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Which Door System Is Right For Me?

Door systems are something that most people don’t give much thought to. But if you’re a business owner and you’re setting up a new property, you know that the doors you install and use all of a sudden become very important. Fortunately, you’ve come to the right place for expert insight into door systems and their applications.

There’s a lot to choose from, including everything from sectional overhead doors to heavy duty security doors. Here at A&D Door Systems, we’re a family run business with over 25 years of experience helping businesses find the right door solution for their property. No one is better placed to guide you to the perfect solution! Let’s take a look at some door systems and where they are best used.

Steel Security Doors

Every property needs to feel safe, secure and protected. This is where our phenomenal range of steel security doors comes in. Really, these doors are perfect for a range of different uses and businesses and they come in a wide range of powder coated colours for customisation.

These are high quality and heavy duty, and are perfect for protecting a property from intruders. But where should they be installed? Essentially, anywhere: we’ve helped provide our range of steel security doors for retail outlets, schools, pubs, offices, communal buildings, restaurants and more. They are a fantastic deterrent against vandalism and burglary for any business.

Automatic Doors

Does your business include a high traffic area in a place with limited space? Versatile, robust and sturdy, there is nothing better than our range of automatic doors here at A&D Doors! These provide a level of flexibility while never compromising on security and protecting your property.

Automatic sliding doors are great for areas that have heavy and light pedestrian traffic. They are the perfect fit for hospitals and certain commercial properties, where you need to accommodate a lot of unimpeded traffic. Where there is a problem of dust, drafts and noise, automatic doors are a fantastic fit!

Sliding Folding Doors

If you have an office area that you would like to transform, you can’t go wrong with our selection of sliding and folding doors. Our bi-fold doors can make a huge difference, turning an open office area into somewhere stylish and sleek while saving space and providing security. They are fantastic for making the most of your natural light.

On the other hand, the team here at A&D Door Systems can help to design and install a perfect set of swing doors for your space. These are amazing for areas that need to accommodate a lot of pedestrian traffic that you want to keep flowing throughout the day.

Overhead Sectional Doors

If you’re a business owner and you own a warehouse, factory, garage or other vehicle storage, then you can’t go wrong with our sectional overhead doors here at A&D. These doors have phenomenal noice reduction and excellent thermal performance.

The best part? These doors are stored overhead when open and don’t extend outwards, giving fantastic large access for larger buildings like garages and factories. They allow for unrestricted access and save space both in the exterior and interior of your building.

Get In Touch

Want to find out more about our amazing range of door systems? Just get in touch with the team here at A&D Door Systems today. We can help you to find the perfect solution for your business and property!

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Which Roller Shutter Door Is Right For You?

Roller shutter doors offer many benefits to businesses in the industrial and commercial sectors.

Consisting of horizontal slats hinged together that are easily raised and lowered to open and close, respectively, roller shutters offer security, privacy, fire protection, insulation and style. Installing a roller shutter door can improve your premises in more ways than you might realise.

Purchasing a roller shutter door is a big investment for any business, so finding the right one is important. There are several types of roller shutters, each with a number of customisable options, and different variants are better suited for different applications. With so much choice, choosing the right shutter door for your business requires some research.

In this blog post, we’ll explain the different types of roller shutters that we offer here at A&D Doors to help you decide which roller shutter door is right for you.

Industrial & Commercial Roller Shutters

From small doorways and large warehouse entrances to pedestrian and vehicle entrances and exits, industrial roller shutters are perfect for securing any opening on a commercial premise.

Manufactured with high-quality reinforced steel or aluminium, the roller shutters can be operated manually or electronically from inside or outside your premises. They can also be integrated into the building’s brickwork where possible, improving their overall functionality.

Industrial roller shutter doors are especially great for shop fronts as they offer security and deterrence against potential burglary, vandalism and other crimes. Our heavy-duty industrial roller shutters offer even more protection, making them ideal for premises that are left vacant for long periods of time.

Industrial roller shutters are also suited for businesses that need a chilled environment, to keep produce fresh, for example. Due to their raising/lowering mechanics, the doors give you control over how much cool or warm air you let in, making them great at regulating temperature.

The level of privacy that industrial roller shutters offer makes them an ideal option for businesses that operate in a discreet manner, while their soundproofing capabilities are suited for companies that cause a lot of noise while working (your neighbours will thank you!).

