Are Roller Garage Doors Secure? - 0

By Nathan | February 6, 2020

Inside view of a roller garage door

In most basic models of roller shutter garage doors there is little or no security at all and they can actually be quite easily lifted up from the bottom. As most roller garage doors are electrically operated in the UK, the electric motor simply lifts and lowers the door curtain and relies entirely on gravity for the operation. When fully closed, the roller curtain is simply hanging from the barrel inside. Although many models will state there are various security ‘straps’ attaching the curtain to the barrel and performing some kind of security function, the reality is they are either totally ineffective or easily pushed back against or broken.

When a curtain is held from the barrel using thick, extruded and very strong solid attachments along the width of the curtain then the motor in the barrel will hold the curtain down far more effectively. The same applies for certain models where the curtain is fixed directly to the barrel, but this doesn’t make for a very effective closing position on the door and can leave larger gaps at the top behind the lintel. A full hood cover will assist in preventing a roller door curtain being lifted as well.

Manual Locking

A few roller door models have other mechanical locking methods such as a steel bar in the top section of the curtain. This sits neatly underneath a solid block either side when closed making the curtain impossible to lift, and this is about as good as you can expect from a domestic electric roller shutter door. Patented and special side guides also offer an anti-lift feature and these are in a couple of models available in the UK.

It is possible to fit various manual locks to an electric roller garage door, so if you wanted to lock down the door when closed you could either lock the bottom slat to the floor with a ground lock or insert ‘bullet’ lock pins into the guides either side to hold the curtain at mid height. However, if you do this then isolating the electric motor drive would be a fairly essential action to prevent accidental operation of the motor whilst the locks are in place, so this method is perhaps only ever suitable when people intend to not use the door for longer periods of time.

Of course, other factors, including the actual strength of the curtain lath sections used in the door construction affect overall security. Some very lightweight slats used in lower specification roller doors are often way too easy to bend and break and would also be fairly easy to cut through without a lot of noise or effort.

The slats used in various electric roller garage doors vary a lot more than might be assumed from their initial visual appearance. You will basically get what you pay for in this area of the door.
Most people looking at roller garage doors in the UK will find themselves discussing ‘double skinned insulated’ doors using a twin wall aluminium curtain, but the stronger door curtains for security are mainly single skin slat sections with a construction specifically designed for security so do not dismiss this type of door and certainly do not overestimate the levels of insulation provided as it is often minimal unless you go for a door with an actual tested and certified insulation value.
A certified security roller garage door with LPS1175 level 2 (SR2) or higher will usually be a single skin construction, so if you are really serious about security this is what you will be looking at.

The side guides used also play a bit part in overall security usually with larger width guides providing more lateral strength and resistance to force. Reinforced guides can often be specified too with additional steel section enhancements in the bottom section where they are most vulnerable to attack with tools.

Check the guide size and make sure it is at least 60mm wide as a minimum either side of the curtain, preferably 75 or 90mm wide. Some manufacturers are 110mm but this doesn’t necessarily mean the curtain is actually sitting in the guide any more than a 90mm guide.

Radio Controls

So what about the electric motor using radio controls? How secure is this? Some roller doors use coded technology with the remote control handsets and other access controls providing encrypted signals to operate the door, This means it is almost impossible to copy the signal of the door and the only vulnerable radio controls will be very basic low priced transmitters using older technology. Cheap transmitters can often have very few variable in their coding so could easily be copied with some minimal effort. There is however no great evidence of code grabbing being a problem in the UK at present but it is nice to have reliable remote handsets whatever the security levels. Remote handsets which don’t work very well are a complete pain for the user.

Manual Override

Any electric roller garage door should always have a manual emergency override system as standard and this is normally situated inside the garage in case of a power failure or other issue.

However it is possible to make the override inaccessible to anyone by incorporating a lockable cover plate for example making the security better and reduce the chance of someone manually operating the door for access.

