Garage roller doors
are an incredibly convenient way of securing and protecting items in your garage. The fact they roll up into a tight cylinder means they’re efficient with space for if you’ve got one of those garages which store everything from your car to lawnmowers and tools.
But how do you make sure you’re choosing the right roller door? There is a wide range of different rolling shutters on the market, and each has different pros and cons. With this article, we hope to clear up some of the questions you might have about the best roller doors for your needs.
What are the main types of garage roller doors?
In the UK, there are two main types of garage roller doors. There are single skin ‘continuous curtain’ steel roller doors, and double skinned aluminium roller doors.
The first option is great for a basic door where you’re not particularly concerned about insulation, noise, and security.
The second option is made up from individual foam slats which are cased in aluminium. These roll up much tighter and therefore use up far less room. They’re also better at insulating against sound and temperature differences as well.
What should you look for in a good garage roller door?
Choosing a good garage roller door can be difficult, on the basis a lot of roller doors look the same, regardless of quality. The main thing to look for is the difference in the quality of the components. Unfortunately, this means sometimes paying a slight premium. Although we all love a bargain, when investing in a roller door it’s best to get one that’ll last and be of a high quality.
Other options you should look out for
For most automated roller doors, you’ll get two radio transmitters which allow you to open the roller doors from up to 20 meters away. Some of the higher-end garage roller doors now allow you to open them via your smart phone.
You should also look for a roller door which has an inbuilt courtesy light which turns on for a few minutes after you’ve opened it. This will make it easier when accessing your garage at night.
It’s also a good idea if you want to get an automated roller door, to look for a roller door with a manual override in case of a power failure.
Obviously securing your garage is one of the main concerns when buying a roller door. With certain roller doors, you can look for a ‘Secured by Design’ level 1 specification. There are a number of other things to consider like how robust the components are, or whether the manufacturer has added any other security components of their own.
Hopefully, this information has given you some food for thought and helped answer a few of your questions about roller doors. Let us know on our Twitter
if this post did help you, we would love to hear your thoughts. The main thing is to remember that, if you buy the cheapest roller door out there, you’ll probably end up buying twice, or at least putting your valuables at risk!