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Things to consider


Which door mechanism is best for my needs?

There are four types of garage door: Up and over, roller, sectional and side-hinged. Your choice out of these four options should depend on the space that it provides (or rather doesn’t take up), how often you will be using the door, the level of security that you need, the look of the door, and whether you require electric or manual operation.       

These days, cars are getting larger, to the point where cars like the Mini are no longer mini at all, and as a result, fewer people are parking their cars in their garages. However, if you choose any mechanism other than the up and over type this could enable more ‘drive-through’ width. This is due to the lack of a retractable mechanism on horizontal tracks that characterises the up and over type and which consequently takes up more space internally.     

The continuing popularity of up and over doors may be attributed to the relatively low price, coupled the decent level of security that they offer, in addition to the facility for either electric or manual operation. On the other hand, roller doors are known to be space-saving and secure, but are widely considered to be less attractive.  

Which material do I want?

Garage doors are manufactured using a wide variety of materials, which include steel, wood, glass reinforced polyester (GRP), Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), which is a kind of plastic that resembles uPVC in many ways. 

Many of our customers like to use a garage door material that complements the aesthetic properties of other materials on their property. For example, GRP are known to match the mouldings of composite front doors exceptionally well, in addition to being handy for preventing heat loss because of their inherent draught-proofing properties. Meanwhile, some like to use to timber to enhance the rustic character of their more traditional-looking properties.   

For a more modern approach, steel garage doors, insulated sectional and roller garage doors are available in a wide range of colours and may be more suitable for more contemporary homes. Sectional garage doors offer the best option for heat loss reduction, which means they are great for saving on heating bills in the colder months.  

What are the benefits of automation?

Garage door automation provides a number of benefits. For example, if you forget to shut your garage door and are too tired or it is too cold to go outside to shut it, it doesn’t matter because you can shut it via remote control from the comfort of your armchair. 

In addition, automated doors are equipped with built-in safety features, such a sensor that allows it to move away by a safe distance from an object blocking its path of motion. Also, the fact that you are not required to close the door manually minimises the chances of obtaining an injury.


Garage doors generally increase in cost based on their size, as you may not be able to reduce the size of garage door you need, there are other factors to consider that can impact on the cost.

The cost of a garage door is dependent on many factors including all of the above factors. Timber  usually proves the most expensive material because they are often hand-built and take longer to be made and steel is usually the cheapest, largely because it is so often used, meaning that there are more garages made of steel than any other material.

Size and colour are also factors, with the larger sizes and bespoke colours being more expensive. Standard colours are obviously less expensive because they are more common and white garage doors are usually the least expensive colour for the same reason.  

If you would like to know more about the factors that influence our pricing structure, or would like a quote for either a new garage door or a repair, please contact Bradford Garage Doors on 01274 352 303.

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