There is no other way to cut it, purchasing a garage door is a big upfront expense. For some of the basic models of garage door, you can expect to pay a minimum of five hundred pounds, but the cost can reach all the way up to fifteen thousand for some of the bigger models that come with all of the customisations and add-ons that are possible. Just purchasing a five hundred pound door comes at a massive opportunity cost though, and you may be left ruing the day that you chose forego some of the ways that you can improve it at a slight increase in cost.
To start with, a basic model of a roller shutter garage door comes in at around three or four hundred pounds. While this is certainly nothing to sniff at in terms of costs, you have to bear in mind that a garage is something that you should be using on a regular basis, ideally for storing a vehicle, and therefore the door will see a lot of use. What you get from this is a roller shutter that is constructed from small and thin aluminium slats along with a roller assembly that the slats can be rolled up into. As a consequence, the door is light weight, but not very secure. The door will be manually operated, meaning that if you’re driving to and from work everyday in your vehicle, you will have to get out of the vehicle on either side of the door in order to open and close it. This can really eat up a lot of time, and is unnecessary.
The best way to upgrade your roller shutter garage door is to include an electric motor in the device, converting it into an auto roller shutter. These can be automatically opened through the use of a remote control that can be mounted into your vehicle, allowing you to open and close it without emerging from your vehicle. Besides being a massive convenience there are many other ways in which this would benefit you. Firstly, you will get a product that may last up to ten years. Secondly, the remote control access is a secure device that will enhance the security of your property as well. Thirdly, the inclusion of a small motor and a remote control can be bought for just a few hundred more pounds.
An auto roller shutter can be further enhanced in a number of ways. The most important thing to do next is to improve the materials used in the construction of the door. The first part of this is to improve it from aluminium to galvanised steel. Galvanised steel is a much stronger and heavier material to work with than aluminium, which does place a greater burden on the electric motor, but this is more than made up for in the improvement in the durability and security that the door has. Accidentally making contact with a garage door with a vehicle isn’t an uncommon occurrence, but a garage door made from galvanised steel will stand up to it much more effectively. A weak garage door is also one of the key targets for breaking into a house, as there is high chance that there will be expensive items in there, such as a vehicle. If you upgrade to galvanised steel, this weakness will be massively reduced, and they will likely require heavy machinery to successfully breach.
The next thing that you can look at for upgrading your auto roller shutter door is to include insulation. In this day and age, reducing our carbon footprints is one of the areas that we all need to work on, and one of the key methods for doing this is to upgrade our homes so that heat loss is kept to an absolute minimum. A garage door that has been enhanced with insulation panelling on the rear of the door is much better equipped to help with this matter, but it can also add value beyond this. An insulated garage door will help to make the garage a more comfortable space for you and your family year round, as well as keep the temperatures above freezing. We all have experience with trying to get a freezing cold vehicle started, but with an insulated auto roller door, this concern will be a thing of the past, helping to make your life more comfortable, as well as helping the environment, and saving you time with getting your car started.