Are your roller shutter doors too noisy?

At United Doors we often have customers complaining that their old roller shutter doors are too noisy and interfere with their work! Of course, if the roller shutters are installed in a warehouse or factory, then the noise isn’t really going to be a big problem, but for an office or retail store with delivery roller doors, it can be a big issue.

This is a common problem with old roller doors in Brisbane or roller shutters that haven’t been serviced regularly. Let’s look at the common causes of noisy roller shutter doors and then at a few workable solutions.

Causes of noisy roller shutter doors

Many roller doors in Brisbane become noisy with age, particularly if they haven’t been well-maintained and lubricated since they were installed. This also applies to motorised roller doors, because the engine parts can corrode, and parts can move out of alignment over time, resulting in excess noise when operated.

You need to remember that most roller shutters are constructed from steel slats, which when they move along the metal guides, can cause a screeching noise if the guides are loose, corroded or full of dirt and debris. The slats themselves can also move out of alignment, stretch over time or buckle slightly in extreme heat, which can cause the same screeching noise.

Solutions for noisy roller shutter doors

If your roller shutters are old and have seen better days, it pays to replace them with a new model that is designed to operate quietly. On the other hand, you might want to save your old roller doors and see if they can be repaired. Our technicians can inspect them for you and let you know the cost of a repair and service compared to a full replacement, and then you can make the best decision for your business.

It’s worthwhile noting that the newer model roller doors in Brisbane have nylon slat clips that help to stop the metal slats from coming into contact with the metal guides. This reduces the noise problem considerably.

When we arrive at your business, our technicians will check the metal guides for damage or corrosion, check the tension of the springs (as this can cause extreme noise as well), and make sure that the slats of the doors have not been damaged or bent. Most of these problems can be fixed, but it’s still worth considering new roller shutter doors, as these will give your business a well-maintained and professional appearance.

Why not get a quote online for new roller shutters and then make your decision?

Understanding how automatic door openers operate

You might not believe it, but automatic door openers have been around for a long time, however, it’s only over the past twenty years or so that they have become affordable for most Australians. In fact, they have become so popular that it’s unusual to see a home without an automatic garage door opener in most Australian cities.

If you have an automatic garage door in Brisbane, have you ever wondered how they operate? Well, most of us don’t give much thought to our automatic garage doors – residential home owners just click the button and away they go!

You might be surprised however, to learn that it’s not the motor that actually takes the weight of the doors as they open and close. That honour goes to the torsion spring, which is the first culprit we look at if your automatic door openers have stopped working.

How does your automatic garage door opener work?

When you click the button on your remote control, the motor attached to the ceiling of your garage is switched on. The motor is usually a half horsepower, which is plenty of power to operate a system of pulleys and torsion springs that open and close your automatic garage door in Brisbane.

When the garage doors are in the closed position, they cannot be opened unless a signal is sent from your remote to turn the motor on and start the pulley system working. Some newer models also have a manual system that overrides the motor and allows you to open and close the doors if there is a power cut.

Maintaining your automatic door openers

As you can appreciate, the motor, pulleys and torsion springs all work together to open and close your garage doors. Any problem with any of these three components and your doors will not operate properly. Problems can also occur with the wall sensors that prevent the garage doors slamming into the ground on closing or closing when there is an obstruction under the door.

It’s always a good idea to have your automatic garage door opener serviced regularly, just to be sure that everything is in good condition, particularly if you have a family. Garage doors add a sense of security for home owners, so you always want to make sure that they are in tip-top shape.

To book a service for your automatic garage door in Brisbane, call us on 07 3869 2525 or get a quote online.

Should you keep your garage doors during a conversion?

Many Aussies decide to convert their garage into a man cave or sports room, but are never sure whether they should replace their garage doors or not. It’s fair to say that keeping your residential garage doors is always going to be cheaper than removing them and building a new external wall. It also gives you the flexibility of using the space as a garage again, which might be great for buyers if you ever decide to sell.

If you decide to keep your garage doors or even replace them with new, it’s best to contact your local garage door services in Brisbane, so that they can be serviced or replaced professionally. Given that you have decided to convert your garage for another use, here are our top tips for making it happen smoothly.

