Roller garage doors are one of the most popular types of garage doors being sold in the U.K. right now, and it s easy to see why: - Vertical opening and closing saving space on your driveway - Very little intrusion into your garage internally - All doors made to order maximising width and height - Quiet during operation - Large choice of finished colours and woodgrain finishes - Can be fitted inside, in between or outside the garage opening - Very secure (with the right specification) - Universally appealing with clean, sleek design - Wide choice of access control methods for electric operated models
Aluminium roller garage doors offer a much higher level of insulation, security, practicality and style than the more basic steel doors and have far greater variations in application as there are so many different sized slats to choose from with almost any colour ultimately available in paint finishes as well as a huge choice of woodgrain finished laminate coatings. The guides for the door curtain are usually between 60 to 100mm wide and offer greater resistance to forced entry attempts and high winds.
The curtain roll size is smaller than a steel roller door as the individual slats roll up tighter an important factor for maximising drive through height when open if internal headroom is restricted.The curtain is stronger as the slats are double skinned and foam filled. The operation is quieter as the motor is inside the roll and DC operated as well as the tolerances between the curtain and the guides being smaller reducing the chance of rattling in windy conditions. The electric motor is controlled as standard using a wall mounted control box with built in lighting, pushbutton controls and a receiver for the radio hand transmitters supplied with rolling code technology used on higher specification models. and even smartphone control and GSM text control available.
With superior aluminium roller garage doors the sealing is far superior as the curtain is rolled off the barrel completely when closed and then pushes against the inside of the lintel. Basic roller doors have a large gap appear at the top when closed as the curtain roll shrinks in size when closed exposing a gap between the back of the lintel and the front of the door curtain.The sealing at the bottom is always better as aluminium roller doors have a greater degree of flexibility in closing up gaps on out of level floor surfaces as the slats have a small movement between each one and on an average height door of 21 slats this gives a lot of available movement.Generally the strength, stability and security of aluminium double skinned roller doors is higher than any single skin constructed door offering extra benefits all round.
This is easy, simply make sure you only consider roller garage doors manufactured by reputable, established manufacturers complying with all the relevant CE requirements for the UK market. Most prices are very similar at the front end and discounts you can obtain will vary enormously but the one thing you must make sure is that the sizing, specification and installation is correct. Roller doors may seem simple but installed incorrectly they will fail quickly as there are many stresses and moving parts and some doors can be over 5 metres wide, a large moving object by any standard! Beware of a recent flood of much cheaper aluminium roller doors onto the UK market all constructed with little regard to quality and regulations. A general rule of thumb to use is to be very wary of any insulated aluminium single width roller door that has an installed price of less than about 900 inc. VAT. Our advice would be to go for the steel continuous curtain roller door instead which will be compliant with regulations, safe and a whole lot better in terms of warranty generally.Also make sure you have the eventuality of a power supply failure covered the minimum cover is a manual override system enabling a winding system to be used internally to open and close the door without power. This can be extended to operate from outside the garage if you do not have a side door. Improvements in technology and pricing enables the use of a battery back up system to ensure several operations after the mains power has failed and this is a good system to consider.