Manual Roller Doors

Of course we haven’t mentioned manual roller doors yet and there are plenty of options here for single width garage openings. A spring balanced single width manual roller door generally uses a centrally positioned handle with a key lock which will push two locking rods sideways onto the side guides. Reasonable effective in most standard forms but there are different levels of quality and therefore security in these types of doors. Again, additional locks can be added to the bottom or the side guides in a different position.

Conclusions

Considering the single biggest question asked for almost any type of garage door is ‘How secure is it?’ the answer is never straightforward itself. The overall construction and quality of the roller door will usually determine the level of basic security and if you want tested security products then the discussion is far more involved. The only conclusion however is that a low quality low priced roller garage door will usually not be secure at all, which is perhaps more obvious than it seems. The best thing to do if security is of concern is some proper research and try to see some examples in a showroom or example nearby installation to you but make sure you understand exactly how the door secures before making your decisions.

Also, see various information pages on higher specification roller garage doors.

Seceuroglide Excel >

Guide to Roller Garage Doors >

Topics: Aluminium Roller Shutter Garage Doors, Garage Doors for Security, Roller Garage Doors, Roller Shutter Garage Doors, Security

Four Huge Benefits of Side Hinged Garage Doors - 0

By Shannon Challis | July 2, 2019

Thinking of investing in a pair of side hinged garage doors, or not quite sure which garage door type is best for you? Well, he’s four simple reasons why side hinged doors can be an excellent choice for your home and garage…

  • 1) Modern Technologies

STEEL Side Hinged Garage Doors

Side hinged doors offer a traditional operating mechanism, making them perfect for those with more traditional homes and garages. Despite this, there are now various modern options in regards to materials, with manufacturers such as Carteck, Ryterna and Hormann constructing steel side hinged doors that boast great levels of insulation and security, two factors that are frequently required.

Our range of steel side hinged doors consist of both insulated and non-insulated options, with locking upgrades on certain models also available.

Orange Side Hinged door by Ryterna

TIMBER Side Hinged Garage Doors

Gone are the days where your timber garage door is likely to quickly rot and warp. We offer a number of timber species that are coated with treatments that enhance durability, with the new and innovative Accoya species available too. Accoya is a type of timber that undergoes the acetylation process, adding an extra 10 years to its life, offering excellent strength, performance and making it perfect for painting.

Find out more about Accoya here >

  • 2) Easy Pedestrian Access

Do you frequently access your garage on foot as well as in your vehicle? The mechanism of side hinged doors means that only one of the two door leaves needs to be opened when pedestrian entry is required, rather than entirety of the garage door. Not only does this offer great convenience, but it reduces the amount of heat lost during use, as well as maintaining a level of privacy as the whole garage is not opened up for your neighbours to see!

  • 3) Great Customisation

In terms of practicality, one of the greatest choices available to you is the placement of the door leaves. Whether you want them to be manufactured in the traditional ½ formation, or require a smaller door in the form of a 2/3 placement, our bespoke services allow for either.

Huge selection of RAL colours available

The customisation of appearance is extensive, with a huge array of colours available from the manufacturers, as well was various surface textures, woodgrain finishes, panel designs and handles. Plus, our bespoke services allow for customers to add stainless steel embellishments of various patterns, with the opportunity to even create your very own design!

  • 4) Different Materials

If you’re looking for the best levels of insulation and security available for side hinged garage doors, steel is the ultimate choice of material due to the door leaf options available. Hormann, Ryterna and Carteck all offer side hinged doors with a door leaf thickness of at least 40mm; these leaves consist of PU foam-filled panels, offering great insulation and in-turn, more durable and secure doors.

Accoya Side Hinged Doors by Woodrite

If you’re the owner of a more traditional property, it is likely that timber is a more desirable material due to its classic warmth and appearance. We are able to offer an excellent range of designs in various timber species via the traditional craftmanship of Woodrite, including cedarwood, idigbo, oak and the highly innovative and sustainable Accoya.

BROWSE OUR RANGE

If you’re considering purchasing a side hinged garage door, take a look at our range in the Product Catalogue here > If you require any assistance, just give us a call on 01933 229135!

