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Why We Fit Hormann Garage Doors

When it comes to garage door brands there are so many choices.

You can go cheap, or you can go super expensive, but as any expert will tell you, the best options lie perfectly within your budget, whatever that might be.

There are some brands, however, which simply can’t be ignored. It’s why, more often than not, we turn to Hormann for the garage doors we supply and fit.

We’re under no illusion; unless you know your garage doors inside out, you’ve probably never heard of Hormann. And that’s fine, but we would like to give you an insight into why they’re so important to us – and our customers.

 

Patented designs = features you won’t find elsewhere

One of the best things about Hormann garage doors is that they patent a lot of their designs.

The result? Features you simply won’t find on other garage doors.

For instance, Hormann have developed and patented design elements within their small garage doors which means there’s no ugly spring at the top of the door. Other manufacturers have no choice but to leave that unsightly spring on display, leaving the finished result looking not quite as neat as the Hormann example.

 

 

They’re aesthetically pleasing

Every garage door we fit is aesthetically pleasing, but Hormann goes a step further thanks to some wonderful little design tweaks.

Take the tracks, for instance. Usually, they’re left as bare metal, but on a Hormann garage door, you can have them painted so they’re more aesthetically pleasing.

You can do the same with the closures, too!

 

Say “hello” to thermal frames

An insulated garage door panel will do a great job at keeping the heat in (and out), but the talented team behind-the-scenes at Hormann have gone one step further.

They feature what is known as a ‘thermo frame’. This helps deal with the issue steel legs have – the fact that they’re not present on most insulated doors. Hormann spotted an innovation gap here and now offers an insulated, entire frame for the garage door.

This makes a huge difference when ensuring the heat contained within the garage remains where it is, but it also makes its presence felt when you want to keep the outside temperature at bay.

 

 

Back to those looks…

Hormann garage doors have colour-matched facias, and this is not always a common sight.

The fascia is what finishes off a garage door, and while they sometimes work without being colour matched, more often than not, the end result looks far better when they are.

Hormann doors are also available in a great range of textures which feature matching profiles for that completely integrated look. These finishes are often what tempt our customers to opt for Hormann over the alternatives.

 

They last – as the warranty proves

A garage door isn’t a purchase you’ll want to make regularly, which is why long guarantees are so sought after.

This is where Hormann really wins. Each of their doors comes with a 10-year warranty, which means you’ll have complete peace of mind that they’ll last the distance.

Thanks to the forward thinking team behind Hormann design, they’re also future proofed with some great modern touches. For instance, they now have a ‘supermatic motor’ which enables you to control the door with your smartphone.

Finally, Hormann garage doors are what we like to call ‘installer friendly’. That means they enable us to fit the doors quickly and without any of the challenges that are often encountered with other brands.

If we’ve tempted you to invest in a Hormann garage door for your home, just get in touch with the knowledgeable CA Shutters team and we’ll show you why we think they’re so great.

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How Thick is the Insulation on a Roller or Sectional Garage Door?

Once the place in which cars were stored, garages are increasingly becoming home offices, gyms, band practice rooms, workshops, and even YouTube filming studios.

If you’re using your garage creatively and intend to spend a fair bit of time in there, you probably have one concern on your mind.

How will you keep the space warm?

No one wants to work, practice, or play in a cold garage, and that’s where insulation comes in.

Good news: if you’re opting for a roller or sectional garage door, you’ve got plenty of options.

 

So, how thick is the insulation?

Let’s start here, because it’s probably the first question on your mind. After all, how can these modern garage doors which are so easy to operate and non-cumbersome contain enough insulation to keep you warm?

Good news – they can. Here’s how much insulation you’ll typically find in these two types of garage door:

  • Roller garage door insulation: 12-15mm
  • Sectional garage door insulation: 42mm or 67mm

You’ll notice that sectional garage doors contain more insulation, and that’s simply because of the way they’re designed. It certainly doesn’t mean roller garage doors are any less efficient, though.

 

Why is insulation important?

If your garage is attached to your house, it’ll have a significant impact on the energy efficiency of the entire home. This might be why the bedroom immediately above the garage is colder than it should be, or why you seemingly have to constantly turn up the heat in the living room.

By having a properly insulated garage, you’ll keep the rest of the house warm, too, thus saving on your heating bills.