Think ahead: If you want a TV room for the kids, then you need to think about electrical points and aerial sockets or cable access, as well as a carpet or other quality floor covering. On the other hand, if you want a gym or sports room, then you might not need to call in an electrician to add any new outlets, and a painted concrete floor or an epoxy covering might be your preference. This is the point that you will need to decide whether or not to replace your garage doors as well.

Organise storage: To convert your garage into another use, you will need to find other storage options for everything that currently fills your garage. You can look into having storage cabinets installed into the garage around the walls, so that everything is organised and hidden away, as well as installing a garden shed for the mower and other garden paraphernalia.

Do you need insulation? If you want to make your conversion cosy without any drafts, then you need to insulate the walls and probably the ceiling, however the ceiling might already be insulated as it’s part of the house. Insulating the floor is a good idea, particularly if you are laying carpet and you can also insulate your residential garage doors if you have panel doors.

Converting your garage doesn’t have to break the bank, it all depends on what kind of space you want and whether you want to keep the garage doors or not.

For professional garage door services in Brisbane, call United Doors on 07 3869 2525 or get a quote online.

Fed up with your garage door opener remotes?

It’s fair to say that just about none of us would prefer to go back to hauling open our garage doors, which is why most of us use garage door opener remotes. The problem is that these can easily be lost or broken and then you need to contact the garage door company who performed your garage door installation to have the remote fixed or replaced. You would think that with all the technological advances in the past few years, that there would be a better solution for opening and closing garage doors!

Well, it’s your lucky day, because there are now three other options that you can explore: keypads, car controls and apps.

Keypads vs garage door opener remotes

You now have the option of purchasing automatic garage doors that are operated with keypads and a unique PIN, and can be installed by a specialist garage door company. These are ideal for people who walk their dog, run or jog as you don’t need to carry a remote opener with you when you go out. The one downside is that the keypad is attached to the exterior wall during the garage door installation, so you have to get out of your car to open the garage doors.

Car controls vs garage door opener remotes

Some of the newer model cars have a universal remote feature that can be programmed to open and close your garage doors. These are very easy to set up and can be primed from your existing remote control, so that they operate on the same frequency, and they can be added after your garage door installation has been completed. They can be used in conjunction with your remote controls, so are ideal when you only have one remote, but more than one person needs to use the remote!

Apps vs garage door opener remotes

Some garage doors can also be controlled by apps on your smart phones, and these can also be used alongside your existing remote controls. All you need to do is to download the app and then you can operate the garage doors, even closing them from your office if the app tells you that you left them open when you left for work. You don’t need to contact your garage door company to use these apps, just search online and decide which one is best for your needs.

For help with your garage door opener remotes or for affordable garage door installation, why not get a quote online today?

Do you need a garage door weather seal for your garage doors?

Garage doors help to keep the contents of your home and garage safe and secure, as well as helping to keep your home cool in summer and warmer in winter. Energy efficiency is not something that is often associated with garage doors, but if you leave the doors open for a week, you will definitely notice a difference!

They also help to keep dirt, debris and rain from blowing into your garage, as well as creating a barrier to rodents and other pests. As they age however, the garage door side seals begin to deteriorate and you will notice an increasing amount of dirt, debris and pests in your garage. This is the time when you need to replace the garage door weather seal and side seals to prevent the situation becoming any worse.

What types of garage door side seals do you need?

A garage door weather seal is designed to cover the gaps between the garage doors and the surrounding brick or weatherboard. There are three types of seals that you will most probably need to replace: bottom seals, threshold seals and the weather strip.

Bottom seals: This is a long narrow strip of rubber or vinyl that is attached to the bottom of the garage doors to prevent dirt, debris, pests and rain entering underneath the doors. When the bottom seal start to deteriorate it often shreds and you can see pieces of the rubber or vinyl hanging down when you open the doors.
Threshold seals: This type of seal is applied to the floor of the garage, filling the gap between the bottom of the garage door and the floor. Most people however, prefer to use bottom seals, because a threshold seal makes it more difficult for dirt and water to be brushed over this seal when you need to clean the garage.
Weather strips: These are better known as garage door side seals, but they can also be attached to the top of the doors as well. Generally, they prevent wind and rain from being driven around the doors and into your garage and will need to be replaced if rain is coming into your garage.

