Top 9 Benefits of Insulated Roller Garage Doors

There are numerous options for insulated garage doors that a homeowner can consider for their homes. Of the many types, the roller garage door is becoming increasingly popular. This is because of the many benefits it offers to homes. Therefore, if you’re looking for a door type that best suits the needs for your garage, you should definitely consider insulated roller garage doors. Here are the top 9 benefits you’ll reap from having these doors in your home.

  1. Enhanced Security 

The security level an exterior door offers should be one of your main considerations before you purchase. Your garage door is one place that security should be optimal. As much as aesthetics can be a huge factor, the ability of the door type to prevent burglaries is a huge plus. These doors are often made of steel which is great for deterring burglars. 

  1. Added Insurance 

Your insurance premiums may reduce due to the fact that insulated garage roller doors are relatively more secure. With such level of security, both you and your insurer will have peace of mind because you’re less likely to be the victim of a burglary. 

  1. Reduce Energy Bills 

Insulated roller doors also help reduce how much you’ll need to spend on energy. Today, it’s very costly to heat up homes. These garage doors have no hidden gaps through which air can get in. It, therefore, keeps the heat inside and stops the cool air from getting into the garage. 

  1. Easy to Maintain 

Everybody wants their garage doors to look nice and complement the rest of their home exterior. However, the doors must be of style as well as substance. The roller garage doors are often made of high-quality materials that make their maintenance considerably easier. 

  1. Easy to Clean 

You won’t need to spend so much time cleaning your insulated roller garage doors. They’re easy to fix and durable, making the cleaning of the exterior of the home very easy.

engineer fixing garage door
  1. Long Lasting 

The average period for which the insulated roller garage doors last is usually between 20 and 30 years. However, this is only true if the one you go for is of good quality. 

  1. Help you add space to your property 

With insulating your garage doors this means that you could use/convert the garage into an additional room – due to the garage being fully insulated the room wouldn’t allow any cold air in. 

  1. Offer Curb Appeal 

Insulated roller garage doors have the capacity to offer a lot of curb appeal if they’re the high-end types. They make a home look very impressive to those passing by or even to neighbours. These doors come in various styles, colours and designs that allow a homeowner to provide just the kind of appeal they’re looking for. 

  1. Increases the Property Value 

If your property offers the level of security and stability as we’ve seen in the previous benefits, it’s likely to fetch much more when it’s put in the market. Hence, the installation of the insulated roller garage doors helps increase the value of your property substantially. 

To find out more about our garage door installation and repair services, or for our expert advice, please feel free to get in touch.

5 Types of Electric Garage Doors

Whenever a person is looking to install a new electric garage door, it’s always vital that you make the right choice of electronic garage door for your specific needs. Due to limited materials and technology, there weren’t very many choices of electric garage doors around ten years ago. However, today, electronic automatic garage doors can be found in many homes and businesses. The variations of electric garage doors from which you can pick these doors are numerous and all have their own unique features. It only requires that you know each of the options well in order to make the right pick of a garage door. The following are the main electric garage door types that you can choose from:

Automatic garage door
Tilt garage door

1. Tilt Garage Doors

These doors use a tilting mechanism to open. For the fitting type used, there are two options for tilt garage doors. We have the track or T fittings and Jamb or J fittings. The traditional fitting of tilt doors is the Jamb type. It operates by tilting outward and then lifting up to open one half inside and the other half sits on the outside of the garage opening. For a track type, it can be tilted backwards and upwards so that it recesses into the garage. For the most height of the opening, tilt doors are the best option if you lack enough headroom in the garage.

2. Panel/ Sectional Garage Doors

Usually, the Panel/ Sectional garage doors are divided into no less than 4 panels that are stacked over one another to form the whole door structure. The divisions ensure that the electronic garage door is retracted upwards and not make the garage door move outwards when opening the garage. This is because each panel is hinged together. They also have rollers which are placed into the hinges and then the hinges are guided by tracks for every side panel/sectional. Electric garage doors are very common due to the fact that they’re available in many looks and designs.

Panel electric garage door
Panel electric garage door

3. Rolling/ Roller Garage Doors

These garage doors are operated in an up and down fashion. As it rolls up, the door rolls into a cylindrical shape as it rolls around itself. The only design that these garage doors come in is the steel ribbed profile in general. They’re a great choice of the door for cost-effectiveness of purchasing garage doors.