Most importantly, if you’re using your garage for something other than storing a car, you’ll want to retain one of best home comforts: warmth.

As temperatures drop outside, so too will the temperature in an uninsulated garage. Add a fully insulated garage door, and it’ll do a far better job at retaining the heat.

The result? Another room in your house that you’ll want to use.

 

Benefits of having an insulated garage door

Hopefully, we’ve convinced you that an insulated garage door is a great investment, but there are some additional, compelling benefits that are worth exploring.

Here are three of our favourites

 

  1. A stronger door

As you might expect, an insulated garage door is considerably tougher than a non-insulated door.

This means it can stand up to constant opening and closing and is far better at resisting damage from vehicles, weather, and the kids’ football.

Like every modern garage door, they’re made to last and resist anything Mother Nature can throw at them, but they’re arguably better at dealing with heat, wind and life’s other challenges which typically shorten the lifespan of non-insulated doors.

 

  1. Much better energy efficiency

We’ve used this phrase a lot, but it really does bear repeating.

Insulated garage doors are far more energy efficient than their counterparts. By preventing hot air from escaping, they’ll keep you warm in the winter, but the reverse is true in the summer.

If it’s boiling hot outside, your insulated garage door will limit how much hot air enters the room, thus keeping it pleasantly cool. And, as noted earlier, the temperature within your garage will always have a direct impact on the overall temperature of your home.

 

  1. Quiet operation

If a garage door has been insulated, it’s usually far quieter during operation.

Non-insulated doors are susceptible to developing creaks and rattles over time, but insulated doors absorb those sounds.

If you use the door a lot or spend significant amounts of time in the garage itself, that quiet operation (even in the face of strong winds) will be a godsend.

 

More questions?

We hope we’ve given you a great insight into the benefits of insulated garage doors, but if you’ve got any further questions, the CA Shutter team would be happy to help. Just get in touch today and ask away!

 

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What’s the Best Type of Garage Door?

The great thing about modern garage doors is that there are so many options to choose from.

This enables you as a homeowner to pick the garage door that works best based on their requirements, intended use, and aesthetic preferences.

When picking a garage door style, you’ll need to take into account the following:

  • the size of your home;
  • the type of access you need;
  • whether or not you’ll be storing a car in there; and
  • what you’ll be using the garage for.

We find it fascinating that customers often change their minds after speaking to us, so it definitely pays to do your research – starting with this blog!

 

Roller garage doors

These are becoming far more commonplace, thanks in part to a more affordable point of entry and the significant space saving they offer.

Electrical rollers are by far the most popular, because they’re more compact and much easier to operate than manual doors.

Roller garage doors provide maximum drive-in space, too, but they also take up minimal space inside the garage, which means you have full access to the ceiling and roof space, if you have one.

They have some sound insulation by default, but roller doors are not quite as proficient in that area as sectional doors (which are also worth a look if rollers don’t quite do it for you).

Electrical roller garage doors come with a control panel for the door, but there’s manual operation available in the event of a power outage.

 

Up and over garage doors

Up and over garage doors are arguably the most recognisable and they’re still a great choice for many homes.

This is largely because they’re so cost-effective to replace and repair. They’re also functional, easy to operate and some can even have a motor installed to add automatic opening.

However, up and over garage doors do take up space in the garage when open, thus limiting access to the ceiling or roof. They also encroach onto the drive when opening, but if you don’t park right up to the door, that’ll rarely be an issue.

 

Side hinged garage doors

Side hinged garage doors may not be your first choice, but they offer some compelling benefits.

For instance, they can be provided with insulation, which means they’ll retain the heat in your garage and, consequently, have a positive impact on the energy efficiency of your entire home. You can even fit a window to allow natural light to flood in.

They also don’t encroach into the garage at all due to the way both doors simply swing out onto your drive. This makes them easy to use for a high footfall garage, too; if you’re always in and out, they’re less of a challenge to open.

Just bear in mind that they do take up space on the drive. Therefore, if you’re the type to regularly park close to your garage, you may be better off opting for a sectional or roller garage door instead.

See? We bet you’re now reconsidering your original idea for a new garage door!

Don’t worry – as we noted earlier, that’s common. There’s so much choice, in fact, that you’ll probably need some help picking the right one for your requirements, so just get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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How Much Should You Expect to Pay for a Garage Door?

