Commercial and Industrial Doors and Shutters Product Guide - AMA Research

Commercial and Industrial Doors and Shutters Product Guide

Commercial and Industrial Doors and Shutters Report Product Guide

A Complete Commercial and Industrial Doors and Shutters Report Product Guide from AMA Research

Following the release of our latest Commercial and Industrial Doors and Shutters Market Report 2024-2028, we’ve compiled a report product guide to showcase the categories featured in the report.

The report has been divided into two broad product categories: –

  • Personnel access doors – includes hinged doors, automated pedestrian doors, manual aluminium shopfront and commercial entrance doors. These doors are used in many types of commercial buildings occupied by people such as offices, retail and hospitality outlets.
  • Industrial doors & shutters – includes doors & shutters used mainly for goods and vehicle access, building energy management or security control, rather than personnel access.

Please note that our market sizing estimates are defined in terms of trade price or Manufacturers’ Selling Price (MSP), and specifically excludes the value of installation, maintenance and after-sales support. Establishing market size at trade prices is particularly difficult, as many suppliers undertake both fabrication and installation, and only negotiate contracts at installed prices.

In this report, the term ‘commercial’ usually refers to applications such as offices, retail outlets, garages, transport (e.g. airports, rail stations, etc) and entertainment facilities, as well as healthcare and educational premises – both public and private sector. ‘Industrial’ includes warehouses, factories and agricultural premises, energy production, mining and the manufacturing sector.

However, it should be noted that doors classified as ‘industrial’, may also be used in commercial premises, for example, in the loading bay areas of retail and leisure buildings. At the same time, ‘commercial’ personnel access doors may be used in industrial premises, in areas frequented by staff in factories such as canteens, restrooms, and office areas.

Personnel Access Doors

Summarised as follows are the four main product sectors of personnel access doors. However, within each sector there are further variations.

Timber/other Hinged Personnel Doors

This product category includes timber, PVCu, aluminium, hybrid (i.e. aluminium/timber) and composite hinged doors. Timber-hinged doors constitute a major part of this product category and are generally used internally, in commercial or light-industrial applications. PVCu-hinged doors are made of unplasticised polyvinyl chloride, which is a type of plastic that is known for its durability and low maintenance. Aluminium-hinged doors are lightweight but also durable and are resistant to corrosion.

Steel Hinged Fire & Emergency Doors

Steel-hinged doors are used principally for external and emergency exit use, as well as for specialist applications such as fire doors, explosion proof ‘blast’ doors, as well as watertight doors for offshore applications.

Aluminium Shopfront (Commercial Entrance) Doors

These are typically system-based products usually supplied as part of a shopfront or ground floor entrance system. This category includes manually operated revolving, sliding and hinged doors that are often found in high street newsagents and convenience stores.

Automated Pedestrian Doors

This product category includes automatically operating revolving doors, sliding doors, swing doors, folding doors, balanced doors and telescopic doors. These may be used internally or externally, and the most common applications include shopfronts, commercial entrances, and lobbies.

Industrial doors & shutters

Summarised as follows are the five main product sectors of industrial doors & shutters. However, within each sector there are further variations.

High Speed Doors

This product sector includes rapid roll and rapid rise and bi-parting doors. These are used primarily to improve room conditions and save energy especially where constant temperatures are a requirement and where contamination/vermin need to be kept out, e.g. food processing plants, chilled warehouses. High speed doors are used for both internal and external applications.

Sectional Overhead Doors

These doors are mainly used on outer wall applications, such as loading bays, vehicle depots, fire stations, and warehousing. Sectional doors offer high degrees of thermal insulation and weather sealing and may feature vision windows. They open vertically and thus create more space in front of and behind the door, with a range of track types to suit the internal space available. The door sections are parked flat underneath the ceiling, vertically above the opening or in line with the roof.

Roller Shutters, Shutter Doors & Grilles

This product sector covers a broad range of solutions which are mainly used for security purposes. Industrial types include heavy duty roller shutter doors with galvanised steel curtains to protect against vehicle collisions, break-ins, vermin etc. and are available with manual, chain or electric controls. 

On smaller installations, they are available as shutters or in grille format. Applications include shopfronts, bank counters, reception counters, serving hatches, and bar counters, also fire delay mechanisms. Typically made from aluminium, or steel, or stainless steel, these products require limited working space above the opening as they form a compact coil behind the lintel.

Sliding and Folding Door & Shutter Systems

This product sector includes sliding panel doors, sliding/folding shutter doors, side folding doors, and sliding/collapsible gates/grilles. These doors are usually manufactured from steel in interlocking panels that form a concertina effect when retracted. 

This structure provides strength to resist impact and high wind pressures and where there is a constant flow of traffic as well minimising heat loss by allowing partial opening. Common applications include vehicle workshops, fire and ambulance stations and helicopter hangars.

Flexible Doors

This is a relatively broad product sector that includes ‘crash’ doors, PVC strip curtains, smoke curtains, and PVC/rubber flexible doors. These are particularly suited as inexpensive doors for large warehouse openings or more expensive hygienic doors for hospitals. 

The durable PVC and rubber strips seal effectively and open to the width of the vehicle or load helping to reduce temperature loss to a minimum, even with heavy passage traffic. The transparency of strip curtains improves lighting conditions and helps reduce lighting costs yet giving safe visibility to traffic on the other side.

Market analysis of some of these products and how they are utilised are covered in detail in other AMA Research reports such as: Door and Window Fittings Market Report 2023-2027, Warehousing Construction Market Report 2024-2028.

Visit our Doors and Windows Hub to find our extensive range of market reports. 

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