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Roller Garage Doors

Discover our range of roller garage doors and find a door style that suits you. With a wide range of options to choose from, you can create the perfect roller door.

The ultimate guide to roller garage doors

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Here at ABi we have been selling and installing garage doors for nearly 40 years and we have seen a lot of changes and technical innovation over this time. One type of garage door that has definitely become a lot more popular recently is the roller door. Once the mainstay of post-apocalyptic industrial estates and dilapidated warehouses its appearance has dramatically improved over the years and is no longer considered a bit too ‘industrial-ified’ for the discerning homeowner. It is in fact one of the most popular types of garage door we now install.

In this guide we will take a look at the modern roller door, examine some of the pros and cons and provide some information on what to look out for if you are in the market for a new roller garage door.

Types of roller doors

Roller doors are available in made to measure sizes, offered in both insulated and non-insulated versions. These doors can be either manual or electric, accommodating both double and single width garages.

Electric Rolle Doors


Discover our range of fully automatic roller doors to access your garage more conveniently.

Manual Roller Doors


Not looking for an automatic roller door? Take a look at our full range of manual doors.

Insulated Roller Doors


Keep your garage warmer in the winter months by purchasing an insulated roller door.

Steel Roller Doors


Steel roller garage doors are more affordable and are light to open and close.

Double or Single Roller Doors

Double or Single

All our roller garage doors are made to measure, we can offer you a single or double width door.

Matching Roller Front Doors

Matching Front Doors

We also offer a ranger of front doors, designed to match your roller door.

So what is a roller door exactly?

Basically, a roller door, well, rolls up. Roller doors are constructed in such a way that as the door or ‘curtain’ opens, it rolls around an axle or drum and forms a neat a tidy roll, usually above the opening.
There are however, different types of roller door, which we can separate into two main categories as follows:

Single skin steel roller doors: Single skin roller doors are manufactured from specially formed corrugated sheets of steel. This is usually coated with a plastic or a foil finish which provides colour and design options but also provides a very durable finish. The corrugated steel fits into guides at the side of the opening and is flexible enough to roll onto a drum above the opening.

Available in manual and automatic options, these doors used to be the budget friendly option for a roller door, but as the cost of insulated type roller doors has dropped over the last few years, they are not as budget as they once were. They are very reliable though, and especially for a manual type roller door, they still provide a pretty good product for the money. Gliderol and Garage Door Systems (GDS) are the main two manufacturers to look out for this type of door in the UK.

Insulated aluminium roller doors: Insulated roller doors are usually constructed using aluminium slats or ‘laths’ that are formed in such a way that they slot into each other and form a hinge. This allows the curtain to be flexible enough to curl around a drum above the opening and form a roll. The laths are filled with polyurethane foam to provide a decent level of insulation and whilst they can be supplied as a manual roller door they are really designed to operate as an electric roller door.

The curtain fits into guides at the sides of the opening and the drum can be enclosed in a full box cover so that it is not visible, which provides a pretty neat and tidy product, although this does add to the cost. The door is then combined with a motor, control unit and safety system to provide the automation.

There is, however, quite a large variation in quality with this type of roller door, and whilst most insulated roller doors look similar from the outside, there can actually be large differences in the mechanisms and quality of the parts that make up the product. The depth of the side guides, type of drum, construction of the laths, and type of automation and safety system can have a significant impact on the durability, security, and safety of an insulated roller door, and we would always recommend purchasing a door from an established and reputable company. All good, insulated roller doors should be fully CE (or UKCA) marked with a published wind load specification. Some manufacturers we would recommend looking out for are Hormann, SWS, and Gliderol.

Roller Door Benefits

Benefits of roller garage doors

Our roller garage doors have everything you need in one box, ready to go. Fully compliant with European standards and UKCA marked, they’re speedy, safe and reliable, and come stress-tested for forced entry. Here are some of the best reasons to invest in a roller garage door.

Space saving for any size of garage
Roll up compactly and easily, with no track or hinges
Fitted with a secure anti-lift mechanism
Can be fitted with an emergency manual release
Insulated options available
Add instant kerb appeal
Warranties available on many automated products
Available in a choice of colours

Roller garage door brands

Purchasing any type of garage door is a big decision – after all, you’ll want to be sure that it meets your needs, offers security and is designed with safety in mind, especially if you have pets or children. We only stock the best garage door brands to give you peace of mind, including Hörmann, SWS, Gliderol, Garador and more.

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SWS Roller Garage Doors
Garador Sectional
Gliderol Roller Garage Doors

Designing a roller garage door

Creating the perfect door for your home


A roller door curtain needs to be flexible enough to roll around the drum, so the construction of the curtain means the design is pretty much set. There are, however, a huge range of colour and finish options, including timber and wood grain effects, which means modern roller doors looks infinitely smarter than the old galvanised steel industrial roller doors.

Colour Options

Roller garage doors are supplied in white as standard, but you can choose from a huge range of colours, including green, blue, black, grey, and yellow, for example. If the manufacturer doesn’t offer a colour that suits your taste and style, most companies can match a specific colour from a colour matching system such as RAL or Farrow and Ball.

