Buy cheap, buy twice. How many times have you heard that phrase?
There are a huge number of manufacturers on the market these days, but they’re not created equal. In fact, some really are best avoided, simply be cause the quality of their roller doors can result in some serious issues for homeowners.
Security, convenience and energy efficiency will no doubt be high on your agenda if you’re considering investing in a roller garage door. So, let’s take a look at what the difference in slat quality means to you.
Wafer thin always results in poor insulation
Given the choice, you’d never pick a wafer-thin garage door, right? Unfortunately, if you buy cheap when it comes to roller garage doors, that’s exactly what you’ll get.
Thin roller door slats offer pretty much zero insulation. This may not matter too much if you rarely use your garage, but if you plan to spend time in there during the winter months, the door needs to do its job in keeping the heat where it should be (inside).
A well-insulated garage door works all year round, too. Therefore, it’ll be just as welcome when things get hot outside, and you want to keep cool in your garage.
One of the main jobs your garage door has is to keep whatever it is you store in there safe.
This is particularly the case if your garage also offers access into the house via an internal door. The thought of someone breaking into the garage and the opportunities that would afford them just doesn’t bear thinking about.
Thin and poorly constructed slats are easier to break into – it’s that simple.
While an opportunist theft is still thankfully pretty rare, it does happen, and you need to do everything you can to warn off potential perpetrators. Cheap roller garage doors look like cheap roller garage doors, and that means criminals know they’re probably easier to break into.
The reason for this is usually because cheaper variants don’t have good fittings to the axel, leaving them much easier to manipulate if someone decides to try and break in.
There are two noise issues related to bad quality roller door slats.
Firstly, they’ll let more noise both in and out of the garage. So, passing cars and the general noise created by everyday life outside of your garage will filter in more easily. Equally, any noise you make inside the garage will head outside and annoy the neighbours.
Cheap slats also result in noisy operation when both opening and closing the door, and that’s never particularly pleasant.
What to look for
There are a few things to look for when choosing a roller garage door to avoid buying one that features cheap slats or poor construction.
Two points in particular deserve special attention.
Firstly, look for the Secure by Design label – that’ll give you great peace of mind that the door is built to a specific security standard.
Secondly, the size of the slats makes a big difference when it comes to the quality of the door. For instance, cheaper roller doors typically use 55mm slats, whereas those provided and installed by CA Shutters are 77mm.
If you’ve still got questions about roller garage doors or simply want to dig into the points above in more detail, we’d love to hear from you. Just get in touch with our team today, and we’ll help you find the perfect door for your needs.