Roller Shutter Garage Doors
The roller shutter garage door is one of the neatest garage door solutions available with vertical operation and no internal tracking mechanism in your garage at all. This ultimately provides you with more room on your driveway for parking and the option for additional storage space above where a standard up & over or sectional door would normally open. You can also park right up to the roller door, outside or inside and still operate it and not have issues with onsctruction from larger, square backed 4 x 4 vehicles
The whole curtain roll for many of the insulated aluminium roller doors available will usually roll into an average size of about 300mm diameter in a position behind, underneath or in front of the garage lintel.
The roll for the continuous curtain, single skin, steel roller door is usually a fair bit larger in diameter so check carefully before deciding (average 420mm diameter).
With an almost limitless selection of pre finished colours and woodgrain finishes, as well as most doors being made to order, the roller door is a garage door well worth looking at for your home.
Do be careful as although roller doors may all look similar on the internet and in colour brochures the real differences for higher quality and long lasting reliability are generally in the internal mechanics of these doors, where the components cannot generally be seen. A poor quality roller door will self destruct very quickly!
The roller garage door is the most diverse type of door in terms of installation positioning and can be installed on practically any shape or size of garage with careful planning as to the final results for drive through width and height.
Roller shutter garage doors are available as insulated double skinned aluminium and non-insulated single skin steel with the option of manual or remote control electric operation for either.
We want to make sure you get the right roller garage door for your requirements so think carefully about what you want the door to do and how you want to control your new roller door. Also what happens if there is a power failure and you have an electric door? Do you have the right override system for your garage? How does it lock? Is it secure against intruders? Is it legally compliant with the correct safety devices? Can it operate additonal lighting when opening? Can I operate the door with my smart phone?
We will never be the cheapest but will make sure you get the right roller garage door!
Need high security protection? The SeceuroGlide Excel is the answer
Some careful consideration must be given to the specification of the insulated roller garage door as there are many roller doors manufactured that do not meet the stringent CE regulations in the UK so are technically 'illegal' in the UK, they also then do not meet the 'machinery directive' created years ago to bring total safety into products that are operated electrically and by remote control. Make sure you always specify a roller garage door with a bottom edge safety sensor as standard, as any form of infra red beams across the opening are not compliant on their own!!
| Picture shows an insulated roller shutter garage door curtain rolled up without a shutterbox hood cover
| Picture shows an advantage of having a roller shutter garage door - more space!
| Inside a large garage with Seceuroglide roller doors, when fitted with the optional cover hoods creates a very neat
and tidy application.
| Facing onto a house with a roller shutter garage door installed to provide security to sports car.
| Cross section of a
Seceuroglide aluminium insulated slat
All roller garage doors are usually made to fit your opening perfectly with no particular stock sizes available unless used as a special offer inticement.
The ideal installation is normally mounting the entire roller door internally to give the maximum width and height when open but an aluminium roller door can fit inbetween and even externally of your structural opening with an optional hood enclosure to protect the curtain whilst remaining visually appealing.
(When installed outside you should be aware you are viewing the concave side of the curtain and it does look different to the outside convex face)
There are very few applications when a roller door will not fit and the only compromise is that the design of all the different types is always going to be horizontal lines. Small details do exist between different manufacturers slats and we can always clarify these differences as well as the major differences in the mechanics and security. We are happy to send samples out to you on request so you can see for yourself.
Benefits of a Roller Shutter Garage Door
- Excellent security offered by the design of the door itself if specified correctly
- Rubber seal to the bottom of the curtain to prevent dust, leaves, mice, etc. entering the garage.
- Open and close the garage door at the push of a button.
- Ideal for driveways with little or limited space due to vertical operation
- No outward swing at all
- Parked right up to the garage door and still able to operate
- Beautiful designs and colours
- No internal tracking mechanisms
The roller garage door is the most versatile of garage doors as it can be manufactured to almost any size or colour (certain slat types only).
As the roller garage door rises vertically this means it can be installed behind any shape of structural garage opening such as archways, etc. Another very useful application is when a garage has a particularly high ceiling or when tracks into the garage would be running in front of a side entrance door, brick pier or similar obstruction.
