Garage Doors- Rollers or not?
Selecting the right garage door is a very important decision. From the type of garage door to the material that is going to be used, all the aspects require a good understanding before the final call. Before discussing the roller garage doors that are growing popular exponentially, let’s first discuss the other options available.
Panel Lift Door
The panel lift door was once a very popular choice. However, it is not replaced by the roller doors. Today, they cost more than the standard roller doors, due to lesser demand. Panel lift door be made from almost any material. It has the advantage of requiring little clearance.
Sectional Garage Doors
Sectional garage doors are built in sections. As you press the button, the sections fold and roll up into the garage. They are a stylish and good option for those with little overhead clearance. Sectional garage doors can be made from almost any material such as vinyl, fiberglass, aluminum and steel.
The most popular choice today is the roller garage door Melbourne. A roller door has a great many advantages over other types of doors. These will be discussed in a while. But first comes the operation of the roller doors. The rollers are installed in the upper end of the garage and as you press the button or push the garage sheet upwards manually, the roller rolls up the garage sheet to make a coiled form. There can be single skinned or double skinned sheets for roller doors. Moreover, there is the option of insulation which will be discussed below.
Advantages of choosing a Roller door
The roller garage doors have a great many advantages over other door options for garage. The first and foremost advantage is the minimal space required for the roller door. Minimal space offers the option of maximizing the length of garage and driveway. Since the garage door rolls straight upwards, the area just inside the garage, at the opening, is also useable as there will be no obstruction when it slides up. They are compact and do not require much space when operating. Moreover, the roller can be installed inside or outside, as per your wish. This option is not available in the case of other garage doors.
The garage doors are also more resistant to any kind of damage. The use of corrugated sheets provides additional strength and security. Unlike the panel-lift or sectional garage doors, the roller doors do not allow rainwater inside with the help of rubber seal at the bottom. This also protects the car and other stuff inside the garage from dust and insecticides.
Selecting the right material is very important when installing the roller garage door. The most common materials that are used are, steel and aluminum.
Aluminum doors offer a number of advantages as well as disadvantages. They have the superiority in being low maintenance, affordable and rust proof. They offer far more ease in operating manually than the steel doors. There are also more options in sizing of sheets in aluminum doors. However, on the downside of using aluminum doors, you get doors with minimal resistance to denting as the strength is barely comparable to the steel doors. Since aluminum is highly conductive, it is less energy efficient when being used for insulation.
The steel doors are usually the first option for garage doors. They provide better strength and security. They also offer better insulation. Further insulation layer can also be applied, if required. As the steel doors are becoming more and more common, they are getting easily available in all sizes and styles. To increase the strength, you can use 2 or 3 layered sheet of the door.
Operating the garage door manually can be frustrating after a while so machine-operated doors are usually preferred. Still, there are some considerations that you need to keep in mind when getting a machine-operated garage door.
- Make sure the door has the sensing mechanism installed which stops it from operating or reverse the operation when an object is detected in the way.
- Do not rely on infrared beams for the detection of any hindrance as it’s not a reliable option for technical reasons.
- Do not go for a ‘hold-to-run’ operated door that you have to keep pushing the button for it to open and close.
Having considered all the pros and cons of using the roller doors and the material to be used, it is very important that you, ultimately, decide the one that fits best for your need in Melbourne. Different factors like the weather and the need for high security, are crucial in making the final decision.