The Best Alternative to Old Rolling Steel Doors

It’s out with old rolling steel doors and in with new Vertical Lift Fabric Doors by MAXDoor!

Explore the advantages that MAXDoors provide over old, rusty rolling steel doors:

MAXDoor Advantages

  • No Springs or counterweights; Multiple lifting belts raise and lower the door. Motor with Gearbox hoist the door up and down.
  • Inexpensive to keep in operation and has a service life of 20-25 years.
  • Aluminum tube horizontal beams do not corrode and provide high wind resistance.
  • 4” or 6” deep fabric curtain panel is all one piece and extends over the door guides on the interior and exterior. Blowing wind increases the wind seal at the door guides. No openings allowing cold air or wind into building.
  • Side frame is furnished as a standard with each door package. This minimizes the load the building has to carry. The MAXDoor is sized to provide 100% clear door opening.
  • Easy to repair after a collision. Minimal repair cost and downtime.
  • Service Life is 20-25 years. Designed to operate 1 million cycles or more.

Rolling Steel Door Disadvantages

  • Counter-balanced with Springs that are guaranteed to break. Large doors require multiple springs.
  • Multiple wearable parts that require continuous service calls.
  • Slats start corroding day one and become hard to hinge each day after that.
  • Individual slats make the curtain which allow air leakage between the slats with no tight seal at the jambs.
  • No side frame. Door guides are installed at door jambs and are easily damaged by traffic going through the door opening. Door guides are typically in the door opening.
  • Expensive and time consuming to repair.
  • Short Service Life.  Door is designed for a predetermined number of cycles.

Contact Us for Help

If you are exploring the ideal door solution for your facility, then  it’s time to reach out and speak to the industrial door application experts at MAXDoor.  Contact us today!

MAXDoor is an American Owned Company sold and manufactured in Michigan.

Steel Mills Need Strong and Dependable Industrial Doors

The steel industry has evolved by leaps and bounds.  All aspects of construction and manufacturing today would come to a standstill if steel production should suffer in any way.  Dependable industrial size doors on steel mills are critical to production. Budgets demand doors with Low Operating and Maintenance Cost. MAXDoor is an American company that has been manufacturing Vertical Lift Fabric Doors for the Steel and Mining Industry for years. MAXDOOR is a cost- effective solution for door openings in the tough steel industry environment.

Strong and durable industrial doors, MAXDoors, are needed at steel factories to protect materials and workers from harsh environments both inside and outside of the facilities.  MAXDoors are designed to be installed on the interior or exterior side of a wall and can be self-supporting resulting in no additional load on a building structure.

Let’s see why MAXDoor is the ideal solution for your steel factory, plant or warehouse.

  • Today the manufacturing process of steel is extremely energy-efficient so having the right industrial door at the entrance can reduce costs as much as 50%.  With a MAXDoor, you have a strong, durable and energy efficient door at the door opening that provides excellent environment separation. The MAXDOOR control panel can be designed to minimize the amount of heat or cooling air loss at the door opening.
  • MAXDoors are vertical lift fabric doors that are designed and built for a high wind load resistance.  A variety of beam sizes, spacing and material guarantees maximum strength in the harshest of environments.
  • MAXDoors maintain their strength in small (10 FT) and very large (up to 100 FT) wide door openings.  Structural steel components provide superior overall strength, and the horizontal beam design proves to be significantly stronger than the competitors.
  • MAXDoors are low maintenance and improve safety at the door opening.  A malfunctioning door can be a catastrophe at a steel processing factory resulting in expensive downtime. When collisions occur at the door site, the MAXDoor traveling horizontal beams are designed to flex and give way when hit.  The horizontal beams are easily put back into the door guides resulting in minimal downtime and expensive door repairs.   Eliminating expensive door repairs and downtime result in significant cost savings.
  • Safety is always first and foremost at the steel mill and with MAXDoor.  The multiple lifting belt and horizontal beam design greatly improves safety when real life collisions occur.

MAXDoor provides many options:

  • Automatic or System Integrated Controls
  • Collision Avoidance Controls for High Traffic
  • Light Communication for Rail Door Opens
  • Manual door for locations with limited or no power
  • Multiple Fabric choices; Tough Cut, High or Low Temperature
  • Variety of cycle operations

MAXDoors are made in the USA.  To achieve the maximum for your door investment, contact us today to engineer your industrial door solution.


