There is no question that pilots are very focused on keeping their hangar area clean, safe and efficient.
Having a “spotless” hangar is just a good and accepted practice in the aviation industry.
With that in mind, it’s good to recognize that, just because you have new or recently installed overhead doors for your hangar, it doesn’t mean they seal perfectly and are keeping out all unwanted infiltration.
They may very well be allowing dreaded “snirt” into your hangar area.
Okay, first of all, what is snirt? Traditionally, it is the unsightly and messy combination of snow and dirt that can blow underneath or through the sides of your poorly sealed overhead doors. In a broader sense, snirt also can be water/rain, leaves, bugs, mice, snow, grime and even snakes moving under your doors or through the sides – in short, items you definitely don’t want near your airplane.
Check out the gap on your overhead doors to get an idea of the problem you are dealing with. Did you know that drafts can bring dirt, snow, ice, mud, plus heat and cooling loss through a space of 1/32nd of an inch? Bugs and spiders can creep through a space of only 1/16th of an inch. Mice can enter your hangar through a space the size of a pencil.
With our revolutionary SnirtStopper you can indeed Stop The Snirt! The SnirtStopper system features two innovative products — the BottomSealer and SideSealer — to allow you to create a cleaner and safer hangar. It also helps you reduce energy bills to provide a more comfortable space by keeping out the cold in winter and the heat in summer. The BottomSealer, along with the SideSealer (and TopSealer), will close up your overhead doors just like you seal up the front door of your home.
There are two approaches to stopping infiltration issues if you are buying new overhead doors for your hangar. First, you can purchase just the doors (minus the sealing system) and then use the SnirtStopper to efficiently close up your shop area. Secondly, you can go with the sealing system on your new doors and then “double seal” by adding the SnirtStopper. This gives you an added layer of infiltration protection and provides the “best of the best” for your new doors.
As the new/traditional overhead door seals face colder temperatures, they lose their flexibility and get more rigid and let cold air, snow and other “snirty” monsters infiltrate your space.
Now is the time to move past any overhead door stripping (even new) that doesn’t work sufficiently. The BottomSealer is self-adjusting and eliminates gaps of up to two inches – and you don’t have to replace your current seal.
The Kevlar-reinforced material will not wear out and mice, along with other critters, will not chew through it! The system is easy to install, and all needed hardware is included. We are experienced with all types of overhead doors and will help you find the exact answer to your specific situation.
You can see additional details on our website, StopTheSnirt.com. So, Snirt Happens – stop it in your airplane hangar. We have installation videos on our website and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have about this great product. Give us a call at 800-250-5502 or 320-695-2899.