If your garage doors need new seals, why not get a quote online today?

Tips for choosing a commercial roller shutter

Choosing a commercial roller shutter takes a bit more time than selecting automatic garage doors for your home. This is because for your home, you usually want the doors to look good and match your home’s exterior style and colours, however for a commercial business, you need to consider strength and durability, as well as whether you want a manual or an automatic commercial garage door opener.

Strength and durability of a commercial roller shutter

A commercial roller shutter really needs to stand up to a lot of use and abuse. For example, at home you might open your garage doors once, twice or three times a day, whilst a commercial garage door might be opened 10, 20 or 30 times a day, depending on their business.

This means that the automatic garage door and its mechanism needs to be strong enough to operate far in excess of what’s expected of a residential garage door. Cheaper options that are used in a commercial capacity can often require frequent commercial door repairs, simply because they are not built strong enough for such excessive use.

Don’t forget that a commercial roller shutter can be damaged by forklifts, backed into by trucks and can generally become dented and broken far more often than a residential garage door – so they need to be ultra-durable and strong.

Manual or automatic commercial garage door opener?

Given the option, residential home owners opt for automatic garage doors every time, but you might find that a manually operated commercial garage door opener is more suitable for your business. If you don’t have many deliveries and won’t be using the garage roller shutters more than a few times a day, you might find that the cheaper manual option is better for your business.

On the other hand, if you have ten or more deliveries a day, whoever is assigned to open the doors might become very tired or even injured if they have to do this manually every day. In this case, a commercial garage door opener that is automatically operated makes more sense.

For commercial door repairs or help selecting the right commercial roller shutter or commercial garage door opener for your business, call us on 07 3869 2525 or get a quote online.

Why won’t my garage door close?

There’s nothing more frustrating than when your automatic garage doors won’t close and you are already late for work. Of course, you can call your local garage door repair service, but you still can’t leave for work and leave the doors wide open. So when your garage doors won’t close, here are 5 steps to try and locate the problem.

  1. Check the garage door remote: Did you drop the garage door remote and it’s now broken? Or are the batteries too old to work? Check the remote and make sure that it looks intact and then open it up and change the batteries.
  2. Is the power out? Funnier things have happened and in SEQ the power can go off at any time. So always check the electricity box and make sure that it’s not simply a power outage that’s causing the problem with your garage doors.
  3. Is anything in the way? Your garage doors are set so that they won’t close if something is in the way, so make sure that there is nothing underneath the doors preventing the mechanism from working. If the doors start to close and then bounce up again, this is the most likely problem.
  4. Is it in manual mode? There’s a switch on the motor that’s a safety feature and lets you open and close the doors manually in the case of a power outage. This switch disengages the motor, so if your doors won’t close make sure that it hasn’t been knocked over to manual. If it has, turn it to automatic and your garage doors should be fine.
  5. Check the rails: Another cause of a door that won’t close properly is damaged or warped rails. What usually happens is that the doors start to close, but get stuck on the rails and simply stop. If the rails are bent you might hear a grating noise as well. At this point you need to call your garage door repair service, because it’s going to take an expert to fix this problem.

These are some of the most common causes of garage doors that won’t close properly, so if you need help with broken doors or with a non-functioning garage door remote, get a quote online today.

How to pick the best company for your roller door installation

With the cost of the most basic roller doors in Brisbane starting at around $1500, you want to make sure that you select the right company for your roller door installation. After all, since a roller door increases the security of your home, you want to make sure that it is installed correctly and operating properly at all times.

You can save yourself a lot of stress by asking the company a few pertinent questions, before you engage them to install your roller shutter doors.

1. How much experience do they have installing roller doors in Brisbane?

It’s always best to start by searching the company’s website for customer testimonials and check out their social media pages as well. If anyone has had any problems with the roller shutter doors and the installer, you can be sure that they will have written about it somewhere on the company’s Facebook or Google + pages. Next, ask to see examples of their work, either a gallery of completed projects or addresses of homes in your area where they have recently installed similar roller doors in Brisbane.

