Garage Door Buying Guide

Lisa Cooper

BY Lisa Cooper

Published: 07 June 2023 Updated: 13 December 2023

Garage doors are gaining in popularity across the UK so let's take a deeper dive into the ins and outs of this practical solution.

Why choose to have a garage door installed?

Garage doors are fast becoming seen as an essential element of any residential property. They not only provide security but also enhance the overall aesthetics and functionality of a home. With various types available in the market, it can be overwhelming to choose the right one for your needs. In this article, we will explore the different types of garage door and shed light on why they are a valuable product with numerous benefits.

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Garage door considerations

Garage doors can have a significant effect on your garage and there's a couple of aspects to consider before you decide which types of garage doors uk are right for you.

Limited Headroom
The type of garage door you choose can impact the available ceiling height. Sectional and roller garage doors are a great choice, as they operate vertically, allowing for more headroom compared to doors that swing outward.

Clear and Unrestricted Space
It's not just the space inside you need to consider but the space outside too. Because sectional and roller doors open vertically, it means that the space immediately in front of the garage remains clear. This is especially valuable in a driveway with limited space or if you need to park an additional car in close proximity to the garage door.

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Sectional Garage Doors

Sectional garage doors are one of the most popular styles due to their versatility and space-saving design. A sectional garage door consists of multiple horizontal panels hinged together. The door, electric for ease of operation, opens vertically and slides along horizontal tracks on the garage ceiling, revealing the garage opening.

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Our electric sectional door features

- Made from galvanised steel for added strength and security, with anti-lift mechanism to prevent forced opening
- 4cm thick double-skinned foam-injected insulated panels offer our best insulation for thermal and acoustic control
- Specialist seals to protect door, track and fittings from external weather
- An object detection sensor that stops the door closing if anything is in the way
- Anti-trap sections that won't trap fingers
- Available in a range of contemporary colour finishes, including metallics
- Fully customisable with optional glazed panels
- Includes control box, two key fobs and courtesy light

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Roller Garage Doors

A roller garage door comprises interlocking slats that do exactly as their name implies - they roll up into a compact coil in a box above the garage opening powered by an electric motor. They are ideal for properties with limited garage ceiling space, offering excellent security and insulation properties.

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Our electric roller door features

- Three different lath size options - Compact 55, Professional 77 and Ultra 77
- Polyurethane foam-filled laths for increased insulation and acoustics
- An object detection sensor that prevents the door closing if something is underneath
- Available in a range of colour finishes, including wood effect
- Exclusive high security locking mechanism on Ultra 77
- Includes control box, two key fobs and courtesy light

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Benefits of Garage Doors

In addition to their primary functions, garage doors offer a vast range of benefits.

Security

One of the primary benefits of our garage doors is the enhanced security they provide. They act as a strong barrier against burglars and intruders, protecting your vehicles, tools, and other valuable items stored in the garage. Most modern doors come equipped with advanced technology to ensure maximum security.

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Protection from the Elements

Garage doors serve as a shield against various weather conditions. They protect your vehicles from rain, snow, hail, and extreme sunlight, preventing potential damage and prolonging their lifespan. A garage door also keeps out dust, debris, and pests, maintaining a clean and safe environment inside the garage.

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Enhanced Aesthetics

As a prominent feature of a house's exterior, a garage door significantly contributes to its kerb appeal. They come in various designs, colours, materials, and finishes, you can choose a garage door that complements your home's architectural style and enhances its overall aesthetics. A visually appealing garage door can greatly improve the first impression of your property.

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Insulation and Energy Efficiency

Many garage doors today are designed with insulation features that help regulate the temperature inside the garage. These insulated doors prevent heat loss during winter and heat gain during summer, contributing to energy efficiency and reducing heating and cooling costs. Insulated garage doors also help create a more comfortable environment for working or spending time in the garage - ideal if the function of your garage is something other than where you put your car.

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Convenience

Garage doors provide a convenient and hassle-free way to access and secure your vehicles and belongings. Automatic garage door openers further enhance this convenience by allowing remote operation usually via a key ring fob or wireless keypad. This convenience is particularly beneficial when you have your hands full.

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Noise Reduction

Insulated garage doors not only provide thermal insulation but also act as a sound barrier. They help reduce noise from outside sources, such as traffic or neighbours, ensuring a quieter and more peaceful environment both inside the garage and to adjacent living spaces - again an important consideration if your garage space is multi-functional.

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Low maintenance

Modern garage doors are designed to be low maintenance, reducing the need for regular upkeep. Materials such as steel and aluminium are often chosen for their durability and resistance to rust and corrosion and the door panels themselves need only a wipe over with a damp sponge to look great.

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Easy Operation

Garage doors offer ease of operation, and are usually operated via a simple push of a button on a remote control to open and close the garage door when you're inside the garage, or via a simple programmed box on the interior wall, and with a keyring fob while inside your vehicle for remote door opening. Most doors also feature a back-up to manually open the door should the power fail for any reason.

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Increased Property Value

Well-maintained and visually appealing a garage door can significantly increase the value of your property. When potential buyers see a functional and attractive door, it adds to the overall desirability and marketability of the property. Nowadays, it's considered an essential feature by many homebuyers, making it a worthwhile investment.

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In summary

In conclusion, garage doors offer a multitude of benefits to homeowners, ranging from enhanced security and protection from the elements to improved energy efficiency and aesthetic appeal. They provide convenience, durability, and noise reduction while increasing the value of your home. Choosing the right garage door types that suits your needs and preferences can have a significant impact on the functionality, safety, and overall value of your home. Whether you opt for sectional doors or a roller door our experts are ready to talk you through all the options to ensure you get the new garage door that's right for you, and when we install your new door, we'll take away your old door too.

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