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What Automatic Door for My Garage

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The choice of a particular type of automatic garage door depends on several parameters: the space available inside and outside the garage, the size of your car, and your budget. A short guide to help you choose.

The overhead garage door

The overhead garage door is made of one large panel (the deck) that switches to be placed parallel to the ceiling. The deck is made of wood (oak or exotic wood, usually), Ribbed steel with anti-corrosion (sometimes including thermal insulation), or sometimes PVC reinforced with a metal structure. This type of door is usually sold without engine and single-walled. There are two kinds of garage doors.

A counterweight: overhead door with a counterweight system integrated into the chassis without the need for guide rails. This system requires the volume inside the garage. The other balance arm called “overwhelming” the panel switches with guide rails. It extends to the outside of the garage when opening or closing, making it a very suitable system along public roads.

This is a solid door and cheaper than others this is the biggest advantage of this door. While the disadvantage is they are available in a limited choice of sizes, designs, and finishes.

The sectional garage door.

This door consists of several hinged panels. It works like a large roller shutter, sliding closer to the wall or ceiling. It is quite suitable for the installation of an external engine. It is made of wood or steel associated with fiberglass or PVC. It usually has a double steel wall filled with polyurethane foam. There are two types of sectional garage doors, One moves to the ceiling through vertical and horizontal rails. While in other, Lateral: the panels are suspended from a ceiling track and slide down a slide on the ground). The side doors need to release one of the walls of the garage.

Advantages: They are ideal for small spaces. They come in all sizes, even larger. They are resistant to forced entry and easy to be motorized. Can sometimes attach to its sectional garage door to his front door by choosing from the same manufacturer. Joints between deck panels help prevent heat loss and pinching. While the only disadvantage is that it is necessary to choose a good quality of materials and workmanship. They are more expensive than overhead doors

The roll-up garage door

The roll-up garage door is made of aluminum strips stapled together. She rolled in a box at the top. It can easily be motorized.
Advantages: it is the system that offers the best space-saving. It is quiet inside the garage. Cons: You can not integrate the gate. Its price is high. They exist only in aluminum.

The security requirements of automatic garage doors.

Automatic garage doors must meet the essential safety requirements to avoid accidents such as pinching or crushing of a person. Automatic garage doors can not be sold unless they bear the CE mark. It establishes a presumption of conformity with the requirements of standard NF EN 13241-1 and an independent body has verified the manufacturer’s compliance.
In addition, when installed, automatic doors garage must meet the safety requirements set by the building code and housing, particularly in regard to the system shutdown and routine maintenance.

Additional Tip for garage renovation.

While Renovation, it is possible to fit a garage door manually powered by solar energy. This energy is recovered by a photovoltaic cell located above the garage door and is stored in batteries to operate. We can equip any garage door of a solar-powered but is specially designed for garages that are not connected to the grid.

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