Garage Door Safety And Installation Guide

There are a variety of garage doors available in the market that can be bought in different sizes and designs. The usual functions of these doors are to ensure security and add more curb appeal to the house. If you are looking for a garage door to be used for a home then you should look for a sectional one because you can get a lot of choices when it comes to build material, insulation level, configurations and a lot of different designs and colors that you can pick from. You can always go for a manufacturer’s design and build that suits your needs or can also get a customized garage door built according to your taste.

If you are looking for a garage door for a commercial building then you would have to consider options that offer more security. You can go for an up and over garage door type that can be built with a lot of different materials and offer great strength and durability and are very hard to break through. Another garage door type that can be used for commercial purposes is the insulated aluminum single or sectional panel doors that are more suitable for internal security of an area.

Springs that are used for balancing the weight of a door used to be a big concern in overhead garage doors in old times. The main reason of concern was the fact that the springs use to get rusted and then eventually malfunction because of the constant tension applied by the weight door. These springs would break off and penetrate into anything that would come into their trajectory during their flight. The failures of these springs caused a lot of accidents and injuries as well.  Although overhead garage doors use to offer great security but the incidents that occurred because of its operating parts made these garage doors less famous. The spring devices used in these garage doors are still used and sold these days and if you are dealing with one it is better to call a professional in case of any malfunction instead of dealing with them by yourself. There have been a lot of incidents recorded that resulted in serious injuries and all of those incidents had one thing in common and that is untrained professional were dealing with the torsional springs that are used in a garage door.

When a garage door with such a spring is installed there is a warning sign attached adjacent to the spring to indicate the potential danger that the stored energy of the spring offers. The tag is placed for the sake of warning all untrained people to stay from the spring and not to try and repair it on their own. If the warning sign is somehow tempered, removed or damaged it is very important to attach a new warning sign to ensure safety and indicated the potential danger offered by the spring tension.

Aluminum Roller Shutter Doors

Aluminum Roller Shutter DoorsAluminum Roller Shutter garage doors are one of the two major types of roller garage doors, the other type is sectional steel garage doors. Aluminum roller garage doors are made of aluminum slats with a foam-filled center and are the latest form of the European style shutter doors that were used for security purposes in many European countries including France, Italy and Holland. Insulated aluminum slats were used for the construction of those security shutters that had enough flexibility to ensure easy rolling around the hollow steel barrel.

Aluminum is a great metal that can be manufactured into various designs and sizes for the roller garage door slates as compared to steel that can only be roll formed and do not provide much versatility and they also tend to rust unlike aluminum. The transformation of these shutters into roller garage doors was done by using comparatively large slats that consisted of a twin wall and a foam filled center which provide more insulation. These roller garage doors offer great durability and strength while being light weight at the same time. The features that revolutionized these garage doors were their operation with the help of a remote control, ease of usability, and the integration of safety devices that made them really safe and secure, given the fact these garage doors were being manufactured with very large sizes. Aluminum roller doors featured barrel type motor that could be fitted internally inside the central barrel that made them unique because the safety devices were not mounted externally like motor units fitted on other garage doors. These aluminum roller garage doors also feature a safety sensor device which stops and even reverses the garage door on a contact with an object in its way while opening or closing of the door.

The company that introduced and manufactured the roller garage doors in the US for the first time was SWS. Their Seceuroglide range is still one of the most famous products offered in the market. A lot of manufacturers tried to copy their products but ended up with something that just looked similar with a lot of operation defects.

Double skin Aluminum shutter roller doors feature a lot of benefits as compared to the cheaper option that is single skin steel roller garage door. These features include better security, sealing and insulation as compared to the cheaper option. If you are looking forward to purchasing an aluminum roller garage door you must ensure that it is of a good quality and is manufactured by one of the famous names in the market. Otherwise you will end up with a cheaper option that would be built with low quality aluminum material and other operating parts that will not have a long life and will require repair and maintenance every now and then. You might get attracted by the lower price that you would have to pay in the beginning but the low quality hardware and electric operator will not only drain a lot of money on a long term basis but will also be a safety threat.