2. Who will actually perform the roller door installation?

The person who visits your home and helps you to select your roller doors in Brisbane might not be the person who actually installs them. So make sure you ask this question and find out the name of the installer, as well as whether they are trained and certified. Also ask whether they can work around your schedule and if they will turn up on time, because if you have to take a day off work for your roller door installation and they don’t turn up, that’s not the beginning of a positive relationship is it?

3. What warranty do they offer?

Always ask about the length of the warranty for your roller shutter doors and what this warranty actually covers. The length of a warranty can differ among installers, so it always pays to ask this question. Also, make sure that you receive a written copy of the warranty and keep it somewhere safe, just in case you need it in the future.

4. Do they provide services and maintenance?

It’s always easier to have the roller door installation company perform any services, repairs and maintenance of your roller shutter doors, rather than having to search for someone online to fix or service your garage doors.

For professional roller door installation in Brisbane, call United Doors on 07 3869 2525 or get a quote online today.

How does your remote garage door opener work?

Most people have remote garage door openers installed in their garages, because they make life so much easier for everyone in the family. An automatic garage door in Brisbane is perfect for security purposes and helps immensely when it’s pouring rain outside and you can simply drive straight into your garage without getting wet.

A remote garage door opener is a pretty simple device that’s controlled either manually or by your garage door remote control and is designed to open your garage doors. So how does this all work?

A brief overview of how your remote garage door opener operates

First of all, the remote garage door openers don’t actually lift your garage doors, the opening and closing of your doors is achieved by counterbalance springs that are attached to the doors. The springs are attached to cables, which are attached to the automatic garage door and the tension in the springs causes the door to be opened or closed via the steel cables.

This why you need to ask for help if you think you have a problem with the springs, because as they are under such great tension, you can seriously injure yourself if you don’t know what you are doing.

The steel cables are rolled up in a clockwise direction to open the doors and anti-clockwise to close the doors. Rather than opening and closing the garage doors, the remote garage door openers have limit switches that determine how far the doors open and close and keep the doors closed as well.

The motor for your automatic garage door is attached to the ceiling of your garage at the end of a track. A chain and belt runs between the motor and runs along the track to help open and close the doors. When you press your garage door remote, the motor and the tension spring open and close the doors and the limit switches make sure that the door is either fully closed or fully open.

Your automatic garage door is also fitted with two safety features. The first prevents the door from closing if anything or anyone is detected underneath the door as it closes. The second is a manual pulley that you can use if there is a power cut to either open or close the doors.

If you are in the market for a new automatic garage door in Brisbane, you can get a quote online today.

Choosing the right garage doors for your home

When your garage doors have seen better days, it’s time to look for a suitable replacement, but with so many options for roller doors in Brisbane, the process can seem quite daunting. Two of the factors that will most probably determine the type of automatic door openers you eventually choose are your budget and the style of your home, so let’s take a look at both of these now.

Choosing garage doors based on your budget

When you look into the prices of roller doors in Brisbane you will find that the basic models start around $1500 and upwards, so you need to make sure that you have enough money in your budget before you sign on the dotted line. If you anticipate staying in your home for the long haul, then it will be worth spending extra money on your automatic door openers to get the perfect garage doors, because this will most probably give you a lot of pleasure.

However, if you think that you might move in the next few years, it could be better to save your money and go for a more basic and affordable model. A tip here is to always check whether the price of the installation is included in the cost of your roller doors in Brisbane, because with some companies installation is extra.

Choosing garage doors based on the style of your home

Depending on your budget of course, this is where you can really express your individuality. There are a host of custom colours you can select for your automatic door openers, one of which will perfectly match the exterior colours of your home. You can also think about including a window section in your roller doors, particularly if you use your garage as a hobby room or a games room.

Then there are rolling doors, sectional doors, and tilt doors. Roller doors in Brisbane are made from a ribbed steel curtain, sectional doors are made from a number of sections that are hinged together, and tilt doors are made from one panel that pivots open. One of these styles will suit your home more than the others and you can even choose from aluminium, steel or even timber garage doors.

