or out of the hangar door. Will there be a sufficient power source because without power your choice of hangar door are limited. It’s always beneficial for a hangar door manufacturer to review architectural plans for your building. If you have any please offer them up front no matter how preliminary you think they might be. Ask about any upgrades that are available such as a 3070 access door, windows or sensing edges. Final point is the budget. Have an idea of a budget for the hangar door and don’t be afraid to share a rough magnitude with the door manufacturer. Good things are more likely to happen if both parties know what the budget is.

The types of hangar doors on the market:

Sliding Door

Door slides across a track.

Sliding Door

Unidirectional hangar door

Bifold Door

Door Lifts Vertically

The BIFOLD Door

Unidirectional hangar door

Hydraulic Door

Door Lifts Vertically

Hydraulic Door

Unidirectional hangar door

Fabric Door

Door Lifts Vertically

Fabric Door

Unidirectional hangar door

Things to know:

If you’re planning on calling a hangar door manufacturer, these are some useful points to know first.

  • Hangar doors are designed and manufactured FOR THE CLIENT. They aren’t pre manufactured, sitting on a shelf, waiting to be delivered like a commercial door or garage door would be. So ask about lead times.
  • Every hangar door is designed and manufactured FOR THE CLIENT. Therefore the blueprints for each hangar door must be signed and sealed by a professional engineer (P.E.) who is registered in the same US state that the hangar door will be installed. Be sure to ask if the hangar door manufacturer includes this in the price.
  • A hangar door quote will not include any sheeting, insulation or trim. Source this from a supplier in your area. If this is new hangar construction we recommend ordering it from your chosen building manufacturer.
  • Only a very small percentage of hangar door manufacturers will offer to install their hangar doors. The majority will give you a list of installers who asked to be given leads. Choose wisely.

Things to ask a hangar door manufacturer:

We’ve put together some very useful questions to ask a hangar door manufacturer before asking for a quotation.

  • Company background
  • Engineering license for your state
  • Warranty coverage; electrical and workmanship
  • Lead times
  • Installation
  • Warranty protocol

Ask who owns the hangar door company and how long have they been the owner? Know who you’re buying a hangar door from – it’s important to feel confident that they are going to be there for you in the future to fulfill all of the warranty obligations.

If you’re visiting AeroDoor you are probably looking for a large hangar door. When talking to hangar door manufactures ask for evidence of at least 15 hangar doors that exceed the size you are looking to buy yourself. Don’t be afraid to ask for references and photos of these doors, so you can get an unbiased angle on the company and their door.

We touched on engineering already but it applies here too. Your hangar door order should include blueprints which have been signed and sealed by a licensed professional engineer (P.E.) in the state your door is being installed. This is really important. A door drawing signed and sealed for Kentucky is not designed to meet the structural design requirements of a hangar door that’s actually being installed in South Florida.

Ask about the warranty. There should be a warranty for the electrical portion of the door and a separate one for the workmanship. The door manufacturer might say they are the same but qualify for peace of mind.

Ask what the lead time is from date ordered to date delivered. We explained earlier that hangar doors are made to order – they aren’t pre manufactured and sat on a shelf waiting to be shipped out. If there’s no lead time ask yourself why.

Ask about installation. The installation of a hangar door is not for the inexperienced. If the hangar door manufacturer isn’t prepared to install the door system ask yourself if the risk of having a 3rd party installer is a risk. Shoddy hangar door installation will lead to a long line of seal and operation issues.

Final point is warranty. Ask about the protocol for warranty issues. In a country as large as America it’s critical before paying a door deposit that you understand how a hangar door manufacturer handles warranty and service calls. If they don’t provide written guarantees to send an authorized representative then that should raise a red flag.

Published On: February 3rd, 2021 / Categories: Bottom Rolling Door / Tags: , , , , , , /

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