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Canopy doors require less space for opening but are only available in single door sizes. Canopy doors are not ideal to be made electronically operated and operate manually by vertical runners with an over head spring system and cables.
Retractable doors require more space for opening and are available in single and double door sizes. They are an ideal door to be manually operated or electronically operated and use horizontal side runners with side link arms and side springs. If your budget allows for the extra cost of a retractable mechanism and your garage accommodates the requirements a retractable garage door needs. We would recommend you to have a retractable mechanism fitted, because in our opinion long term, there is less to go wrong with a retractable door and they are easier to operate.
The ultimate factor is the current condition of your door. If it moves freely and easily, doesn’t rub on its own frame or the floor then you are off to an excellent start and almost any door can be automated. If your door is wobbling all over the place, is very stiff or has a range of other issues then it may be more challenging.
Even if your door is in a sad state, it can always be rejuvenated. If you are very fond of your garage door style and wish to retain it, or it is a very large (and therefore expensive) door to replace, we can simply change the mechanism (springs, arms, tracks, etc) and add a motor for the most cost effective way of motorising otherwise poorly garage doors.
Although age is generally a challenging factor when it comes to converting your garage door to electric, generally anything is possible as long as you are willing to give the operating gear a proper overhaul
There are different motors to suit different door types. If you have a traditional up and over door the main factor is whether the door has tracks that run horizontally back into the garage. You might also have a retractable door, tracks that run vertically up and down the back of the frame, or a canopy door. Canopy doors are not designed to be motorised, but if the door is modern and/or runs smoothly, it can be motorised with the addition of a bow-arm device, although this will increase the cost. The bow arm conversion kit is fitted against the door and attached to the operator boom. As an alternative Hormann and Garador also offers a canopy lifting arm which is easy to install.
For comparison, if the door is in reasonable condition, even very old retractable doors can be automated. This is a simple and cost effective case of installing a boom above the structural opening and an electric operator motor at the other en
In some cases, the physical conditions within the garage mean that a motor will not be suitable. We will always aim to squeeze them in where we can, but never at the detriment of reliability as the motor should make your life easier and give you years of dependable function.
The main issues are a lack of headroom, lintels passing through the garage that get in the way of the motor mechanism and ultimately, there must be power in the garage!
The virtues of motorising your door are numerous: no more back-strains, avoid getting out in the rain when you come home and in some cases for those with limited mobility, an absolute must that can be VAT free.
The temptation may be to rip out the existing garage door and start from scratch – though often this is not necessary. Most old garage doors can be renovated and automated, unless they were built with odd spring and gearing arrangements.
As the cost varies widely depending on the condition of your existing door, the simplest solution is to give us a call and we will be glad to come out and give you a free assessment of the suitability of your garage door and leave you a written quotation. Motors are always in stock and can be installed within 3-5 working days. Contact us with any questions about your garage door conversion project.
Many styles and finishes available
Available as standard in a variety of colours extra to quote for any non specified colours
If water and dirt is entering your garage, this simple easy to install seal kit is ideal for keeping your garage clean.
Federal garage door bolts are designed to bolt through the garage door and lock into the frame. A great option for up and over garage doors, this garage door bolt lock features a high security key profile.
D613 Federal garage door bolts are also available keyed alike, meaning that you can conveniently access multiple garages with just one key.
Garage door bolt features:
Locks can be opened from either side
Suitable for doors up to 38mm thick
70mm throw molybdenum-steel bolt
3 medium length four-sided "cruciform" keys
Coachbolts, escutcheons & rivets included
Blister-packed with fitting instructions
The 4, 6 and 8 lock options come with 2 keys per lock
We Stock repair kits for many makes and models of garage doors, give us a call we are here to help.