How to choose
Detailed guide to choosing a LOMAX garage door
How to choose a garage door that will reliably protect your home?
It doesn't matter whether your garage stands alone or is part of a family house – you'll always need a quality garage door. Everyone has different requirements and priorities – for some, only the price is important and nothing else. Another may need a really robust and secure door to protect their property. And for someone else, the most important thing is that the door can also be used as an entrance door.
In short, you need to consider a number of factors and choose a garage door that perfectly suits your nature. For maximum convenience, LOMAX has therefore prepared a user-friendly guide for choosing the right garage door for your home.
Types of garage doors
The LOMAX garage door range is divided according to design and opening mechanism into 4 basic types – sectional garage doors, sliding, rolling and double-leaf doors. You can also find folding doors and hanging doors at dealers and manufacturers of other brands.
Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages and may be suitable for a different type of garage. Just as the parameters of the space you want to close with the door can be decisive, your requirements – i.e. those of the garage door users – are also important. In order to help you find your way around the different types of garage doors, we have prepared a user-friendly specification.
Sectional garage doors
They are the most commonly used type in homes. The door is constructed of slats that slide up to the garage ceiling on rails when opening. The door leaves are not in the way, and the side walls of the garage remain free. For example, if you have windows on both sides of your garage, sectional doors are the obvious choice.
- The door slides under the ceiling
- It can be controlled manually or automatically
- Most used garage doors
The sectional garage door is one of the most popular types ever , which can be found in most garages. The door slides up when opened. Such a mechanism can be a problem for garages with low ceilings. The opening of these doors is facilitated by a motorised drive that can be controlled remotely. However, there are also doors on the market that can be manually pulled open.
The sectional doors themselves greatly range in price. The price depends on the material or design used. However, you should choose the material in particular carefully if you want to ensure a long service life. The quality of the garage door will be indicated by the warranty, which is guaranteed by the manufacturer directly in the contract. For example, for LOMAX doors it is 10 years.
Advantages and disadvantages
- High-quality thermal insulation
- Minimal space requirements
- Security against accidents and burglary
- In low garages, they take up space under the ceiling
- Higher purchase price on selected models
SLIDING GARAGE DOORS
Sliding doors, unlike sectional doors, do not go under the ceiling but into the side of the garage. This design ensures a long service life and high operational efficiency – if you want to enter the garage, you only need to open the door slightly.
- The door slides sideways
- It can be controlled manually or automatically
- Possibility of just partial opening
Sliding doors are virtually maintenance-free and easy to control. Being able to open it only part way will not only provide more warmth in the garage, but also more convenience if the door serves as your only entrance to the house. However, unlike sectional doors, they take up space on the vertical wall of the garage as they run sideways on the rails. Thus, there can be no windows or shelves on this side of the garage.
Advantages and disadvantages
- High-quality thermal insulation
- Suitable also as a replacement for the entrance to the house
- The door does not reduce the passage height of the door opening
- During installation, emphasis is put on the flatness of the walls and floor
ROLLING GARAGE DOORS
Rolling doors are particularly suitable for renovated garages. Due to their construction and technical solution, they take up almost no space inside the garage and do not require major building modifications.
- Can be controlled manually or automatically
- Space-saving solution
This door rolls up the rails into the box above. This way they don't take up the entire ceiling of the garage and you can use that space to hang other things, like skis. The advantage is that their installation does not require major building modifications. You just need to decide whether you want the door to roll into the box or not. The aluminium box can be placed both on the inside and outside of the garage or directly in the opening.
You can choose from two control options – manual drive or electric drive.
Advantages and disadvantages
- Cost-effective solution
- Low failure rate
- Security against accidents and break-ins
- Long warranty
- Installation with no box is not suitable for dusty garages
DOUBLE-LEAF GARAGE DOORS
Double-leaf doors are a constant feature in garages, which is still in great demand. They can be made of several types of material, for example wood or plastic. However, if you want better quality, it's definitely worth choosing a double-leaf door made from a durable aluminium frame.
Czech classic with inward and outward opening
Suitable for new buildings and renovations
Wide full opening angle
Our grandparents used to drive their Ladas and Skodas into the garage through double-leaf doors. However, they are still popular today. Their advantage is versatility, simplicity and the possibility to use them both in new buildings and in reconstructions. You can choose the door to open inwards or outwards, with the handle on the right or left side.
The disadvantage may be that they need space to open their wings. These doors are therefore not suitable for garages, for example, which open directly onto the road. Also, the insulation properties of double-leaf doors are not among the best. They are therefore particularly suitable for unheated and partially heated spaces.