Topics: Side Hinged Garage Doors

Anthracite is the New Black - 0

By Shannon Challis | January 10, 2019

We have seen the popularity of colour Anthracite Grey (RAL reference 7016) increase rapidly over the past few years, to become the most requested colour other than specific whites, blacks and traditional variations on primary colours.

Anthracite practically conforms with almost any colour scheme and can work wonderfully on old and new properties alike. Anthracite is a chalky and earthy near-black or very dark grey. Anthracite itself is a form of coal used in thermal power stations for generating electricity.

Anthracite front door and garage door

Matching Anthracite Sectional & Entrance Doors

The Rise of Anthracite Grey

Many years ago I was asked to supply a large awning for a client and it had to be a fast delivery. When checking with some manufacturers, one of the leading companies at the time had the size we required in stock, but in this new, and unheard of, anthracite grey. Reluctantly the client accepted the offer for this and the awning was delivered and installed… and the result was amazing.

The awning was installed onto an old refurbished barn conversion with a lot of natural timber and stonework in the scheme, so a modern grey didn’t seem like a great option, but how we were amazed by the result!! It really was a turning point and highlighted how this mid to dark grey finish could work with anything and was to soon become a default option on so many building projects for door, windows, gates and awning cassettes.

Anthracite roller shutter and side hinged garage doors

Bespoke Hormann Rollmatic & Ryterna Side Hinged Doors in Anthracite

Why Does it Work so Well?

  • RAL 7016 is an extremely useful grey tone that blends incredibly well with nearly all building materials (brickwork, painted render, wood cladding, steelwork, natural stone etc.)
  • RAL 7016 is very unobtrusive when compared with White. It prevents window and door frames from standing out aesthetically and diminishing the overall visual impact of a new extension, large door or framework.
  • RAL 7016 has an exceptionally low maintenance necessity – its obscure colour is very forgiving to any grime or dirt deposits that may build up over time – quite unlike white, which only really looks its best when clean.

As a result of these facts, the colour has transformed the modern industry and Anthracite Grey (RAL 7016) has developed into one of the most specified powder coating colours for entrance doors, garage doors and many of our outdoor living products, including veranda framework, awnings and canopy systems.

Anthracite Hormann sectional garage door

Hormann M-Ribbed Sectional in Anthracite

This increase in recent years has led most powder coating suppliers to make it a stock item. Firmly recognised as an architect’s top choice, RAL 7016 is spread far and wide, being used in the latest retail parks, new build homes, to hotel and restaurant facades, schools and city centre developments. Its reputation has become widely accepted.

Anthracite Grey is the perfect door colour for a modern abode. But don’t be put off if you live in a traditional property because this colour can add a contemporary twist to any home.   It’s such a versatile colour that it has become our most popular colour choice by far. Many manufacturers of entrance doors and garage doors also offer a textured paint version of anthracite which is not a RAL 7016 match, but a metallic or textured version that is similar to this grey colour, whilst also offering a tougher finish. Laminate foil options are also available, with minor variations on the colour.

Why is Grey the new Black?

Grey is a neutral colour that sits halfway between black and white, and so it’s significantly easy to pair it with a contrast.  Not only does Anthracite Grey look great with a matching frame, it also works really well with a different colour like French Grey or White.

To enhance your garage or entrance door style and colour further, try adding a whole range of stainless steel handle and embellishment feature options, contemporary glass inserts, as well as windows with sand blasted or other effects for a truly beautiful finish.

See the beauty of Anthracite for yourself in our Showroom >

Topics: Up And Over Garage Doors

The Perfect Garage Door for the Perfect Garage? - 0

By Shannon Challis | October 29, 2018

Over the 32 years we have been selling and installing various garage doors, the one single thing that so many people tend comment on is the internal tracking mechanism required by so many garage door types, particularly on larger width doors.

