TKO® Impactable Loading Dock Doors Help Facilities Sustain High Wind Events
Distribution and cold warehouse facilities with overhead loading dock doors along coastal areas, often find their property and products susceptible to damage or spoilage from the high wind events associated with hurricanes and tropical storms, a phenomenon that seems to be becoming more and more prevalent along the country’s coastlines.
Following a series of costly storms in the 1990s, the State of Florida, boasting the country’s second longest coastline, took aggressive action in enacting regulations that require new construction adhere to more stringent wind load standards. No county took these new regulations more seriously than Dade County after surviving the devastating landfall of Hurricane Andrew that subsequently caused an estimated $25 billion in damages.
The Miami-Dade County Building and Neighborhood Compliance (BNC) Department set out to ensure the strictest standards for manufacturers to comply, including those for overhead sectional doors used at many warehouse and distribution facilities. These standards require a notice of acceptance and completion of an Air Pressure Test, Large Missile Impact Test, Cyclic Wind Pressure Loading Test, and a Forced Entry Test among others.
As a result of these rigorous requirements, TKO’s CruiserWeight with Wind Load Package is currently the only overhead impactable dock door in production today that has completed these and other tests to receive wind load approval. The CruiserWeight with Wind Load Package has received not only Florida Building Code Approval #FL13014 but also, the industry’s first Notice of Approval, NOA #11-0513.04 Miami-Dade County, Florida, September 15,2016 for sectional doors, including the High Velocity Hurricane Zone rating.
Highlights of the TKO CrusierWeight Door with Wind Load Package include:
• Damage resistant, polycarbonate interior skins (2 Year Impact Warranty)
• Full-height reinforced Impact-A-Track™ (5 Year Impact Warranty)
• Heavy-duty retractable plungers in lieu of roller wheels
• Slide locks and lock out pins attached to the tracks, to secure the door during high-wind events
TKO Dock Doors has been manufacturing specialty loading dock doors for nearly 20 years. Now, these specialty industrial doors are helping coastal facilities sustain the unpredictable damage and devastation from high wind events, while also providing an operational safety net to reduce down time in the aftermath.
For more information about the TKO CruiserWeight with Wind Load Package and its facility saving properties, visit www.tkodoors.com.