Absolutely! Sectional garage doors are significantly more secure than Tip-up garage
doors. This is because the sides of a sectional door are behind the opening, making
it extremely difficult to force open.
Our hardware utilise only the best quality.
Steel 7-ball bearing rollers are noisy and require frequent lubrication. Acetate
rollers become noisy here at the coast. Nylon wheels are much quieter and do not
require lubrication. Our garage doors use 10-bearing, nylon-coated steel rollers.
We only use our own specification 316 stainless steel lifting cables which are perfect
for our coastal conditions.
Sectional Garage doors require a minimum of 400mm of space between the top of the
door opening and the lowest point of the ceiling. The use of low headroom track system
can be used allowing as little as 250mm.
If you have automation, we do not recommend the fitting of door locks. The Automation
acts as the lock. If one member of the family locks the door and another person tries
to use the automation to open it, it will result in damage to the door and/or the
opener. If going on Holiday, and you want to use the locks, make sure they are inside
the garage where they can not be tampered with, and leave your remotes in the garage
so you can't use them by mistake. Or if available, use the lock facility on the
Wall Switch. (As fitted to the ET DC Blue Advanced & Digidoor 2 & 3 products.)
What should you look for when buying a garage door?
When getting quotes for doors, make sure you are comparing fairly. There are a number
of ways to make a cheaper garage door, none of which are to your advantage unless
you are looking for a cheaper contractors quality door to last you for a year or
two. Make sure you are getting good value for money as opposed to the cheapest price.
Look for the following - The quality of the panels, the quality of the springs, the
quality of the hardware, are you getting a timber frame to protect the door from
being scraped against the masonry. On a double door, how many springs are you getting,
hopefully 2 as these will work back to back and prevent torque drifting of the door.
How many top-hats? These are the ribs that give a double door its strength and integrity.
We prefer a top-hat on each panel, so on a standard door that’s 5. Beware of doors
with less than 3, especially those with 0. These are the doors that are guaranteed
to be damaged within 18 months. The top panel must have a top-hat as this is where
the automation is exerting the most force lifting the door each time. As the springs
bed in, the weight of the door is focused on that top panel and buckling will occur.
If you are in a particularly windy area and get the full force of the wind, it may
even be worth getting extra top-hats as these are what gives the panels its strength
to withstand the force against it and prevent the door being blown in.
Are the lifting cables used galvanised or stainless steel. If stainless steel are
they 308 or 316. It will all dictate on how long it takes for corrosion to cause
them to snap. We prefer 316 stainless steel fine weave as this should see the life
of the springs (10,000 cycles which is typically 5 - 8 years of use) before needing
Springs are a critical component. Cheap springs only last 2 - 3 years. Our springs
typically 8 - 10 years (depending on frequency of use and corrosion) They will need
adjustment after an initial bedding in period, typically 6 months to a year and perhaps
need adjusting again in another year. This is why annual servicing is so important
as if left unattended, the springs will not be balancing the door correctly and the
motor will be taking the full force.
You should be able to open a door by hand and have it stay where you let go of it.
If its balanced, it will either stay in place, or gently slide closed. It should
never crash down. If it does, it needs adjusting. It should be neutral in its entire
travel up and down.
Make sure that the hinges, the side hinges especially are fastened with 6 fixings
per hinge. This allows 1 fixing per hinge half to fail without there being a critical
failure. Using only 4 rivets per hinge is asking for trouble as in most cases they
are fixed into the slots that allow the panel to move around. Not a good thing.
Lastly, check up on the workmanship and experience of the installer. Ask around and
see if someone has used the installer before. There are plenty of installers who
are here today and gone tomorrow. Don’t be one of the statistics that get caught
out. Make sure you are using a company who has their own installers and not using
subcontract labour. Rarely is the work of these installers checked by the company
We Strongly recommend that you do not accept Double Sectional garage doors that have
been installed using ‘flap hinges’. This is a cheap, inefficient but quick and easy
way to allow a door to work in a situation with low headroom. Usually used by those
installers who either do not know how do make a double track work, or who has not
quoted correctly to allow the extra materials to make up a double track system. The
top panel is not fixed in place but floats. It relies on the motor to push the panel
into place, it also requires that the door is set up unbalanced as gravity is needed
to pull the door down. This all results in extra stress in the door and the motor.
Insist that a ‘Double Track’ system is employed. This allows the door to be set up
correctly balanced and completely controlled in its entire travel.
Aluzinc Sectional Door available in
White (Shown), Brown, Bronze &
Atlantic Beach Grey.
Aluminium Sectional Door available in White (Shown) Bronze and Grey
We no longer offer wood doors as part of our range due to the quality of available