As the owner of a warehouse, there are few features about your business property more important than the loading docks that are in the shipping and receiving area of your business. Even though most assume that a warehouse loading dock is the same no matter what, there are actually multiple types of loading dock setups that warehouses tend to use. The more you know about these different dock styles, the more equipped you will be to choose the best one for your business. Here is a look at some of the different types of warehouse loading dock setups that may work out well for your business.
Depressed Warehouse Loading Docks
Depressed loading docks have an angled slope that leads to the dock. These dock setups work well in single-level buildings where there may not be a lot of lower ground space to work with. Just like an angled driveway, the actual steepness of the slope has to be carefully planned so the tall trailers that back in do not end up hitting the side of the building with the top of the trailer. One of the downfalls of depressed docks is they can be problematic if your area gets a lot of snow and ice because the sloped area can fill up and make it hard for vehicles to maneuver at the dock.
Sawtooth Warehouse Loading Docks
Sawtooth loading docks are a little less common, but they are out there and serve their business owners quite well. If the side of the property where the dock will be located does not have a lot of width, sawtooth loading docks allow you to still cater to several delivery trucks at one time because they back into the dock at an angle instead of straight, which can save several feet of space. The warehouse doors and docks are installed at angles in a sawtooth fashion to cater to the angled trucks.
Flush Warehouse Loading Docks
Perhaps the most common type of loading dock setup, the flush loading dock is a dock that requires delivery vehicles to back up flush with the building. The dock doors are installed flush with the perimeter of the building, and delivery vehicles will simply back their cargo trailer right up to the dock in a straight fashion. For most warehouse owners, these basic docks just make good sense, but they do not fit in well with every single location.
For more information, contact a local company that builds or supplies warehouse doors and docks to find the right fit for your needs.