Advantages and disadvantages
Adapt to even the smallest spaces
- Manual control only
- They do not have interrupted thermal bridges
Appearance of garage doors
Although the functionality of the door is very important, the appearance always makes the first impression. And because a quality door will last for decades, you should give the choice of its decor due thought and consideration. As a result, the door influences the overall impression of the garage and the house or garden.
GARAGE DOOR COLOUR AND DECOR
You can choose from a wide range of colours and wood imitations from quality garage door manufacturers. When choosing colours, you should always try to match their shade or material with the entrance door, windows, or other elements of the house, such as the patio, the roofing of the entrance, or the colour of the fence.
- Quality foils
- Uniformity of colours on the house
- The trend is anthracite, or grey
The printed foil has two tasks on garage doors. Firstly, it ensures their aesthetic appearance. Therefore, you should choose one that contains a UV filter so that the print does not fade or change colour. Secondly, the foil also extends the life of the garage door, as it prevents mechanical damage. You should therefore choose a good quality material – 150 micron thick foil is ideal.
If you can't decide which colour to choose, the trends will give you a hint. Recently, anthracite or grey colour has been gaining popularity in new buildings.
For those who avoid the grey average and cannot choose from the available colour ranges of different manufacturers, LOMAX also offers individual shades according to the colour of the facade or windows. The colour can be glossy, semi-gloss or matt.
Before you start choosing a colour
- Should the door match the rest of the house or stand out?
- Should the door have a smooth or embossed surface?
- Do you prefer more conventional colours or natural material?
GARAGE DOOR GROOVES
The four basic types include doors without a groove, with a central groove, with a slat or cassette.
- Customers can choose from the four grooves mentioned above
- Thousands of customization options
- Create an attractive sculptural look
If you're looking for an element that will give your garage door an unusual look, the groove is it. It divides the door into subsections and thus significantly influences its design. A garage door with grooves will look modern and timeless, while a cassette groove will suggest an atypical look that should be chosen to suit the architecture of the house.
The groove is created directly by the door manufacturer by mechanical surface treatment. It remains only a decorative element and does not affect the insulating properties of the garage door.
Before you choose a groove
- Will you choose from the basic types or would you like something unique?
- Would you prefer a centre groove or cassettes?
- Are you expecting a groove on the inside?
OTHER DOOR DECORATIONS
The right design accessories will make your garage door an original masterpiece.
- Stainless-steel decorative elements on doors
- Production also according to your own design
- Possibility of combination with glazing
Stainless-steel accents on the doors will be great for people who want to achieve the most original doors. Any quality garage door manufacturer should tailor advice to their customers on the selection and placement of the pattern. This pattern can then be repeated on the entrance door or windows of the house.
As well as durable stainless-steel elements, glazing that lets more light into the garage can also have a fresh look.
Before you choose a stainless-steel element
- Should it be just a tasteful accessory or should it symbolize something?
- Will you want an entrance door in the same design?
- Are you going to combine the glazing?
UNITING WITH OTHER ELEMENTS OF THE BUILDING SHELL
A timeless design rule is the emphasis on simplicity and elegance. It can also be achieved by matching the individual elements of the building envelope. The days when garage doors, roller shutters and entrance doors had a different shade each are slowly disappearing.
- Unified design
- Simplified implementation process
- Service by one supplier
Manufacturers with a long tradition, who also offer a sufficiently wide range, can achieve a good match between the doors of the individual elements. We at LOMAX are among these producers. So not only can you tune your garage door and entrance door to one shade, but add outdoor shading technology as well. Whether it be outdoor blinds or window roller shutters.
Before you start matching
- How much effect can the heat accumulation of each shade have?
- Do you want to align everything at once or tackle elements gradually?
- How can you reduce energy costs with more elements?
Quality of garage doors
Before buying a garage door, you should choose a manufacturer that meets standards, is proven on the market and reviews of its products can be found.
QUALITY MATERIALS MAKE QUALITY DOORS
Many garage door defects are caused by poor quality materials. Garage doors are exposed to various climatic fluctuations throughout their life – harsh winters, steamy summers – and especially to mechanical use, when the door is opened and closed. Materials without a clear origin tend to crack, break or otherwise make life unpleasant for their owners.
Carefully select proven companies
Be aware of the origin of materials
Low price often indicates low quality
THE LIFETIME OF DOORS, OR, CALCULATE YOUR INVESTMENT
Garage doors are one of the larger investments in a home. However, the really high-quality ones will last for several decades. For example, LOMAX doors are rated for at least 20 thousand cycles, meaning full opening and closing. If the user used them twice a day, for example when leaving and arriving home, this would mean at least 25 years of operation. As a rule, however, with reasonable maintenance and regular service it can usually be much more.
Garage doors are an investment for at least 25 years
Be interested in the speed and availability of service
Read reviews and look for complaints about breakdowns – aren't there many?
