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Commercial Glass Doors & Bifold Doors for Restaurants and Coffee Shops

Posted by Overhead Door Expert on Jul 23, 2021 1:23:10 PM

When you’re designing your space in your new coffee shop, smoothie shop, your restaurant, or a bar, lighting is one of the most important factors to keep in mind. We ought to take advantage of natural daylight, as it is not only a bright way to light up your establishment--it’s also free! Use this to your benefit by installing tall windows, commercial glass doors or bifold doors, and skylights, if you’re able to. 

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To best use natural light, you need to understand the natural light patterns that your restaurant experiences throughout the day due to the movement of the sun. Patrons who are seated facing east or west will be affected the most by direct sunlight, so make sure to install curtains or blinds on your windows to help keep the sun out of your customers eyes. 

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Benefits of Installing a Commercial Glass Door in an Establishment:

Learn the main benefits of installing an aluminum glass door or a glass bifold door in a restaurant, bar, coffee shop, or smoothie bar:

- Bright lighting and natural lighting allows customers to feel awake and alert. It is good for high-energy establishments like smoothie shops, cafes, or restaurants during their breakfast and lunchtime services. 
- By taking advantage of natural light, you can save even more energy and costs. 
- By properly setting the mood, lights influence customers to enjoy a lengthy breakfast or lunch experience, which will hopefully lead to a larger order, too. The longer customers spend in an establishment, the more likely they are to spend more money.

A well designed interior will improve the quality of your business, increase productivity and make staff and customers happier. 

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At Overhead Door Company of the Meadowlands & NYC, we have installed hundreds of commercial glass doors and glass bifold doors in coffee shops, restaurants, hotels, and bars.

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Commercial Glass Doors Photo Gallery:

These are just some of the installations that we've done in NYC & NJ area:

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If you’re not sure where to start, contact us. Our team can help you create almost any commercial door to fit your needs. We've been serving NJ and NYC Metro area since 1982. 

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Vertical Dock Levelers (Ideal for Cold Storage Facilities)

Posted by Loading Dock Expert on Jul 6, 2021 4:21:00 PM

A vertical dock leveler is a perfect solution for facilities that must maintain strict temperature control. As these dock levelers are stored in the vertical position inside the building, the overhead doors can close completely to the pit floor, preventing energy loss, debris entry, and improved security while maintaining a clean, energy-efficient environment.

In this article you will learn specifically about Blue Giant Vertical Storing Dock Leveler

- Main Benefits
- How They Work
- Design Features
- Finish Options
- Available Upgrade 

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Benefits of Installing a Vertical Dock Leveler:

✓ Vertical storing dock levelers are more energy efficient because when they are in the stored position with the overhead door closed the chance of energy loss is minimized. Dock seals help reduce energy loss but cannot eliminate the gaps that surround the platform of conventional pit levelers, this concern is eliminated by choosing vertical storing dock levelers, helping maintain the environmental control of the facility.

✓ These reduce the risk of vermin entry which is very important in any food industry.

✓ Easily wash down and sanitize the pit floor to ensure the highest level of cleanliness.

✓ Powder coat finish will not rust or corrode, keeping the facility cleaner, longer.

→ Application Benefits for Cold Storage Facilities:

✓ Maintain cold chain integrity during the loading and unloading process.
✓ Avoid exposure to the outside atmosphere while preserving climate control inside the facility.
✓ Eliminate internal temperature fluctuations.
✓ Ensure product quality from the arrival of raw materials to the shipping of finished goods.

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How Vertical Storing Dock Levelers Work:

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Vertically stored over-center, allowing the overhead door
to remain closed, providing a tight seal.

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Trailer doors can remain closed and the truck driver does not
need to get out of the cab.

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Dock attendant opens the trailer doors inside of the
building and lowers the leveler into position.

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The loading and unloading process takes place like a
standard pit-mounted leveler.

Video: Blue Giant Vertical Dock Leveler in Action

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Design Features:

✓ Load Usage: Up to 33,000 lb. (15,000 kg)
✓  Load Class: Heavy-Duty, Extreme-Duty

1. Reliability:

- Unique deck hinge design supports a smooth transition bridge between the dock and truck bed.
- Precision-based inclinometer to detect and communicate deck position.
- Enhanced protective cushioning safeguards the deck cylinder while the deck is being parked. Minimizing wear and tear to the facility floor.
- Sensor technology allows the lip to maintain constant contact with the truck bed.
- Deck will flex up to 4" (102 mm) when under load, to ensure full-width contact between the lip and the truck bed.

2. Performance & Efficiency

- EasyClean™ provides a streamlined frame layout with minimal obstructions, allowing for easier cleaning and maintenance.
- Double-acting hydraulic cylinders with full power control for deck and lip operations.
- NEMA4X control station for wash down sanitation, while maintaining full control.
- Maximize unit versatility with double-acting lip control for end-loading applications.

