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Which geographical areas do you cover?
Mainly Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Warwickshire and the West Midlands.
Why do you only supply and install Roller/Sectional garge doors and not the more traditional up & over type?
There are garage door companies who present themselves as "garage door supermarkets" and try offer everything to everyone. We have many years experience in this type of door in both domestic and industrial environments and consider ourselves specialists in this field. So we would prefer to stick to our philosopy of doing what we know best and doing it well.
What is the best type of electric garage door?
When looking for an electric garage door you will probably already have seen there is an enormous choice; surely they are all the same? Absolutely not! - the differences are enormous in the different door types and you should be cautious and only purchase once your garage has been surveyed by a a professional and you have had the the opprotunity to ask a lot of questions to ensure it is the right door for you.
What makes a good Electric Garage Door?
As mentioned previously Roller/Sectional garage doors can all look the same, so making a decision on one being better than another is not easy. It is the quality of components and good quality installation that really make the difference and although low prices are tempting we know all too well the trouble and frustrations of buying cheap garage doors will always lead to reliability issues as there are so many moving parts that have to perform together in order for the whole door to work correctly.
The components you cannot see are really the most important ones for an electric door, the barrel/springs electric motor and so on, all parts that make the door function really well for a long time or just long enough to maybe see a warranty period out if you are lucky.
Look for roller doors using German or Northern European manufactured aluminium laths/sections for strength and durability as they are one of the most experienced at these types of products. Make sure the door is using the latest control systems and safety devices for opening and closing the door.
What Safety Features should I look for?
There are clearly defined UK regulations for remote controlled electric roller/sectional garage doors – The door must have a leading edge safety sensor system to detect an obstruction at any point during the closing cycle and stop immediately and preferably reverse.
A set of infra red beams can be used as additional safety if required but on their own the door is not compliant and cannot be CE marked to be considered legal in the UK.
Other safety features depending on individual circumstances can include a safety full hood cover to prevent fingers being trapped in the roller curtain as it rolls up and roller door safety brakes to catch the door should in the unlikely event it came down in an unctrolled manner.
Unfortunatey there are still too many garage door suppliers/installers who will "cut corners" to save on cost; for example by only iinstalling infra red beams or not installing safety brakes or full hoods where required.
I have seen "cheap" electric doors online - Why can't I just buy one of those?
You can if you wish, however as with most things in life you tend to to get what you pay for and WE WOULD NOT RECOMMEND you buy an electric garage door without a proper survey combined with advice in making the right choice and then have it installed professionally to legally compliant UK standards by the people who supplied it.
Which options are best?
For most electric doors as a minimum you should expect 2 radio hand held transmitters with radio signal, an internal control box and receiver unit (preferably with a courtesy light), an internal motor manual override system (in case of power failure), a legally compliant saftey edge device and in most cases a full hood and safety brake where applicable.
Optional extras can include control accessories such as external digital keypads or key switches, emergency external manual override systems (if you do not have another door into your garage) or even a battery back up system to give several normal operations even when there is no mains power.
Options for the actual door itself include vision slats to let natural light into the garage using cut out sections with polycarbonate glazing inserts, extra wide side guides for increased security, aluminium hood covers for the curtain roll to enclose the entire rolling mechanism and sloping bottom slats for where the ground is not level.
Where can I get more help and advice?
Just give us a call on 01905 672103 or contact us by clicking below.