Electric Garage Doors
Electric Garage Doors or Automatic garage doors are now much more affordable as well as beneficial to everyone.
- They are easy to use: automated garage doors are opened/closed by the means of pressing a button on a small hand-held remote control transmitter. Some automatic garage doors can be operated with a remote from 100 meters away. You may choose to have the option of operating your doors by means of a wall mounted push button.
- So convenient and secure: Automated garage doors mean that you will never have to manually lift your garage door again and you won’t have to get out of your car in the snow, rain, or dark in order to open them, just push the button and enter. You wouldn’t need any keys as once your automated door is closed it is locked.
- Extra Safe: If your automated garage door is obstructed whilst closing, it automatically stops so that the obstruction can be moved. The sensitivity of your garage door stopping while obstructed can be adjusted to suit your needs. A light can be fitted so that as you open the door your way will be lit.
Four different types of garage doors - each type of door has advantages/disadvantages:
Roller Garage Doors
These open vertically into a compact roll above the opening, taking up minimal space in the garage. They are assembled from aluminium slats which have an enclosed foam insulation to help reduce heat and sound transmission. Roller doors are particularly suited to garages which are situated in areas that are prone to heavy snow or strong winds, where the garage opening is arched and they are perfect for positioning where the driveway is short. They are space saving as you could park in front of a closed roller garage door without hindering its operation. Roller doors can also be ideal if you require a higher drive-through height clearance. They are a great home improvement as they can add security to your home.
Sectional Garage Doors
Sectional Garage Doors open vertically and whilst moving upwards they slide back into the garage along overhead tracks. As the name suggests, sectional garage doors are made up of separate sections rather than one single panel.
Sectional doors have no outswing and again are particularly suited to garages in areas prone to heavy wind or snow. Opening vertically gives the benefit of being able to park right up to the door both inside and out, and good drive-through height clearance which is great for 4x4s or MPVs. A sectional door can be optionally insulated to guarantee high levels of thermal insulation and structural integrity.
Retractable Garage Doors
Retractable Garage Doors run on horizontal tracks which are attached to the top of the door frame. They have a very smooth opening and closing action which is perfect for electric operation. When a retractable door is open, the door itself retracts into the garage leaving only a small protrusion. Plenty of space is required in front of a garage for a retractable door to open safely.
Canopy Doors have integrated side runners running vertically along which the door travels. Easy lifting movement is ensured a spring located along the top of the door which pulls on a spindle on both sides of the door via a drum pulley and cable arrangement. Canopy type doors are not recommended should you wish to have an automated door. A canopy door requires less space for opening than a retractable door, but one-third of the door would protrude from the garage when open.“Up and Over” is another term used for both Canopy and Retractable doors.