When was the last time you bought a garage door? Come to think of it, have you ever bought a garage door?

It’s certainly not an everyday purchase, which is why it’s completely understandable if you need to stop and ask the question: how much does a garage door cost?

The potential answer to this question is made all the more interesting these days thanks to the sheer number of options on the market. From traditional up-and-over garage doors to side-hinged, there’s a lot to choose from.

The good news is that with choice comes plenty of ways in which to maximise your budget. So, today, we’re going to help you pick the perfect garage door for you, with a solid eye on price.

 

Garage doors are always expensive, right?

Wrong.

There’s a garage door available for every budget, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised once you start looking at the options. They’re far more affordable than you probably think.

It all comes down to the style you opt for, because that is, by far, the largest determining factor of the overall cost.

Most styles of garage door come with plenty of options, too, so if you’ve got a bit left in the pot, you can increase its usefulness or tweak the aesthetics.

 

How much does each style of garage door cost?

As noted earlier, you’re blessed with lots of choices when it comes to your next garage door.

There are four main styles of garage door to consider. With that in mind, let’s consider what kind of price you’ll be looking at for each.

  • Up-and-over garage door prices. These remain one of the most common choices and start from around £800.
  • Roller garage door prices. An increasingly popular option, these super-convenient garage doors start from around £1,500.
  • Sectional garage door prices. These offer the same space-saving abilities of roller garage doors albeit with different aesthetics. Expect to pay from £1,800.
  • Side-hinged garage door prices. If you need quick, convenient access to your garage on foot, this is a great option and starts from around £1,400.

Can you pay less? Absolutely. Will you get a garage door that’s fitted perfectly and that’s as secure and durable as it should be? Almost definitely not.

Like most things in life, if you spend more and opt for reputable brands, you’ll get far more for your money. With garage doors, that means greater peace of mind, better durability, and the best possible fit and finish.

 

Three reasons why you should pay more for your garage door

If the prices above are more than you’d expected, it’s probably worth diving into the reasons why you should pay more for a garage door.

There are three in particular which reveal why this is such an important investment.

  • You’ll pay for safety: your garage door has a very important role to play for the security of your home. Would you skimp on your front door? They’re both entry points, after all.
  • You’ll get longer warranty: garage doors are really put through their paces. Regular opening and closing and the constant battling with Mother Nature mean that a lengthy warranty period is a very useful thing indeed.
  • The more you pay, the longer it’ll last: a long warranty might offer peace of mind, but you’ll be amazed by how long a decent garage door will last. When installed professionally, you can expect anywhere up to 20 years of life from a modern garage door.

There are plenty of things which can impact the overall cost of a garage door, so if you’ve got any further questions at this stage, please do get in touch with the friendly Horizons team

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What’s a Sectional Garage Door?

There are plenty of options when it comes to garage doors, but if you want to make yours a real statement piece, look no further than a sectional garage door.

They’re not exactly the most common. After all, up-and-over garage doors and roller shutters are more likely to be found on your street.

That makes sectional garage doors a great choice if you want to stand out, but there’s plenty more reasons why you may want to opt for this style.

Let’s get into it.

 

What is a sectional garage door?

On the face of it, sectional garage doors sound very similar to roller garage doors.

They open vertically (although there’s a horizontal option, too), which means they save plenty of space inside and in front of the garage.

Sectional garage doors benefit from an incredibly smart design. They’re split into separate sections which run on vertical and horizontal tracks as they recess back into the garage space.

This offers two benefits:

  • they never protrude onto the driveway; and
  • they take up minimal space inside the garage itself, once opened.

Sectional garage doors also provide a full opening into the garage, which makes them perfect if you want to store your car in there (and gain fast, easy access to it).

They’re also great options if you like to park right up close to the garage door without having to move the car every time you want to open or close it. We all know what a faff that can be.

 

Why should I choose a sectional garage door?

A sectional garage door may not be your first choice. In fact, you may never have heard of this type of garage door until you found this blog.

That begs the question: why should you go for one?

Like all great things undiscovered, sectional garage doors are fantastic once you realise their benefits.

For instance, security will no doubt be one of your upmost concerns, and you’ll therefore be glad to hear that sectional garage doors are among the most secure on the market. So, that’s one box ticked.

