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Install your garage door operator


In an age where technology rules the roost, it’s surprising that more people aren’t upgrading their garage doors by using electric operators.

There are endless advantages to electronic garage doors – the rather obvious ones being convenience, safety and security. We know it’s hard to motivate yourself to get out of your car and slug open your garage door after a long, hard day at work.  

Electric garage door operators, however, do come with a warning. They must be fitted correctly onto a solid door of high-quality. Why? The cheaper operators might cost less to begin with, but they end up costing more in the long run. Reputable brands always have spare parts available to buy, whereas less well-known companies often discontinue certain items.

There are several different ways of installation depending on what type of garage door you have. To give you an insight, we at Bradford Garage Doors have detailed the installing process and how we go about it:

Basic installation

A common mistake to make with basic installations is to remove the internal locking cables or rods. By doing this, the door won’t function to lock internally. This is just one instance of why it’s critical to have your operator fitted correctly – if not, your garage is an open target for thieves.

This installation works very well providing the operators are of good quality – the ones with sensors that check the door is fully closed are best for total security. Some also have built-in locking latches at the bottom.

No handle options

It’s possible that your garage door won’t have a handle hole drilled. As there will be no manual locking function, it’s important for the electric door operators to function at all times. To avoid any unneeded complications, we advise that a secondary method of access is available to protect from an electrical fault or power failure.

Again, as we have mentioned; you really do get what you pay for. Popular brands such as Hormann specialise in operators that have a steel lock hook built into the towing arm, which creates a strong, unparalleled locking system.

De latch kit

The de latch kit is a simple mechanical device that attaches to the towing arm and internal door locking handle. Using a spring tensioned system, this creates a movement that activates the operator, which pulls the cables or rods for manual locking.

If you are based in Bradford and are interested in what we can offer your garage door, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01274 352 303.

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