What If Your Overhead Doors Always Operated at Peak Performance?

Here are specific vertical lift fabric MAXDoor models that will enhance the daily operation at your plant or manufacturing facility.  We custom design and build the specific model that coincides with your particular door requirements.  All doors are available with high wind load or high positive/negative pressure resistance. Several door speeds are available on each model from standard speed of 10-12 inches per second up to high speed doors in speeds up to 36” per second. Our standard PVC door fabric is 20 to 22 ounce and has a temperature range of -35 degrees to 150 degrees Fahrenheit.  In addition, alternate fabrics are available for high temperature, low temperature, sound reduction, insulation (R-12), anti-static, transparent (frosted), security cut proof, rubber, insect screen and windows.

Model WD – The Warehouse Door


  • The Model WD door is a cost effective alternative to rolling steel doors.
  • Made for grade level truck size door openings and smaller. If you need a tough door to deal with traffic, high winds, dirty or corrosive environments, this door checks all the boxes.
  • Heavy-duty gearhead operator has a floor level manual chain hoist to allow door operation when power is not available.
  • Easy to install with the curtain assembly, lifting belts and motor operator being attached to the head member direct from the factory.

Model SD – The Standard Duty Door

Standard Duty MAXDoor

  • The Model SD door is also a very cost effective alternative to a rolling steel door.
  • One tough door with a simple design to ensure long service life and minimal operation and maintenance costs.
  • The SD is furnished with an industrial grade NEMA-4 control panel with fused lockable rotary disconnect and the door is controlled by PLC Logic.
  • Model SD is designed for larger openings or where higher wind load is required.

Model UL – The Under Lintel Model

  • This door allows to be mounted under lintel and between jambs, or face of wall mount on the interior or exterior of the building.
  • Side frame steel or wide flange beams that the head member gets attached to can be provided by the customer or by MAXDoor. This results in significant savings when the customer or contractor furnishes and installs this steel.
  • The UL model is available in every door size that MAXDoor manufacturers large and small.

Model HD – The Heavy Duty Door

Heavy Duty Vertical Lift Door

  • The Model HD door is an excellent alternative to rolling steel doors that require continual maintenance.
  • Designed for door openings that require a supporting frame and head member in addition to extra large openings.
  • The HD model is mounted face of wall on the interior or exterior of the opening allowing the full opening to be accessed.
  • The HD is available with high wind load or positive/negative pressure resistance. Just like the other models, this door can withstand a harsh environment and has no springs or counterweights.
  • This door can be used at crane door openings or for custom doors with very wide or very high openings.

Get The Right Door for Your Application

Contact us today or call 248-915-5838 to talk with our experts about how to craft the right vertical lift fabric door for your application.

Know What a Door Lintel Is and The Role It Plays at the Overhead Door Opening

Knowing what a door lintel is and its function can be very useful when the need arises to install a new overhead industrial door on an existing facility. The primary purpose of a door lintel is to provide support for the wall above the door opening. The door lintel is a load-bearing beam that supports the opening in the framing where the door will be installed. The door lintel is a horizontal beam fitted across the top of the door opening to support the bricks or structure materials above the door.  Typically, lintels are made from steel or prestressed concrete. Steel lintels are normally used when the door openings are extensive and are a popular choice due to their strength, durability, and versatility. The lintel material used will depend on the structure of your building. Either side of your lintel must be supported sufficiently to ensure the above load is distributed evenly on both sides.  MAXDoor designs and builds custom under lintel (UL) vertical lift fabric doors up to 65 Feet wide.

Door Lintel

MAXDoor Standout Features

  • The simple MAXDoor design ensures minimum operation and maintenance costs.
  • Head members and side frame guides utilize structural steel components that provide overall strength.
  • Horizontal beams are manufactured to provide the highest wind load capacity.
  • Fabric choices include a variety of materials for special environments including high temperature, cut proof and anti-static.
  • MAXDoor offers a variety of control panel types to fit specific door requirements.

MAXDoor Speed

  • 10-12 inches per second
  • Faster Operating Speeds are available.

MAXDoor Strength

  • Horizontal beams spaced for 20-psf wind load. High wind load capacity available
  • 22oz Heavy duty PVC Fabric in a variety of colors
  • Tube size UHMW guide blocks.

