Why Use a Strip Door?

Chances are if you ever been around a beer cooler or a walk-in freezer you have probably noticed strip curtains or strip doors–the clear vinyl strips hanging in the doorway. Strip doors are often used as a low-end” solution where a practical, reliable, economical barrier is required.  Why you ask? Because strip doors are a simple solution to reduce unwanted infiltration, add comfort to your employees’ work environment and increase productivity. When used on a loading dock, they provide protection against noise, wind, dust, pollution and contaminates. They can also be used to provide barriers around equipment, to partition large warehouse areas into different areas, and to separate industrial activities such welding. When used in conjunction with cooler and freezer doors, strip doors are a cost-effective solution for saving energy, maintaining temperature and reducing condensation and icing problems inside coolers and freezers.

Chase Doors offers the widest selection of strip doors on the market and is one of only three companies in the U.S. to extrude the clear vinyl strip material used in the fabrication of strip doors. Plus, Chase engineers have developed unique hardware mounting bracket systems that provide solutions to hundreds of simple or challenging problems. Chase’s mounting hardware systems have been tested to ensure fast installation and long-term performance in hundreds of special one-of-a-kind applications, regardless of traffic flow, floor plan, door structure or environment. Whether your strip door from Chase requires special moving hardware like a trolley mount or a gate hinge or simply hangs on a wall or a door jamb, Chase Doors customer service representatives, engineers and R&D staff can draw from our wide array of proven mounting hardware options or create a custom design to satisfy your specific application.

Be sure to check out our newly designed Strip Door brochure for more information or call us toll free at 800.543.4455.Econo Max Strip Doors

Chase Doors is at the IDA Expo

IDA Expo is one of the largest door and access system expositions in the world, and this year is no exception. With over 150 Exhibitors, Chase is proud to be a part of this show. Not only do we get to see old friends and meet new ones, but we get the opportunity to show off our new products, the Fast-Mount Strip door and the DuraSpan Insulated Curtain.

Las Vegas

IDA People

The new Fast-Mount Strip Door by Chase makes the job of hanging strip doors even easier. The Fast-Mount design eliminates multiple studs and fasteners, and ensures a simple, fast installation. Simply attach the mounting bracket to the wall, slide the J-Hook Strips into the bracket and install the locking screws at each end to hold the strips in place. No more time consuming layout, measuring or calculating overlap of strips as a preset overlap has already been established. The J-Hooks have a continuous welded bond between each strip. If the strips ever come unsealed from the J-Hook we guarantee free replacement including freight.

Fast-Mount Strip Door

Fast-Mount Strip Door

In addition to the Fast-Mount Strip Door, Chase is also exhibiting a flexible traffic door and two impact traffic doors, the Durulite Standard and Retailer, both of which are constructed with rotationally molded polyethylene outer skin and a Non-CFC urethane foam core. The ColdGuard Swing door incorporates a tough and thermally neutral fiberglass reinforced pultrusion framework, FRP face casings and a Non-CFC foamed-in-place polyurethane core. Also on display is the DuraShield Roll-up Vinyl and Bug Door and the beautiful Fib-R-Max fiberglass Door that just so happens to be the strongest, most durable and dependable fiberglass door on the market! Last but definitely not least, our DuraSpan Insulated and Non-insulated Curtains are on display and trust me, this is an economical solution to dividing up space that you won’t want to miss out on!

IDA Expo Chase Booth

In you are in Las Vegas be sure to stop by and visit us at booth 614!

Sneak Peek to New Products Coming Soon

At Chase we strive to be innovative and to listen to our Customer’s needs. So I am eager to announce that within the next few weeks we will have two new products, the DuraSpan Insulated Curtain and the Fast Mount Strip Door.

