How to Choose the Perfect Electric Garage Doors - 20/06/19

How to Choose the Perfect Electric Garage Doors


Whether you’ve had a long day at the office or a tiring afternoon of physical exercise, dragging yourself out of your car to battle with a temperamental garage door is never an attractive prospect. Garages are built to house and protect our vehicles, however, if it has become more of a hindrance than a help, an update is most likely needed.


As the entrance-way into our garages, garage doors are extremely important to the functionality of these spaces. As well as being visually appealing, we also want garage doors to have high levels of security and most importantly, they must allow us to access our garages with ease.


Automated gates and garage doors are being installed more and more in modern households and it’s not difficult to see why. There’s something so sleek and stylish about an electronic garage door that opens on command and although subtle, this change can have a huge impact. Gone are the days of racing up the driveway in the pouring rain and desperately trying to prise open your garage door. An automated door gives you the power to open and close the entrance at the touch of a button from the comfort of your vehicle. And, if that wasn’t enough, these doors can also be tailored and tweaked to suit the individual in question, ensuring you don’t have to compromise on anything.


Whilst there’s no denying the many benefits that accompany garage door automation, there’s more to the decision process than first meets the eye. To ensure your new garage door lives up to your expectations, we’ve listed a few things you may want to consider prior to installation.

Your garage door replacement: materials and design


One of the great things about automation is that it can be applied to more or less any garage door, giving you the freedom to choose a design that suits you. Some popular styles include:

Up and over garage doors


This classic design is favoured by many homeowners as it’s easy to operate and extremely practical. These doors will retract back into the garage when opened, giving you the space you need to enter and exit your garage. Automation can easily be implemented to improve accessibility and the doors can be purchased in a variety of different materials including steel and timber depending on your design preferences.

Roller doors


These doors simply roll upwards to allow vehicles to enter and exit and are the perfect space saving choice. As with up and overs, there are steel and woodgrain options and these doors can also have a plastic coating over the top to protect the surface from adverse weather conditions.

Sectional garage doors


Sectional doors are a cross between up and overs and roller doors. They lift vertically before drawing back into the garage to create an entrance. Again, they come in an array of different materials and a ribbing design is extremely popular. Automated sectional doors offer a smooth and fuss-free entry into your garage, allowing you to come and go with ease.

Sliding doors


A garage door that slides to one side offers an innovative yet practical entrance-way. With timber and aluminium options available, you can have a sliding door that fits with your household’s exterior and there are both manual and automated options available.

Brands and pricing


It goes without saying that certain brands, styles and materials may be more expensive than others. However, it’s important to assess your requirements as well as what’s on offer to find the best garage doors for you.


Hormann, one of the leading manufacturers in the business, are known for their sleek designs and high-quality products. They produce all of the above-mentioned garage doors and there are many different styles, colours and finishes to choose from. These doors may cost you a little more, however, with Hormann, you can guarantee you’re getting good value for money.


Rundum Meir is another well-known company that specialises in sliding garage doors. From bi-part sliding doors to ‘round the corner’ doors, Rundum Meir offers bespoke products to suit the requirements of the individual.


When it comes to the pricing of garage doors, the cost will largely depend on the materials used, the features that have been added and the overall size of the door. Generally, up and overs and roller doors are often cheaper than sectional and sliding doors, however, this can vary between brands. To ensure you’re paying the best price for the best product, it’s important to explore the different brands on the market and find out about the different features to help you make an informed decision.


Failing that, why not just ask your local garage door supplier? At South West Garage Doors, we use our experience and expertise to guide our customers through the selection process before installing your brand new door at your property. We are one of the main Hormann distributors in the South West and our varied range ensures there’s something for everyone. Click herefor more information.

Functions and features


Another thing to consider when switching from a manual to automatic system is that electronic doors can be tailored to your specific needs. Automated doors are all designed with convenience and ease of use in mind, however, it’s important to customise your door to suit your lifestyle and personal preferences.


When it comes to opening and closing your garage door, the operation is really up to you. An internal push button located within the garage to open and close the door is a popular accessory. There is also the remote control option as well as digital keypads and even finger scanners for maximum access control. In addition to this, you can link up your door to an app, allowing you to control your garage door using your smartphone. As well as giving you the opportunity to personalise your garage door, many of these features will increase the security of your garage, giving you peace of mind that your vehicle is safely stowed.


On the topic of safety, automated garage doors are constructed with this firmly in mind. Most automated doors use low voltage operators and have built-in obstruction detection to prevent accidents from occurring. There are also certain pieces of legislation regarding the safety and functionality of automated garage doors and when you work with a reputable supplier, you can be sure that these rules are being adhered to.


South West Garage Doors: a team of professionals on hand to supply and install your brand new garage door


At South West Garage Doors, we specialise in home security. From automatic gates to electronic garage doors, our products are designed with both safety and style in mind.


We work with many leading brands including Hormann and Garador, giving you a wide selection of doors to choose from. Whatever the size of your garage, we’ll have a door to fit the frame and many of our styles can be custom made at no extra cost if necessary.


We are also equipped to repair a wide range of garage doors and we offer regular servicing to ensure your door stands the test of time.


To begin the garage door selection process, why not visit one of our showrooms in Helston or Bodmin? Alternatively, contact usto speak to a member of our team and update your garage today with South West Garage Doors.

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