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Sectional Garage Doors V’s Roller Shutter Garage Doors

Which are the best Garage Doors?

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If you can’t decide which is the best garage door for your property then read on. We have put together some important information for you, comparing Sectional and Roller Garage Doors which will help you make your decision.


Sectional Garage Doors

A Sectional Garage Door is made up of individual panels that hinge apart during operation compared to a Roller Garage Door which coils up as it opens and closes.

How do Sectional Garage Doors work?

When a Sectional Garage Door opens and closes the individual panels rise vertically and travel along metal tracks which are fixed to the inside of the garage, moving them from an upright position to a horizontal configuration. The panels hinge apart and bend around a curved section of tracking and when fully open the door panel sits within the ceiling space of the garage, completely parallel to the floor.

Why buy a Sectional Garage Door?

There are many reasons you should buy a Sectional Garage Door and here are a few for you to consider.

A Sectional Garage Door is made from double skinned steel panels, around 40mm of expanded foam insulation is sandwiched in the centre and there are rubber seals around the perimeter which prevent heat from escaping and cold air from entering the space. If your garage is attached to your house then a Sectional Garage Door will not only make your garage warmer but will make it more energy efficient for your home as well. If you are going to be using your garage for a lot more than storing a car then a Sectional Garage Door is more insulated than an up and over-door or roller door so it will keep the space warmer than other types of doors.

Sectional Garage Doors come in a different styles making it easier to match the features of the door to the features of your property. You can create a modern or traditional look with flat, ribbed, centre ribbed or Georgian panels and compare this to a Roller Garage Door which only has one style of horizontal slats.

A Sectional Garage Door offers a high level of security and is one of the most secure options on the market. The double skinned steel panels which overlap make it difficult to break into and the weaker components are housed within the garage, which gives you peace of mind that your belongings will be secure when the door is closed.

A Sectional Garage Door does not stick out at the bottom as it opens and closes so results in you being able to park your car really close to the garage door whilst still having access to the garage when the door is open. A Sectional Garage Door can also be automated, meaning you can open and close it with a touch of a button and in the comfort of your car if you store your car in the garage, giving you convenience as well as security.

Is a Sectional Garage Door suitable for any Garage?

A Sectional Garage Door requires minimal headroom space but compared to a Roller Garage Door which needs less, still making it a great option for compact spaces.

How much is a Sectional Garage Door compared to a Roller Garage Door?

Always speak to your local Garage Door company and ask for quotes for both a Sectional and a Roller Garage Door. Don’t make your choice on price alone as they will be able to tell you which door will best fit into the space you have, along with the benefits of each one.

In summary, if insulation and a traditional appearance is your priority then a Sectional Garage Door will probably be better for you, however, if you are restricted by space and the ease of installation is your main concern than the Roller Garage Door may be better for you.

Roller Shutter Garage Doors

How do Roller Shutter Garage Doors work?

Roller Shutter Garage Doors are made up of separate horizontal panels which roll up into the ceiling space or barrel cover, giving you space to store things in your garage roof. They are also available as an external roller garage door which fits in front of the opening if your garage has little lintel space. External roller garage doors are supplied as a complete package with a matching operator.  The shaft cover around the operator protects it from adverse weather effects and unauthorised interference.  The barrel cover and frame come in the same colour as the door to create a uniform and harmonious appearance. The tension spring cover on the sides of the external roller garage door is made of aluminium and features vision sections to control the spring system.

Why buy a Roller Shutter Garage Door?

There are many reasons why you would buy a Roller Shutter Garage Door and here are a few for you to consider.

Roller Shutter Garage Doors are made from double skinned aluminium, making them highly secure, deterring break-ins. They can fit anywhere, whatever the opening space or shape, a roller shutter door can be individually made to fit.

They are automatically operated with a key fob so there is no need to ever use a key to unlock, lift a heavy door and push it upwards to open again. A Roller Shutter Door enables you to drive up to your garage entrance, remain in your car whilst you open the door with your key fob and then drive in, so no getting wet or cold getting in and out of your car to manually unlock, lift and open. If you don’t use your garage to store your car then you can park almost touching the garage door and still have access when the door is open, or, if you park your car in your garage it gives you maximum space inside as you can park really close to the garage door and it still opens.

They are available in a range of standard paint colours and simulated woodgrain finishes and can also be supplied in other colours or finishes by special order. Matching side doors are also available, plus a range of standard access control items so you won’t ever have to use a key again.

Is a Roller Shutter Garage Door suitable for any Garage?

Yes, a Roller Shutter Garage Door is almost always suitable for any garage opening as they are made to measure for any non-standard openings. If there isn’t enough room inside the garage for the door to roll up into then the mechanics can be fitted in casing outside.

How much is a Roller Shutter Garage Door compared to a Sectional Garage Door?

As stated about the cost of a Roller Shutter Garage Door is comparable to a Sectional Garage Door.

Roller Shutter Garage Doors are growing in popularity due to their security for homeowners and businesses.

In summary, whether you want a modern look or a more traditional style to match your home a Roller Shutter Garage Door can be the one for you.

It’s only when you start thinking about replacing your garage door that you realise there are lots of different options out there for you so here are a few pointers:

Remember a Sectional Garage Door is a manual door with an electric opening as an option, whereas a Roller Shutter Garage Door is built as an electric door system so this might make a difference to you.

When it comes to insulation the Sectional Garage Door wins hands down with some incredible U values offered compared to the Roller Shutter Garage Door which can be seen as slightly flawed by the fact it is split into approximately 22 sections.

What should you do next?

Give Garage Door Rescue a call on 01793 393503 and we will have the best solution for you at the right price. All our garage door installation quotes are a fixed price and include the supply of the door, steel frames, security locks, VAT and a full manufacturers’ guarantee.

We have been repairing and installing all makes and models of garage doors for over 20 years. We are a family-owned business and take pride in delivering a friendly and dependable service. We offer our services and same day repair service to homeowners and businesses, and our qualified engineers are experienced in problem-solving to make sure your garage door repair is not just a quick fix.

What repairs do we provide?

We provide all types of Sectional and Roller Shutter Garage Door repairs or replacements for locks, handles and rollers. We also offer security options, and preventative maintenance plans as well. Preventative maintenance will keep your door looking and working perfectly for years to come.

Our Same Day Service*

You can call us today and receive our same day repair service for any type of Garage Door. We will quickly identify the problem, give you a fixed quote, and have your garage door functioning again in no time.

Warranty on our Sectional and Roller Shutter Garage Door Repairs

Satisfaction is guaranteed for all our Roller Shutter Garage Door repairs. All our cable replacements come with a Lifetime Guarantee offering you complete peace of mind. We provide a full 12 months guarantee including parts and labour for all other repairs and all our repairs strictly adhere to manufacturer’s instructions.

Garage Door Rescue have local Engineers to fix, maintain or install new roller shutter garage doors throughout Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Berkshire including Swindon, Cirencester, Faringdon, Highworth, Wroughton, Marlborough, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Stroud, Dursley, Chipping Norton, Moreton In The Marsh, Chippenham, Calne, Malmesbury, Bath, Corsham, Melksham, Trowbridge, Devizes, Frome, Oxford, Wantage, Abingdon, Didcot, Kidlington, Witney, Reading, Newbury and Hungerford. If you need a new garage door installed or a garage door repair then give us a call on 01793 393503 today.