There are very few applications when a roller door will not fit and the only compromise is that the design of all the different types is always going to be horizontal lines.
If vertical lines are required due to certain planning restrictions or visual preference then why not consider the excellent Vertico round the corner garage door. Constructed from the same high quality insulated aluminium slats as the Seceuroglide but operating sideways as a traditional round the corner garage door.
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A roller shutter garage door can be:
- Ideal for arched garage openings to maximise drive through height
- Fitted onto double, triple or more garages with a multi channel remote control system - ideal for ease of use.
- Specified with remote controls using the very latest rolling code technology for security. your garage door can only be operated by your transmitter.
Finishes and Colours
The single skin and insulated roller doors are available in a choice of standard factory finished colours as standard and not available to be painted on site. For an additional charge you can have almost any RAL or BS colour, as a powdercoat finish only, to both sides of the curtain. Guides, endplates and hoods can be matched or contrasted.
There are 12 standard Seceuroglide paint finishes.
There are tough vinyl coated woodgrain finishes available specifically designed to match replacement Upvc windows and front entrance doors as well as giving an attractive maintenance free option to compliment many property styles. The woodgrain effects are very effective and make an excellent low maintenance surface finish.
Current standard woodgrain laminate finishes available are Golden Oak, Mahogany and Rosewood and another 42 Renolit woodgrain laminate finishes are also available ensuring you will find the perfect match! (Ask for details)
General Sizing Information
The domestic insulated aluminium roller door is available in sizes up to 5400mm wide and 4000mm high although we can provide many other types of heavier duty commercial specification roller shutter doors with all the necessary safety devices for domestic use in sizes up to 12000mm wide and 8000mm high.
Each panel of our roller shutter garage doors are normally 78.5mm deep twin walled aluminium slats with CFC free foam for insulation and sound reduction (pictured right)
The only restriction that different sizes may impose is on the type and colour of slat used to construct the door. Please call or email your enquiry whatever the size as we have never refused any enquiry to date.
Most roller shutter doors are secure as standard with manual versions having sliding bars internally locking into the side channels and remote control doors using various different locking devices held from the barrel that the curtain is attached to. Some roller doors however are far more effective than others in attempted forced entry from the bottom of the door curtain which is the usual place where an intruder will attack a roller door.
A basic electric aluminium roller door with basic internal mechanisms is quite easy to break into so make sure if you require security you know what you are looking for! Low price is low security.
The Seceuroglide Excel - 'Secured by Design'
The U.K.'s first police and insurance approved remote control garage door is an SWS insulated roller shutter. The roller door has been tested to offer a level 1 'secured by design' rating and is approved by the LPCB giving a stamp of approval by insurance companies and police authorities due to its excellent resistance to forced antry attempts. Patentred internal mechanisms make this roller door the one to have for anybody who needs a good level of security and peace of mind.
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The diagram below shows the typical installation position of a roller shutter door when installed inside the structural opening of the garage. When fitted like this the maximum width and height is normally achieved although a loss of garage length has to be considered.
|Fitting Behind the opening
||Fitting Inbetween the opening
||Fitting Outside the opening
Fitting Behind the Opening. The diagram shows the typical installation position of a roller shutter door when installed inside the structural opening of the garage. When fitted like this the maximum width and height is normally achieved although a loss of garage length has to be considered.
Fitting Inbetween the Opening. The diagram above middle shows a roller shutter garage door fitted inbetween the structural opening and would normally mean fitting underneath the lintel as well. This position is quite normal but will not give such a wide drivethrough width or height when open.
Fitting Outside the Opening. The diagram above right shows the roller garage door installed outside on the front face of the garage opening. This is unusual but gives maximum length, width and height in most cases. A complete hood cover is required to protect the curtain roll and this will need powdercoating along with the guides and endplates to complete the visual appearance.
Key Features Summary For The Garage Door Centre Roller Doors
Safety is a fundamental concern in the continuing development of the range. All SeceuroGlide, SupaRolla, Gararol, Novorol and Rollmatic roller doors are fully CE compliant and come as standard with a leading Safety Edge collision detection and Anti-Fallback devices where required. Infra red beams on their own as a safety device are not legal!!
