First, you need to measure, to make sure you’re getting the right dock seal. If you haven’t measured properly, you won’t get the seal you want, you’ll get gaps.
And if you haven’t installed your dock seal properly – inaccurately figuring the grade, or angle, of the driveway at the dock – you’ll get over-compression. Result? Not only dock-seal damage but possibly building damage, perhaps even seeing the walls pushed back.
You need to know the size of the trucks you’ll be docking, too – and whether they’re box trucks or semis. Typically, a box truck will fend itself further away from a building than a semi.
There’s usually a little step at the back of a box truck, where the overhead door pulls down, and that will keep the truck from actually coming in contact with the dock seal. We’ve devised ways of dealing with that, primarily building the dock seal in a trapezoidal shape, so, as it compresses, the compression is more evenly distributed.
Finally, you have to consider frequency of usage. Do you run three shifts or one? Do you get five trucks per shift? More? If you’re looking for your dock seal to hold up to heavy use year after year, you need to review the different upgrade options we offer.
We won’t oversell you. Or undersell you. We’ll ask the tough questions. Give you pointers. And follow up with you to make sure, from our end, that the dock seal you order is the dock seal you need.
By all means, contact the Dock Seal Pros via email or at 260.745.1616. We’ll do whatever we can to help you choose well.