Roller Garage Doors Explained

A roller door is a famil­iar sight on shop fronts and indus­tri­al units, but you may not be aware of the ben­e­fits of a res­i­den­tial garage door which has a roller open­ing mechanism.

What is a Roller Garage Door?

A garage door which opens with a roller mech­a­nism is a sleek and sim­ple solu­tion, espe­cial­ly if you don’t have a lot of room direct­ly inside or out­side the garage itself. A roller garage opens from the bot­tom and slides direct­ly upwards, rolling itself around at the top with­in a com­pact cylin­der. As it opens in this way, the sec­tions of the door have to be small in order to allow a tight roll to be made when it’s opened. This is why roller doors have thin hor­i­zon­tal pan­els rather than a smooth finish.

Roller garage doors have many ben­e­fits, one of the most obvi­ous is that they take up very lit­tle room. Both the door and the mech­a­nism are as com­pact as pos­si­ble, and nei­ther pro­trudes out of the garage open­ing itself. If you have lim­it­ed space and need to park your car close to the door – either out­side or inside the garage – then the door can still be oper­at­ed as it opens ver­ti­cal­ly, rather than stick­ing out into your dri­ve­way or into the garage space.

Unlike oth­er door types, this also means that you have max­i­mum use of your garage space, par­tic­u­lar­ly near to the ceil­ing. While oth­er door styles have open­ing mech­a­nisms which take up space at the top of your garage or down the side of the open­ing, the roller sits direct­ly above the door­way (either with­in, just inside or – if you have very lim­it­ed space – just out­side the open­ing), allow­ing you to make the most of the space you have for stor­age. Roller doors come with an auto­mat­ic open­ing as standard.


  • Allows for the max­i­mum pos­si­ble dri­ve-through width
  • Sim­ple to operate
  • Ide­al for those with lim­it­ed space
  • No inter­nal tracks
  • Avail­able in a vari­ety of colours and finishes
  • British Stan­dard & insur­ance approved
  • Comes with an auto­mat­ic open­ing mech­a­nism as standard


  • Thin hor­i­zon­tal slats essen­tial – no scope for pan­elled designs
  • Can look quite industrial
  • Takes longer to install than oth­er types
  • Needs a pow­er supply

You will need a pow­er sup­ply with­in your garage in order to fit an auto­mat­ed door. If you do not have a pow­er sup­ply con­nect­ed then please talk to us about man­u­al options

Roller garage doors

Our Range

We have a range of 10 dif­fer­ent roller doors which come in a vari­ety of sizes and finishes:

  • 77mm roller doors are stan­dard type’ and 55mm roller doors are the com­pact ver­sion. If your garage door open­ing is on the small side, then the com­pact roller door may be the best option for you.
  • Our roller doors come in either Paint­ed or Lam­i­nat­ed fin­ish­es. The avail­able colours vary depend­ing on the fin­ish you choose. For more stan­dard colours, choose Paint­ed. If you’d like a wood­grain effect then Lam­i­nat­ed is the way to go.
  • No Box, Half Box and Full Box refers to the cas­ing that cov­ers the roll when your door is open. For stan­dard garages where the door is mount­ed inside the entrance­way, no box is required. Where the roll is locat­ed with­in or out­side the garage open­ing, a half or full box is recommended.

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