Why not get a quote online today or call us on 07 3869 2525 to chat about your requirements.

What does a garage door repair service do?

A regular garage door repair service can seriously help to extend the life of your remote garage door opener and avoid any untimely garage door repairs in Brisbane. Problems that can be avoided with regular servicing include doors that get stuck and won’t open or close, doors that make an awful noise when operating, and doors that open and close randomly, as well as broken rollers and electrical problems.

So if you have an automatic garage door at your home or business, here are the 5 key areas that are covered by a garage door repair service.

  1. All the fixings are checked: If your remote garage door opener was fitted years ago, the actual fixings might have worked themselves loose. This can be a danger to everyone in close proximity to the garage doors, so these will be checked during your service.
  2. Guide tracks are inspected: The guide tracks can become bent and full of debris, causing all sorts of issues. So as part of your garage door repair service these will be inspected and cleaned, and even straightened if necessary.
  3. Examine your tension springs: The tension springs need to be properly balanced for the safe operation of your remote garage door opener. This will be checked and adjusted during your service. One of the most common causes for garage door repairs in Brisbane is garage doors that stick in the open or closed position, and the tension springs are the usual cause.
  4. Lubrication: Anything that needs to be lubricated will be covered in your garage door repair service. For example, the steel hinges, springs and the opener chain will all be lubricated to keep your remote garage door opener working properly.
  5. Check sensitivity: Your service also includes a thorough check of your sensors and the motor to ensure that everything is working well. The service technician can adjust the sensors and the motor limits so that the doors always know when to stop opening or closing.

If your automatic garage doors haven’t seen a service technician for years, why not book in for a garage door repair service today? Call united Doors on 07 3869 2525 or get a quote online.

The 5 most common reasons for automatic garage door repairs in Brisbane

United Doors offer a specialist garage door repair service, so we know the most common causes of garage door repairs in Brisbane. To be honest, one of the most frequent causes of garage door repairs is that people don’t bother with regular maintenance and servicing of their remote garage door openers.

Poor maintenance usually leads to a shortened lifespan for your garage doors and costly repairs at some point in the future. So here are the top 5 most common reasons for garage door repairs in Brisbane (apart from a lack of maintenance).

  1. Stuck doors: When your remote garage door opener is stuck half way and won’t open fully or close completely, life suddenly takes a turn for the worse. A common cause is worn springs, which are too dangerous to replace yourself, so you need to call your trusty garage door repair service in Brisbane.
  2. Noisy doors: Your remote garage door opener shouldn’t make screeching or rattling noises when they are opened or closed. This is a sure sign that something needs oiling, which would have been picked up by a regular garage door repair service.
  3. Faulty remote: If your remote isn’t working properly, the first step is to check the batteries and replace them if necessary. If this doesn’t work, you might need to replace the remote, however make sure that the door actually operates properly using the manual override first.
  4. Random operation: If your remote garage door opener opens and closes all on its own, apart from a safety and security risk, this is likely due to an electrical fault that can be easily fixed. United Doors provides garage door repairs in Brisbane, so give us a call and we will fix it ASAP.
  5. Broken rollers: Rollers don’t last forever and can end up bent or broken over time. This usually results in stuck or noisy doors, so if you think you have a problem with the rollers of your remote garage door opener, don’t leave it until you have a serious problem before asking for help.

If you need garage door repairs in Brisbane, call United Doors on 07 3869 2525 or get a quote online.

7 Tips on maintaining your automatic garage doors

Proper care of your automatic garage doors helps to prolong their life and prevent unwanted garage door repairs in the future. So if you have just completed your roller door installation with United Doors, here are our top 7 tips for keeping your garage doors in good repair.

