One of the integral parts of a modern garage is the automatic sectional door. The most important advantages are safety, convenience and ease of operation, which is why their popularity is growing every year. Thanks to the compact control panel, the owner can easily open the gate with just the touch of a button, while remaining in the car. This function is very relevant in the winter season: when you do not want to get out of a warm car in order to drive into the garage, you just need to use the keychain.
It is in winter that the owners of such gates do not have much trouble to clear the passage from the snow. Snow does not block the gate, because the opening method is different from the swing version. We will talk about the features of sectional doors in our article.
What are they?
Sectional blades are made from a special aluminum profile, which, thanks to the increased thermal insulation properties, is able to withstand the most critical environmental conditions. All parts of the canvas are interconnected by steel profiles, which also increases the strength characteristics.
When ordering sectional automatic gates, additional protective coatings can also be provided:
- chrome plating;
- polymer coating;
- protective coating.
The characteristic quiet operation of the sectional device is achieved by the features of the connection of prefabricated parts of the structure. The frame of the door frame is usually made of galvanized steel with a primer coating. This contributes to increased corrosion resistance of the frame and increases the shelf life of the door as a whole.
The following features of sectional doors also increase their market demand:
- Sandwich panels have excellent thermal insulation and provide good protection from the cold. The temperature regime at which the device can function is quite wide: from -50 to +70 degrees Celsius. When ordering sandwich panels, you can choose the desired shade or graphic drawing in agreement with the manufacturer.
- The design allows you to save a large space in front of the garage when opening and closing the gate, which can not be said about the standard options. This advantage is provided by the vertical opening of the sectional doors.
- An automatic section locking device ensures safety and prevents the door from being accidentally lowered.
It should be noted that the material from which the sectional doors are made is durable sandwich panels. Thanks to them, breaking into such a gate is almost impossible. In addition, the automation of the sectional mechanism has an additional mechanical interlock that will not allow the gate to be raised even with a crowbar.
If, nevertheless, the owner of the car is worried about the safety of his car, then there is always the opportunity to install an additional electronic alarm. It can be equipped with a loud sound signal or connected to a security control panel.
How to choose?
When purchasing a garage door, it is possible to buy everything at once with a kit or separately purchase some components. For example, for self-assembly, you can first purchase a frame and sections. And after installing them, decide on the choice of automation.
When buying components, you should take into account the features of your room in which you want to install sectional doors from sandwich panels. First of all, this is the area of the room itself and the weight of the garage door. These parameters will be important determinants when choosing a mechanism. As a rule, all automatic drives are equipped with accompanying information, which indicates all the necessary requirements for the weight of the garage door and the area for installation.
Before purchasing, be sure to make the necessary measurements. Some manufacturers advise installing gates, laying an additional 30% of the power when buying. This increase in power will allow you not to worry when working with mechanisms for a possible additional load.
Today there are many manufacturers of sectional garage doors. The technology of operation of all products, as a rule, is the same, which can not be said about automation. Chinese automation is undoubtedly cheaper than European. But the service life of the gate when installing such automation is unlikely to be very long. And the initial savings can result in permanent repairs. As a rule, drives of trusted manufacturers last much longer and less often fail.
You can buy gates of the popular RSD01 series or models with a wicket door in specialized stores, which will offer you a wide range of automation and gates, depending on your needs, or turn your attention to Internet portals. Making a purchase of products on the Internet, of course, you can save money, but you should choose the model more carefully so as not to miss the choice. Since they are not cheap.
Among the most popular manufacturers today, the following brands can be distinguished:
During installation, it should be borne in mind that each garage doorway is unique, which is why it will not work to follow any specific technology. The garage and its opening can have various sizes, the roof of the garage can be flat or have a direct shape. Moreover, the garage may not have any engineering networks initially. But still, the features of the room or the location of the guides of the torsion shaft can determine a certain type of installation.
With a high ceiling, predominantly installation is carried out with an upper shaft arrangement, vertical or inclined. And if the ceiling is low, then low installation is applied. It is also possible to use tension springs. But in this case, it is best to resort to the help of specialists, since independent installation will be very difficult.
When installing and setting up on your own, it is imperative that you observe the safety precautions and all the rules specified in the operating instructions, since this will determine the operability of the structure and the total service life.
At the initial stage, much attention should be paid to the preparation of the opening for installing the gate. It is advisable to have an opening of the correct rectangular shape before installation, to avoid distortions of the frame. If one upper corner is still slightly larger, then the installation of the frame is carried out precisely at a large angle. This will save on materials when sealing the frame and, accordingly, improve the thermal insulation characteristics of the structure. When measuring and installing the frame, make sure that the frame and the opening are in the same plane, so that subsequently there are no distortions during the construction.
The alignment of the doorway for mounting the frame requires special care. And if there is no desire in the future to spend money on frequent repairs of sectional doors, then alignment should be entrusted to professionals.
Particular attention should be paid to the preparation of the floor during the installation of sectional doors, since the floor is the main component for the coordinated work of torsion springs and all automation in general. Roughnesses and cracks in the floor, as well as any defects that can affect the result of installing the frame and gate should be excluded.
When installing, be sure to follow all the requirements and recommendations of the manufacturer. This will help you to avoid major troubles, even to dismantle the structure or breakdown due to some gross error. Only a small measurement error can affect the design, and often the error becomes known only after installation is completed.
Try to install the structure carefully and carefully so that the sectional garage doors do not cause problems and work without interruptions. After completing the installation of the door, be sure to check the seal, which should be tightly fitted on all sides of the frame and the door. The sealant does not allow drafts to walk around the garage.
Check this moment is quite simple. To do this, close the gate and turn off the light. If there are no gaps, then the seal is fitted well. If there are gaps, it is recommended to seal them with foam.
The gates must be free running during operation, and the torsion springs must have a margin of tension in order to exclude the possibility of damage. When checking automation should work stably and without failures.
See how to install automatic sectional doors in the next video.