Imagine a one piece up & over garage door which has no tracks whatsoever, even at a huge 6m wide! No tracks and no central boom for the electric motor drive. The door can be manual or electrically operated in all sizes because this door operates via a counterbalanced system that uses widths either side to effortlessly lift the door during opening.

This is the same basic principal used in a lift system, which operates by raising the weight with a counterweight, cable and roller system. Smooth, effortless operation is achieved without ever having to concern yourself with a spring being tensioned properly. This is the Silvelox D_Met.

The Differences from Traditional Garage Doors…

For any traditional one piece up & over garage door over 8 feet wide, there are two horizontal tracks running into the garage that are the same length as the door height.
For any sectional type door, there are again two horizontal tracks, often double the size, coming into the garage, usually 400-600mm longer than the door height. Round the corner doors require a full length tracking system coming into the garage.

Plus, if these doors are electrically operated, they would also require a long track system for the electric operator, so effectively a third track right down the middle or to the side would also be installed.

This is where and why the Silvelox D_Met up & over is introduced, a unique door system offering the following:

  • Double skinned steel for strength
  •  Insulated double skinned panel, reaching U-Values of up to 0.51 W/m2k
  • Double skinned steel panel for security and durability
  • Purpose made as standard
  • Optional pedestrian door inset into the main door panel for easy access on foot
  • Wide range of high quality standard colours and woodgrain finishes
  • Choice of standard or non-protruding mechanisms
  • Manual or Electric operation

All these unique features and technical advantages have come from a door system designed over 40 years ago with the Silvelox timber door range. The mechanism is a tried and tested system but now with the insulated steel panel available you no longer only have the choice of timber, along with the higher price of a high quality timber door panel.

Take a look at this great door system, because if you are looking to create the perfect garage, you probably won’t want a garage door throwing steel tracks into your internal garage space.

Come and see the benefits and smooth operation of a Silvelox garage door for yourself at our Northamptonshire showroom.

Topics: Up And Over Garage Doors

Case Study: Beautiful Woodrite Up & Over Installation - 0

By Shannon Challis | September 4, 2018

Woodrite garage doors epitomise the beauty and real value of timber, and with every one of our installations they continue to look fantastic.

Our recent installation of the three Woodrite Up & Over doors, photographed below, are manufactured with Idigbo timber – the ultimate choice when it comes to an alternative to Oak!

Woodrite Up & Over Garage Door Installation

Beautiful Woodrite Timber Door Installation

This great installation not only made for a group of happy installers, but also very satisfied customers and owners of three brand new, unbeatable quality garage doors:

“We have recently had three hardwood garage doors installed into a newly built, oak barn style building. The Garage Door Centre, Wellingborough, supplied and installed the doors and were very informative, professional and efficient.

I relied completely on their product knowledge and I am very pleased with the end product. Furthermore, I had shopped around for a competitive quote and they were very competitive, all while delivering the high quality I desired.

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend The Garage Door Centre.

First class.”

Manufactured with Idigbo and in the Grendon design, the door is fully finished in Old Oak, meaning that whilst offering superior properties than Oak timber, they show off exactly the same levels of beauty.

Security

This series of doors proves the substantial and advanced levels of security that can now be achieved with timber garage doors. Having been factory finished and fitted with Hormann Supramatic 3 Bi Secur operators, extra security is added to each of the doors as a result of the additional de latch security kits.

These de latch kits utilise the manual locking for a retractable garage door, and incorporate the movement required to open and close using a sprung mechanical device that is connected to the electric operator. This effectively provides a 3 point locking system, providing higher security and, as can be seen, there are no handles required on the doors, making them even more secure from the outside.

Click here to see how the de-latch kits work >

Plus, the doors were made with steel sub frames and chassis for additional strength and security, whilst the steel box section outer fixing frame had Idigbo timber cloaking added to the front face, meaning it could match perfectly with the door panels.

Quality Finishing

The doors were finished in Old Oak with paint by Teknos, a company who make paint specifically for timber applications. So, as well as looking spectacular, the paint also contributes in minimising discolouration, maximising its durability as well as aiding to protect against mould.

