Electric Garage Doors

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  1. developer

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    Can I have opinions and recommendations on electric garage doors please?

    I have a 30 year old Wessex GB1 jobbie, just under 4m wide, and it needs replacing.

    I want security, style, functionality and thermal efficiency.

    I assume there are good ones and bad ones out there and I don't want a bad one - there was a TV programme recently slating a certain company (can't remember who) for poor workmanship.

    Photos would be very helpful :thumb:

    Thanks.
     
  2. sc3992

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    Had a "Horman" garage door fitted, £2,217 including VAT.

    It works and it looks pretty good.
     
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    I suspect you might be better off with sectional doors rather than rollers. Insulated rollers tend to be aluminium, and I'm not sure how secure they'd be on a 4m width.

    We had these fitted fairly recently (twin 2.3m, insulated aluminium, rosewood foil finish):

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    There's a big variation in price so get plenty of quotes - we had these done by a local company for £2850, which was only slightly more than the discounted quote we got via Costco for manually operated single-skin steel doors.
     
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    .....and remember to take into account any space you lose when the door(s) open.

    In my case my open door loses me a fair bit if ceiling height. Meaning that I can't fully open my Merc bonnets.

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  7. DrFeelgood

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    I had some fitted last year for my garage/office, roller doors with remote control motor.

    I'd take the thermal efficiency aspect with a pinch of salt, from memory mine are something like 12mm insulation and it's bloody freezing in Winter due to the fact that 12mm is very little insulation and the wind (North facing) howls around the edges.

    Look nice though and it's convenient in Summer to open the doors from the R/C on my desk.
     
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  8. erdnase

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    I've had a Hormann electric door for 9 years no problems or maintenance.
     
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    Nice. But the door with the glass panel, exterior hinges and 'long' door handle is the obvious security weak point.

    I hope you keep nothing of value in this garage.
     
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    I'v have had up n over with actuators worked fine but as the cars are getting much wider I have had to put roller doors on as these fit inside the brick opening I gained 8" on the width as no wood frame required but I lost around a ft on inside length which meant the E class would only go in if I drove up the the rear wall (motor cycle tyre stops damage) then there was 1" clearance as the door closed which meant tow bar had to have removable ball. The other thing when the wood frame was removed the sealant has not fully come off.
     
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    It's reasonably secure ... decent lock, double-glazed toughened safety glass, and a multi point claw bolt locking system. So you'd have a problem removing it even if you managed to cut through all the hinges.

    If you *really* wanted to get in then an angle grinder would probably make short work of the aluminium roller doors. But the garage is a few paces from our front door so doing it without anyone noticing would be tricky.
     
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    Yup the roller doors made a big difference with the SL. Previously I only had a few cm clearance each side on the door mirrors.
     
  13. lh49

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    Another vote for horman section doors here too. Had ours to replace a traditional up and over door few years ago and never looked back. We have the 4 horizontal section white woodgrain (sorry can't post a pic but on the horman site anyway) and its very robust and looks great


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    I've had my twin Hormann , 40mm insulated sectional electric doors for 17 years and they've been opened and closed at least twice every day in that time. No problems at all until about a fortnight ago when one of the springs snapped, was repaired quite quickly but cost £180 fitted , not bad for 17 years I suppose.
    Security wise the door is impossible to force open from the outside because of the electric opener the usual lock is not operational. There is an arm attached to the top of the door and the electric opener frame creating a steel triangle so the door isn't going to go up for anything.
     
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    It would take just seconds to kick that side door bottom panel through and get in.
     
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    Or use blow torch to melt it - much quieter (allegedly...)

    Metal sheet inserted is securer.

    Nice garage doors though.
     
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    Re 4m width - the roller shutter door on my old garage was 16ft wide, remote controlled with remotes in both cars and the kitchen, and was wonderful. Fully insulated, rubber strip seal along the bottom, the bottom was also reinforced to resist jemmying, and it was cheaper supplied, delivered and fitted than a 16ft non electric up and over door delivered! Supplied by a firm that specialised in roller shutters for shops rather than garages, found them on an industrial estate.

    The roller was only about a foot square, the guides were on the back of the pillars so no loss of width on the opening and a couple of inches on the length, I'm seriously tempted to fit one to the current garage as I miss my old garage immensly.
     
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    My son supplied and fitted Hormann Industrial and Domestic doors of all types for 15 years and was very happy with them. In fact, one of his first contracts was with the local Fire Station and they are still running, no doubt with a service and maintenance contract.

    One thing, though..don't even think about companies like Everest who also do doors to the domestic market at absolutely exorbitant prices!

    Ernie
     
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    I have a 5.5mtr roller shutter in a sort of teak finish on the outside. Insulated aluminium.

    It is remote control operation and has never failed to operate smoothly and is also very quiet.
    Brushes/bristles in the side channels and some that I added at the top make it pretty much draught-free.

    Lots more headroom than the up-and-under one fitted by Eddie Waring.

    Supplied and installed by a prominent member on one of the M-B forums around 5 years ago for around £1850 IIRC.
    A neat, tidy job and great value for money. :thumb:

    LINK.
     
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    Another thumbs up for a Hormann sectional insulated door. We have one at 5m wide with a really quiet supramatic motor. Fitted over ten years ago by 'Lancashire Garage Doors' from Bamber Bridge in Preston. It's opened/closed numerous times daily and never failed once.

    LGD come and service it once a year for £50.
     
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