3. Quality:

- 8-10 enhanced J-beam channels are robotically welded to the underside of the deck at dynamic impact points to prevent distortion and extend the lifetime of the dock leveler.
- 5 rear deck-load support points ensure a distributed load with less wear and tear on the rear hinge, extending the product lifespan.
- Inverted deck cylinder is continually self-bleeding, reducing internal corrosion and increasing velocity fuse efficiency.
- 1HP (TENV) power pack with a separate manifold system for product longevity and serviceability.
- PowderCoat™ is an effective rust-proof solution that prolongs the life of dock equipment and helps maintain a sanitary environment.

4. Safety:

- High visibility yellow run-off guards are built for safety and allow wider access to the trailer entry.
- Integral safety stand keeps the deck securely upright during servicing.
- Built-in maintenance strut with lockout pin prevents leveler use during cleaning or maintenance.
- Non-adjustable hydraulic velocity fuse limits loaded platform free-fall to within 3" (76 mm).
- High visibility beveled toe guards with OSHA striping improves worker safety.
- Constant pressure touch button allows the dock attendant to safely control the deck at all times.

5. Engaged Solutions:

- The Blue Genius™ Gold Series I Touch Control Panel has flat-surface touch buttons and a keypad for easy management of all dock operations.
- LCD screen delivers operational, diagnostic, and troubleshooting messages in real-time.
- STOP button on the control station halts the dock in mid-travel during an emergency condition.
- LED red/yellow/green control station lights to send safety signals to dock personnel.
- The Blue Genius™ Platinum Series operates various combinations of loading dock equipment. A single control panel integrates all required functions, enabling the safe & simplified operation of any dock system from one central DESIGN location

6. Finish Options: 

- Anti-slip powder coat
- Enriched zinc powder coat
- Hot dipped galvanizing

Vertical Dock Leveler Finishing Colors

Available Upgrades:

Vehicle Restraints

Vehicle Restraints

Loading Dock Lights Communication Packages

Automatic or Manual
Light Communication Packages

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Related products:

Hydraulic Dock Levelers | Mechanical Dock Levelers | Air-Powered Dock Levelers

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ore information, please give us a call at 973-471-4060 or email us at

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What is an Air-Powered Dock Leveler?

Posted by Wilford Ordoñez on Jun 23, 2021 5:42:04 PM

If you are seeking to maximize the efficiency and usefulness of your loading dock, you have a number of great products you can put to use. However, choosing the right dock leveler is one of the most important decisions you will make.

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When you are considering the type of dock leveler you desire, the highly experienced staff at Overhead Door Company of the Meadowlands and NYC will get you the information you need. Our experts will guide you in evaluating the pros and cons of three basic types of dock levelers, including:

✓ Hydraulic Dock Levelers
✓ Mechanical Dock Levelers
✓ Air-powered Dock Levelers

For many applications, the air-powered dock leveler is an ideal solution, striking a solid balance between reliability and lifetime ownership costs. When you choose one of the two excellent versions of air-powered lifts designed by McGuire, you get the best solutions offered by an industry-leading manufacturer. These units include the:

  • MA Air-Powered Dock Leveler: This series of push-button pneumatic lifts provides you with the strength and reliability you need for light-to-medium applications, as well as some heavy-duty needs. With full attention to safety and durability, these lifts are available mounted in pre-formed pits and come in multiple sizes and specifications.

  • CentraAir® Air-Powered Dock Leveler: This innovative air-powered dock leveler allows you to incorporate the use of your common plant air, as well as providing industrial automotive-grade air bellows designed to lower or raise the leveling platform. This achieves simple, push-button operations as well as easy servicing and cleanout.

Once you understand your options for air-powered dock levelers, our team of factory-trained personnel will ensure a precise installation. Also, our turnkey service will ensure you have years of reliable and hassle-free service from your cost-effective air-powered dock leveler.

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Related products:
Hydraulic Dock Levelers | Mechanical Dock Levelers | Vertical Dock Levelers

For more information, please give us a call at 973-471-4060 or email us at

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What to Consider When Purchasing an Industrial Overhead Door?

Posted by Overhead Door Expert on Jun 8, 2021 4:13:50 PM

Purchasing an industrial overhead door for your facility can be an overwhelming task, as there are several factors that must be considered such as:

1. Functionality     2. Safety/Security    3. Quality/Value

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Insulated & Non-Insulated Sectional Overhead Doors

1. Functionality:

1.1 Model and Size
For the overhead doors, the model and size are the first criteria to be considered.
The architect can choose from an already existing door or can ask for a custom-made door. Although overhead doors can be made in different sizes, there are limits on the doors' sizes mainly because of their weight. Oversized doors (40+ feet wide) are available, these may become too heavy, slow, and unwieldy for many applications.

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1.2 Design
Although industrial overhead doors are usually not seen by the general public, it may be important in some specific applications that doors are aesthetically pleasing. Still, architects will want doors that fit well on the facility. Some of the characteristics that an architect must keep in mind are:

✓ Desired Light Infiltration:
Some facilities will require maximum visibility and call for clear-panel doors made of tempered glass, or other transparent materials. Some other facilities may want complete privacy/security and use doors with no lites/windows at all.

