What are Inflatable Dock Seals & Shelter and Their Functions?

Dock shelters are enclosures that provide sealing around the exterior at the back of the trailer. They are designed to be penetrated by the trailer and the fabric curtains fitted with supports that will then apply pressure at the sides of the trailer. Dock shelters are more flexible when it comes to servicing different trailers and delivery vehicles since they fit larger door openings and a variety of trailer heights and styles. They also allow for maximum use of the trailer’s opening without obstructing it which results in safe and efficient loading and unloading process.  

Dock seals on the other hand, are foam pads designed to be compressed into by the trailer, creating airtight seal around the top and sides of the trailer and between the trailer and the dock for a cheaper price. Dock seals also consume less space around the outside of the dock compared to shelters. Dock seals however, cater to a limited variety of trailer heights and styles. They also can wear out easily when they receive heavy traffic. Their design also restricts forklift access to the trailer since the material of the pads obstructs the trailer opening.

Now, inflatable dock seals and shelters can be considered as a combination of the two while being far more adaptable to servicing a wide variety of trailer heights and styles. Inflatable dock seals and shelters are designed to provide the perfect sealing by inflating themselves around the dock vehicles. Inflatable dock seals and shelters are perfect for climate-controlled loading dock especially in the food industry for they provide the optimum energy seal. 

These inflatable docks also provide the ultimate protection against outside elements like heat, dust, and insects during the entire loading and unloading process. When not in use, these inflatable shelters are completely retracted and hidden behind the side structure, which allows for the complete use of the entire width of the loading bay for the vehicle driver when backing into it.

Inflatable dock seals and shelters provide improved environmental control and energy efficiency at our loading docks with little to no pressure applied to your building walls. They are usually made from impact resistant material with a strong, woven core that can be used even in the roughest dock environment without affecting its performance. 

In Southern Dock Products, a division of Duraserv, we have a wide variety of inflatable dock seals and shelters designs that are very well fitted with the various loading dock designs in Texas, Florida, and Louisiana. Our inflatable dock seals and shelters are designed to suit a wide variety of door openings, as well as various trailer heights and designs while still providing you optimum protection against outside elements. We have designs like Serco SI300 Inflatable Dock Seal which was specifically designed for wider and taller doorways and loading docks that cater to a wide variety of vehicle sizes even those with tailgates or hydraulic lifts. This design, which is only one of the many, has a metal blower cover with a 24” high guide stripes at the bottom of the side members with a blower motor that has an automatic reset thermal overload protection.  To learn more about the variety of designs our loading dock seals and shelters have, call Southern Dock Products at our toll free number: 1-800-994-2361 and the following numbers for specific service areas: Fort Worth, TX: (817) 686-7300; Houston, TX: (713) 868-5443; Austin, TX: (512) 442-1561; Dallas, TX: (800) 994-2361; San Antonio, TX: (210) 359-9552; Shreveport, LA: (844) 826-5301; Baton Rouge, LA: (844) 826-5301; Atlanta, GA: (770) 338-9988; Savannah, GA: (912) 239-9652; Orlando, FL: (407) 656-1289; Tampa, FL: (813) 643-7000; Jacksonville, FL: (904) 282-3438; Charlotte, NC: (704) 594-5094. Or email us at https://www.southerndockproducts.com/service-request/ and https://www.southerndockproducts.com/contact/ for questions and inquiries. Southern Dock Products is now servicing Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio, Texas; Shreveport and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia; Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville, Florida and Charlotte, North Carolina.