How to Prepare Your Roll-Up Doors for Your Grocery Stores or Buildings from Severe Weather in Raleigh, NC


Hurricane season is here! As every North Carolinians knows, hurricane season in the Atlantic lasts from June 1 through November 30. These severe storms can leave devastation in the back-office storage facilities of your grocery store. However, while there is time this can be prevented with the right preparation and action plan.

Passport Door and Dock Systems, a division of DuraServ Corp, being the largest distributor in the world for the leading manufacturers of dock equipment and hi-speed doors, gives you an overview on how to prepare your roll-up doors grocery stores or buildings from severe weathers of North Carolina.

What is a Roll-Up Door?

A roll-up door, is known for many names like rolling door, coiling door, or Overhead door, a door made up of small horizontal interlocking, stainless steel, aluminum, or galvanized steel slats which are guided in a track; can roll in upward direction and store in a tight coil above the opening, driven manually or motor-driven.

At Raleigh roll-up doors, we have a full line of Rolling-Up Door models for you to choose from.

What are its applications?

Invented originally for residential garages during the 1920s, now, roll-up doors can be found in schools, prisons, warehouses, or almost everywhere. They protect the interior and exterior openings, used as a method of insulation, safeguard windows against hail damage, and can be a stronghold against high winds.

From simple to complex, standard or specialized, our Raleigh Rolling Steel Doors can be found on several applications such as in:

  • Heavy industrial applications
  • Food and Beverage
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Refrigeration/Cold Storage
  • Heavy Industrial Applications
  • Parking Garages
  • Manufacturing
  • and more

What are the damages a hurricane may bring?

Hurricane comes with high winds, storm surge, flooding, and tornadoes, causing damage to property, costing human lives as it crosses its path from coastal areas to the inland. 

Below is the Saffir-Simpson Scale, the standard hurricane scale, rating its severity as measured by the damage it causes:

  • Category 1- Minimal
  • Category 2- Moderate
  • Category 3- Extensive
  • Category 4- Extreme
  • Category 5- Catastrophic

As based on historical records, the 1900 Galveston storm is the deadliest U.S. hurricane, killing 8,000 to 12,000 people and destroying a city. Economically the most destructive was Hurricane Katrina (2005), Secondly, Sandy (2012), technically an extra-tropical cyclone and no longer a hurricane when it made landfall, affected New York, New Jersey, and 15 other states.   

To lessen its damage, government and private programs have studied and researched ways to defuse, or stop hurricanes during developing stages, but until now still unsuccessful. Prevention through hurricane damage-mitigation steps is implemented with better warning systems involving real-time satellite imagery.  

Ways to Prepare Your Roll-Up Doors for Severe Weather

One of the best ways to prepare your grocery store for a hurricane is to purchase hurricane-rated doors or wind-rated doors. Hurricane-rated doors or wind-rated doors are engineered and designed to protect the structural integrity of an establishment from extremely high winds and storm-like rains. They can protect your grocery store or building by resisting misalignment, bowing, and buckling from such intense force and pressure.

When a hurricane forecast announces is heading your location, better make sure to prepare your roll-up door with these few tips:

1. Before the Storm

  • Check your Doors

First, checking the moldings to make sure no blowing rain will enter beneath the door. This is the most vulnerable part of every door as it will help keep the stormwater out. Double-check also all the bolts and guides if firmly attached.

  • Use Plywood

Protect your roll-up door against dirt or flying debris. by covering with a piece of plywood.

  • Take photos of your facility

Document your facility by taking photographs and videos before the storm, as evidence for insurance purposes, that your grocery store is properly maintained. Include photos of the door curtains, from the inside showing they are properly attached.

At Raleigh Roll-up Wind Resistance, we have several roll-up door models, strongly built from highly durable material, such as:

  • Wayne Dalton – Model 800 Rolling Steel Service Door – offers flexibility in substrate materials with choices of galvanized or prime steel, stainless steel, or aluminum. An optional wind load rating of up to 55 PSF is available to cover your North Carolina wind load requirements.

 2. After the Storm

  • Check the Door for Damage

Begin by inspecting the door for damage from the impact of flying debris. Check the curtains for chipped off paint and if found, you should touch-up to prevent rust. Try to open and close the doors to ensure they are still properly aligned with the guides.

  • Document for Damages

If you found any damage to the door, do not forget to take photos and videos. This will serve as evidence for insurance purposes.

Our roll-up for severe weather doors can provide one of the best wind load-rated door models in the market assuring your grocery store or establishment with full protection against strong rain storms and the high-winds of hurricanes.

What company to trust for your Roll-Up Doors installation and repair in Raleigh, NC?

Trust only the best roll-up door provider in Raleigh, NC that can service your needs.

Get Passport Door and Dock Systems, a division of DuraServ Corp, since 1995, has been serving the Central and Eastern North Carolina commercial door and dock needs from their Angier, NC headquarters and branch in Farmville, NC. 

Whether you just simply want to learn more about how to prepare your roll-up door for this hurricane season, or you want to upgrade your old rolling-up door to the latest models, feel free to contact us at (919) 639-0334 and (252) 753-6100.

Our spiral doors, our team of trained and fully qualified service technicians, some with over 25 years of experience, and a full fleet of service and installation trucks are 24/7/365 available to fix grocery stores or anything establishments.

Being Your One-Stop-Shop for Commercial Door and Loading Dock Equipment includes 24/7 Parts and Service:

  • Fully stocked warehouse
  • Full fleet of service and installation trucks
  • Team of factory trained and fully qualified service technicians
  • Team of knowledgeable coordinators to take your call

OEM Parts and Accessories

  • Minimize Downtime
  • Maximize Productivity
  • Stocked Inventory
  • Parts Availability

For a service request or you can visit us personally at our Service Areas: North Carolina, Angier, Farmville, Raleigh, Durham, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Greenville, Wilmington, Cary, NC, and surrounding cities.

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