The DuraSpan Insulated Curtain is the perfect solution for quickly changing a room’s configuration to separate an area and increase the floor plan flexibility. Insulated curtains increase energy savings by creating different temperature zones allowing the user to manage required thermal separation. DuraSpan Insulated Curtains will be the perfect solution for refrigerated areas, warehouse & distribution facilities, food processing facilities, and data centers. Like our DuraSpan Industrial Curtain the Insulated Curtains are constructed with reinforced flame retardant vinyl and mildew resistant thread. Every DuraSpan curtain can be customized to suit your specific needs and will be available with several different R values. The top of the curtain will have a reinforced sewn hem with stainless steel grommets available in 12”, 18” and 24” increments.

DuraSpan Insulated Curtain

DuraSpan Insulated Curtain

The Fast Mount – well I don’t want to give away too much just yet, but the Fast Mount is a new bracket for our Strip Curtains and as the name implies it is going to be really fast and easy to install. The design, well let’s just say that it is a very slick, clean design that will be loved by many. Stay tuned . . .

Why Choose Econo Max Vinyl Strip Doors?

Did you know that Chase Doors is one of only four companies in the U.S. that extrudes their own clear vinyl strip material? That’s right! We have two full-service strip door production facilities that create our Econo Max products: our Redmond, Oregon location and our headquarters in Cincinnati.

Having two production facilities allows us to provide you with the best quality PVC material, with fast turnaround and the best price. We’ve invested over one million dollars in state-of-the-art extrusion technology which allows us to control every aspect of the manufacturing process, ensuring consistent, reliable quality in every Econo Max product.

Typical Uses

Strip Doors, which are commonly called strip curtains, PVC strips or vinyl strips, are a great way to create an economical barrier separating two spaces. You can find them in many industrial applications, where they help to improve traffic flow and provide protection from noise, wind and dust.

Strip Door Forklift Weld Curtain

One of the most common uses are in cooler and freezer applications, where they can dramatically reduce the loss of cold air, leading to improved customer or employee comfort, lowered energy usage and food temperature swings.

Strip door Freezer

Many Options

Because we make our own material, we can offer many different options to meet your specific environmental needs. For example, we’ve got Loc-Rib strips which “lock” together for a tight seal and protect the strips, USDA-accepted material for food or clean environments, low-temperature PVC which remains flexible in extreme cold, anti-static material for sensitive electronic environments, and Amberweld material, which protects from the UV rays generated during welding and brazing operations.

Color Options 

Color Roll Goods

By far, clear strips are the most common. For large, high-volume openings we offer sem-transparent “Safety Orange” strips that are useful to help mark the door edges. We also make opaque colored strips in blue, green, brown and black. These are typically found in larger retail stores. These are used for many reasons, including controlling temperature differences, but the most common reason a colored strip is used is to hide the stock area from customer view, while still allowing moving equipment and product through.

For increased safety where carts, forklifts or people will be going through the door, Chase offers Colorview™ strips which have a window that is built into each opaque strip. This is done by RF welding clear sections into the center of the strips. RF (Radio Frequency) welding uses high frequency radio waves to bond the materials at a molecular level, creating a permanent bond between the door sections. For a good write-up on RF welding, check out this link: http://www.ufpt.com/blog/rf-high-frequency-welding/

Bulk Rolls Too! 

For those that wish to buy in bulk, we offer all of our PVC goods in bulk rolls of material. We can make your job of maintaining many strip doors easy, with our PerfaStrip roll. This is a continuous roll of PVC strip material, pre-punched and perforated for your specific length! Simply pull off a strip when you need to replace individual strips on existing doors.

PerfaStrip roll Econo Max PerfaStrip

They work with our EconoTrack bracket as well as most other brackets (such as press-fit brackets). The best thing is, because of the high grade of PVC we use, they hang straight right off the roll!

Call Chase First

Next time you need strip doors (whether new or replacement), give Chase a call at 800-543-4455. We can provide you with the highest quality in a short amount of time. Also, please follow us on your favorite social media channels – just click on the icons below!

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