This is an advisory thread to let you know what you should not accept as a roller door. These images were taken by us when having to dismantle and dispose of a 'roller door' which was only 6 months old, and had caused the homeowner much distress and misery in those 6 months. The image below shows the motor 'end plate' which the motor is fixed to, it is not clearly visible, but is made from 12" Upvc flat board (same as used on fascias/soffits !!), this is definitely NOT good enough, these 'end plates' should be made from either Steel or Cast Alloy, due to the strength required. This next picture shows the 'Guide', this guide should be from an Extruded Cast alloy section, the cast alloy extruded sections allow for internal brush strips, which will exclude draughts from your garage, the ones in the images below are 'made' from 2 lengths of 95mm wide Upvc with a 1" x 1" internal Upvc strip to create the 'U' shaped guide, again, this does not offer much in the way of strength and also doesn't look that aesthetically pleasing. Next, this picture shows the centre shaft that the door curtain wraps around, have you seen this kind of Upvc tube before ? If you haven't, this is a Waste pipe, as used on your own home which takes your waste to your manhole etc. As usual, this is not the ideal shaft for a curtain, due to the lack of strength, what you will find on all decent roller doors is a Galvanised Steel Octagonal or Round centre shaft, this helps by being slightly smaller in diameter, BUT much stronger and fit for purpose. What you will also find (if you were to dismantle the whole door and remove this centre shaft) is that inside the centre shaft, is where the motor is housed, this motor can be a huge saving to a garage door installing company, typically, what is fitted within this 'cheaper' roller door is a very cheap and unreliable motor, sometimes only lasting 12 months, what ideally should be fitted is a Somfy (or similar quality) motor which is guaranteed for '5 years' by the manufacturer. The next 2 pictures show the End plates (as in first picture), with the centre shaft removed :- Please be wary of this kind of installation, as not only are the materials not fit the purpose for which they are being used, there are other underlying issues with this type of installation ie no Safety devices, which are part of EU legislation on an automated garage door. Alarm bells should ring if you see an advertised price of an automated roller door for approximately £800 inclusive VAT FITTED, at least if you have read this, you will know what you could expect, or at least ask the correct questions to safeguard yourself against such shoddy products and workmanship. If you are in any doubt or want further information before you make a costly decision, please contact us first.