Fire Shutters

As their name suggests, fire shutters help to improve the fire safety of your premises. Also manufactured from high-quality steel, fire shutters are very similar to industrial roller shutters but with a few important differences: they have thicker gauge materials; all the component parts are also manufactured from steel, and the shutter doors are connected to your building’s fire alarm system and are activated in the event of a fire or a fire drill.

This makes fire shutters an ideal option if your work carries a fire threat, or your business is looking to improve its health and safety performance and keep your employees and visitors safe. The doors help to compartmentalise fire and prevent it from spreading rapidly throughout the building, giving the people inside more time to evacuate safely.

In the past, you could only fully install fire shutters during the constriction of a new building. But these days, it’s much easier to integrate them with a building’s existing fire system.

Sectional Overhead Doors

If you expect your roller shutter to get high usage, then sectional overhead doors might be your best bet. Thanks to their rigid construction, overhead doors can be operated many times over while maintaining their functionality and efficiency for years to come.

Sectional overhead doors are ideal for busy warehouses and factories, as well as garages and vehicle storage units. Their compact design allows for unrestricted vehicle movement and provides additional space for parking. When open, the doors are stored in the roof space, making them great space-savers.

Security Window Shutters

Window shutters strengthen the security of any warehouse, factory or store. Made from aluminium or PVC, their toughness and robustness make them hard for criminals to break into and safeguard your windows and doors (which are prime targets for burglars and vandals) from destruction. They also provide protection from extreme weather and help to keep your windows and doors clean!

Window shutters’ long list of benefits also includes enhanced privacy, reducing noise from outside and helping to regulate the temperature inside your premises, which will lower your energy costs. Furthermore, their durability means they have a long lifespan with low maintenance involved, making them a cost-effective roller shutter option.

To find out more about our fantastic range of roller shutter doors here at A&D Doors, or to get a free, no-obligation quote, get in touch with our friendly team on 0161 926 8772 or at

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The Importance of Commercial and Industrial Door Security During the Coronavirus Lockdown

In recent weeks, life as we know it has come to a standstill thanks to the global pandemic commonly known as the Coronavirus. Businesses have shut their doors, people are staying indoors, washing their hands more than ever and life as we know it has been turned upside down.

What hasn’t changed though, is the need for commercial or industrial businesses to have a high-quality industrial door with security door fittings and reliable support to keep their properties safe through these uncertain times.

As business owners that have been around for over 25 years, we take industrial door security seriously. We’re security specialists who believe that protecting your business premises is priority number one, no matter what is happening in the outside world. That’s why we ensure you’ve got quality, secure roller shutters and good quality systems for your industrial or commercial doors.

Why You Should Choose A&D Door Systems for Your Roller Shutters, Doors and Shop Fronts

We offer a fully serviced range of commercial and industrial security doors that will ensure your property is secure and won’t be broken into while the country is on pause.

Not all commercial or industrial door systems and sets are the same which is why each of our Industrial Roller Shutter Doors, Industrial Fire Shutter Doors, Sectional Overhead Doors, and Industrial Security Window Shutters are all made to measure and made using the highest quality steel.

We also ensure that our Steel Security Doors, Automatic Doors and Sliding Folding Doors, are bespoke and created with care and attention by our team of specialists.

This puts our clients at ease knowing that their security solutions are optimised fully for their business premises because when it comes to your product or service, security shouldn’t be compromised.

As well as security shutters, doors and shopfronts, we are also experienced in fitting extra security measures. We have a team of expert specialists that work hard to make sure the security solution we fit for you is correct. We treat your commercial or industrial property as if it were our own and work hard to assess what you need, come up with an initial design and advise you on the most suitable, styles, materials, finishes & colours and other accessories.

Further to this is our commitment to constant maintenance and door repair. It’s no good just fitting doors and security features for them to need repairs in the future because they have not been maintained. With you and your workforce not on the business premises as you usually are, security and maintenance have never been more important. Our team knows how important it is to get any problem that arises sorted quickly which is why we have an emergency 24/7 call-out service. Whether your problem is big or small our team of experts want to make sure that it’s fixed and we like to think our clients feel comfortable calling us at all hours for help.

What Security Features Do A&D Door Systems Offer?

All of our industrial roller shutters, doors and shopfronts are secure and maintained to be as effective as possible. But we recognize that sometimes a little extra security is needed which is why we offer a range of additional security solutions to give you more protection.


