Constrained spaces with limited headroom present a challenge for specifiers when it comes to selecting doors. Building projects where space is at a premium demand doors that ensure both functionality and space efficiency in providing access.

When you need external doors that will match the façade aesthetic of your building, you typically have a choice of sectional doors such as tilt-up counterweight doors, overhead doors, or roller doors. However, these doors, with their large footprint and clumsy operational design, are not exactly suited for small space installations. These access doors require space in operating or open positions.

For instance, overhead sectional doors use rollers within a set of tracks, with the rails travelling up the door opening and securing to the roof structure. When the door is opened, it moves up the tracks towards the ceiling, requiring the full length and width of the door to be stored parallel with the ceiling.

A tilt-up counterweight door is a one-piece panel door that opens by tilting the entire rigid panel in line with the ceiling. These doors operate by swinging the rigid panel outward at the bottom, requiring vehicles parked in front of the door to be kept at a safe distance to avoid obstruction.

Remax Products offers a premium solution for space-constrained applications with their compact sectional doors. While these doors also operate using a track/roller system, each segregated door panel stacks and folds as it rises in a clever concertina action with the panels stored into a compact space in line with the ceiling. With each panel being just 610mm high, and stacked neatly in line with the one preceding it, the compact sectional door is the ultimate space-saving door for small spaces. Additionally, these doors have smaller headroom requirements and do not need overhead support rails.

Here are a few applications where Remax Products has installed compact sectional doors:

Nott Street Apartments

Nott Street Apartments

Situated in Port Melbourne, the Nott Street Apartment complex required a sectional access door to allow remote access and egress for all apartment residents. The large 5600mm W x 2250mm H opening led to a car stacker – an automated lifting system used to move, park and stack cars on multiple levels. The compact sectional door was mounted flush with the opening header, requiring only 410mm head clearance. Featuring a stunning 3D-printed glass finish, the sectional door delivered an attractive aesthetic along with excellent functionality and space efficiency.

Millers Junction Warehouses

Millers Junction Shopfront Building

The development at Millers Junction Precinct was essentially a large business park of ‘factoryettes’, or multi-warehouses. Every individual warehouse required a sectional folding door for shopfront access, with the door solution addressing the issue of limited floor space. Altogether, 17 compact sectional doors were installed in the development.

Sandy Hill Apartments

Sandy Hill Apartments

The underground carpark entrance at Sandy Hill Apartments in Sandringham, Victoria required a door solution to span the opening measuring 6400mm W x 2300mm H. Normally, functional underground carpark security doors can be difficult to source, given the limited space and tight openings. The large compact sectional door was installed on the ramp leading to the underground carpark. The door required only 450mm of headroom, efficiently meeting the challenge for the limited space application without restricting traffic.