  1. Washing the garage doors: Colorbond and coloured steel finishes might be tough and look awesome, but they still need to be washed with clean water at least once, if not twice a month, to remove any debris. Washing more often is actually recommended if you live near the coast, due to a build-up of salt. Don’t wash the opening mechanism of the automatic garage doors, just the doors themselves or you could get electrocuted!
  2. Check its operation: At least once every couple of months check that you can still open and close your garage doors manually. This is essential in times of a power outage, so always check that the manual mode still operates. If the manual operation doesn’t work, you might need to call United Doors for garage door repairs, but it is better to check than be caught with a door that won’t open or close.
  3. Lubrication: Too many people don’t bother oiling their automatic garage doors following their roller door installation. This can lead to worn parts and expensive garage door repairs later on down the road. So always lubricate the following parts of your garage doors at least every 3 to 6 months: steel hinges, springs and the opener chain.
  4. Clean the guide tracks: Clean the guide tracks with mineral turps or methylated spirits to remove any dirt and debris. Do not lubricate the tracks.
  5. Check screws: Make sure that all visible screws, nut and bolts are tight at least every 3 to 6 months.
  6. Check spring tension: If your door is difficult to open or close, it could be due to a loss of tension in the springs. This is a big and difficult job, actually it can also be quite dangerous, so always call United Doors for a spring tension service or garage door repairs.
  7. Regular services: Organising regular 12 monthly services following your initial roller door installation, ensures that your automatic garage doors keep running well for many years into the future.

United Doors provide expert services and repairs all automatic garage doors. Call us on 07 3869 2525 or get a quote online.

5 of the most common causes for garage door repairs in Brisbane

United Doors are the leaders in garage door repairs in Brisbane. Over the years we have seen just about everything that can go wrong with garage doors and roller doors, and we can quickly find the cause of your problem and have it fixed in a jiffy!

If you are in the market for a new automatic garage door for your home or business, here are the 5 most frequent reasons you might need to call us for remote control garage door repairs.

  1. Your doors open and close at random: This problem can be infuriating, because random openings can jeopardise the security of your home and random closings can cause serious injuries to anyone under the door. The problem is easily fixed however, because it is usually due to a problem with the sensor. So if you come home and find your doors wide open, call United Doors for the fastest roller door repairs in Brisbane.
  2. Your doors are stuck half way: This is another issue that can happen and nothing you do will make your doors open or close completely. Unfortunately, there is not one single cause for your doors sticking, it can be that the springs need replacing or a problem with the alignment or sensors. These type of tricky garage door repairs are our bread and butter, so give us a call in Brisbane and we will fix your doors ASAP.
  3. Your doors make a grating noise: Of course your doors won’t be silent when they are opening or closing, but they shouldn’t make a grating noise. This usually means that the moving parts need lubrication and is one of the simpler roller door repairs we do in Brisbane.
  4. Your remote doesn’t work: Did you check the battery? This is the commonest cause of remotes not working, so always check the battery first, before you call us for remote control garage door repairs. If a new battery doesn’t fix the problem, you might need a new remote.
  5. Your rollers are bent: This is one of the most frequent causes of roller door repairs in Brisbane, because over time the roller can rust, bend and warp, causing excessive noise on operation or the doors may become stuck and jammed.

If you need specialist garage door repairs in Brisbane, why not get a quote online today?

7 Tips for keeping your children safe around automatic garage doors

Most of us have automatic garage doors at home, but too often we don’t really acknowledge how dangerous they can be when children are around. After all, children seen to appear from nowhere and can get themselves into trouble in the blink of an eye, before we have had time to even register their presence.

So if you have automatic door openers at home or even a commercial garage door opener at your place of business, here are 7 tips for keeping children safe in the same area.

  1. Keep children away from automatic garage doors and don’t let them play or run under any doors that are opening or closing.
  2. Don’t let children near the working mechanisms of automatic door openers, because little fingers can become quickly caught and they can suffer serious injuries before you have had time to do anything about it.
  3. If you have a commercial garage door opener with a keypad, locate the pad at least 5 feet above the ground, so that small children can’t easily reach the keypads and keep your home automatic door openers away from children at all times.
  4. Don’t drive away or leave the area until the automatic garage doors are fully closed or opened and make sure that all children are supervised in the area, if the doors are left open for any reason.
  5. It is essential that any damage to the automatic door openers is inspected by a trained professional, because even minor damage caused by someone reversing into the doors can result in a misalignment and the doors might come crashing down unexpectedly.
  6. Always have your home automatic garage doors and your commercial garage door opener serviced regularly to avoid any unforeseen problems that could result in injuries to children or even adults in the immediate vicinity.
  7. Never attempt to repair or replace the springs or cables yourself, particularly with children in the area. These type of repairs require specialist knowledge, because the springs are held under extreme tension. Any mishandling of the springs from automatic door openers can result in serious injuries to anyone in the immediate area.

