Buying A Roller Garage Door? Things To Consider.

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Are you considering buying a roller garage door? Let’s face it, unless you know exactly what you want, garage door selection can be very confusing.  Do you want a timber door, a panel door or maybe you want to opt for one of Australia’s greatest inventions; the roller garage door!

Why You’d Need A New Roller Door

 Like everything, roller garage doors have a natural lifespan.  Typically, garage doors need to be replaced every ten to fifteen years. There are many factors that determine whether it’s time for a new roller door. Ranging from security,  aesthetics right the way through to functionality.  Old roller doors can often have cracks and gaps around the edges which make it easier for unauthorised access, letting the cold in and the heat out.  Ageing roller doors can also be unsightly and a simple replacement can add value to your property or business by increasing street-appeal.

Things To Consider

 Installing a roller garage door can be a simple process but there are several things that need to be considered prior to the installation.  It goes without saying but the old adage of measure twice is definitely the most important element when buying a garage door.  The last thing you want is being left with a door that’s either too big or small.

There are many other ‘bits and pieces’ you need to ensure you have in your possession prior to the installation of your new door. Often overlooked, the correct hardware such as bolts, screws and brackets are just as important as the actual door.

The actual installation of a roller door depending on the size may require 2 people where each of them can hold it from either side.

 Sizing Considerations

When it comes to choosing the size of your new roller door, there are things to take into consideration. First is the size of your garage opening. You’ll want to make sure the garage has enough headroom (min 400mm) so the drum of the Roller Door can fit. The door also needs to be wider than the opening width of the Garage to ensure no gap is left between. Another thing to consider is the height of your garage opening. If you have a tall garage, you may want to opt for a taller door. So that you can fit larger items in without having to duck under the doorframe. Conversely, if you have a lower garage opening, you’ll want to make sure that the door isn’t too tall or it will be difficult to open and close.

Finally, you’ll want to think about any special features that you may want in your new roller door. For example, if you live in an area with high winds, you may choose a door that has wind ratings. Or, if security is a concern, there are doors available with built-in locks or other security features. Consider what you need from your door before making a final decision on size.

Style And Appearance

Think about the overall look of your home and garage. Do you want the door to match the style of your home, or would you prefer it to stand out? There are a variety of styles and colours, so take time to browse through options and find what best suits your needs. Keep in mind the practicality of the door. If you live in an area with a lot of wind or rain, for example, you’ll want to make sure that your door is durable enough to withstand those conditions. Similarly, if you have a pet or young child, you’ll want to choose a door that can’t easily open from the outside. Many customers nowadays opt for electric garage door openers due to their affordability.

Also, consider your budget. Roller doors can vary widely in price, so it’s important to find one that fits within your means. Don’t forget to factor in installation costs as well – these can vary depending on the type of door you choose and whether you hire a professional installer.

Style And Appearance

 As you can see, installing a roller garage door yourself isn’t as simple as you’d think.  The humble garage door throws up a lot of questions from what type of door, sizing, hardware to the potential issues the installation might pose.

Luckily, we’re on hand to help you choose the type of door you need, the installation and industry-leading after sales service.

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