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Dock Seal & Shelter Selection Guide

At Chalfant Dock Equipment, we provide facility owners with premium selection of loading dock seals, dock shelters, dock levelers and truck restraints at affordable prices, backed by award-winning customer support. Operating in the industry for more than 77 years, we have been offering high-quality, cost-effective and durable dock equipment for three generations now, and we aspire to do the same for more generations to come.

The best way to get started is to focus on the dock area first, predominantly because the loading docks are the most important area of any distribution center (be it a warehouse or retail store). This is where the material handling, loading and unloading takes place.

As this is the most important and busiest part of the facility that comes into play from the beginning till the end of the material handling cycle, it is vital to ensure that the loading dock is built for performance, energy-efficient, and meets safety standards to minimize the risk of hazardous injuries at the dock. For this, it is important to invest in high quality loading dock equipment. And this is where we come into the picture!

Which Style Seal, Shelter or Hybrid Dock Enclosure
Your goal for your application may require one feature greater than the other. Below is a short guideline summary for product application.

Selection of Compression Dock Seals Guide

Provides tightest seal at the dock, but not full access to back of trailer and requires building to withstand 35 to 90 lbs pressure per foot. Most economical investment choice.

Standard Dock Seal
select standard dock seal

Ideal door size 8’ x 8’ to 9’ x9’. Seal past bumper 4” – 6”

Curtain Dock Seal
select curtain dock seal

Ideal door size 8’ x 10’ to 9’ x 10’. Seal past bumper 4” – 6”

Adjustable Dock Seal

Ideal door size 8’ x 9’ to 9’ x 10’. Seal past bumper 4” – 6”

Selection of Dock Shelters Guide

Provides efficient seal at the dock, and full access to back of trailer and building receives minimum pressure. Good choice if the back of the trailer has obstructions, i.e. rear bumper projection, handles, gutter etc. Moderate investment choice.

Rigid Dock Shelter
select standard dock seal

Rigid Dock Shelter – Idea door size up to 12’ x 12’. Seal past bumper 12” minimum.

Flex Dock Shelter
select curtain dock seal

Flex Dock Shelter – Idea door size up to 12’ x 12’. Seal past bumper 12” minimum.

Rail Dock Shelter

Rail Dock Shelter – Idea door size up to 15’ x 15’. Seal projection as much as 84”

Selection of Hybrid Dock Seal/Dock Shelters Guide

Provides combination features found in compression dock seals and enveloping dock shelters to give unique capabilities to these units. Excellent capabilities if the back of the trailer has obstructions, i.e. rear bumper projection, handles, gutter etc. The hybrid dock seal/dock shelters, yield upon impact and are less damage prone. Moderate investment choice.

L-Pad Curtain Dock Seal
select standard dock seal

”L” Curtain Seal – Ideal door size 8’ x 8’ to 10’ x 10’. Seal past bumper 10” – 12”

Soft Seal Dock Shelter
select curtain dock seal

Soft Seal Shelter – Ideal door size up to 12’ x 12’. Seal past bumper 12” – 14”

Fabric Selection Guide

Each Series is available in a selection of high quality fabric which will help designate each Model Number. Our Fabric Performance Chart can assist you in your selection for the best fabric that will meet your application requirements. For Fabric Performance – Types, Weights & Model, please refer to the specific model for selection.

Contact Wearface Selection Guide

The proper contact wearfacing on the front of your dock seal will provide maximum wear resistance and longer life. Chalfant offers Five (5) optional wearfaces as shown in Contact Wearfaces in the fabric perfomance selection of each unit. Please refer to the specific model for selection.

Options Selection Guide

At Chalfant we offer a variety of options to help increase the life of your dock seal or to match specific application needs. Please refer to the specific model for selection.

FIND THE RIGHT DOCK SEAL/SHELTER

At Chalfant finding the right dock enclosure for your application just got easier. Whether its a dock seal, hybrid dock seal, flexible dock shelter, rigid dock shelter or or rail shelter, we can help guide you in making the right selection for your application.

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SELECT A TOUGH DOCK LEVELER

Chalfant dock levelers and edge-of-docks are made of tough diamond tread plate design that assures a non-slip surface for greater safety and stops that lock the board firmly in place, for easy loading. Find out which "tough dock leveler" is the right choice for your application.

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CHOOSE THE BEST TRUCK RESTRAINT

Whether you seek an automatic or manual style truck restraint, Chalfant can help you choose the best truck restraint that will exceed your application demands and provide lowest cost of ownership. With Chalfant we can help you keep your dock safe for years to come.

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Proper Loading Dock Equipment Selection
Contact us today for help you with proper loading dock equipment selection for your loading dock equipment application. We can help you in properly select and specify dock seals, dock shelters, rail shelters, dock levelers; hydraulic dock levelers and mechanical dock levelers, truck restraints, and your loading dock equipment needs, to meet your unique needs.