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Manual vs Electric Garage Doors

In addition to the style and design of your new garage door, you’ll also need to choose manual or electric operation. Each option has its own pros and cons, so it’s important you determine which is the best for you. In this article, we take a look at some of the differences between manual and electric garage doors. Whichever you choose, the Horizons team will provide professional installation and maintenance when you need it.

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What are the benefits of manual garage doors?

Manual garage doors have long been a dependable style. There are no electrical parts and the door must be controlled by hand. While this is usually less convenient than automated garage doors, it does mean that there are fewer components that might malfunction.

But the overriding reason for choosing a manual garage door is the price. Manual garage doors are almost always cheaper than their electric counterparts and still offer superb security and convenience. While they may not have the bells and whistles associated with automated doors, for many users, manual garage doors are all they need.

To summarise, the benefits of manual garage doors include:

  1. Cheaper — manual roller shutters cost less than electric garage doors.

  2. Less maintenance — no electrical parts means there’s no chance of electrical malfunction.

  3. Doesn’t need electrical power — manual garage doors can be installed without having to worry about connecting them to a power outlet. They’ll also still work in the event of a power cut.

What are the benefits of electric garage doors?

Garage doors are favoured for their security, convenience and ease of use. Unlike manual doors, electric garage doors can be opened and closed at the touch of a button.

While it’s true that electric garage doors are typically more expensive than manual doors, they also offer a range of additional benefits. These include:

  1. Convenience — electric operation means you don’t have to physically touch the door to open and close it. This makes it particularly convenient if you are entering or exiting from your car.

  2. Improved security — electric doors use an automatic mechanism that only releases when activated. This adds an extra layer of security and makes the door less susceptible to force.

  3. Increased safety — electric garage doors use sensors to halt the closing process if they detect an obstruction in the way. 

Whichever you choose, you can find your perfect door at Horizons. We specialise in a range of high-quality garage doors for homes across Warwick, Leamington Spa, Birmingham and the surrounding areas

Get your free quote today and start the process of getting your new garage door. 


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