Automatic Garage Doors
What is an automatic garage door?
Automatic garage doors are a convenient system that enables the homeowner to open and close the garage door at the click of a button, including by remote control from the comfort of their car. Instead of having to physically get out of the vehicle and walk over to the front of the garage every time you want the door to open or close, you can make use of this function. Automatic garage doors are a prestige feature that can increase the value of your property. They’re also highly compelling from a home security point of view – it’s extremely tough to force them.
How do you install an automatic garage door?
Installing automatic garage doors isn’t as simple as fitting regular doors, and it’s also dangerous; DIY fittings are not covered by warranty. However, our unparalleled industry experience and expertise means that you can expect an installation of the highest possible standard – and a door that lasts for many years into the future. JK Doors can also tailor any installation of automatic garage doors to meet special requirements and fully complement your home’s existing aesthetic or colour scheme. Please contact us for more detailed information and in-depth advice.
Most manual garage doors can be upgraded to an automatic version, but we would need to conduct a survey first. Remember that your new door must be installed square and plumb to ensure trouble free operation. Similarly, the opening must be square and plumb for the operation of your door to work to best effect. You will need a 13 amp socket inside the garage so that we can feed the necessary power to the electric opening system (it’s not possible to wire to a service board or lighting circuit). A qualified electrician will wire a 13 amp socket at the opener head location.
What are the benefits of using automatic garage doors?
With automatic garage doors you don’t need to carry house keys on your person anymore – you just need a garage remote, your phone, or a keypad code for quick and easy access to your garage. Modern versions often feature a holiday mode, which blocks any attempt to open the garage door with a remote control while you’re away. The door can only be operated with a specific code on the door keypad (automatic garage doors have remotes that operate on a very limited number of frequencies, so burglars historically used this weakness to gain access).
You could also opt for automatic garage doors with a rolling frequency opener that changes all the time, meaning your doors aren’t left vulnerable. The good news is that all of the latest garage door opener systems apply this rolling code technology. Automated garage doors give you the ability to establish a temporary guest keypad code, as well. This removes the need to constantly change your garage door code to maintain security. Instead, you can set a guest code every time a visitor requires entry to your garage (with your permission) when you’re away from home.
What sizes are automatic garage doors?
Standard, single car garage door widths begin at around eight feet (2438mm) for the typical single car garage in the UK. They are then available in 12-inch increments up to a width of 10 feet wide. Double car garage doors usually start at 12 feet wide – then move up in 24-inch increments to 18 feet in width. The usual standard height is seven feet (2134mm) but in many cases some extra height is now necessary considering the growing popularity of larger 4×4 vehicles. The drive through height is rarely the same as the ordering height for most garage doors – so you need to plan carefully.