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Overhead Door Color:
Fancy hardware is usually not used in industrial settings, however, some industrial settings have public functions or may be visible to the public. In those cases, the architect may want to make sure that the industrial doors that are selected work well with the building’s aesthetic.

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✓ Operation:
When choosing the overhead door, it is important to keep in mind how often the industrial overhead door is going to be used as well as the speed that is needed in some specific cases.

→ Some facilities may open the door early in the morning and close it at night.
→ Some facilities need to open and close the overhead door several times per day.
→ Some facilities operate around the clock (24hrs).
→ Some facilities will use the overhead door infrequently and will remain closed most of the time.
→ Some facilities may need a high-speed door to make sure that it opens and closes rapidly for environmental or safety reasons.

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✓ Environment:
Due to the environmental challenges, many industries may need an overhead door that has special characteristics such as:

Climate Control:
Heavily insulated overhead doors are required when applications involve refrigeration, as well as facilities that have substantially different internal and external temperatures. At Overhead Door Company of The Meadowlands & NYC, we insulated overhead doors that provide an R-value of 26, which are perfect for:

- Agricultural buildings
- Food and beverage storage facilities
- Pharmaceutical plants
- Other heavy-duty applications

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Weather and Wind:
Some applications may call for high-wind pressure overhead doors and/or doors that are sealed tightly against water and air infiltration.
To support their high performance, these types of doors require flexible weather seals and thermal breaks.

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Sound Attenuation:
In order to attenuate sounds entering or leaving the applications, doors may require heavy insulation to diminish the sounds entering or leaving the application. It is most common in mixed-use developments.

2. Safety / Security

It is of utmost importance to create a safe working area for the workers. Most industrial applications strive for zero tolerance of unsafe conditions as well as aiming for physical security in the work locations. In order to reach these goals, companies for both, safety and security, with extreme care. Some of the factors that are usually considered are:

Security meaning in this context is:

Only personnel authorized can operate the overhead doors.
Video monitoring is also required for a secured communication network so that the door at all times can be observed and controlled.
Control of the vehicles entering or exiting (through a high-security protocol)
Trigger floodlight and/or alarms.
There must exist an automated record of all movements of all doors.
There must be a central security control that locks down all doors.
In order to prevent code stealing when the doors are locally managed with remote controls, the units should be equipped with rolling code technology, so every time the remote is operated, a new code will be used. Tightly controlled for remote openers must be used in high-security situations.
Pressure sensors, electric eyes, and emergency-release mechanisms are items that all power-operated doors should be equipped with as part of the safety equipment.
It is recommended that once a month door safety should be tested so as to be sure that closing doors automatically reverse when they hit obstacles.
Trained personnel must regularly maintain and keep the doors in good shape.

3. Quality/Value

One of the most common mistakes is to try to save money by using inferior quality industrial overhead doors as the door will be compromised in its lifetime, and it will require maintenance and repairs more frequently to keep it working.

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To be sure that the door provides the thermal and sound diminish characteristics, managers must have a clear preventive maintenance plan for their industrial overhead doors.

If a door is for rough use, the best materials to be used are heavy gauge steel and aluminum, as they live for a long time and they can also be painted or powder coating. On the contrary, wood overhead doors are usually avoided for industrial settings except for breweries or facilities that have a public component.

We highly recommend contacting us when renovating an industrial facility or designing one, as there is an enormous variety of choices and our experts will give you the best solution for your requirements.

It will be our pleasure to assist you when looking for a new industrial overhead door. Call 973-471-4060 or email us at 

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Industrial High-Speed Doors (High-Performance Doors)

Posted by Overhead Door Expert on May 3, 2021 9:26:00 PM

If you've been looking for one of the most cost-efficient ways to protect your property and building, consider the many benefits of a high-speed/high-performance door.

If you are trying to decide on a worthy investment in the security, convenience, and overall quality of your storage space, warehouse, or loading dock, you should look at the possibility of adding a metal, fabric, or rubber high-performance door. Today’s high-performance doors offer:

- High-Speed: High-performance doors offer you more speed than any other type of door. This can help you increase your productivity and efficiency while remaining energy efficient. Plus, a fast door will allow you to get in and out more quickly—reducing energy expenditure in that manner too.


- Security: One of the reasons you are considering the installation of a roll-up door in the first place is security, so why not go with the very best in security possible? These high-performance doors can help you protect your stock, your employees, and your property from both natural and unnatural dangers.

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- Durability: Instead of springs, a high-performance door uses a direct drive motor. This makes the door much more durable and less likely to experience those unexpected problems. In addition, with advanced diagnostics, troubleshooting is easier than ever before.

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- Added Features: A high-performance roll-up door offers a number of optional features that can help you achieve even more than you thought possible. This includes insulation, weather shield, and wind load options that can help these doors perform well even in harsh environmental conditions.

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These benefits are only the beginning! If you would like more information about today’s high-performance doors and how they can help your business, contact us at Overhead Door Company of The Meadowlands & NYC. Our team of experts is here to help you!

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