MAXDoor Safety

  • A minimum for 4 lifting belts and a maintenance safety switch
  • Photo eyes for monitoring openings and closings
  • Manual brake release at motor location
  • Main shaft auxiliary brake system
  • Over travel protection
  • Wireless reversing edge

Talk To An Engineer Today

If you would like to talk to a seasoned pro in the industrial door industry about your particular application, call us today at 248-915-5838 or contact us and we’ll be happy to help you.

MAXDoor Saves Shop That Had Doors Ripped Off From Tornado

The Challenge

A tornado tore through a mining truck shop in the western United States. All existing seven doors were ripped away and destroyed leaving behind only the side framing.  The doors that needed to be replaced must handle a high wind load and have superior overall strength.  In addition, the customer wanted natural light to come through the doors to enhance the shop’s safety factor and improve working conditions. The vertical lift fabric MAXDoor was chosen for the door replacement.

The Solution

Design, build and install the MAXDoor UL model vertical lift fabric door with white fabric allowing more light into the shop.  Made with aluminum rectangle tube horizontal beams, this model provides the highest wind load resistance.  These high strength beams do not twist under load like other extruded beams. An affordable door option and a long service life.  MAXDoors are designed to utilize existing steel framing resulting in a faster installation.  In addition to a dual layer 4-6-inch-deep curtain, a weather seal is provided on the interior and exterior sides of the door guides.  Unlike the single layer fabric or rubber doors that blow into the shop, this is a door for harsh conditions.  The fabric overlaps the door guides by almost 2” per guide so there is very little leakage.  When the wind blows, the weather seal gets tighter.

The Results

Following the installation of MAXDoors on the customer site, they now get to enjoy the following:

  • Service life of a MAXDoor is 20-25+ Years even in a toxic and corrosive mining environment
  • Installation is quick and efficient as MAXDoors are built with the installer in mind
  • No springs in MAXDoors means low maintenance and service call savings
  • Very High Wind Load capability
  • Doors do not blow into the shop and that saves floor space for equipment and improves safety
  • A very satisfied customer!

Get Help From Knowledgeable Experts

If your shop is in need of the best industrial doors, then now is the time to explore how the vertical lift fabric doors from MAXDoor can be customized for your particular application.  Contact us today or call 248-915-5838 to speak with the experts today!

MAXDoor – The Industrial Door Pros

A wide variety of businesses can benefit from installing a MAXDoor at their facility. It is the perfect solution for reliability and long-life. The Vertical Life Fabric Door is a great door application for industries such as aerospace, aviation, mining, farming, storage warehouses, distribution centers, waste management and more.  A MAXDoor is self-supporting, can be installed on the interior or exterior wall, and puts a minimal load onto the existing building.

A Door That’s Built To Last!

Business owners’ profit when they buy a MAXDoor!

  • MAXDoors have a service life of a million cycles and will provide 20-25 years of service.
  • MAXDoors have a high wind resistance and a high wind load rating.
  • MAXDoors operate at high speed and are easy to service – no springs to wear out.
  • MAXDoors have a weather-tight seal and hold up in caustic, wet and dirty environments.
  • MAXDoors have multiple lifting belts making it much safer than spring counter balanced doors.
  • MAXDoors are offered in a variety of fabric materials such as fire retardant, low temperature, high temperature, anti-static and more.

MAXDoors stand strong even during door collisions!

  • MAXDoors operate like a roman shade allowing the weight and wind load to be transferred from the traveling door panel into the door guides at every horizontal beam.  When a collision occurs, and the door is knocked out of the door guides, the fix is quick. Simply place the horizontal beams back in position, and the door is back in operation.  No downtime and no costly service calls!

With a MAXDoor You Have Options

  • Model WD – economical, high wind or pressure resistant and long service life
  • Model SD – simple design, 10-12” per second speed both directions, 4” thick door panel and R-value of 4.5/U-value is B
  • Model HD – designed for large openings and touch environments, side frames use C-15 steel channels for superior strength
  • Model TD – telescoping steel panel door system – a solution to security and space allocation, latches down when closed, powered or manual operation
  • Crane Way Door System – lower door swing, custom door controls for any application, structural steel head member, side frames and door guides.

