4 Benefits You Should Know About Dock Seals & Shelters

Loading docks play a crucial role in the success of your supply chain operations, which ultimately helps your business generate revenue. Ensuring that your loading dock is efficient, safe and productive is the only way to achieve the goal of being successful at the loading dock.

Though dock seals and dock shelters are different products, they accomplish the same advantages. One is just used over the other depending on your application and your needs. While there are numerous benefits to having a seal or shelter at the loading dock, here are 4 big benefits of seals and shelters that contribute to creating a better space for one of the busiest locations in your warehouse:

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1. Environmental Protection

Its no surprise that your loading dock is the area in your warehouse that is most exposed to outdoor elements. Having poorly designed seals or shelters, worn out ones, or no protection at all allows all of those elements into your warehouse and any trailers doing loading and unloading of product. Goff’s Dock Seals and Shelters can protect your building, trailers and inventory from things like rain, snow, sun, or even pests. Furthermore, it can extend the life expectancy of your loading dock in general by shielding these hazards.

2. Safer Working Conditions

Speaking of keeping the elements out, this ensures one of the most valuable benefits: keeping people safe. Preventing environmental conditions from entering your facility will keep the floors dry, which prevents dangerous slips and falls at the dock. Furthermore, seals and shelters act as a barrier to pests and insects to maintain cleanliness, hygiene standards and even help prevent the risk of any pest-borne illnesses, making employees sick. This is true for both employees at your facility and logistic workers coming to your facility.

3. Increased Productivity

Dock seals and shelters facilitate smoother and faster loading and unloading processes by creating a stable environment. Ensuring your space is less affected by weather, contaminants and pests contributes to increased productivity. Keeping your dock clean and dry keeps it running at maximum efficiency and workers can keep performing their tasks with confidence, without being fearful of their safety. In other words, assets can be distributed faster, generating revenue for your company.

4. Energy Efficiency

By sealing the gap between the dock and a trailer, seal and shelters help maintain indoor temperatures, reducing the opportunity for heating or cooling loss. In other words, this improves energy efficiency and lowers operational costs. This ultimately saves you money and keeps your employees happy by keeping the environment they are working in comfortable.

Here at Goff’s, we offer a line of dock seals and shelters to ensure you have what best fits your application. We even have additional products to further benefit your loading dock, like Weather Wall and Bird Guard. Our goal is to help transform your loading dock into a reliable and safe space for all of your operational requirements.

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Dock Seals vs. Dock Shelters: Knowing the Difference

Do I really need a seal or shelter on my loading dock?

The answer is 100% yes. You may not even notice the issues not having a seal or shelter is causing, but once you have one installed, the difference is astounding. Unsealed loading dock doors can be dangerous and cost you a ton of money. Every gap between the back of a trailer and your loading dock is wasting energy, costing you money, and allowing outdoor weather and elements to enter the facility which is ultimately very dangerous.

Your solution to solving these problems is installing dock seals or shelters on your loading dock. Goff’s dock seals and shelters provide a positive seal around the back of a trailer, leaving no room for dangerous outdoor elements. Furthermore, they help save on energy, increasing profitability in your facility.

So, what’s the difference between a seal and a shelter you might ask? They both improve efficiency, safety and control climate at the loading dock, but here’s a little breakdown of each type:


Goff's Dock Seals

Dock seals have foam filled pads that compress against the top and sides of a trailer when backed up to the loading dock. Since the truck backs right up against the dock seal, the seal tends to provide a tighter, more efficient compression. However, since a truck comes into contact more with a seal, they tend to take a beating. Goff’s Dock Seals are preferred for facilities with limited space or where standard trailer sizes are consistently used.

Separating harsh environments at the loading dock.

Goff's Dock Shelters

As you can see, dock shelters are larger and more rigid than seals. They still create a seal around the trailer, but instead of the truck compressing against the structure, the frame covers the top and sides of the trailer when backed into the loading dock. Furthermore, shelters are more durable and forgiving, so they tend to last longer. They can accommodate a wider range of trailer sizes and shapes, so are more universal than seals.


All in all, dock seals and shelters both serve the same purpose of keeping outside elements from entering the loading dock area and helping save on energy costs. Which one is used will just depend on the facility it’s going on and the truck sizes that will be coming to your loading dock.

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Goff's Enterprises Releases Dock Seals & Shelters Product Line


Goff’s Enterprises Releases Dock Seals & Shelters Product Line

PEWAUKEE WI – Goff’s Enterprises, manufacturers of the Original Curtain Wall, other curtain wall products, and high-performance doors, has announced their launch of a new product line. Goff’s is proud to announce that they are officially in the Dock Seal and Shelter business.

“Space separation to improve productivity has always been our main focus, and we’ve been working to provide a solution for the dock area,” said Tra Tramonte, VP of Sales & Marketing. “Goff’s Dock Seals and Shelters create a barrier from harsh environments for trailers at the loading dock, helping many of our customers in a definite area of need.”

With a team of people that have many years of experience in not only the dock door business but the dock seal and shelter business, as well, Goff’s has been able to incorporate this new product line quickly and efficiently.

The Details:

  • Create a positive seal on the top and both sides of the trailer increasing efficiency and a more comfortable environment for workers.
  • Creates a barrier from harsh weather conditions for trailers at the loading dock.
  • Helps save on energy by reducing your facilities heating and cooling costs.
  • Head Pad Dock Seals, Head Curtain Dock Seals, Flexible Frame Truck Shelters, and Rigid Frame Truck Shelters are all available.

In addition to Goff’s new product line of Dock Seals and Shelters, they also manufacture dock doors, and dock fall protection systems.

About Goff’s Enterprises, Inc.

Goff’s Enterprises is dedicated to manufacturing high quality industrial partitions, safety equipment, and high-performance doors designed to increase productivity while creating a safer work environment for a wide range of industrial markets.

Goff’s strives to achieve timely delivery, superior quality, innovative products, accessories, and the employment of a knowledgeable, accessible, and skilled support and production staff guaranteeing complete customer satisfaction.