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Loading Houses and Docks Shelters

Hörmann: Quality Without Compromise

Loading Houses

Loading houses are placed in front of the building, which is particularly energy-efficient and space-saving. This means that the entire building space can be used right up to the exterior walls. The building door extends to the building floor not on top of the dock leveler, but behind it.

This way, the door opening is optimally insulated, especially outside loading times. Loading houses are also suited for modernization, as a complete loading bay can be added to the building without costly reconstruction measures. 

The right solutions for any requirement:

  • Loading house LHF 2 for on-site cladding made of steel for customized requirements
  • Loading house LHP 2 with double skinned 42mm sandwich panels
  • Thermo loading house LHP 2 with double skinned 80mm sandwich panels. Insulated all-round suitable for refrigerated warehouses.
  • Loading house with recess for inflatable dock seal. 
  • Series in element assembly arrangement. Arranged as a series with 90 degrees angle several loading houses can be combined into a single compact space-saving unit but, this is not possible with Thermo loading houses.  

Dock Shelters and Seals 


A dock shelter that is universally applicable.

Hormann flap dock shelters adjust to the lorry's size and can thus be used universally. As dock or roadway models, they are available in many variations and can, therefore, be optimally customized to most situations. High-quality top and side flaps mounted on a galvanized, compressible steel frame, resulting in a stable, flexible and robust construction. 

Flaps and frame parts are manufactured as easy-to-assemble individual elements that can be screwed together. This also makes replacements simple and inexpensive. 

Flap dock shelters flexible frame construction:

  • Link arm construction
  • Telescopic link arm construction
  • Scissors arm construction
  • DT Docks seal ideal for warehouses where loading takes place around the clock
  • DS Dock seal ideal for warehouses where there are normal loading frequencies


Flexible sealing without restriction to the door opening area.

Inflatable dock seals adjust particularly well to the different lorry sizes. The excellent seal mostly prevents the entrance of cold into heated buildings or of heat into refrigerated warehouses, saving energy.

It envelops the vehicle without restricting the area of travel of the doors and is the optimal solution for specific situations, such as a DOBO system. After the loading process and switching off the fan, the cushions quickly withdraw via their interior tension cables and counterweights. 

Use in the DOBO (DOcking Before Opening the Doors) System.

  • Lorry or flatbed can be docked to the loading bay with closed doors. Before opening the door, the inflatable dock seal is activated and effectively envelops the vehicle on three sides. The doors of the lorry or the flatbed can be opened now. 

Inflatable dock seals versions:

  • DAS-3 dock seal. Only after the lorry has docked, the fan inflates the dock seal around the vehicle, fully sealing the loading area within a few seconds.
  • Dock seal DAS-G-3 roadway model. The roadway model allows unimpeded passage into the building with deflated cushions.
  • Dock seal DAK-3. It is an advantageous combination of fixed side cushions and inflatable top cushion with sandwich cladding. This dock seal is particularly suited for hanging goods.


The best solution for special areas of application.

In warehouses where lorries or swap trailers with similar dimensions and designs are without top flaps, cushion dock seals are an excellent choice and offer the best sealing.

Cushion dock seals do not only seal the transition between the lorry's rear side and the building, but also the seam between the lorry and the open door. This reduces the side loading opening. Cushion dock seals are not suitable for lorries with top flaps.

If the yard level is not at right angles to the facade, Hormann offers special cushion designs that optimally seal the gap to the lorry. 


Credits: Photographs are courtesy of Hörmann Group