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Which Dock Shelter to Choose?

Having a dock shelter installed on a loading bay can be a vital tool to help maintain energy efficiency and protect product during the loading/unloading process. To ensure you get the maximum benefits, it is important to choose the correct type of dock shelter for your loading bay and we are going to explore the three different options that Dock Technik offer.

The Dock Technik retractable dock shelter is the most versatile dock shelter we offer as it can cater for a wide range of vehicles. It is extremely robust and durable, with its galvanized steel frame and cantilever arms it has been designed to compress in the event of accidental impact. The front and head curtains are manufactured using nylon reinforced PVC with the option of a parking guide to aid vehicle alignment onto the loading bay. The front and head curtain are flashed with aluminium and the roof and sides are completed in a heavy duty, waterproof PVC. The retractable dock shelter can suit a wide range of applications but is best suited to Ambient Warehouses where temperature control is not paramount and there is wide range of vehicle types.

The Dock Technik dock cushion seal is capable of providing an extremely impressive seal if tailored perfectly to the vehicles on site. The dock cushion seal has a foam filled PVC case with timber backing and when a vehicle reverses onto the bay it impacts the dock cushion seal and the internal foam compresses to form a seal around the vehicle. The external face of the seal is designed with wear pleats for added protection and a parking guide to aid vehicle alignment on the bay. Our dock cushion seal is best suited to a site with a dedicated fleet with similar sized vehicles, but it can be supplied with an adjustable head cushion for different height vehicles. The dock cushion seal also harbours high quality thermal properties making it suitable for temperature critical warehouses.

The Dock Technik inflatable dock shelter is unparalleled for its seal and has become the standard dock shelter for food manufacturers and cold stores. It has an insulated frame design with mounted airbags that inflate around the vehicle to make a tight and effective seal. When the motor is activated the three airbags inflate onto the sides and roof of the vehicle to help maintain internal climate whilst loading/unloading. The inflatable airbags are manufactured using a tear resistant, nylon reinforced fabric and are inflated with a three-phase fan. Our fans are designed for high volume, low pressure airflow to ensure the airbag provides almost the best seal possible around the vehicle. With insulation properties being at the core of its design the inflatable dock shelter is ideal for food processing facilities and temperature critical warehouses and can help reach compliance with audits in these industries.


The dock shelter that best suits your site will depend on the type of business and the fleet of vehicles you have, each of the dock shelters offer varying degrees of protection against the turbulent UK weather and depending on the level of protection you require we can help you decide on the dock shelter that best meets your needs. To enquire about prices or to further discuss our dock shelters please contact Dock Technik on 0800 047 8771 or

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