More on Woodrite…

To find out more about the true beauty of Woodrite’s doors, click here >

Alternatively, you can contact a member of our dedicated team on 01933 229135.

Topics: Bespoke Garage Doors, Case Studies, Classic Garage Doors, Garage Door Manufacturers, Timber Garage Doors, Up And Over Garage Doors

Choosing the Right Roller Garage Door - 0

By Shannon Challis | May 14, 2018

If you are considering having a roller garage door installed, you will quickly come to realise that there are hundreds of companies on the internet claiming they have the best roller shutter garage door either in the UK or the world. One of the main problems initially is that they all look very similar, with the horizontal lines and a lot of the same colours showing on the images you will inevitably scan through.

So, how do you decide on which roller door is best for you?

Cheap Roller Doors

The first thing to realise is that the cheapest roller doors are all cheap for a reason, and that reason is nearly always cheap components, which are more often than not, not up to the job. Therefore, you would be investing in a door that has components, most of which cannot be seen, working together on a door which will typically not last very long before it has failures in various parts. There is a significant number of moving parts in a roller shutter door, and they all have a reasonable amount of stress on them during operation.

Most roller ‘garage doors’ in the UK are manufactured using a 77mm double-skinned, foam-filled aluminium slat, and that slat is very similar on many different brand names. There are in fact some key differences, and these will regard the general aluminium quality and thickness, as well as in the quality of the paint and thickness. Thinner gauge aluminium slats will dent easier, and maybe also wear quicker in the sections that connect each slat. Thinner, lower quality paint will scratch easier and maybe also fade in the sunlight after a while. Deflection of the slats on larger doors can also occur, making the door curtain look very second hand, even if they slats are new are if they are too thin for the size.

Motor Drive

Another key feature used for all electric driven roller doors is the motor drive. Cheap barrel motors will not last too long and may offer bad performance, proving to be slow in operation. Higher quality motors are quieter, smoother and have at least a 5 year guarantee, whilst perhaps also being a fair bit quicker in their closing and opening cycle. Most roller doors have the motor drive internally hidden inside the barrel which the curtain rolls around, but some models have external motors for easier manual override and access, whilst also using different technology for the safety stop mechanism.

Accessories and Controls

The quality of the remote controls and associated control equipment will also be a key factor when choosing, as well as security where the coding for the remote signal can be encoded to ensure it cannot be cloned. Accessories such as LED lighting, alarms and app control can all be catered for in various models.
Getting very popular now are various apps controlling your door through a wi-fi and central radio control home automation system. Somfy are leading the way with this technology embracing as many products as possible through one application on your mobile or tablet.

Security

Security is one of the most requested features when buying a new garage door, however one of the most shocking things to realise is how easy some roller doors can be simply lifted with a little jolt to break or bend the lifting straps on the barrel and curtain. Of course, many higher quality roller doors use various methods of security where the curtain is locked down when closed. This may be a larger barrel and extruded lifting straps, or patented devices holding down the curtain when fully unravelled in the closed position. The Seceuroglide Excel is a leading option for a security roller door.

Some models will have a security rating in the form of a certificate to show the door has been tested and approved by a recognised third party test facility. These doors are either ‘Secured by Design’ or have a European rating certification.

Colours

Choice of modern colours, woodgrain laminates and other finishes are important on roller doors when the design is so limited. A carefully chosen colour can enhance a property, as well as making the simple linear design work for and not against the visual appearance. There are however, plenty of colours to choose from – it is possible to have a door almost any colour at all and there are several charts to choose from, with cross references to colour codes from other products on your property.
Make sure the guides and fascia are either co-ordinated or contrasted as suits the property. This is all possible.

The Garage Door Centre Showroom 

When choosing a new roller garage door, perhaps the best thing to do is to actually see a few in operation.  The Garage Door Centre has six working roller doors in our Northamptonshire showroom, and we can demonstrate the subtle differences for real in each one to you.

Come along and see the best roller garage doors available – we have a model to suit every budget.

