Whether you are looking to buy garage doors for a new build property or have simply moved into a new property and have realised that the existing door is in a terrible state of disrepair there are a few factors that need to be taken into consideration to ensure the right one is chosen so that it is keeping with the existing property design, is capable of providing the level of security you need and above all is safe to operate. Here with the help of Roller Doors Ltd, a UK supplier of industry leading garage doors, we take a look at the main factors you should be considering prior to spending any of your hard earned cash.
Choosing the Style
Perhaps the most important decision you will need to make is what style of door to choose. With lots of different styles to choose from including up and over, side hinged, sectional and roller doors the decision can seem a little confusing to the uninitiated property owner however in reality the decision should be pretty simple.
Here are the main differences between the most popular designs.
Up & Over Doors – Perhaps the most common of all garage door types a single piece door is cheap, easy to operate and is available in a range of designs to suit your home. With prices starting under £200 they provide a cheap means of securing the contents of the garage however due to their design they do not offer a great level of security nor are they suitable for spanning large openings due to their weight.
Side Hinged Doors – Made up of 2 equal panels a side hinged design operates the same way as any standard internal door. Fitted to a steel or timber frame each leaf is able to operate independently from the other making them a great option if you regular pedestrian access into the building. Available in a range of materials prices will start from £400 for a small single garage up to £3000 for a large handmade wooden design.
Roller Doors – Offering vertical lift operation this type of garage door is ideal for properties with limited amounts of space on the driveway or where the homeowner wants to utilise the storage space inside the garage. Available in a single skin (ideal for detached garages) or insulated designs (more suited to garages attached to the main part of the house or where the space will be utilised as a workshop etc) prices generally start from around £750.00 inc VAT making them affordable for most homeowners working to a restricted budget.
Sectional Doors – Manufactured from a twin walled insulated panel a sectional door is perhaps the most desirable of all the designs. Featuring vertical lift operation, high levels of security and numerous finishes and operating types being available they are ideal for the homeowner looking to get the maximum benefits from a garage door. Sitting at the top end of the price spectrum you won`t get much change from £1000.00 inc VAT so for this reason may be too expensive for most homeowners somewhat limited budgets.
Finding the Right Manufacturer
Don`t be fooled by cheap garage doors from no name manufacturers as the quality is often very poor, may not comply with current EU safety legislation and will more than likely fail within a couple of years. Instead opt for a UK manufactured design from the likes of Seceuroglide, Hormann, Garador, Woodrite and Gliderol (to name but a few) and you won`t gar far wrong.
Supply only or Supply and Fit
In recent times online sales of garage doors have seen a significant rise in popularity. Generally sold on a “supply only” basis many property owners choose to fit the door on a DIY basis as most modern styles are not that difficult to install provided you work to the manufacturer`s instructions in a methodical manner. The benefit of choosing this route is the cost saving as there is no need to pay expensive installers to complete the work for you.
Alternatively if you are not competent at DIY or don’t have the time or inclination to try to fit the door yourself there are literally hundreds of companies who will be happy to come out, measure up, fit the door and dispose of the old one (if there is one) however with most installations costing between £200 – £500 the service is not cheap but you will have the peace of mind the door has been fitted in the correct manner.
As with anything that has lots of moving parts a garage door will need to have a regular service to keep it operating correctly (especially if the door is used on a regular basis) so remember to factor this into your purchasing decision.