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30th January 2017
Reasons You Buy a New Garage Door

There are many reasons to replace an old garage door and many considerations to consider when specifying and buying a new one.


It would be a mistake to not at least give some consideration ot the many different types and options now available in a modern garage door before deciding which door to purchase. Here are just some examples why doors are changed and what to consider:

Insulation?
A big factor when your garage is integral to the house and also for the millions of people who never put a vehicle in their garage and choose instead to use it for a workshop, gym, office or other use. For many people the garage is that extra room required these days for all the stuff we have to store.
Consider the Hormann LPU40 range, Carteck GSW sectional door range, the Carteck side hinged range and to a lesser degree the many insulated aluminium roller doors available

Security?
Another huge factor for millions of people. Breaking into most garages is far too easy when the garage door is an old up and over as the locking was pretty poor on doors manufactured over 10 years ago.
An integral garage often leads straight into the main house so security should be high on the list.
Many new doors are a lot better but for ultimate peace of mind consider the Seceuroglide Excel aluminium security roller garage door or the recently launched Garador Guardian up and over door range as both these door ranges are 'secured by design' and have an LPCB level 1 security rating.
Most good quality sectional doors also offer very high levels of security too, especially if they are double skinned.

More Width and Height?
This has been a large factor for people who do actually use their garage for a vehicle. Older garage doors installed inbetween the garage opening can be removed and replaced with a new door installed behind and the increase in width and height is often quite dramatic.
A new roller shutter or sectional type garage door which does not swing through the opening can give the best in drive through dimensions and is often the solution used.

Ease of Use?
Larger up and over doors always create problems for the elderly or infirm as they are always heavy once lifted beyond the half way point. Older doors with tired operating mechanisms also create problems especially when the springs cannot be adjusted.
The most obvious solution has always been to specify a garage door from the outset with electric operation. The ranges of electric operators now available gives a solution for every type of replacement door available and at any size. The convenience of operating your garage door remotely with a whole range of access controls, including your smart phone, is about as easy as you will get and they are all reliable too with easy manual override systems if specified correctly.

Space Saving?
Many people buy one of the many different types of roller shutter doors available now simply to save space and create space inside their garage. The average roller door is only 300mm in diameter and site neatly behind the lintel with minimal space taken by the guides at the side too.
The roller door can also be fitted outside if specified with a full hood cover giving maximum length width and height for your garage.

Improved Looks?
A major factor for many is the 'kerb' appeal of the house and changing the garage door can make a dramatic impact as they are so large by comparison to other features of an average home.
So many GRP, timber and modern trandy coloured steel up and over doors as well as the designer sectional garage doors can make a huge impact on your home and Hormann have a full range of garage doors with matching front entrance doors to really make an impression.
Look at the Cotswold GRP door range, the Woodrite timber garage doors, The N80 Hormann range and the designer sectional doors from Hormann and Carteck. More recently Garador have launched a steel range of designer doors with stainless steel elements worth looking at.

Natural Light in the Garage?
There are so many window and glazing options now available in most garage door ranges it is impossible to show the various effects they create. If you need natural light in your garage however you are spoilt for choice. Some garage doors wil have considerably larger window options than other however and you can even get sectional doors with glazing top to bottom. Roller doors even have small window section options available

Safety?
A natural consideration but one so often overlooked. Obviously think about smaller children when specifying a new garage door and make sure it has the minimum safety standards adhered to and others if required especially if the door is remote control operated.
Most doors comly but unbelievably many roller doors do not! They are not compliant with current CE regulations and the machinery directive for remote control electric doors which should be treated as a 'machine' in legal terms.
So many safety devices are available so make sure you have the right ones when having a new door to avoid damage, injury or just annoying problems with 'gremlins' which usually occur in cheaper, non European electric motors and controls

Many other considerations come into play when replacing a garage door but these outline what we see as the most common snce 1986. For any advice at all simple call or email us with your query and we will be glad to help.

 

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