Common Problems With Garage Doors (And Their Solutions)

If rust is on the door, then it can be simple to rectify. But if it is within the actual machinery then it could become an urgent issue and need replacing. Luckily, depending on the sort of door it is, and how bad the rust is, you may only need to repair the parts that have been affected.


Scratches and dents can be a big issue on the panels if they are large, causing misshaping. This can stop them from opening safely. If the doors are affected badly they may need an area replaced.


If a panel is damaged, then it can cause more issues to the door, and garage. However, the worst problem for a garage door, is if the actual machinery seizes up, such as the springs, or motor. This would likely need replacing, as this will be dangerous to leave if it’s serious. However sometimes the parts might need repairing if the problem is not too severe.


Whatever the worry, if in doubt get an expert to come and have a look at your automatic garage door in South Devon, and put your mind at rest.


Benefits of Automated Gates

The most important factor of a home is feeling safe and secure, which is why automated gates for many, are on top of their lists. It can be the main protection between themselves and any intruders that may come by.


This type of security is highly popular, most seeing it as a necessity to help protect their property and families. Any unknown visitors will be faced with an intimidating deterrent, discouraging them and sending them on their way.


The convenience of an automated gate means you don’t have to worry about closing them manually as you can control them yourselves. Which means if it’s raining you have the luxury of closing them from the comfort of your lounge! For a free quote on an Automatic Garage door in Torbay call today.


UK safety standards

There are quite a number of safety standards in the UK relating to the manufacture and Installation of Automated and electric gates, some of them are listed below from the Government HSE website:


  • BS EN 13241-1 Is the Product Standard for Automated & Electric gates
  • BS EN 12604 & BS EN 12605 on the technical requirements and testing
  • BS EN 12453 & BS EN 12445 on the requirements and tests for Electric gates
  • BS EN 12635 on the installation of Electric gates
  • BS EN 12978 on the safety devices for Automated gates
  • BS EN 60335-2-103 on the mechanisms for household electric and similar gates
  • BS EN 60335-2-95 on power drives for residential vertically moving garage doors


These UK safety standards are put in place to help with the safety of Automated Gates, however it is not just about the individual components making up the product, but also about the way they installed together to fit a particular property, and what is done over time to maintain their safety.


They also note that at all times an electric gate must respond in a safe way when any person uses it. The Automated gate design must take into account that unforeseen circumstances that may occur outside normal use, such as extreme weather and children playing on them, as well as normal wear and tear, wind and rain, snow and other debris that can impair function.


That is why it is imperative that your installer should be fully qualified and registered to carry out such work.