Are you looking to buy a Roller Garage Door? Had a quote for both and trying to weigh up the options?
Firstly, a look at the two companies;
GAROLLA GARAGE DOORS
- Manufactured in Leeds by Value Doors UK
- Franchise around the UK
- Drive around in vans with a Gorilla on the roof
- Offer 2 Types of Roller Garage Doors - 55mm and 77mm Insulated Slats
- Offer a 2 year warranty on Parts and Labour
SECEUROGLIDE ROLLER GARAGE DOOR
- Manufactured in Lancaster by SWS UK
- Only deal with Trade Accounts
- 25 years in the Garage Door Industry
- Offer 4 x types of roller garage doors - Compact, LT, Classic and Excel
- Offer a 7 year warranty on Parts, 2 year on labour
The majority of roller garage doors are manufactured using a 55mm or 78mm Aluminium slats. The slats are filled with foam for heat and sound insulation.
The slats are held together at each end, to stop the curtain from sliding left to right. The cheapest option is using plastic end locks that are crimped at each end and every other slat. This is what Garolla use on both of their garage doors. Seceuroglide only uses the plastic endlocks on the Medium Security SeceuroGlide Compact and LT.
For the higher security Secueroglide Classic and Excel, they are fitted with a webbing strap, that is fixed to every slat. The webbing is a lot stronger, quieter in operation and provides a higher level of security.
The roller garage door runs down some "U" channel Guide Rails at each side. These are manufactured from extruded aluminium. Garolla Garage Doors use a UPH240 guide rail with both the 55mm slats and 77mm slats. SeceuroGlide Compact and LT uses the UP240 guides.
The SeceuroGlide Classic and Excel uses the deeper 90mm guide rail. The excel is also fitted with an additional ground fixing plate for added security.
Garolla Garage Doors use a cast aluminium endplate, which is also used on the SeceuroGlide LT. The other SeceuroGlide roller garage doors are manufactured from steel for added strength.
REMOTE CONTROL OPERATION
All the garage doors are supplied with remote control operation, for ease of use for the home owner. This is one of the main differences and where the likes of Garolla can cut costs and offer a cheap garage door price online. If a roller shutter is fitted over a doorway, by LAW it must have one of 3 closing safety some form of Safety Device. This is to make sure that if the door is operated accidentally, ie; in your pocket, that it won't close down onto anyone or anything. The 3 main types of safety devices used;
HOLD TO RUN - This is the cheapest way of providing the required safety on a powered garage or industrial door. You must keep your finger pressed on the down button until the door closes, if you remove your finger the shutter will stop. This is not particularly user friendly, as you just want to press a button and walk away, you don't want to stand by the shutter until it's fully closed. Hold to run cannot be legally provided by means of a radio control device on a garage door unless the device is so limited in operating range that it will not function when the user is out of sight of the door. This cannot be achieved by user instructions, it must be designed and installed to meet this requirement – very few achieve this. If control is provided by radio control that will work out of sight of the door, one of the following two additional safety systems must be provided on the door.
PHOTO ELECTRIC CELLS - This is not a legally acceptable way of providing safety on a garage door, see below.
This is a system whereby the door is made sensitive to contact with a person, either by means of a safe edge (electrically sensitive rubber strip) along the lower edge, or a sensitive drive control system that can detect the additional load of an obstacle. In either case, the door must retract rapidly on contact within the precise force and time limits. On rolling shutters, a safe edge is the most common way to achieve this, safe edge systems typically cost around £200.
With this system in place, you can have semi-automatic open and close, which means you only need to press the button once.
If a user wants the door to close fully automatically after a pre-set time delay, or if the door is positioned directly on the road or footpath, force limitation systems must be supplemented with a secondary presence detection system, commonly this will be a low-level photoelectric beam. These supplementary devices are not permitted to be used as the main safety system, only as a supplement to force limitation.
SAFETY EDGE - All SeceuroGlide Roller Garage Doors come as standard with a Bottom Safety Edge, which is a rubber seal that runs along the bottom of the curtain. Inside the rubber seal is a laser beam, if the rubber hits something, the rubber compresses and cuts off the beam and the shutter stops. It is available as a wired or wireless option.
NON-CONTACT PRESENCE DETECTION
This is a system whereby the entire closing area of the door is protected by an optical safety screen or grid, in this way it is not possible for a person to reach the closing door without being detected and cause the door to re-open. These high integrity systems are expensive however and are not yet widely used in the garage door industry.
For more information on the Safety of your New Garage Door, please CLICK HERE to view the Door Hardware Federation data sheet.
Garolla Garage Doors come with a 2 years parts and labour.
SecueuroGlide Compact and LT comes with a 5 Year parts warranty and 2 year labour warranty.
SeceuroGlide Classic and Excel comes with a 7 years parts warranty and 2 years labour warranty.
These will be subject to registering and an annual service.
Today Garolla Garage Doors are offering a 55m Roller Garage Door, White, Hold to Run Remote Control for £895 including VAT and Installation, normally £1354 inc VAT. This is a very cheap price! The Secueroglide Compact, which uses the 55m slat would cost around £1500 including VAT and fitting. Why the big difference in cost? How are Garolla doing it so cheap? They simply strip away some of the expensive options ie; Safety Edge and use cheaper motors.
- Garolla use a "Hold to Run" remote control unit - you have to keep your finger pressed to operate
- Garolla don't use a bottom rail, they just use a slat at the bottom
- Garolloa only offers a 2-year warranty, compared to the SecueroGlide 5 years
- Are the extras on Garolla Garage Doors inflated or are there hidden extras?
- SeceuroGlides are all CE marked to confirm they comply with all the latest safety regulations. There is no mention of this on the Garolla website.
Buying a Roller Garage Door is an investment as costs a lot of money. It's important to do your research, compare the product and features. Price is not everything, if something is a lot cheaper, it's probably for a reason.
If you need any help or advice in buying a Roller Garage Door, please contact our sales team on 01482 889950.