The benefits of a loading bay canopy

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Installing a loading bay canopy is a one-time investment that your business can reap the benefits of for many years to come. Designed to provide shelter from the elements in a loading area, a loading bay canopy is a long-lasting solution that will stand the test of time.

Today, we’re delving a little further into loading bay shelters and discussing why we think a fixed loading bay canopy is the best choice.

What is a loading shelter?

A loading shelter creates cover and protection, allowing employees to work more safely and efficiently. Located at the exterior of a building, it protects personnel, goods and equipment during the unloading and loading process.

Typically, loading bay shelters are made with strong, durable beams and covered with a canopy. At Canopies UK, our Connekt modular system is a versatile and popular choice for a loading bay shelter. There is no limit to how far it projects, and it is suitable for all outdoor areas thanks to its durable manufacturing.

Other options for loading bay shelters include shelters with curtains that can be drawn to further protect the area, and even inflatable loading bay shelters. Inflatable shelters are a popular choice for businesses looking to maximise energy efficiency as they can provide airtight contact with vehicles. For a long-lasting, permanent solution, however, we would recommend investing in a loading bay canopy.

Why choose a fixed-structure loading bay canopy?

Loading bays are generally subject to heavy use, with a number of vehicles and personnel using the area on a regular basis. When you’re looking for cover for your loading bay, it makes sense to choose an option that’s guaranteed to last your business years.

Our loading bay canopies are both long-lasting and effective. Designed to be a permanent, fixed structure, they can be made to fit seamlessly with your existing building and remain fit for purpose for years to come.

Here’s why a canopy is the best choice for a loading bay shelter:

  • Protection from the elements

    Harsh weather conditions can cause delays and damage to equipment. A canopy offers effective protection from the elements, such as snow, wind and rain. Our canopies are even great for sunny days, thanks to a Melinex gel-coated roof that protects employees from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

  • Improved safety

    By creating a dedicated, covered area for loading, the safety of your operations is instantly improved. Wet, slippery conditions can be a cause of accidents at work and a canopy will ensure the area is kept dry and clear.

  • Increased productivity

    A canopy can lead to improved productivity at work due to reduced time loading and unloading. Additionally, creating a more efficient workplace for employees can have a positive impact on their well-being at work.

  • Professional appearance

    A canopy can instantly improve the aesthetics of a business. All of our systems are designed to be functional and long-lasting, but we also make sure they look the part. We offer a range of canopy designs, and they can all be colour matched to your workplace branding or existing buildings.

  • Versatility

    Unlike inflatable loading bay shelters and other options that offer airtight contact, a loading bay canopy can be used for a number of vehicles of different sizes and types. They can also double up when not in use as additional storage space or a sheltered staff smoking or break-out area.

  • Durability

    Our canopies are designed to withstand harsh weather conditions. They are fully tested for wind and snow loadings in our in-house test rig to ensure that can stand up to the often-adverse British weather. Unlike some other loading shelter options, a canopy requires very little maintenance after installation. That means you don’t have to worry about upkeep, besides periodic standard cleaning.

  • Peace of mind

    Each of our canopies comes with an up to 10-year guarantee. This covers all aspects of the manufacture as well as the installation of your canopy on-site. We’re confident about the material, construction and durability of our canopies, and we want you to be too. We’ve ensured they’re engineered to the highest quality and toughest standards to ensure they can deliver.

We hope you enjoyed finding out how you can make your operations safer and more efficient with the help of a loading bay canopy. If you’d like to find out more, check out our loading bay canopies product page for more information. If you’d like to chat with our friendly team to find out more about your options or get advice, please feel free to get in touch.