4. Over and Up Doors

These are the most common electric doors for garages in the United Kingdom. The construction is based on a single panel piece. This feature makes them a very simple option for electric garage doors. The property makes them need minimal effort to control and needs no hassle for operation. Hence, they’re rather easy to work with in terms of operation.

5. Canopy Garage Doors

These are a single panel garage door type which flips open using tracks that are vertical and are located on the side of the frame of the door. A third of the canopy electric garage door is meant to be protruding outside. This protrusion serves to offer a small extra shelter past the garage itself. Typically, these doors are light-weight making it easier to move them up and down along the vertical side track.

Electric garage door with windows
Glass electric garage door


These are the top 5 types of electric garage doors we can install in your garage. Although these doors were originally not electric, modifications, and customizations have been made over time and now are available in electric form as well.

Contact us today for a free estimate.

Treat Yourself to a New Garage Door this Festive Season

Double side hinged garage doors
For the man (or woman) who has everything

If you have spend the last few months looking on in disgust at the state of your garage door as you drive up in the car or look out from a window of your home, why not treat yourself to a new one this festive season? It is after all the season to be jolly, and if your current garage door is doing nothing to fill you with joy, now is most certainly the time to make a change.

It isn’t just poor appearance that a dilapidated garage door can subject you to though, as there are other reasons as to why you should invest in a new model.


The main function of a garage door is to enable easy access to your garage, and if this is no longer the case, you are clearly not getting the most effective use out of the available space. It doesn’t matter whether you store your car in it or use it as a dumping ground for all the belongings you can’t fit in the house but don’t want to throw away, your garage needs to be a functional space and if your garage door doesn’t allow for this then you need a new model!


As the main point of access to your garage, a garage door also has a vitally important role to play when it comes to security. A damaged or broken garage door can be a tempting proposition to a would-be criminal, meaning you could wake up one morning to find your car or belongings gone after a criminal has taken advantage of the weakness in the door. If you’re looking at your current garage door and could see how this could happen to you, get in touch with us at A1 Garage Doors immediately.

So, with it being the gift buying season, why not treat yourself to a brand new garage door and reap the benefits that doing so will bring? For more information on the various garage doors we have available, don’t hesitate to get in touch today.

What Happens to My Automated Garage Doors When There’s a Power Cut?

Power cuts can happen at any time of the day, they can sometimes be very inconvenient and frustrating. There are a lot of appliances in our homes that depend on electricity and are aimed at making our lives easier. In the event of a power cut, a lot of these become partially or fully inoperable. An automated garage door, for instance, can be an issue if a power cut occurs and you need your vehicle. With electricity available, these doors are extremely convenient. The problem, however, comes in when there’s an outage and you need to use your electric garage door. Here’s how to operate your door during power outages:  

Switch your electric garage door to manual operation

Every electric garage door should be able to operate manually for safety reasons. Most of these doors have a red cord, which is there to enable you to switch the motor to manual operation when there’s a power cut and can usually be found close to the door. Once you have found the red cord, pull it down, this will disengage your door from the motor. You may need to use a ladder in order to reach the cord if necessary. If the power-cut occurred when the door was open, make sure no one is anywhere close to the door before you pull the cord to avoid injuries. If the power is likely to be out for a while, have the cord pulled down towards the back, this ensures it isn’t caught in the tracks when the power’s back.

Open your garage door 

Once the red cord is pulled properly, you’ll be able to lift the door up manually using both hands. This should be relatively easy, but if you’re having difficulty check the cord to make sure it’s been pulled all the way and then locked in place. Ideally you should have someone with you to assist with manually opening the door as it will be quite heavy and could possibly cause injuries if you try to open it alone. You’ll also need to be careful that you don’t drop the door, as it will fall and could seriously hurt you. If you need to bring your vehicle in or move it out of your garage, prop the door open using something sturdy. Gently and slowly lower the door when you need to close it.                                                                                              

What to do when the power is back

When the power returns, you’ll need to make sure the garage door is back to how it was before you pulled the cord. Pull the cord towards the door and ensure the bracket slips back into its bracket. You can use your remote to test if it works by trying to open it. If the door isn’t moving but the chain is, pull the cord again ensuring that it gets back to the bracket. 

Preparing for power cuts

Most people wait until a power cut occurs to learn how to operate their electric garage doors manually. This doesn’t have to be the case for you. If you have an automated garage door, ensure you familiarise yourself with your door’s manual controls. You could even practice operating it manually to be confident of what to do in case of an outage.       

If you problems with your garage door after a power cut, we offer a 24-7 emergency call out repair service.