Why Does The Prices Of Roller Garage Doors Vary A Lot?

Roller Garage DoorsA lot of people who are looking for a new roller garage door tend to survey the market before making a final decision and then end up with this question that why does the prices of roller garage doors vary so much in the UK? When you are going through a brochure, you might think that all of the presented roller garage doors look the same with an only difference of colors and the finishing slats in some cases. But in reality, there is a lot that goes behind those brochures that offer ridiculously different amounts of price tags for all the identical roller garage doors. There is always, always a huge difference between the built quality, material used and especially the quality of the electric motor and the operating mechanisms that these garage doors feature.

I don’t think anyone would be unfamiliar with the products like cars, home appliances, music instruments and other electronic gadgets that are manufactured by Indian and Chinese companies and are offered for a relatively smaller price as compared to European Manufacturers. The quality of these products for a lesser price is only maintained when a specific product is a result of mass production. When you talk about garage doors the scenarios is different and you have to consider all of the factors that contribute to the quality of the product rather than just thinking about the money you save because it might look that you are spending less money at the moment but the long-term usage and maintenance of such low quality products will cost you a lot of money. If you end up with a cheap roller garage door that features inferior quality parts and electric components then all you will have to wait for is the malfunction.

We come across a lot of scenarios in which people purchase a low quality roller door that stops working when it wants and then look for the manufactures only to find out that they have ceased trading and they cannot find the spare parts to repair their garage door and then they end up asking us if we have or know of any alternative. A lot of times our answer is a “no” because we literally don’t know any supplier who stocks these spare parts in the UK and the repair that has to be carried out does not comply with CE regulations. We would like to end this article with a saying of John Ruskin, “It is unwise to pay too much, but it is worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money – that’s all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot – it can’t be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better.”

Top Reasons Why You Should Replace Your Garage Door

Broken-Garage-DoorA lot of people think that if a garage door opens and closes just fine then there is no need to replace it but little do they know the benefits of a new garage door that provide a powerful argument to why they should replace the old one. Below are some of the benefits that you can enjoy, just by replacing your old garage door with a new one.

Value and Appearance

If your old garage door does not offer any appealing look or if it doesn’t go with the looks, color and the style of the house then it is time to make a decision. Garage doors greatly influence the curb appeal of a house. If your garage door is old, broken and out of date model then it isn’t adding any positive impact to your house’s look. The curb appeal of a house high influence the market value of your house and if you have a garage door that looks great then it is a given that it will make your house look great hence adding more value to your house. Just like the real estate market, the cost of garage doors have also been increasing since always that means if you sell your house after an installation of a new garage door then you will get a profit out of its value too.

Energy Costs

Some garages are used as playrooms, home offices and other things that do not involve the parking of a car or storage of useless items. If same is the case with your garage you would be spending money for the sake of cooling or heating it to get a comfortable indoor temperature. Old garage doors usually do not feature any sort of insulation that would help maintain the indoor temperature and that results in you paying a lot of money. Installation of a new insulated garage door can make your garage more energy efficient by maintaining the temperature hence saving you a lot of energy costs.

Better Storage

A lot of garages are used for the storage of different machines and equipment tools instead of parking a vehicle. If your garage door is old and has a lot of cracks, offers a poor fitting, and no insulation then you might be risking all of the things that you store in your garage. Such doors allow the entrance of rainwater, dirt, moisture and air that can be very dangerous for sensitive equipment and products that you can be storing in your garage. Old garage doors in such poor condition can be opened easily that makes all of your belongings more vulnerable to theft.

Insurance Benefits

A lot of insurance companies offer up to a 10% cut on their premiums for houses with new garage door installations. If a garage door is new, it is very unlikely that it might break down and cause the insurance companies any claim and that is why insurance companies tend to offer such discounts that can easily pay off the amount you spend on a new garage door.