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As you can see, MAXDoor can deliver to your specific industrial door needs. Custom designed and custom built, the MAXDoor engineers offer over 30 years of experience in the vertical lift fabric door industry.  A simple door with great flexibility built right here in the USA.

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To speak with one of our experts about your industrial door application, please call 877-436-0302 or contact us today!

Highly Rated and Affordable Vertical Lift Fabric Doors

Enhancing Dependability, Energy Efficiency, Safety and Service Life

Why Vertical Lift Fabric MAXDoors are becoming the preferred industrial door for a diverse range of industries including warehouses, distribution centers, repair shops, fire stations, loading docks, agricultural facilities, manufacturing facilities, automotive facilities, shipyards, hangars, and aerospace:

Wind Load

Our doors can be designed and built for a maintained wind load of up to 150 m.p.h. The higher the wind load, the more robust and heavy duty the door components.


MAXDoors put a minimal amount of additional load onto the building and are designed to be installed on the interior or exterior side of a wall.

Minimal Service Calls

Collisions happen but with MAXDoor the repair is fast and simple due to the durable parts and flexible design.  There are no springs on the door.  Our door has a 4” or 6” thick traveling fabric panel. The door guides are free of Lifting belts or devices that get trapped in the door guides. If MAXDoor is knocked out of the door guides, simply place the horizontal beams back in position and the door is operational.

Strength and Speed

MAXDoors are stronger and less expensive than large rolling steel or rubber doors and operate at a higher speed.  The door guides are made of steel angle. The Side Frame Steel normally an option with other manufactures is included and standard on MAXDOORS.  The door is designed for high cycle applications (hundreds of cycles per day).  Aluminum Rectangle Tube horizontal beams provide the highest wind load resistance.  Additional strength is provided by using high strength Aluminum Rectangle Tubes that do not twist under load like other extruded beams.

Affordable with a Long Service Life

With a 20-25-year service life, and low annual maintenance cost, MAXDoor is a great return on your investment.

Energy Conservation

With a dual layer 4- 6 inch deep curtain a weather seal is provided on the interior and exterior sides of the door guides. With the fabric overlapping the door guides by almost 2” per guide there is very little leakage at the door guides. When the wind blows the weather seal gets tighter. The material is all one piece so when the door is closed there are no seams or joints for the wind to penetrate the door panel.  At the bottom of the door there is a large 1/8” thick EPDM Rubber seal to keep the weather and rain out. Our 3-piece bottom weather seal design minimizes tearing and is easy to replace small sections.


Safety on MAXDOOR is number ONE! Our doors use multiple Lifting belts (minimum 4) to make sure a door does not come down should a belt break. We do not rely on a mechanical device in the door guides to hopefully work when the one and only belt breaks. The door is protected by an over travel limit switch and a manual maintenance switch in the head member. Industrial Thru-beam Photo-eyes are provided for additional safety. Maintained contact close push button operation is standard on all doors. A wireless reversing edge is standard on all doors. The Wall Mount Control Panel is provided with a lockable fused rotary disconnect.

Made in the USA

MAXDoors are made in the USA.  Contact us to speak with our team about the right door for your particular application or call us directly at 877-436-0302.

MAXDoor Meets the Challenge for Corrosive-Resistant Mine Doors

Indeed, the mining industry can be extremely challenging with factors such as dirt, harsh weather conditions, and the presence of large trucks and land moving equipment.  In such environments, it is important to have durable and reliable doors to quickly close up the outside and inside conditions.  MAXDoor, a vertical fabric lift door, is designed to meet the challenges of corrosive environments.

The Challenge

MAXDoor was presented with a situation requiring the replacement of rolling steel doors at a mine site.  The steel doors were allowing air from toxic environments to leak in and around the doors causing corrosion.  The steel doors were also involved in numerous accidents involving large vehicles entering and existing the entrance to the mine. This resulted in significant down-time, high door repair bills and lower productivity.  The challenge was to design and manufacture vertical lift fabric doors that would alleviate the daily operational problems.

