Manual vs Automatic Garage Doors

Garage doors are more than just there to protect your car, they can be an entrance into your home so making sure they are secure but still easy to use is extremely important. There are many things you will need to consider when getting your doors such as the style, colour, material and whether you would like them to be automated or not.

This guide should help you to weigh out the pros and cons of the two to help you decide whether an automatic or manual door is the right choice for you.

Maintenance

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Whether you choose an automatic or manual garage door, both will require regular maintenance to reduce the probability of any problems arising in the future. However, due to the moving parts inside the automatic door, it may require more frequent maintenance than a manual door.

To maintain these moving parts you need to make sure they are regularly lubricated, especially after it rains since this can cause rust. Although both these doors will need to be maintained, automatic doors will definitely require more attention.

Convenience

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Automatic doors are a clear winner when it comes to convenience. On those days where it is pouring with rain outside, you can open the doors from the comfort of your own car. As well as this, if you are suffering from any kind of injury, it may become challenging to open manual garage doors since it requires quite a bit of strength whereas automatic doors obviously do not. 

However, there is a time where manual doors are more convenient than automatic. This is when automatic doors break down. If any part of an automatic door breaks, the likelihood is that the entire door will stop working, meaning it will then be out of use until you get it fixed. 

Safety

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Automatic doors are generally safer since they are able to sense if something is blocking the way as they close. Unlike a manual door which will crush anything that’s in the way, an automatic door will automatically go back up when something blocks it from closing. As well as this, the automatic doors do have a manual function which will let you operate the door in power outages or in fires.

Cost

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Due to the features of an automatic garage door, they will be more expensive. This isn’t just for the upfront cost, the maintenance cost will be more as well. However, when it comes to selling the house, these garage doors will add money to the resale value.

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Both of these doors have positive and negative features but whichever one you choose is right for you, we can help you find the perfect door for your home. Call us today on 01344 750530 or fill out our online contact form.