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What type of garage door do I have? Door types explained...

What door do you have ? Knowing this is essential for you to choose the right product and get an accurate price for automating your door. Browse down and see what matches your door...

Retractable door 
Canopy door
Side Hinged door
Sectional door
Other doors

If you wish to purchase a new side hinge door or new sectional door please visit our sister website www.diygaragedoors.co.uk  
for pricing and spec's.

Retractable Doors
Retractable doors are most suited to being automated as no additional items are required other than the operator itself. Any type of operator can be used.

Take a look at the running gear of your door. A retractable door has:

  • Large springs at each side of the door

  • Rollers in a track run horizontally at head height

  • When the door is open, the bottom edge of the door is usually flush with the door frame (but not always)

Solutions for retractable doors:
Almost any operator will be fine for automating these doors.  The main considerations are the width (weight) and noise (AC or DC motor).

Purchase a new retractable door at our sister website www.diygaragedoors.co.uk prices from 389 inc VAT. 

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Canopy Doors
Canopy doors are not designed for automation and there are few options available. Some companies will try and sell you a an opener with a Bow Arm Converter - we don't recommend this as it does not meet auto-reverse safety standards and it tears your door in half eventually!!  The Autoglide was available until recently but is no longer in production. 

Take a look at the door running gear. A canopy door has:

  • One large spring running right across the top of the door 

  • Rollers running vertically up each door post 

  • When the door is open the bottom edge of the door protrudes approximately 2 feet (one third of the door) from the door frame

The spring at the top of a canopy door:

Solutions for canopy doors:
There are two options for canopy door automation.  

One is to replace the door gear entirely with a Maximiser gearing kit to convert your door to retractable gearing so that you can use any operator; this is not yet available to purchase on-line so in the mean time please contact us for pricing - roughly 230 inc VAT for a small light door.

The second option is to purchase a new retractable or sectional door at our sister website www.diygaragedoors.co.uk prices from 389 inc VAT.  

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Side Hinge Doors
Side Hinge doors can be automated using a Side Hinge Converter linked with any operator.

  • Hinges located at the sides. 

Solutions for Side Hinged Doors:
Best automated using the Hormann Promatic because it can be set for side hinge door use so that the auto-reverse feature works correctly.  In all cases you will need to use a Side Hinge Converter Bracket which links the operator and the leaves.  View some good pictures.

If you are looking to purchase a new side hinge door please visit our sister website www.diygaragedoors.co.uk for pricing and spec's.

Sectional Doors
Sectional doors are suited to being automated as no additional items are required other than the operator itself. Any type of operator can be used but please be sure to check the clearance above the door throughout it's opening cycle before ordering a product.

Take a look at the running gear of your door. A sectional door has:

  • 300/400mm wide panels that hinge across the whole width of the door

  • The whole door rises up the door post to rest on tracks above your head

Solutions for sectional doors:
Almost any operator will be fine for automating these doors, Hormann sectional doors are particularly good when fitted with their own openers.  The main considerations are the width (weight) and noise (AC or DC motor).

Purchase a new sectional door at our sister website www.diygaragedoors.co.uk prices from 465 inc VAT.  

Other door types
Unfortunately, whilst electric operators for other door types are available the requirements and issues that they throw up are a little too complex for internet sales and DIY installation.

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