Coming into the winter months, many manufacturers have been turning to warehouse loading canopies as an easy and affordable way to protect stock from wet weather damage. With the prediction of more wet weather by the climate scientists and week-long deluges that can happen any time of the year, these are now becoming more of a permanent solution to avoid the financial cost of wet damage year-round. So, what are warehouse loading canopies, how can they be used and are they right for your business?
What are warehouse loading canopies?
Warehouse loading canopies are aluminium framed structures with a PVC roof and with or without walling. They range from 10 – 30m wide and up to a 6m wall height. The aluminium frame makes them very easy to install directly onto existing concrete surfaces with minimal labor, equipment and delay. This not only means canopies can be installed within a week, but that it’s easy to install and link them to existing warehouse facilities.
Essentially though, the modular design and installation process makes these warehouse canopies an incredibly easy, fast and affordable solution to protect loading and unloading operations from wet damage. And simple doesn’t mean they scrimp on quality or durability. The frames are engineered to meet whatever structural safety requirements are needed for individual sites.
Warehouse loading canopies can be hired or purchased and used as a very fast solution to protect any stock or equipment from wet damage. The most popular use is as a warehouse canopy extension to cover loading operations. For this application they can be linked to existing warehouse facilities ensuring full integration with handling and storage operations.
They also consistently prove their value as a stand-alone basic storage unit, pretty much anywhere on site where there is a need for weather protection and a suitable surface to build on.
Linking canopies together to create a larger area is standard practice as is building on un-level ground and gradients by adjusting the frame.
The easy installation technique is just as easy in reverse, providing a fast and efficient dismantle and removal procedure that leaves little if no evidence of the canopy’s existence. The dismantle and removal process is usually applicable to Hire contracts, but for Purchase contracts, it also offers the flexibility to remove the canopy and sell it on the open market at a later date if circumstances change.
Are they right for your business?
If you have a need to quickly and affordably cover your loading operation, stock or equipment then yes, undoubtedly, these canopies are the perfect choice for your business. Simple solutions can very often be the best, and it couldn’t be truer in this case. For those businesses that are unsure there is always the ‘try before you buy’ option of Hiring. So, you may end up paying a hire contract for 6 months and then purchasing the canopy anyway, but the point is the option is there for any businesses that are not sure.
The benefit of using these warehouse canopies for your loading operation means you avoid all the impact that wet damage will have on your business including stock damage, loss of stock, potential higher insurance premiums and, most importantly, loss of customer loyalty. The small investment required for a warehouse loading canopy is simply a drop in the ocean compared to these problems that could impact your business long-term.