Overall, the price of a high-speed door (including estimated initial and installation costs) ranges from $1,500 for the smaller, basic PVC doors to over $10,000 for specialized industry doors.

High-Speed Door

High-speed doors 一 (or automated doors or electrical doors) 一 are mechanically operated entry systems designed to provide swifter, sturdier, and safer access and enclosure than traditional manual doors.

Available in an array of styles and designs to suit a variety of interior and exterior environments, high-speed doors are suitable for use in both commercial and residential settings. They have proven popular within industrial, manufacturing, and retail sectors, where speed and security are often paramount in optimizing everyday business operations.

Due to their solid construction, high-speed doors can be excellent sealants 一 helping to preserve heat, maintain certain temperatures, reduce cross-contamination, and exclude draughts.

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High-Speed Doors: Cost

Cost Factors

The economic elements of a high-speed door are threefold: a) initial/upfront costs (such as consultation and equipment fees), b) the cost of the door, and c) the door installation/labor costs.

Due to the considerable choice available in customizing a high-speed door, the overall cost will vary vastly depending on the door type, material, size, customizations, and method of operation or opening you opt for.

5 Tiers

The price estimates can divide into a rough guide of 5 tiers:

Tier 1 ($1,500-3,000 approx)

  • Standard folding or rolling door designs
  • Basic self-repairing designs for standard-sized entryways

Fabric/PVC models

Tier 2 ($3,000-5,000 approx)

  • Standard chiller and external speed doors
  • Intermediate self-repairing door designs
  • Some rubber or metal designs

Tier 3 ($5,000-7,000 approx)

  • Combination speed doors
  • External insulated speed doors
  • Self-repairing external speed doors
  • Specialist sealant doors
  • Premium metal, rubber, and insulated designs

Tier 4 ($7,000-10,000 approx)

  • Premium external insulated doors
  • Bi-parting speed doors
  • Large entryways & customizations

Tier 5 ($10,000+ approx)

  • Specialist, industry-specific doors

Types of High-Speed Door

Roller Doors

Roller doors are a flexible but sturdy door design. Crafted from solid, interwoven slats, they are ideal for providing shelter and security in commercial settings.

As one of the most affordable types, a standard, single-sized roller door will usually cost between $1500-3000 (excluding installation costs), with insulated models pricing towards the higher end of that range.

Stacking Doors

High Speed Stacking DoorHigh-speed stacking doors are ideal for larger openings with limited internal room. Their design can optimally separate space and preserve temperature and noise levels.

The average cost to supply and install a stacking door with 3-5 panels is just over $3500. The most cost-effective stacking doors are those crafted from PVC (with an average overall cost of $2800), followed by averagely-priced timber models.

The cost of aluminum or hardwood 3-5 panel stacking doors sits at the more expensive end of the pricing spectrum, costing an average of $4200 (including installation).

Self-repairing Doors

High Speed Self Repairing DoorThe design of high-speed self-repairing (or self-resetting) doors ensures normal functioning continues in the event of disruption by automatically re-setting itself upon impact – minimizing time, expense, and downtime.

Including installation costs, most self-repairing speed doors for an internal space will cost between $3000-5000, depending on size and material specifications. The most affordable models for standard-sized entryways come in somewhere near $3000.

For external self-repairing speed doors, the higher level of robustness and resilience required for the door will usually bring the cost of supply and installation closer to between $5000-7000.

Horizontal Doors

Horizontal High Speed DoorHorizontal high-speed doors open sideways instead of upwards, increasing accessibility for those using the door. As sliding models store at the side walls instead of above, they work in spaces with low ceilings.

Including installation, a pair of electrically operated horizontal doors cost between $1500 for the hinged models to-9000 for the faster, sliding models.

Types of Door Materials

Fabric (PVC)

PVC High Speed DoorAlthough less robust than metal or rubber, PVC doors are still well-designed to withstand high pressure and winds – and are easy to maintain, repair, and modify.

PVC is the most budget-friendly material available for high-speed doors. Including labor costs, most standard-sized PVC speed doors will cost between $2000-4500 to buy and install.

Metal

High Speed Garage DoorCrafted from steel or aluminum, metal high-speed doors are ideal for industry sectors with high hygiene control due to their resilience to regular, robust cleaning. As the heaviest material, metal doors are also perfect for premises seeking protection.

Most metal speed doors will cost between $2000-3500 (excluding installation costs).

However, for the premium metal models, the upper price range can rise to $7000 — and up to $9000 for highly customized metal speed doors.