Manual or Electric

Roller garage doors can be electric or manually operated; the choice is entirely yours. If there’s no access to the garage via another entrance, an emergency release is required by law.

Can I have windows in a roller door?

Yes, insulated roller doors are available with ‘vision slats’. This means some of the laths can have glazed sections and whilst they can only be the same height as a single lath, it is possible to install a number of vision slats in the curtain to provide a good level of glazing.

Handle Options

Electric roller garage doors don’t require a handle, while manual roller garage doors come with a handle as standard.

Optional Extras

Make life easier when operating your roller garage door with smartphone apps, digital keypads, alarms and wall push buttons.

Roller Garage Doors FAQ
Roller Brochure

Roller Brochures

Discover more technical information, styles, designs and door accessories through our sectional garage door brochures.

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Useful Information

Everything you need to know

Are roller doors secure?

Yes, all good quality roller doors are very secure. Some products such as the SWS SeceuroGlide incorporate additional features such as centralised locking blocks for added security, and one certification to look out for is Secured by Design (SBD). This is a certificate awarded to products that have been independently tested and shown to withstand a forced entry attack. More information can be found at the Secured by Design website.

Are roller doors weatherproof?

Ultimately, all garage doors are designed primarily as vehicle access doors, and there is no garage door on the market that provides the same level of weather protection as a fully sealed double-glazed window. That being said, some garage doors provide more protection than others and roller doors are definitely some of the most weatherproof garage doors available. Insulated roller doors obviously provide higher levels of insulation but features such as bottom rubber seals and brush strips in the guides provide good levels of weather protection across most good quality roller doors.

How are roller doors installed?

Where possible we would usually install a roller door on the back of or ‘behind’ the opening. This allows the full width and height of the opening to be available as drive through space. There needs to be enough room above the opening to accommodate the roller door drum and roll, usually 300mm, and enough width on the back of the opening to allow for the guides to be fitted. It is possible to install a roller door in between the opening but this means that the drum is positioned in between the opening at the top, which will reduce the height and width available.

External roller doors

Roller doors can also be installed on the outside of an opening. The drum is enclosed in a weatherproof full box cover and fits on the outside, above the opening. Whilst this method of installation is not always the most aesthetically pleasing, it does provide the maximum amount of drive through space when it is not possible to install the door internally.

Do roller doors require regular maintenance?

Most roller doors generally require very little maintenance. It doesn’t hurt to occasionally clean the curtain, and maybe check the side guides for any stones or obstructions. They don’t usually need any lubrication but if you find your door is a little squeaky then some light silicone based lubrication in the guides is usually sufficient to keep them in good working condition.

Can I paint a roller door?

Yes, it is possible to paint a roller door, though it is worth bearing in mind that the curtain is flexible, and any paint finish will be subject to quite a lot of movement and abrasion. There are companies that offer professional on-site spraying of doors and windows, and we would always recommend this over an old tin of gloss you had lying around. Ensuring the door surface is prepared properly before painting will definitely help ensure a longer lasting finish.

Do roller garage doors need electricity?

If the roller door is electric, then the control box will require power to function.

The wall mounted control box can be situated on either side. Ideally, a 13A RCD protected socket would be located on the chosen side of the control box, 1800mm high and 200mm back from the opening.

If no separate access is available, then an external emergency release mechanism is required.

What are the disadvantages of roller garage doors?

Roller garage doors have limited design options due to the hinged panels (laths) having to roll around the drum when opening and closing. Minor scratches can develop over time because small debris may get caught between the laths during the door’s movement over the drum. Additionally, these doors are not as insulated as sectional garage doors.

Depending on the manufacturer, some roller doors require lithium batteries for the bottom safety edge, which stops the door when an obstruction is detected. These batteries need replacing every couple of years, and a warning light will activate on the control box when the batteries are running low. In the event the lithium batteries completely drain, preventing you from opening and closing the door for safety reasons, the door can be accessed via the hold-to-run function (holding the up or down button on the remote or control box). The procedure to replace the batteries is straightforward.

Best brands for roller garage doors?

We have been installing up and over doors for decades and have built strong relationships with the leading manufacturers. With our knowledge in the industry, we believe the best brands, from our experience, are Hormann, Gliderol, Garador, and SWS UK.

What happens to my old roller door?

We will remove your roller garage door and recycle it at no extra cost.

Related products & useful information
Types of Roller Garage Doors

Key considerations for investing in a new roller garage door

Modern Roller doors look great, require little maintenance, and provide a very neat and tidy space saving solution. It’s worth bearing in mind that some of the cheaper doors on the market don’t necessarily offer the same level of security, durability, and safety as the higher quality products and its definitely worth checking to see what warranties are provided. It’s also worth considering how much space is available to install a roller garage door and what method of installation a particular opening might need, and whilst the design options for roller doors are limited the huge range of colour and finish options means that a modern roller door will enhance the kerb appeal of any property!

Single width roller garage doors on a single garage

Double width roller garage doors on a double garage

Single width roller garage doors on a double garage