THE APPEARANCE WITHOUT CHANGE IS ENSURED BY PRESSED FOIL
Quality and durable structural elements are the basis of all doors. In the most popular sectional type, in addition to the rails, , for example, they are torsion springs. The individual sections are the key component that will show whether the door is really of good quality after a period of use. More precisely, specifically patterned foils.
Surface foils on doors can begin to peel off over time
Ageing of garage doors can be accelerated, for example, by orienting the garage to the south
Surface foils that is directly pressed into the panels lasts the longest
Some manufacturers try to save money and buy ready-made panels, which they then just cut during production. However, the foil on them is too thin and over time it can start to peel off. Weather conditions, such as the south-facing orientation of the garage, can also speed things up. And although the peeling does not directly affect the function of the door, it is not very attractive from a design point of view. So, if the user does not want to solve such problems, they should look for a manufacturer who presses the foils into the panels.
- LOMAX TIP: We do not produce doors in series. Each piece is an original, to which the utmost care is given. And the same is true for the choice of materials. We use only the most modern methods of production. For example, we apply wood imitation to the material before the actual production of the panel. Only then we roll the shape of the section and fill the panel with PUR foam. Thanks to this technology, wood imitation is much more durable than just applying the foil to the finished sections.
WARRANTY AND SERVICE ALSO TELL YOU ABOUT QUALITY
Quality garage doors can also be partly identified by the warranty offered by the manufacturer. If the doors meet the most stringent parameters in terms of durability, their manufacturers offer a warranty of at least 10 years.
The length of the warranty is one of the deciding factors when choosing a garage door
Find out how often you will need regular service and how much it will cost you
Find out about the availability of service and spare parts before buying a door
This is also the case with LOMAX garage doors. In terms of durability then, as with other parts of the house, regular service is a key. While some basic tasks can be handled by the user on their own, for others it is worth contacting the supplier directly. Therefore, in some cases, they also offer an extended warranty on some parts of the door during regular service.
Do you want to have as little work as possible with your garage door? In this case, it is ideal to choose remote controls and motorised drive. Or do you prefer manual opening? This is not a problem with selected types either – the door can be manipulated, for example, with a bar.
MANUAL CONTROL OF THE DOOR
Although manual control may not be among the most convenient, it has undeniable advantages.
- Low price
- Easy handling
- Not affected by power failure
- Discomfort compared to remote control
- Cannot be controlled from anywhere
For some people, it is an undeniable advantage to be able to open the garage door without getting out of the car. The remote controller brings just such a benefit.
- The most common method
- Convenient control
- Risk of theft
- Only works near the door
Nowadays, you can also control the door using various smart apps via mobile phone, remotely directly from the car, and monitor everything on the display as needed.
- Possibility of control from anywhere
- Convenient to use
- Almost impossible to misuse if smartphone is stolen
- Requires some digital literacy
- Phone number at risk of theft
The garage can also be opened by attaching a chip to the reader.
- Convenient motorised control
- Placing the chip on the keys
- Risk of theft
- To open, you must approach the reader
Just as we open our smart phone today, we can also open the garage with our fingerprint.
- Convenient motorized control
- The "controller" cannot be lost
- Need to get close to the reader
- More expensive option due to technology
Comfort, warmth and safety
Garage doors are an integral part of the house. In addition, it protects valuable assets. In addition to cars, we often keep motorbikes, e-bikes or expensive garden electronics in the garage. Therefore, you should take the same care when choosing a door as you would when choosing an entrance door, for example.
COMFORT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE LUXURY
Gone are the days when you have to get out of the car every time you come home from work, search for your keys and open the garage. Now you can choose from a wide range of remote control options or connect the door to a smart home and control it via smartphone.
- Doors as part of a smart home
- Diverse control options
- Light guides light the way
The electric drive that controls the door can run at both quiet mode and slow speed, which reduces vibration, and also at higher speed, which greatly speeds up the opening of the door. Overall, the doors are characterised by low energy consumption. The high-quality ones consume only 0.6 W in a stand-by mode. However, a problem with opening and closing the door could occur during a power outage. This problem is elegantly solved by the backup power supply, which won't cost you too much.
For maximum convenience, an infrared barrier can be installed. It registers whether you have already walked through the door or driven your car through it, then automatically closes the gate. If the door is closing and you are heading in with a load of shopping or other heavy loads, the door will stop and then open again.
To ensure that you always park reliably, the lights in the guide railswill also serve you well. These are switched on together with the garage door drive, they come in handy when parking the car and closing the door when the garage is dark.
In some homes, the garage door serves as the only entrance to the house. In such cases, it is advisable to choose a sliding door type, which only needs to be opened partially, or a sectional type. In this case, it is possible to install the entrance door directly into the garage door. However, only some manufacturers offer such options.