Rubber

High Speed Rubber DoorAs they cannot dent, rust, chip, or smash, rubber high speed doors are extremely resistant, whilst the thick rubber provides naturally good insulation.

Excluding labour costs, most standard rubber high speed doors will have a similar price range to metal doors – somewhere between $2000-3500, with the superior models costing $4000-7000.

For the specialist industry rubber speed doors (such as those made specifically for large-scale refrigeration) and rubber speed doors with other unique specifications, a more realistic price range is $7000-10000.

Insulated

high speed door for cold storageInsulated high-speed doors help to control noise and conserve temperature and energy well. Some insulated doors are subject to extra regulatory requirements to be deemed fit for purpose (for example, fire doors have industry-specific criteria to meet).

Including any initial and installation costs, most external insulated speed doors will cost between $5000-7000. The overall price can rise as high as $10000 for specialized insulated doors.

High-Speed Door Openers

High Speed Door OperatorToday’s technological advancements assemble high-speed door opener designs that allow speedy, secure, and sanitary access in several ways.

There are four main types of automatic opener systems for high-speed doors:

  • Contactless Button: Hygiene-conscious hardware that enables use without hands;
  • Magnetic Field: Identifies metal in vehicles and other machinery to allow entry or exit;
  • Photocell: Invisible infrared barrier beam opens and closes the door when broken;
  • Radar: Door access mechanism activates upon motion detected nearby.

Design/Customizations

Applications of High-Speed DoorsWith an array of additions and customizations available for high-speed doors, it can tempting to go beyond the necessary adaptations. Modern consumers can choose from various styles, designs, colors, materials, and opening methods 一 with add-ons such as insulation, windows, and patterns also a possibility.

But extras are expensive – and are a sure-fire way to sink your budget if not assessed responsibly. Identify the indispensable features of your door (such as the correct sizing and appropriate materials) and distinguish these from the desirable features (such as colors or designs) to ensure that your budget remains buoyant.

How to Save Money

  • Avoid Unnecessary Additions: Keep extras and enhancements for your high-speed door to a minimum, focusing on what is most necessary.
  • Buy Direct: Buying your high-speed door straight from the manufacturer cuts out the middle person and costs less 一 in both time and money.
  • DIY Some Work: Do-It-Yourself installation can save labor costs and allow greater scope for customization. Weigh this against the expertise and effective management that comes with professional input.
  • Maintenance: Calibration, yearly servicing, and lubrication of the moving parts of your door at least every six months will work wonders for warding off malfunctions and mishaps.

FAQs

Are high-speed doors worth the cost?

Due to the benefits brought to a buyer or their business, the answer is yes. High-speed doors are fast, efficient, reliable, and robust, and provide speedier traffic flow, tighter security, save time and energy, and hygienic preservation 一 which can lead to higher productivity, increased safety, and privacy 一 but also personal peace of mind. In addition, most high-speed doors require minimal maintenance and typically pay for themselves within 24-36 months 一 so despite the upfront costs, they are well worth the investment in the long term.

What type of high-speed door is the cheapest?

The cheapest high-speed doors available include fabric/PVC models and the more basic designs, such as folding and standard rolling doors for small and regular-sized entryways. Including estimated installation costs, these no-frills high-speed doors cost roughly between $1500-3000.

How long do high-speed doors last?

Specifically designed to be robust and reliable, breakdowns and other technical issues tend to be few and far between with high-speed doors. With care and common sense, a properly fitted metal or rubber high-speed door can last up to 20 years, and fabric doors ten years or more 一 making them safe and sensible investments. Purchasing from a reputable provider, completing bi-annual maintenance, and checking the health of moving parts every so often will extend the life of your door for as long as possible.

Common high-speed door warranties

The precise warranty provided with your high-speed door will vary according to model and manufacturer. Nevertheless, high-speed doors usually come with a minimum of a 1-year parts warranty, which sometimes also includes labor and the offer of warranty extension to 2-3 years. However, the recommendation is to read your warranty terms carefully, as many will not extend cover issues arising from scenarios such as improper installation, improper handling or use, neglect of maintenance, structural movement, or problems caused by natural disasters.

Conclusion

With an expansion in economic enterprise comes even more demand for elevated, efficient, environmentally-friendly answers to everyday problems 一 a shift further supported by a scathing surge in utility costs and a stagnation in disposable income.

Streamlined, sharp, and secure, high-speed doors offer a robust, reliable, revolutionary solution to resisting the inevitable drawbacks of the ever-shifting scenery of industrial development.

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