Topics: Roller Garage Doors, Roller Shutter Garage Doors

7 Things to Watch out for When Ordering Garage Doors on the Internet - 0

By Shannon Challis | November 29, 2017

There’s nothing you can’t buy on the internet today, but garage doors are an investment for your home, so it is of great importance that you are careful when buying them online. Not only should you be careful in selecting which company you are dealing with, you also need to know exactly what you will be receiving and working with the right information.

Here, we’ve compiled a list of the top things to look out for…

  1. Be aware of overly cheap electric roller shutter doors – you don’t want to be regretting your purchase when the door fails from component failure!

Roller shutter garage doors can all appear to be similar when looking at a photograph in a brochure or online, but it must be remembered that there are numerous small moving components that, if sold cheaply, have been constructed cheaply, meaning it will not long last at all.

Make sure you know the reasons why a product may be being sold at a cheaper price so you are able to make an informed decision regarding the roller shutter’s price and components that are suitable for you.

Roller Garage Doors

  1. When dealing and buying from any website, ensure that you always check their address, and that one is actually there… if not, there must be something to hide!

No address? Do not deal! This lack of identity should immediately be a warning to you, as a consumer, and make you question the trust this leaves you with the company. Who will your warranty be with, are they a certified dealer for the product you are buying?

Many companies make huge claims about how long they have been trading, family firm for hundreds of years and so on but quite often it is just made up. Dig deeper and find out for sure.

  1. Watch out for eBay offers… they are never quite as they seem unless there is a specific offer for a unique branded product that is in stock and as described with a fixed price.

Many door products sold on Ebay are not quite what they seem once you drill right down into the exact details, they may fall short on specification which is why they appear cheaper than similar offers online

  1. Very low priced timber garage doors are cheap for one reason only: the timber used is a low quality softwood with excessive knots and a high risk of splitting, meaning it warps and cracks apart quickly.

If you ensure you are investing in a timber door that has had the necessary treatments applied to it and is a good quality species of timber, its durability against weathering and general operations will be considerably greater.

A properly manufactured timber door will last as long as any other material if looked after and sourced correctly in the first place.

Timber Garage Doors

  1. Make sure you get the right sizes – many sizes do not necessarily refer to the sizes you think they do!

Many garage doors have factory fitted sub frames and these may or may not be included in the ordering sizes. If you’re unsure, it is always best to ring the company and enquire for assistance – if this service is unavailable, it is again necessary to question their legitimacy and intentions.

Does the person on the other end of the phone truly know their facts?

  1. Get the specification you need as some required parts may not be able to be retrofitted. If in doubt, call the company and discuss the specification to ensure it does what you need it to do with suitable emergency overrides and the like included.

Getting the right product is one thing but getting the right accessories to go with it and make it suitable for the use and environment is another.

  1. Whenever possible, always pay for a factory finishing on timber garage and pedestrian doors as it will be far cheaper than trying to paint or stain the timber door yourself, as well as it giving a better warranty in most cases.

After all, you don’t want your garage door to end up looking like this!

Damaged Side Hinged Garage Doors

Topics: Decoration and Treatment of Garage Doors, General, General Advice, Roller Shutter Garage Doors, Timber Garage Doors

The Most Secure Types of Garage Doors - 0

By Nathan | August 26, 2017

Security is still one of the most requested features when anyone is looking for a replacement garage door. We live in an age unfortunately where police resources are inadequate and people understand more that the prevention of a casual break in to their home or garage needs more attention than before. Any weakness in your perimeter fencing, windows or doors is an opportunity more likely to be taken up than ever before.
There are many claims about security but in most cases it is still pure common sense which shows the best types of garage doors to give the longest resistance to any kind of attempted break in. To prevent the very casual thief then the most obvious advice is to keep your garage door closed and locked as much as possible. In light of this a remote control automatic door is always more likely to be kept closed because it is so easy to do so by simply pressing a button or putting in a code as well as other control devices. Indeed many modern remote control operators now offer the function of auto closing with adjustable time settings so you never have to actually remember if you have or haven’t closed the door as it will close itself.
Another great new function available from a few of the largest specialist manufacturers are smart phone apps which give you control of your garage door from remote locations with 2 way transmission of data to enable the door to tell you it is closed, open or half way. All great is you like that sort of technology but many people do not, so what are the best garage doors for security in manual or automatic specifications?

