Garage Door Materials and Motorization Systems

The choice of material for your garage door depends on aesthetic criteria, thermal performance, robustness and price:
Steel garage door
Steel doors have the advantage of being resistant to impact and corrosion, when the material has been treated, galvanized and protected by layers of paint. However, the thinness of the material gives it less thermal and sound insulation, compared to other materials such as wood.
However, when they are composed of a double wall separated by thermal insulation, steel garage doors guarantee excellent thermal insulation.
Aluminum garage door
Aluminum offers strength, durability and lightness to garage doors. This material is therefore more suitable for overhead type doors and solutions requiring the door to be motorized.
PVC garage door
Also light, PVC doors are particularly economical. They also offer effective thermal insulation, superior to aluminum and steel. However, due to its lightness, PVC is not the best option to protect against the risk of break-in.
Wooden garage door
Particularly aesthetic, wooden doors offer very good thermal insulation. Frequent maintenance (especially against humidity) is nevertheless to be expected so that the material lasts as long as possible. Because wooden garage doors are much heavier than other materials, they are more suitable for side openings, which do not require suspension.
Using a high pressure or dry cleaner, the maintenance of the garage door will also depend on the wood chosen.
Because it is expensive, the motorization of the garage door can be considered optional. However, it is a key element in the comfort of use of your garage door, ideal for quickly parking your vehicle, as well as opening and closing remotely with a remote control without having to get out of the car.
However, several criteria must be considered in order to be sure to make the best choice: opening speed, sound level, an anti-pinch system, automatic shutdown in the event of obstacles, motor configuration, the weight of the garage door. It is therefore advisable to reserve a place for the installation of the motor in your garage, while anticipating the necessary electrical installation.
Remote motorization
This type of motorization, which is installed on the ceiling, is particularly suitable for tilting or sectional garage doors positioned below the ceiling. The remote motorization acts like a rack which moves on the rail, but can also be fixed, the movement being effected by driving a cable.
Integrated motorization
For roll-up or upset garage doors, such as a roller shutter, the motor is part of the door receiving box. This configuration, which is more compact than a remote motor, saves space and is suitable for garages with a reduced lintel drop.
Articulated arm motorization
As with automated gates, the articulated arm motorization is installed outside the garage and is therefore suitable for swing garage doors.
Regardless of the type of motorization selected, you must not neglect to anticipate power outage situations and therefore set up an unlocking system in order to be able to operate the door manually.