Secondly, sectional garage doors are fantastic at keeping your garage warm or cool, regardless of what’s happening outside. This is thanks to the use of thick foam insulation behind the steel panels which are brilliantly energy efficient.

The same goes for sound deadening. If you’re planning on undertaking noisy work in your garage or using it as somewhere to practice with your band mates, sectional garage doors will do a wonderful job at preventing the noise from escaping.

 

What about the style?

Just like most modern garage doors, sectional garage doors come in a range of different styles.

This enables you to match your sectional garage door to the rest of the home’s aesthetics. You can even opt for doors with built-in window panels if you want to maximise the amount of natural light entering your garage.

Most doors of this kind come in white as standard, but there are wood and woodgrain effect colours and various other finishes you can choose from to match your style and taste.

There’s also the choice between automated electric versions and manual, too, depending on your preference and budget. And whether you can be bothered to get out of the car as you approach the drive!

 

You’ve convinced me – how do I find out more?

If you never knew you wanted a sectional garage door until now, or if we’ve given you the information you need to pull the trigger on a much-debated purchase, just get in touch – we’d love to answer any further questions you have.

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How Roller Shutters Do More Than Just Protect Your Business

Roller shutters have been a popular choice for business premises all over the world for many years. But it isn’t always for the most obvious reasons.

Sure, they’re a great way to secure your premises. One of the best, in fact. Thanks to a security-first approach to design and construction, modern shutters provide a very high level of protection against criminals.

However, roller shutters offer benefits that extend far beyond security. In fact, you’d be amazed by how much more they can do for your business.

 

They demonstrate that you mean business

Rollers shutters make a huge difference to the aesthetics of a building. It’s why they benefit any commercial unit or warehouse; a simple, purposeful design delivers the best first impression – always.

This is important for both customers and employees. The great thing about roller shutters – like so many things in business – is that they’re simple. They’re not garish, and they don’t divide opinion – they just look smart and reveal to anyone passing by that you mean business.

 

They’re about as convenient as it gets

Getting into your business premises shouldn’t be tricky or dangerous, and that’s why roller shutters are such a popular choice for all manner of entrances.

They provide ultimate convenience. A single press of a button will raise and lower them, and modern roller shutters take up minimal space when fully open.

This means that both people and vehicles can enter and exit easily, but it also means that there’s no protrusion into your grounds when they’re open, so there’s no juggling of parked cars in order to utilise the available space.

 

They can be branded

You may not be aware that roller shutters can be fully branded, too.

This means they can actually play a significant role in the marketing of your business. For instance, many firms will install vinyl-wrapped roller shutters which feature their logo, company name and brand colours.

This is a great way to advertise your business while it’s closed and leave an indelible mark on the area with your branding.

Equally, if you’d rather keep things simple but still retain the essence of your brand, roller shutters can be painted to pretty much any colour in the spectrum.

 

They don’t have to be ‘closed’

Did you know there’s such a thing as ‘vision’ roller shutters?

These enable passers-by to see into whatever lies beyond your roller shutters. They’re most commonly used on store fronts, where the owner wants people to see what’s inside, even when they’re closed.

It’s a great reminder that your business is there, but also acts as a tantalising glimpse at what you have to offer. If you work in retail, for instance, vision shutters will ensure you can still advertise special offers and your latest products – even when your doors are closed.

Vision shutters come in three forms:

  • perforated, which feature small holes and roughly 20% vision;
  • grille, which have slots allowing about 80% vision; and
  • punched, which sits somewhere in-between the two above in terms of vision.

Don’t worry – vision shutters are just as secure as their ‘fully-closed’ counterparts, too (they can be painted, as well).

 

Does my business need roller shutters?

Given how convenient they are and the cost-effective options now available, roller shutters are becoming a bit of a no-brainer for most businesses.

Put it this way – if you’re concerned about security at your premises but would like to ensure the building still plays its role in marketing the business, roller shutters are the ideal choice.

We appreciate you still may have some questions, though, and if that’s the case, just get in touch with the CA Shutters team to find out more!

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The Fundamental Purpose and Benefits of Side Hinged Garage Doors

Need a new garage door? Want to stand out and add a unique element to your home?