If you don’t want a car or larger vehicle entering your business premises without you knowing then bollards are a very effective option for your business front, car parks and along footpaths. We have a wide variety of mechanical and automated designs that will be professionally installed by our team of experts.

Gates & Barriers

From pedestrian gates and turnstile entrance to cantilever sliding gates, gates and barriers are the perfect solutions to your security needs. Further, we can customise these gates if you have more specific needs that need addressing.

Door Locking System

Arguably the most effective and simple way of controlling access to your premises and making sure things stay where they are. Our aluminium and steel rollers shutters can be fitted with an additional door lock so you can rest assured knowing that everything is secure once you’ve locked up for the day.

Retractable Grilles

Retractable Grilles make sure no criminal can get past your entrance. If you have a shopfront, restaurant or public building Retractable Grilles are a simple and effective option for maintaining business security.

Security Grilles

Security Grilles are a great option if you still want just enough visibility for potential consumers to see what product or service you offer but enough physical security to stop potential criminals breaking in.

Get in Touch with A&D Door Systems

As you’ve seen, here at A&D Door Systems we consider security paramount to your commercial or industrial property. From doors and shop fronts to roller shutters, commercial and industrial security is in everything we do.

If you’re a business owner in Manchester, the surrounding areas of Salford, Bolton, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport or anywhere else in England, Wales or Scotland looking for secure industrial doors and high-quality industrial doors complete with sturdy door fittings with high-grade security technology, then A&D Door Systems have the perfect door for you.

Give us a call or send us an email to arrange a site visit so that we can carry out a site survey. We can’t wait to hear about how we can help you with your business security during this uncertain time. 

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Bring Your Dog To Work – Introducing Skye

Meet Skye the Border Collie, one of the latest members of A&D Door Systems. She was introduced to staff at the company headquarters in Manchester by MD Barry Knowles and quickly became a welcomed member of the team. Skye has shown outstanding potential in a number of key areas within the business. As a result has been given several important roles:

Head of Entertainment (she does lots of tricks).

Head of  Shredding Paper.

Chief Chair Warmer.

Head of Security.

Plus being in charge of emptying bins and rounding up the engineers.

A&D are one of a growing number of companies in the UK who see the benefits of bringing a dog to work and the positive effects they can have on the workforce. Research has shown that having a dog in the office can have a beneficial effect on well being, happiness and improve job satisfaction.  We can vouch for this, especially during stressful periods.  For 25 years A&D’s ethos has been to provide exceptional customer service and we will never compromise on this.  Inevitably sometimes the atmosphere can get a little stressful.  Especially when we put pressure on ourselves to fulfil our commitments. Regardless of what’s going on Skye can really lift the mood just when we need it, she’s always cheerful and non judgemental.  She’s a true friend to everyone, customers and staff alike. 

How does Skye benefit from being in the office?

Known for their intelligence, Border Collies like Skye require both physical and mental stimulation.  Dogs are also highly sociable animals and love to be included in daily activities.  Through being in a busy office, plus socialising with staff and customers, Skye gets ample opportunity to have physical and mental stimulation.  The team are also encouraged to take her for a walk which benefits both human and dog! Plus she gets lots of love and attention too.  Let’s not forget the added benefit of the generous income she receives – loads of dog treats and biscuits!  


We feel having an office dog such as Skye is an important part of our family approach to business.  Putting our customers first is also a big priority here at A&D.  Therefore please do not hesitate to contact us if you need general advice or information about doors, shutters and our other services.  We are available on 0161 926 8772 or send an enquiry here

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Providing Emergency Door and Shutter Repairs Is A Necessity

As providers of emergency door and shutter repairs we sometimes come across damage caused by burglaries.  A burglary of any premises, whether it is a home or a commercial property is something none of us want to experience. Unfortunately it happens all too often! UK Crime Statistics logged 34,000 break-ins between July 2017 – August 2018.

Swift repairs to doors and shutters is a priority

A commercial and industrial premises is particularly vulnerable after a break in, especially if it happens in the middle of the night. Our primary concern at A&D Door Systems is to secure the building as quickly as possible, this provides security and limits damage to trade and further pillaging.  With our 24/7, 365 days a year emergency repair service, customers never have to wait long for vital repairs.  And we certainly don’t want to let our customers down, at a time when they really need help.

Implementation of effective planning and strategy

Much thought has been put into providing strategies that use our knowledge and the latest technology, to ensure that every emergency situation can be dealt with effectively, and efficiently, whether it be day or night. With over 20 years experience in the industry, we have built good relationships with suppliers and manufacturers. This enables us to get the correct equipment supplied and fitted quickly.

