Why You Need Dock Bumpers

Why You Need Dock Bumpers

If your Riverside business has a dock, you should have dock bumpers. If you do not, you run the risk of damage to your equipment and other people’s  equipment. Dock bumpers come in a variety of styles, colors, shapes, and materials to meet your needs and the specifications of your dock.

Dock bumpers are in place to help prevent damage to your Riverside structure and to the trucks delivering equipment and product to your business. If you have no dock bumpers, consider the following reasons why you need them and get them installed quickly.

Absorb Impact

One of the many reasons you need to have dock bumpers in place is because they absorb impact when a truck hits your building or dock. The bumpers are able to absorb up to 80% of the impact, which means your dock only receives roughly 20% or less of the actual impact. This is great news for you because without the bumpers there, your building’s structure could be compromised.

Lessens Repair Damage

If the dock is knocked into, your dock will not be as costly to repair as it would be if you did not have any bumpers in place. Often, you may only need to replace the actual bumper once the damage has occurred. If the dock does not have bumpers, damage can be severe and cost you thousands in repairs.

Many Choices and Types

Dock bumpers serve one purpose and that is to protect your Riverside dock from impact and damage. You have quite a few options when it comes to the type of dock bumpers you need. Dock bumpers come in laminated, molded, and steel material. Each one serves its own purpose and the right one for you will depend on your preferences.

For instance, molded dock bumpers are ideal because they look nice and can be fit to your dock, but they chip much easier than other styles when impact occurs. Steel bumpers are ideal if you are looking for durability and you have a lot of incoming and outgoing shipments. The more trucks you have backing up to your dock, the higher the risk of one of them bumping into it. Laminated bumpers are flexible and absorb a lot of the impact making them a great choice as well.

In some cases, you may run into a problem where your dock sits lower than the truck making an awkward gap in between where the bumper would sit and the back of the truck. Raised dock bumpers can help eliminate this problem and be positioned so that the bumper provides the same protection as if the deck were a traditional height.

If you are shopping for dock bumpers in Riverside, consider the options available to you. Bumpers are needed on any dock and without them, your structure can face damage when a truck runs into it. Protect your business, dock, and building by installing durable bumpers to absorb the impact from trucks.

September 21, 2015

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