Secured by Design

A good quality double skinned aluminium roller garage door can be very secure. Something like the SWS Seceuroglide Excel offers a level 1 ‘secured by design’ rating with a certification recognised by the LPCB. The standard SeceuroGlide Classic door is already a very secure roller door with its patented device to hold the roller door curtain firmly down when closed unlike most others but other features such as the webbing used to keep the curtain slats together also makes breaking through the curtain a lot harder than standard roller doors. The quality and strength of the side channels is another factor along with the control board for the remote control system also having the latest technology to foil attempts at operation without the original transmitters. The Securoglide Excel has enhanced sections where forced attempts would be made and as a total package this has enabled the door to gain the security rating it has and all for around £100 more than the standard door!!

 

The double skinned sectional overhead door is another great example of a garage door which has excellent security simply by the design of the door panels and the way the door operates with a minimum of 5 heavy duty roller either side, encapsulated into steel channels. The fact the sectional door is usually installed behind the brickwork opening means that all the potential places for forcing are not accessible and combined with an electric operator and no manual handle set this can be a very difficult door indeed to even begin to work out how to break through. Security ratings again are possible with for example the Hormann LPU 42 range when fitted with the Hormann BI Secur electric operator systems.

Side hinged garage doors are a type of door The Garage Door Centre has seen a resurgence in demand for over the last few years. The convenience of easy operation and easy access through one of the doors as a pedestrian, along with the lack of internal mechanism required is the biggest attraction for most. However the latest models of double skinned steel insulated side hinged doors offer great levels of security with optional security packages available to make forced entry almost impossible. Look to the Carteck, Ryterna and Hormann Steel double skinned side hinged doors for this kind of door. Good, solid panels offering the security but also higher levels of weather protection and some insulation for your garage too.

Several specialist garage doors are available for those looking for security, doors such as the Delta Overlap with its integral locking mechanism and strong panel design. The Garador steel up and over ‘Guardian’ doors offer a level 1 rating for security with enhanced steel struts on the door panel and steel plates protecting key point of attack.
Silvelox, an Italian manufacturer of counter balance operated up and over doors offer a security rating which basically steel plates the already very thick door panel to gain a high level certification of security albeit a European standard.

To conclude if you do have an older type up and over garage door or even old side hinged door the chances are the effort required to break in will be minimal. The oldest types of steel up and over doors have terrible locking facilities for a start but the panel design also means it is very easy to peel them open like a can of beans and even quite quietly too. Although you can add some security devices as an after market purchase many of them are simply like putting a padlock on a paper bag. The basic product itself having no strength will not be enhanced by locking it in one point only.

The Garage Door Centre also offers a wide range of steel security pedestrian doors to go along with the garage door, either for the actual garage itself or to secure access between the garage and you home. We also offer a full and comprehensive range of security grilles and shutters alongside out sister company Samson Doors. All these products are on display at our 2 showroom facility in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire.

For expert advice on garage door security please e-mail or call us direct on 01933 229135.

Topics: Garage Doors for Security, Security

Glass Garage Doors, are they Possible? - 0

By Nathan | August 4, 2017

There is an increasing demand for ‘glass garage doors’, and now it is possible to have either real glass or the more traditional acrylic panes as used for many years.
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Topics: Bespoke Garage Doors, Overlap Garage Doors

A Guide to Buying Side Hinged Garage Doors - 0

By Nathan | June 13, 2017

If you’re looking to invest in a new side hinged garage door, check out our tips on Buying Side Hinged Garage Doors and Personnel Doors…
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Topics: Pedestrian Access Garage Doors, Side Hinged Garage Doors

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