Versatility and meeting a customer’s needs

Having well thought out plans doesn’t mean a lack of versatility.  A situation can sometimes require a new course of action.  A great example was when we got a call at 4am from a worried customer.  A ram raid had caused considerable damage to a sectional door,  leaving the building in a vulnerable position. An A&D engineer immediately went to the site, in South Manchester.  It took just 2 hours to initially make it secure.  The customer however wanted to replace the sectional door with a roller shutter and with the added benefit of anti-ram raid protection, so we advised fitting some heavy duty steel ram raid bars across all entrances. Getting the parts in good time could have been a problem. However because of our connections in the business, we were able to get all the parts required.

 The engineers then returned and within a day had fitted new shutters, bespoke heavy duty ram raid bars and locks.  The result:

  • One happy customer
  • A premises with increased security  
  • No disruption to trade
  • Guaranteed, insured work at a reasonable price.



 Need emergency door and shutter repairs, or general advice, we are available on 0161 926 8772 or contact us here


Maintenance Programmes For Shutters And Doors

Why is maintaining your shutters and doors so important?

Scheduled preventative maintenance programmes helps to alleviate the problem of having unexpected emergencies. Even with the most robust doors and shutters, things can and do go wrong.  The majority of problems being due to unchecked wear and tear.

A&D have specialised in the business of industrial and commercial doors and shutters for 25 years.  We have seen first hand the frustration and sometimes panic people feel when they have to seek emergency repairs, especially if customers and staff can’t enter or exit a premises. Or a building is left vulnerable to theft and vandalism.

Very often there is a financial cost to a company if trade is disrupted.  Preventing a problem occurring  is always more cost effective because it minimises risk.  So while it might be tempting to simply fix the problem when it arises, this can prove very disruptive and much more costly in the long-run.

The benefits of regular shutter and door maintenance?

  • Early detection of a problem minimises the risk of emergency repairs and therefore the expense of call outs.
  • Prolongs the life of doors & roller shutters.  Replacements are needed less frequently, again cutting costs.
  • Regular maintenance ensures security is maintained.
  • Potential dangerous problems can be identified and rectified, therefore minimising the risk of accidents.

Why choose our preventative maintenance programmes?

1. Quality and value

We want to build trustworthy relationships, that’s why our preventative maintenance programmes provide the best service possible. We pride ourselves on quality, while providing the most competitive prices for our customers. 

2. Highly skilled engineers

All maintenance checks are conducted by highly skilled factory trained engineers. Who have extensive knowledge and experience of the different range of doors and shutters, as a result we can offer maintenance contracts to cover a broad range of doors and shutters.

3. Customers are individuals

We’re not a ‘one size fits all’ company and so view every customer as an individual.  Our preventative maintenance plans are therefore based on your businesses needs and operational requirements of doors and roller shutters.

4. Maintenance documentation and policies

As members of the CITB, FSB and being CHAS and Safe Contractor accredited, we adhere to the Code Of Best Practice and British Standards. Therefore we provide full maintenance records and policies as proof of servicing to all our customers. Which will help you comply with legal requirements. Plus we provide the added benefit that all our work is fully insured and guaranteed.



If you would like to know more about our maintenance programmes, or to get a free quote then please click the link HERE

or Call now on 0161 926 8772 

shop front shutters

Are you looking for an amazing shop front?

We supply and install high quality aluminium shop fronts.

Combine amazing good looks, to attract customers into your shop, with solid security features and practical functionality.

Contact us today for more details about this exciting and innovative product.

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Retractable Bollards

There are many Retractable Bollards installers in the market. But not all are equal.

Retractable Bollards can be a substantial investment to make for your property, so make sure you do your due diligence before choosing which company to employ.

Things to look out for, are

  • Is the company well established
  • Do they have extensive experience in fitting lots of different types of security systems?
  • Can they show you plenty of examples of their work?
  • Can they provide references if asked?
  • Do they have independent reviews you can view?

A&D Door Systems Ltd can give you a resounding YES to all these questions.

Be sure to get the same assurances before you make your decision.

industrial overhead doors

We specialise in sectional up and over industrial doors…

Sectional Up and Over industrial doors are ideal for combining space saving & functionality…

Why not ask us for a no obligation free site survey and measure up?