Soft Sided (SS) Series Dock Shelter


NOVA SS Series Soft Sided Dock Shelter—provides maximum dock protection and full access to trailers while minimizing pressure on the building wall. The SS Dock Shelter has soft foam sides for added flexibility and is able to compress and bend out of the way of a truck that approaches the doorway off-center or misaligns with the dock. It is designed to be pliable to prevent damage, downtime and costly repairs.

  • Available in several top-grade fabric types, weights and colors
  • Flexible side pad structure protects the unit against damage from off-center trailers
  • High-density polyurethane foam for added resiliency
  • Frame is made from pressure-treated, kiln-dried wood
  • Foam is bonded to the frame with high-strength adhesive
  • Raked header with a translucent fiberglass top
  • Face curtains have fiberglass stays for added rigidity
  • Aluminum angle face edging on head frame
  • Detachable side curtains and draft pads use Velcro® for easy removal
  • Heavy-duty galvanized mounting hardware
  • 15-inch yellow guide stripe
  • Wind straps on the head curtain keep it from being blown out of position
  • All sew lines are lock-stitched and reinforced with UV-resistant thread


Dock shelters can significantly improve the energy efficiency and environment control of buildings, reducing costs.  They provide an effective barrier against the elements, keeping loading dock dry, safe and efficient.

Dock shelters provide a positive seal between internal and external environments.  They prevent the passage of dust, insects, exhaust fumes and other airborne contaminates while the loading dock is in use.


NOVA’s SS Series dock shelter side pads are constructed from high density polyurethane foam for impressive resilience to damage, with solid wood backings and head frame.  Dock Shelters are constructed from high density polyurethane foam and solid wood.  Cover material and wear pleats are top-grade fabrics providing superior performance and maximum durability.


Dock shelters help avoid safety and productivity problems associated with unprotected openings, such as:

  • Employee discomfort
  • Energy loss
  • Theft or security concerns
  • Product damage or contamination
  • Insect infiltration
  • Slippery or dangerous dock conditions


  • Full-height yellow guide stripes
  • Customizable height, projection and head frame
  • 2-inch foam-filled front head curtain
  • Pull rope for head curtain
  • Hook and loop splits on head curtain
  • Frame cut-outs for obstructions
  • Common member units
  • Ground-level units
  • Chain-weighted head curtain
  • Spring steel stays