Tips for comfortable use of the door
- Quality motors are more expensive, but they last longer and open the door noticeably faster
- Think of a solution in case of power failure – consider a backup power supply
- Infrared barrier ensures maximum comfort in everyday use of the door
- Additional lights in the guide rails will light your way out of a dark garage
- Entrance doors installed directly into the garage door can also be practical
Garage doors can be a good servant but a bad master if their security is underestimated. Heavy metal gates must always be equipped with a number of safety devices to prevent accidents, damage to movable property or to avoid attracting thieves.
Doors must meet safety standards
Many accessories can be purchased to increase safety
Unprotected doors are an invitation to grabbers
Safety features on garage doors protect not only your property, but also your health. For example, even the infrared barrier prevents the door from closing when someone passes through it. Whether it's you with your shopping, your little child or your pet.
If you connect your door or garage space to a smart home, the system will notify you immediately if a stranger threatens your property. If you have an automatically controlled door, the gearbox of the motorized drive should be designed so that the door cannot be mechanically pried open. You can also supplement your door with a locking stop or lock, which also prevents unwanted sliding or prying the door open.
However, damage to property, most often a car, can also occur quite unintentionally. The door rides in the rail when it opens and closes, and unfortunately, time also takes its toll. If the spring breaks, the door could fall on the car, or worse, on you. Therefore, make sure that the door manufacturer you choose offers a spring break safety device.
An absolutely essential function of every door is then a motor lock. If it happens that the door hits an obstacle, the door movement will stop and the door will return to its original position.
Tips for choosing a safe door
- Make sure it meets all legal standards
- Motor lock is an absolute safety essential
- It is protected against prying or forcible lifting
- Don't skimp on safety features, especially if you have children or pets
- Require a spring break safety device
DON'T DANCE IN THE WINDOWS
The garage is the most delicate place in terms of temperature, especially in winter. Frequent opening of the door can allow large amounts of cold air to enter this space. If you will also use the garage as a workshop, it is crucial to choose a well-insulated door.
Up to 20% of heat can escape through poor quality garage doors
Frost can damage stored items
Poor insulation causes moisture build-up and growth of mould
The thermal insulation properties are usually determined by a key parameter, the so-called heat transfer coefficient. It is denoted by the letter U, and it is typical that the smaller the value, the better the thermal insulation that can be expected. It indicates the amount of heat energy leaving the space (garage). Its recommended value for garages is U = 2.3 W/m2K. However, in good quality doors, it should be below U = 2 W/m2K. One of the lowest figures on the market LOMAX offers is U = 1.2 W/m2K
The thermal resistance is denoted by the letter R and the reverse is true for its value, i.e. the higher the value, the better the door properties.
You can also choose the properties of the layer of polyurethane foam that is in the door itself. In general, the higher the density of PUR foam, the better. However, the maximum value on the Czech market is currently 50 kg/m3.
When choosing, it should be taken into account that doors with an uninterrupted thermal bridge, which are for example double-leaf, folding or hanging doors, will have worse thermal insulation properties. Sectional garage doors (the bridges are between the sections) or sliding garage doors (again between the sections) have interrupted thermal bridges and therefore better insulation properties.
The insulation of the door is then only supplemented by seals, which keep out not only cold air, but also rainwater. The ideal seal should be all-around.
Tips for choosing a well-insulated door
Find out the heat transfer coefficients
Be interested in the exact composition of the door and insulation
To prevent heat leakage through the door, choose types with interrupted thermal bridges
Prefer doors with all-around seals
COMFORT FOR MOTORCYCLISTS
Garage doors can also be adapted for your motorbike or quad bike, which deserve the same comfort as your cars. High-quality motorcycle doors increase safety in summer and especially in winter.
Possibility of partial opening for convenient motorcycle passage
Easy to control, adapted to the needs of motorcyclists
Safe environment to protect against corrosion or moisture
Every biker knows that temperature fluctuations are bad for single-track pets. Therefore, it is advisable to choose a door with an interrupted thermal bridge for closing the garage.
When it comes to comfort and control options, this is where the greatest added value lies. The controller with large enough buttons allows comfortable operation of the garage door even with motorcycle gloves.
Thanks to the practical infrared barrier, you can get on the road without unnecessary delays – thanks to the automatic door closing.
Tips for garage doors for motorcyclists
Choose a door with interrupted thermal bridges (forget double-leaf doors)
A remote controller with buttons large enough to control with gloves is practical
Choose a sectional door sliding to the side for convenient passage through the door
Choose security features that protect the motorcycle from theft
LOMAX EASY solution
Replacement of doors with minimal building modifications.
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