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Garage Door Buyers Guide brought to you by Zap Garage Doors

A garage door often forms a large part of the facade of your house and so, to enhance your home’s aesthetic and security, a new, safe and durable garage door can be a real asset. There is a great range of doors on the market but this can leave customers wondering, which garage door should I choose? To help you distinguish an insulated roller door from an automated Hormann sectional, and much more, we’ve put together this handy buyers guide to help you along in the buying process.

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Different Types of Garage Door

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Manual or Automated?

 
Manual Garage Doors
Automated Garage Doors
Control
Manual Garage Doors As the name suggests, these doors have to be opened manually. If it’s bad weather, or if you have mobility issues, this can become taxing.
Automated Garage Doors With automated garage doors, you can open and close the door using a remote control. Operation at the push of a button is a very convenient option.
Maintenance
Manual Garage Doors Maintenance for most garage doors should be minimal; wiping down the door facade and lubricating moving parts are the main tasks.
Automated Garage Doors Automatic door maintenance is very similar to that for manual doors. In addition, you’ll just need to ensure your remote batteries don’t die.
Installation
Manual Garage Doors Garage door installation can be very dangerous for untrained individuals and is best left to the professionals.
Automated Garage Doors Installing an automated garage door is even more tricky than a with a manual door, with the added electrical components to consider and should, therefore, be left to professionals.
Aesthetics
Manual Garage Doors There is an excellent variety of garage door types, meaning there’s something to suit all homes.
Automated Garage Doors Automated garage doors can look just the same as manual ones, coming in a wide selection of types, style, finishes and colours.

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Insulated Garage Doors

When looking for a new door, one of the decisions you will have to make is whether you want an insulated or non-insulated garage door. This choice is entirely down to you and there are benefits and drawbacks of each type.

Insulated Garage Doors

Increases energy efficiency

Can help reduce heat loss in your home if the garage is attached

Helps avoid extreme high and low temperatures in your garage

Makes your garage a more comfortable and usable space

Insulated doors will cost more

Non-insulated Garage Doors

Cheaper option

Can cost you more in the long run through increased energy bills etc

The thinner door can be noisier when operating

Your garage will be less usable

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Sizes & Measuremenents

Taking precise measurements of your garage is very important to make sure your new garage door fits neatly and functions smoothly.

What Size is a Standard Garage Door?

There are many different sizes of garage door available, and there’s also the option for bespoke sizes to be made, should you wish. However, there are a few garage door sizes which are commonly offered as standard by most manufacturers.

Single Garage Doors

Single Garage Doors

Single garage doors are large enough to fit one vehicle - whether that’s a car, SUV or small van.

Typical sizes are:

  • 8 x 7 feet
  • 9 x 7 feet
  • 10 x 7 feet
Double Garage Doors

Double Garage Doors

Double garage doors are generally large enough to fit 2 standard vehicles, or one particularly large vehicle with ample space.

Standard double door sizes are:

  • 12 x 7 feet
  • 14 x 7 feet
  • 16 x 7 feet

How Do You Measure Your Garage Door?

Before deciding on any garage door, you will need to measure the space you have available. Many customers ask us how to measure a garage door, but unfortunately there’s not a simple answer as different types of door will require different measurements. However, if you take a few basic measurements to your garage door supplier, they should be able to help you with the rest. Such useful measurements include:

  • The width and height of the opening itself, not including the door frame
  • If you are planning to keep the existing timber frame, the width and height of the frame
  • The internal headroom - the space from the top of the door to the ceiling of the garage
  • The side room - the space each side of the garage door, measured from the side of the door to the side wall

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Getting Your New Door: The Sales Process

Once you’ve done your research into which kind of door you would like, our garage door experts can help you select the ideal one for your home. We can be on hand to help at any stage of the process, from providing valuable garage door buying tips, to offering quality maintenance and aftercare service years down the line. Our general sales process is as follows:

  • Customer enquiry1
  • A home visit is arranged2
  • One of our experts will visit, inspect your garage, and provide a quote3
  • Follow up phone call discussion, deposit put down and installation slot booked4
  • Sale and delivery is confirmed5
  • Fitters arrive to carry out professional installation6
  • You can enjoy your new door7

If you are considering a new garage door, let the experts at Zap Garage Doors help you find the best door for your home. Simply get in touch today for professional advice and to talk to our friendly advisors. We serve customers in and around Sheffield, Wakefield and Doncaster.

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