If you need your automatic garage doors repaired or serviced, why not get a quote online today?

5 Tips for locating a reputable garage door company

Installing garage doors or roll up doors in your home is a great way to add value to your property, as well as to increase its security. The problem is in finding a reliable and trustworthy garage door company in your area, one that you can feel confident will do a good job for a reasonable price.

So if you are in the market for new garage doors or roll up doors, here are 5 tips that will help you to find the best garage door company in your area.

  1. Experience: When you are trusting the security of your property to a garage door company, you want them to have a few years of experience under their belt. So look for a well-established company with a solid reputation for good service in your locality.
  2. Clear pricing: Even though the prices for garage doors and roll up doors are dependent on a number of different factors, including the size and style you choose, their pricing needs to be transparent. You don’t want to be told that you have to pay for a host of extras on the day of installation.
  3. Range of products: Garage doors need to suit the style of your home and your budget, so you want a company that offers a wide range of stock doors, but also the ability to custom design your doors and shutters to your exact specifications.
  4. Reviews: One of the best ways to ‘sound out’ a garage door company is to check their website for reviews. Any good company should have plenty of reviews online and if they don’t have any reviews – it makes you wonder why, doesn’t it?
  5. Website: You want to see a professional website that is designed well, attractive and easy to navigate. You also want to easily access all of the information that you need to make your decision about buying garage doors or roll up doors. A website that is pretty bare, not attractive or easy to navigate, doesn’t give you much confidence in the company.

United Doors are a long standing and reputable garage door company in Brisbane. Call us on 07 3869 2525 or get a quote online.    

Save on your energy bills with automatic roller shutter doors

Roller shutter doors come in all shapes, styles and colours and can be a big benefit to home owners. Apart from the obvious increase in security provided by installing roller doors in Brisbane homes, one of the little known benefits is that they help to cut down on your energy bills.

The team at United Doors are experts in roller door installation, as well as in fitting, repairing and servicing automatic garage doors. So if you want to protect your home from burglars and save on your power bills, call us for a free quote today.

How can roller shutter doors cut your energy bills?

In Brisbane, we have hot summers and pretty cool winters, so most of us tend to have the A/C on during summer and the heating on during winter. As we all can appreciate, cooling and heating your home for a large part of the year, dramatically increases your power bills, so anything you can do to reduce these costs is going to be a huge benefit.

Making sure that your home is well insulated is a good first step towards reducing the loss of both heat and A/C through the roof spaces, but the installation of roller doors can also make a big difference. This is because one of the worst areas in your home for losing heat or the cooling effect of the A/C are the windows.

In Brisbane, roller doors go a long way to reducing this loss, helping to keep your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer. They can also stop much of the direct sunlight from pouring through your windows in the summer, which increases the heat inside your home and causes you to ramp up the A/C.

When you don’t need to have the heating or the A/C so high, because the roller shutter doors help with your home’s insulation, your power bills will drop, saving you money every quarter. Even installing automatic garage doors can help to prevent the loss of heat and the A/C from your home, simply by adding another barrier between your home and the external environment.

For roller door installation in Brisbane, call United Doors on 07 3869 2525 or get a quote online.

What’s new with automatic door openers?

At first glance, you might think that there can’t be much high tech improvement to be made in the design of a residential or commercial automatic door opener. After all, in the world of industrial roller shutter doors and automatic garage doors, all you want is for them to open and close automatically. How can you improve on that?

Well you might be surprised to know that there is an app for that! Lately, there seems to be an app for just about everything, and now we have an app to control your residential or commercial garage door opener as well. Welcome to the new world!