Maybe it’s time to look beyond the traditional ‘up-and-over’ option.

There’s nothing wrong with up-and-over, roller, or sectional garage doors; they’re great choices. However, if you want something a little different, a side hinged garage door might be the perfect choice for you.

They’re convenient, traditional, and very stylish, but if you haven’t considered one yet, let’s get into the reasons you might benefit from a side hinged garage door.

 

Side hinged garage doors: a quick definition

From a quick glance, side hinged garage doors look very similar to standard garage doors. However, their design hides a much quicker way for the owner to access what’s inside.

Side hinged garage doors are usually supplied in either a half split or two-and-two-thirds split configuration. This means they open in the same way as the front door to your home.

As suggested by the name, a side hinged garage door simply swings open when you need access. It’ll open fully, too, which means you can still drive your car into your garage if the space is used for that purpose.

It’s even possible to have windows installed within side hinged garage doors, thus encouraging as much natural light to enter the garage as possible. This is particularly useful if you work in the garage or simply want more natural light in that space when the door is closed.

 

The main benefits of side hinged garage doors

Waiting for a roller door to open fully or having to continually lift an up-and-over garage door might not be ideal if you access the garage a lot.

This is where side hinged garage doors come into their own. They provide fast, convenient access thanks to the way in which you can simply swing them open. It makes them the ideal choice for any garage with a high footfall.

You don’t need to worry about security, either, because side hinged garage doors are super secure. Including the latest locking systems as standard, they also hide the contents of your garage when opening – unless you open them fully.

“Freedom” is probably the one word that comes to mind when we think about side hinged garage doors. If you regularly nip into the garage and don’t have access from inside the house, this type of garage door will ensure you can do so without opening it fully. However, if you want to gain full access, it’s just as easy; you simply swing it open further!

 

Side hinged garage door styles

You’ll be glad to hear that there are plenty of styling options available when it comes to side hinged garage doors. In fact, they can even be customised to match the look and feel of your property.

Most side hinged garage doors come as standard in steel, hardwood, or timber, but there’s plenty of choice when it comes to finishes and colours.

You can have them insulated, too, which makes side hinged garage doors a great choice if your garage happens to be a home gym, workshop or office space.

If we’ve tempted you by the prospect of a side hinged garage door, you can get in touch with the CA shutters team today to ask any further questions you might have.

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Roller Door Slats: What the Difference in Quality Means to You

Buy cheap, buy twice. How many times have you heard that phrase?

It’s definitely something to bear in mind when choosing a garage door – and particularly when it comes to roller doors.

There are a huge number of manufacturers on the market these days, but they’re not created equal. In fact, some really are best avoided, simply be cause the quality of their roller doors can result in some serious issues for homeowners.

Security, convenience and energy efficiency will no doubt be high on your agenda if you’re considering investing in a roller garage door. So, let’s take a look at what the difference in slat quality means to you.

 

Wafer thin always results in poor insulation

Given the choice, you’d never pick a wafer-thin garage door, right? Unfortunately, if you buy cheap when it comes to roller garage doors, that’s exactly what you’ll get.

Thin roller door slats offer pretty much zero insulation. This may not matter too much if you rarely use your garage, but if you plan to spend time in there during the winter months, the door needs to do its job in keeping the heat where it should be (inside).

A well-insulated garage door works all year round, too. Therefore, it’ll be just as welcome when things get hot outside, and you want to keep cool in your garage.

 

Poor security

One of the main jobs your garage door has is to keep whatever it is you store in there safe.

This is particularly the case if your garage also offers access into the house via an internal door. The thought of someone breaking into the garage and the opportunities that would afford them just doesn’t bear thinking about.

Thin and poorly constructed slats are easier to break into – it’s that simple.

While an opportunist theft is still thankfully pretty rare, it does happen, and you need to do everything you can to warn off potential perpetrators. Cheap roller garage doors look like cheap roller garage doors, and that means criminals know they’re probably easier to break into.

The reason for this is usually because cheaper variants don’t have good fittings to the axel, leaving them much easier to manipulate if someone decides to try and break in.

 

Noise

There are two noise issues related to bad quality roller door slats.

Firstly, they’ll let more noise both in and out of the garage. So, passing cars and the general noise created by everyday life outside of your garage will filter in more easily. Equally, any noise you make inside the garage will head outside and annoy the neighbours.