Wide range of low maintenance colours, including textured woodgrain finishes to exactly match the latest generation of UPVC windows and doors. Tough paint finishes withstand daily knocks and bumps.
Any RAL colour now available on Seceuroglide roller doors
A tight coiling curtain design and discreet optional hood covers maximize the drive-through height of your garage - ideal for larger vehicles such as 4x4s or people carriers. There is no intrusion into overhead storage space within the garage, and without the kickout of traditional 'up and over' doors you can park safely inches from the door.
Insulated foam-filled slats, combined with superior guide rail inserts, bottom slat rubber seals and a curtain that finishes higher than competitor designs.
help increase energy efficiency and reduce heating costs, with a typical U value of 5.2 W/m2 K.
Automatic anti-lift locking and SeceuroSense receiver units featuring rolling-code technology (On Seceuroglide doors) ensure there is no other insulated roller door available more secure than a SeceuroGlide. For the very highest security specification in roller garage doors see the SeceuroGlide Excel.
Peace of Mind
Each roller garage door is backed by a very comprehensive two year guarantee covering all manufactured parts.
In addition, the Somfy tubular motor is supplied with a full five year manufacturer’s warranty, and textured woodgrain finishes carry a limited ten year guarantee.
Recommended roller garage doors currently available from The Garage Door Centre:
If you have an unusual installation, small or large and require some advice please Email us directly or call us free on (0800) 525442
Be Very Aware of What You Are Buying with Roller Doors!!
If you are reading this then you have already been on the internet and you may have noticed there is an unbelievable amount of roller garage doors being offered and if you are at all bothered about what you may potentially be buying that looks like a good deal then read on....
The electric roller shutter garage door is indisputably the garage door that has seen incredible growth in popularity in the UK; as a result the number of manufacturers of roller shutters has also seen an increase, all competing for a share of the UK market. Unfortunately this always gives increases in rogue manufacturers that are willing to compromise safety legislation - and in fact blatantly ignore it - in an attempt to drive prices down to help compete in the market.
Many aluminium insulated roller garage doors sold in the UK are in fact illegal and you as a consumer should be very aware of what you are committing to before buying. The most common form of safety being offered on many low priced roller doors are different types of infra red beams sending a light beam across the door either in one or several places. These are not compliant in the UK and not safe! The single light beam only prevents the roller door closing if the light beam is broken and many items can obstruct a garage opening without necessarily blocking this beam so the door will still operate. Multiple beams also do not comply and many reflector infra red beam systems can fail in bright direct sunlight during summer months causing great frustration.
There have been a number of fatal accidents involving children in the last couple of years in the gate, blinds and shutters industry.
The DHF (Door and Hardware Federation) are anxious to avoid any similar occurrences in the roller door industry and are therefore strongly recommending that potential buyers of roller shutters read carefully before making any decisions.
Purchase with Confidence?
Can you tick all of the points below?
Has the company that you are looking to buy from been established for at least 5 years? Remember - under the Sale of Goods Act your contract is with your supplier, not the manufacturer and most companies selling roller doors are not manufacturers even if they say they are.
Do make sure that the company you purchase from is established and not likely to disappear or cease trading. If you have a problem with your roller door you will not have legal rights with the manufacturer. Several companies went into administration in 2010 and left a trail of unfinished installations and warranty issues, we know as we get the phone calls for help!!
> Does the roller door have a safety edge detection system on the bottom of the door? Do not accept any casual statement that inra red safety beams performs the same function - they do not and are not legal!
> Is the roller door fitted with an anti-fall back system (size dependant) in case of internal failure on any part of the suspension or balancing system?
> Will it be CE marked to signify compliance with relevant legislation accompanied by documents proving this?
> Has it been wind load tested as per BSEN12424 & BSEN124440? (Not a requirement but desireable)
> Does it possess sufficient protection to prevent entrapment when the door height is less that 2500mm?
If you have ticked all of the above the roller door in question should be compliant with current safety legislation.