Sectional garage doors were first thought of and made in the United States in the 1930's. It is a clever design which allows the garage door to lift vertically, similar to a roller shutter garage door. Unlike the roller garage doors however the sectional garage door does not have narrow slats but has deep sections allowing the door to look less �industrial�. The sectional garage door rising and falling vertically allows an effective rubber seal on the bottom section of the garage door to crush to the floor giving an excellent seal.
Sectional garage doors have at least one roller per section guiding the door in a metal guide channel. This gives the sectional garage door a much more controlled and safer way of opening and closing compared to an up and over garage door. In the closed position the sectional garage door is "locked" by each section's roller giving the door a very solid feel. This also makes the sectional garage door a security door. Over a certain width � let's say 14 feet wide � an up and over garage door can become rather unwieldy and potentially dangerous in comparison to the sectional garage door, especially in windy locations, and are not as secure.
All modern sectional garage doors have an anti-drop mechanism ensuring that any �cable break� will not cause the door to slam. If you lean against a sectional garage door it will not deflect. The insulated sectional garage door is made from two layers of galvanised steel with a foam filled core which makes them extremely rigid. In fact the Carteck sectional garage door has TUV accreditation for protection against a sustained attack by burglars. No up and over door has this level of security. The Hormann sectional garage door also has this level of accreditation.
Interesting, but sad to note, almost all sectional garage doors sold in the UK are actually manufactured abroad. The Carteck, Hormann and Novoferm sectional garage doors are made in Germany . The Henderson G60 sectional garage door � formerly know as the Henderson G30 sectional garage door � is manufactured in Sweden . The G60 is probably the best value for money electric, insulated, sectional garage door on the market today. All leading makes of sectional garage door at keen prices can be purchased on-line through our web sites. Help and advice is always available.
The British contribution to the sectional garage door market comes in the form of the Cedar Door solid cedar wood timber sectional garage door and the Wessex Vienna GRP (fibreglass) sectional garage door. Both these types of door are made to measure (at no additional cost) and are very high quality, attractive and maintenance free. The fibre glass sectional is quite unique in that the foam core and the fibre glass skin is a very poor heat conductor which makes it the most insulated of all garage doors on the market today.
The only intrinsic disadvantage to a sectional garage door is the horizontal guide/support tracks which are hung from the garage ceiling. These tracks guide the door into the open position. Most customers are prepared to live with this minor �unsightly� mess. The advantages of a sectional door outweigh the disadvantages. Vertical lifting (ideal for short driveways), all round rubber seals and the elimination of a timber fixing frame giving full drive through width and height are the main advantages of the sectional garage door. The full width is achieved by fitting the sectional door onto the rear of the brick pillars.
The Hormann sectional garage door is the UK market leader. They hold huge stocks in the UK . The Hormann Promatic Belt Drive Auto Kit is the ideal motor suitable for automating single sectional garage doors. The Hormann Supramatic is especially designed for the quick opening of a sectional door and can be fitted to a single or double sectional garage door. It is rated for doors up to 5.5m wide. Double manual Hormann sectional garage doors can be rather heavy to open. This door lends itself to be automated. All Hormann doors, including the LPU 42mm insulated, the EPU 20mm insulated and the competitively priced single skin LTE sectional garage doors can be found on this web site by clicking on the type of door of your choice under "Products and Prices" on the left of this screen.
Hormann, Henderson and Carteck all sell matching side doors which give your garage the finishing touch.