Automated vs Manual garage Doors – which is better?

Over recent years, electric garage doors have become increasingly popular, with many homeowners choosing them over a traditional manual garage door.

Automation can be a great option, but comes with some potential downsides. So which is the best option for you?

Broadmark Doors are committed to finding the perfect garage door for your personal requirement, and our team are always on-hand to answer any questions. Here is our guide to choosing the perfect automated or manual garage door:


What is an automated garage door?

Automated garage doors, also known as electric garage doors, are doors which are operated using a convenient and easy-to-use electrical system.

Electric doors are usually operated by remote control, allowing the homeowner to access their garage with the simple click of a button.

Electric Garage Door, Electric Operation

Automatic mechanism benefits


The most obvious benefit to having an electric garage door is convenience. Being able to open and close the garage so easily is a huge plus for many people, especially when busy and short on time.

Electric operation also means you don’t have to leave your vehicle to open the door if parking your car inside your garage.

Electric garage doors are a great addition to your home in extreme weather conditions, particularly in winter months, as the operator does not need to venture out into the cold to access their garage.

Electric roller garage doors are particularly popular, as their roller design makes them extremely space efficient. To find out more about the benefits of an electric roller door, contact the team at Broadmark Doors, who will guide you through your options.

Roll Mechanism Garage Door


Garage security is understandably an important factor considered by homeowners, particularly with home break-ins on the rise across the UK, and garages often representing a weak spot in home security.

But what makes automated garage doors more secure?

Electric garage doors contain a motor that doubles up as a locking mechanism, meaning the door is less susceptible to force. This can provide you with some extra peace of mind.


One aspect that is often overlooked when choosing a new garage door is safety features. When it comes to safety, electric garage doors take the lead!

Sensors embedded in the mechanism halt the closing process if they detect an obstruction in the way. This is particularly useful for families with small children, or if keeping expensive items in the garage space that could be easily damaged.

The downside of electric garage doors

With electric garage doors relying on a complex automated mechanism, their components cause them to have a higher risk of malfunction compared to manual garage doors. Therefore, they require more maintenance and can be more costly to fix.

Another major reason homeowners might opt for manual over electric garage doors is the initial price. Electric garage doors are almost always more expensive, and with the current cost of living crisis, it’s easy to see why many people choose the cheaper option.

What is a manual garage door?

Manual garage doors are doors that require the operator to physically open and close them.

A manual door is still a popular option for many UK homeowners, despite the recent uplift in automation.

But if automated doors are so convenient, secure, and safe, why are manual garage doors still such a popular option?

Manual operation benefits


Manual doors come with a much lower price tag initially, which is arguably the biggest benefit for most customers that choose this option.

Less maintenance

A manual garage door requires less maintenance than automated options on the market, as the mechanism used is simpler and less likely to malfunction.

No power supply needed

Manual garage doors can be installed without having to worry about connecting them to a power outlet. This is not only convenient, but it also means they can still be operated as normal in the event of a power cut.

The downside of manual doors

Manual doors are significantly more inconvenient compared to automated options. They require the user to get out of their car to open the space which may be annoying, especially in certain weather conditions.

A roller door is a popular option for many garages, due to their aesthetic and space-efficient design. However, a manual roller garage door can be particularly difficult to open, especially for those with mobility issues. Roller doors therefore may not be the best option for some homeowners who choose a manual door.

It is important to ensure your garage door meets all of your personal requirements. This is where Broadmark Doors can come in handy. We are always available to discuss your options, and guide you to make the right choice.

Manual Garage Door, Side-Door Open Design

Can I automate my existing manual garage door?

Good news! Automating your garage door does not necessarily mean you need to replace your current one. With many automation options available, it’s best to speak to a professional so you can make a fully informed decision.

Why choose us?

Choosing a new garage door isn’t easy, and with so many options on the market, it’s important to weigh up all of your options.

This is where we come in.

At Broadmark Doors, we believe that our huge range of garage doors offer the best value for money in terms of quality, installation, and after-sales service in the whole of the West Midlands region, and we work hard to maintain these standards.

In addition, we offer up to 10 months interest-free credit. Take a look at our FAQs for more benefits, including up to a 10-year guarantee on certain garage door types.

So, if you’re looking for a new garage door, you can be rest assured you’ve come to the right place.

Broadmark Doors, West Midlands

How we work

Ensuring we provide you with the best service possible is important to us, and that’s why we like to make the process stress-free and simple.

Firstly, we arrange a free survey to assess your personal requirements. You can request your free survey via our website, or contact us on 01384 889779 to arrange a time that suits you.

Once we have an agreed time and date, one of our professional team members visits your home, and provides a same-day quote.

We then install your new garage door at a time that suits you.

Our team are always on-hand to answer any questions you have following your garage door installation. We offer our customers superior quality and 5-star customer service from enquiry to installation, and beyond.


Choosing a garage door to suit all of your requirements can be challenging. You might want to replace your old garage door, or be looking at options for your new garage. We have provided the main advantages and disadvantages of both automated and manual garage doors so that you can decide with confidence. You can trust Broadmark Doors to work with you to determine the most suitable garage door for your home, and provide you with excellent service throughout.




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