The Solution

To make sure the solution matches the challenge, MAXDoor always takes a personalized approach to the design and manufacture of custom Vertical Lift Fabric (VLF) doors. In this situation, a premium door is needed to handle the daily operations in mining wash bays, crusher buildings, pellet plants, and truck repair shops. MAXDoor offers the following features to ensure your mine and mining equipment is offered full protection from harsh temperatures and high winds:

  • Custom designed door sizes that are built-to-suit for just about any application
  • Minimum load on building structure – Self Supporting
  • High positive and negative wind resistance
  • Excellent environment separation
  • High speed operation
  • No springs or counterweights
  • Designed for heavy industrial environments

The Results

The fabric door is constructed with materials that can withstand harsh conditions and can effectively protect against dust, moisture, and other elements.  MAXDoor’s robust construction and advanced features make it suitable for use in mining facilities where durability and reliability are crucial.

  • MAXDoors simple design has horizontal traveling beams constructed to flex and give way when there is a collision. The mining industry uses large industrial equipment daily and having the right door in place will be beneficial when the door is hit. Real life collisions prove that the horizontal beams flex out of the door guides without damage and are easily put back into the door guides saving hours of downtime and repair costs.
  • Made in the USA, MAXDoor is 2-3 times faster than rolling steel or multiple leaf steel vertical lift doors and will substantially reduce annual operating and maintenance costs.
  • MAXDoors enhance safety and productivity at the mine site.
  • 20-25 Year service life

Learn More About MAXDoors

If your mining facility is experiencing corrosion on its industrial doors, then it’s time to explore a solution that can deliver corrosion-free doors and much more.  Contact us today or call (877) 436-0302 today.

Go With A MAXDoor Solution For Your Cleanroom

Doors for cleanrooms are a crucial aspect to the design of specially built environments. A cleanroom is a “room within” with an engineered space that maintains a very low concentration of air borne particulates.  These rooms are constructed and operated in a manner to control the introduction, generation, and retention of particles inside the room. These rooms are well controlled for containment and actively cleaned to provide the cleanest area possible.  Securing the right curtain/door in this situation is critical to the overall operation of a cleanroom.

The Best Industrial Doors for Cleanrooms

MAXDoor offers a wide range of reliable curtains and doors for cleanroom spaces.

  • The one-piece curtain minimizes air infiltration when the door is closed.
  • The curtain overlaps the door guide by approximately 2” on each side of the door resulting in dual side seals.
  • The dual layer fabric also minimizes air infiltration.
  • There are no door hinge points to allow air infiltration.
  • There are no sections of joints in the panel – the door is a solid seal.
  • If a cleanroom is under positive pressure, the air pressure creates a tighter seal at the door guides.
  • Alternate fabric choices are available for various types of special environments.

MAXDoor Industry Applications

MAXDoor provides curtains and doors for cleanrooms in all types of industries:

  • Pharmaceutical & Nutraceuticals
  • Laboratories & Research Facilities
  • Hospital & Healthcare Facilities
  • Food Industries
  • Biotech
  • Medical Cannabis
  • Sustainable Energy Supplies
  • E-Liquid Vape
  • Aerospace

MAXDoors are durable, strong, safe, and easy to operate. Our curtains and doors are the perfect solution to maintain the quality of a cleanroom.

Made in the USA

MAXDoors are made right here in the USA.  If you would like to explore how a MAXDoor can make an impact at your facility contact us or call 877-436-0302.

Industrial Doors for Highly Toxic Waste Handling Environments

The Challenge

A facility in Texas needed a door solution that would separate outside elements from the interior temperature controlled building.  It was very important that environment separation be maintained for air quality, noise control, dust and rodent control. In addition, the door was critical  in maintaining compliance with local and state regulations. The door also needed to be very durable and operate at a high speed for a 24/7 operation.

The Solution

A vertical lift fabric door – a MAXDoor – proved to meet all of the door requirements of the waste handling facility for these reasons:

  • MAXDoors tolerate a very corrosive environment
  • Greatly improve protection from toxic air
  • The door has a tight seal when closed
  • Minimal downtime when collisions occur
  • Simple design = simple repairs
  • Fabric choices

The Results

  • A better temperature-controlled facility
  • Durable door to match any challenge
  • Fabric Choices include various weights, colors, fire retardant, low/high temperature, anti-static, etc.
  • Minimal repair costs and downtime – when collisions occur beams flex and give way. Beams are easily put back in place
  • Improved safety at the door – the lifting belts and horizontal beam design have proven to increase personal safety when collisions occur.
  • 20-25 Service Life

Learn More

To learn more about how a MAXDoor can help your facility to become safer and reduce its overall energy costs, contact us.