Automating My Garage Door

Automating My Garage Door

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Moods

Original Poster:

218 posts

57 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Perfect, that’s what I wanted! Thank you.

Quags

1,179 posts

209 months

Tuesday 19th November
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I'd 100% go for roller doors, best improvement I've done to my garage, and doesn't have to be as costly as you think!

I did a thread on fitting mine and why I did it:

https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&...

Composite Guru

2,032 posts

151 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Quags said:
I'd 100% go for roller doors, best improvement I've done to my garage, and doesn't have to be as costly as you think!

I did a thread on fitting mine and why I did it:

https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&...
OP was in the same predicament as me. When you have brand new doors you don't want to spend £1000's throwing them in the bin and buying new ones.
This is the best way until they actually need replacing.

Moods

Original Poster:

218 posts

57 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Quags they look really smart but a bit OTT as my doors are 9 months old and I’d have to change all three.

bakerstreet

4,238 posts

113 months

Tuesday 19th November
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I would bin both doors and replace with decent roller shutters. However this will be quite costly at £2k ish for both doors, but looks neater. Last house we had and a massive up and over with a lifter kit and it was very hit and miss but that could have been the quality of the installation.

We have had a electric roller shutter fitted to current house and that really is very good. Good colour match to our front door and seems to be quite reliable. That was £1100 fitted and they took away our old door, so saved us some headache.

Quags

1,179 posts

209 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Composite Guru said:
Quags said:
I'd 100% go for roller doors, best improvement I've done to my garage, and doesn't have to be as costly as you think!

I did a thread on fitting mine and why I did it:

https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&...
OP was in the same predicament as me. When you have brand new doors you don't want to spend £1000's throwing them in the bin and buying new ones.
This is the best way until they actually need replacing.
I totally get that just offering a suggestion, up and over doors are such a bad design these days and you can see the gap in the OP's. I'm sure you could get some money if sold them. Just a thought smile

For reference, mine were £1,500 for two with me fitting them.

Composite Guru

2,032 posts

151 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Quags said:
Composite Guru said:
Quags said:
I'd 100% go for roller doors, best improvement I've done to my garage, and doesn't have to be as costly as you think!

I did a thread on fitting mine and why I did it:

https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&...
OP was in the same predicament as me. When you have brand new doors you don't want to spend £1000's throwing them in the bin and buying new ones.
This is the best way until they actually need replacing.
I totally get that just offering a suggestion, up and over doors are such a bad design these days and you can see the gap in the OP's. I'm sure you could get some money if sold them. Just a thought smile

For reference, mine were £1,500 for two with me fitting them.
I did consider the same doors as you when I did mine but didn't really have the funds at the time. Think my up and over openers were £100 each from Amazon. I've had them a year now and am still happy with the decision. I'm pretty sure in about 5 years i'll be fitting rollers to mine too. biggrin

Moods

Original Poster:

218 posts

57 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Yeh, replacing the doors is low down on my priority list. I also have the rear garden to landscape first which will be a decent project.

Also less money spent on new doors equals more money to spend on cars right?!

Quags

1,179 posts

209 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Composite Guru said:
I did consider the same doors as you when I did mine but didn't really have the funds at the time. Think my up and over openers were £100 each from Amazon. I've had them a year now and am still happy with the decision. I'm pretty sure in about 5 years i'll be fitting rollers to mine too. biggrin
Haha yep my last house had an up and over and I swore i'd never have another. It made such a huge difference. I thought £750 per electric door including all the gubbins was a good deal.

dbdb

3,926 posts

121 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Good luck with it, I am sure it will go well. I fitted a Chamberlain one years ago and didn't find it difficult.

DoubleD

9,725 posts

56 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Moods said:
Yeh, replacing the doors is low down on my priority list. I also have the rear garden to landscape first which will be a decent project.

Also less money spent on new doors equals more money to spend on cars right?!
I presume they still work very well as they are new, so you would be daft to replace them, especially if you have other things to spend the money on.

langtounlad

501 posts

119 months

Tuesday 19th November
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I'd only recommend a roller door vs a sectional door if there was internal clearance issues for the sectional.
Roller doors look fussy with the narrow slats Vs modern flush panel sectional doors.
Roller doors are intrinsically more complicated than sectional doors (locking mechanism & tube motor) = more servicing & maintenance required / things to potentially go wrong.
The safety mechanism in a roller door isn't as failsafe as that of a sectional door.
On a like for like basis a sectional door costs less than a roller door.

kev1974

3,506 posts

77 months

Wednesday 20th November
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Slight hijack, I have a single width Gliderol roller door about 20 years old, can't really change it as it is one garage in a row of 12 belonging to different houses and currently from the outside they're all identical.

I'd like to motorise it to save getting out of the car all the time, also my partner finds it quite heavy to pull up. It looks like Gliderol themselves make a motor kit that appears to be suitable to retro-fit although their website is piss poor as far as getting much practical information goes.

Has anybody fitted their motor kit (or anybody elses) to an existing Gliderol door and can say if it's difficult at all? From what I have found it seems like there's a step where you have to balance the rolled up garage door on a set of step ladders (or have a person on a set of step ladders holding it up) while you fit the motor to the roller, and that looks a bit challenging to me, as I say the thing is quite heavy to pull up when opening it so I presume it's surprisingly heavy when all rolled up up top?

Or is it better to just try and find some company to do it for me (Cambridgeshire if anyone knows of such a company)

(I can do the electrical work no problem).

Thanks

kingston12

2,537 posts

105 months

Wednesday 20th November
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It looks like the cost of doing this has come down since I did it 15 years ago.

All of the main brand motors seemed to be the best part of £1k back then. I bought a Garador door as well, but their automation was really expensive.

I ended up paying £150 for a Merlin 230T and the guy who fitted the garage door installed it. I don't think he charged me any extra from memory and he made it seem very straightforward.

I guess the new motors are a bit more advanced with app control etc, but I use a £20 Wifi camera to show me if the door is open and then a WeMo Maker to give the option to open/close it from anywhere.

I've never had to use the WeMo Maker apart from to test it, but the camera has proved invaluable on a number of occasions when I'm half an hour into a journey and I manage to convince myself I haven't close the door...

Moods

Original Poster:

218 posts

57 months

Thursday 21st November
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Started this last night, instructions are interesting!! Almost no point in having them.

Hope to finish off tonight / Friday.