Apps for your residential or commercial automatic door opener

How often have you driven away from your home and thought that you had forgotten to close the garage door? Even businesses can have problems with so many people coming and going, as well as deliveries happening all day long. It is even worse when you have a number of industrial roller shutter doors, as well as a commercial garage door opener for your business, because forgetting to close the garage door means that you have to physically turn around and check on the situation.

When this happens on a daily basis, life can become tiresome, so both home owners and business owners will be happy to know that you can now purchase a very affordable app that takes all of the stress out of checking whether the doors are open or closed. There are a number of different apps available on the market, so you have lots of choices and they work with both iPhones and Android mobile devices.

Another plus is that you can link your residential or commercial garage door opener app to an interior security camera and actually dial in and see whether the door is open or closed – all on your smart phone. With a security camera, you can even check on your smart phone to see who is in your garage at home or whether the deliveries have arrived at your business.

Apps for residential homes, industrial roller shutter doors and for a commercial garage door opener are easy to install and simple to use. If you are in the market for a new automatic garage door or industrial shutter, call United Doors on 07 3869 2525 or get a quote online.

Don’t put up with creaky or faulty roller doors in Brisbane

Everyone loves automatic garage roller doors in Brisbane, because they make parking your car so much simpler and give you an additional layer of security in your home. When they go wrong however, they can be a real pain to fix, and whilst you can manage some repairs yourself, it is so much easier to call in the experts.

At United Doors in Brisbane, we have a team of technicians who are specialists in garage door repairs, and we will come to your home or business premises and have your roller doors working perfectly in no time at all.

Some of the more common problems with roller doors in Brisbane that we are called out to fix include the following:

  • Noisy roller doors: Your garage roller doors shouldn’t make hardly any noise when they are opened or closed. So if you can’t hear yourself speak, then it is time to call us in for an inspection, and possibly a repair as well.
  • They won’t open or close: This can be as simple as replacing the batteries in your remote or to a loose connection between the door and the control panel or the motor. These type of garage door repairs in Brisbane can often be quick to fix and we can have your doors operating the same day.
  • The doors stick or are slow to open: This can be due to a problem with the springs which are held under a lot of tension. In this case, when you check to see if they will open manually, you might find that they are very heavy to move, which is another sign that the springs of the roller doors need attention.
  • The doors are off their tracks: In this situation, your roller doors are not going to work, not until we have decided on the best way to get them back on their tracks. This is a very common problem with commercial roller doors in Brisbane, where forklifts seem to bang into the roller doors on a regular basis.

If you need garage door repairs in Brisbane, call the experts at United Doors 07 3869 2525 or get a quote online.

Arrive in style with remote automatic door openers at home

There is nothing quite like the satisfaction of installing automatic door openers for making you feel that all is well with the world. When it is raining or cold outside and you have to get out of the car, walk to the garage, put in the key, hoick the door up, get back in your car, park it in the garage, get back out and hoick the door down again, life seems to look rather bleak sometimes.

Automatic door openers however, make life so much more simple and comfortable, adding a huge amount of value to your life, for very little cost. You do need to have a well maintained garage door first, before you purchase a garage door opener, but a new roller door installation isn’t a costly process and will definitely add some serious curb appeal to your home.

The benefits of having automatic door openers, far outweigh any costs involved:

  • You don’t have to get out in the rain or cold to open and close the garage door.
  • They are perfect for elderly or disabled people who don’t have the ability to open and close heavy garage doors themselves.
  • New garage doors look stylish and can be designed to match your home’s exterior colour scheme.
  • They give you another layer of security to your home.
  • Automatic door openers won’t close if anything or anyone is underneath the closing door, which is a great safety factor when you have kids or pets.
  • You can get an app for it!

Talking about the app, did you know that you can purchase apps online for your smartphone that let you open and close your garage door from anywhere in the world? With some additional hardware, these apps will also give you a real-time view of the interior of your garage and notify you when the garage door is opened or closed. These apps are great for additional home security and are worthwhile investigating.

You can also add in this type of functionality to your automated home system, where you can remotely access the lights, heating and A/C using your smartphone, as well as your garage doors.

If you are interested in professional roller door installation or need assistance, repairs or servicing of your automatic door openers, call United Doors on 07 3869 2525 or get a quote online.