Cheap slats also result in noisy operation when both opening and closing the door, and that’s never particularly pleasant.

 

What to look for

There are a few things to look for when choosing a roller garage door to avoid buying one that features cheap slats or poor construction.

Two points in particular deserve special attention.

Firstly, look for the Secure by Design label – that’ll give you great peace of mind that the door is built to a specific security standard.

Secondly, the size of the slats makes a big difference when it comes to the quality of the door. For instance, cheaper roller doors typically use 55mm slats, whereas those provided and installed by CA Shutters are 77mm.

If you’ve still got questions about roller garage doors or simply want to dig into the points above in more detail, we’d love to hear from you. Just get in touch with our team today, and we’ll help you find the perfect door for your needs.

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Choosing a Garage Door? Hold Your Horses!

If you’re hovering over the ‘buy it now’ button for that classic up-and-over garage door… stop. It might not be the right one for you.

Don’t get us wrong – up-and-over garage doors are still a brilliant option for many homes, and there’s a reason you see so many of them in your area, but they’re not the only type of garage door.

From roller garage doors to side-hinged (yes, they’re still a thing!), garage doors come in several configurations, each of which is uniquely suited to the intended use of the garage and the property’s aesthetic.

So, grab your favourite hot drink, and let’s make sure you pick the best garage door for your needs.

 

What to consider when choosing the right garage door

You may simply be thinking “I want one of those garage doors which opens when you press a button”. And that’s cool – a really good idea, in fact.

But did you know that there are lots of options for electric garage doors? For instance, the most common is the roller garage door, but sectional and even up-and-overs can be electric, too.

This is why it’s better to start by thinking about what you need from the door and how it needs to slot into your everyday life. It’ll help you narrow down the options considerably.

Ask yourself:

  • What is the garage being used for?
  • Does it matter if the door protrudes onto the driveway when opening?
  • How often do you enter the garage?
  • Do you need to park your car in the garage?

Answers in hand, let’s look at four types of garage door which you need to consider.

 

  1. The traditional: up-and-over garage doors

This type of garage door has been around for many, many years, but for good reason. It’s an affordable design, and it’s secure. This is why most new home builders still opt for up-and-overs, too.

Their biggest benefit is the fact they operate via a single panel design. That makes up-and-over garage doors easy to install and simple to use, but also easy to fix if things go wrong.

Just bear in mind that they protrude while opening and do take up space in the garage when fully open.

 

  1. The push button option: roller garage doors

Yeah, we hear you – the idea of pressing a button and watching as your garage door effortlessly disappears into a small box above the opening is the stuff of dreams, right?

That’s exactly the experience and convenience you’ll get from a roller garage door, and it’s why they’re an increasingly popular option for homeowners.

They’re really secure, too. Made from individual slats which sit flush alongside one another, roller garage doors are seemingly impenetrable, and avoided by most opportunistic thieves.

Oh, and they can be operated manually, too – just in case the button thing gets boring (it won’t).

 

  1. The alternative to rollers: sectional garage doors

If you love the idea of the convenience offered by roller garage doors but their design doesn’t quite do it for you, a sectional garage door might be just what you need.

These garage doors recess into your roof space on vertical tracks, but never protrude while they’re opening. Rather than slats, they feature large sections, which some people prefer, and which offer a very pleasing aesthetic.

You’ll also benefit from a full width opening if you happen to use your garage for car storage.

 

  1. The one you haven’t considered: side-hinged garage doors

If the idea of a side-hinged garage door conjures up thoughts of old barns with rusting, rotten wooden doors – think again.

They’re less common, but side-hinged garage doors are a brilliant option for anyone who wants quick, convenient access on foot to their garage.

Side-hinged garage doors are usually available in half-split or two-and-two-thirds split configurations and have really useful optional extras such as door stays to prevent them from crashing shut in high winds.

They also have the option of integrated windows to allow more natural light to flood into the garage space. This makes side-hinged garage doors a great option for anyone who wants to use their garage as a secure space in which to work.

If you’re still unsure about which type of garage door is best for you, just get in touch with us. We appreciate we may have given you more reason to doubt your original choice, but that’s why we’re here; simply throw your questions our way!

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A Simple Guide to Buying a New Garage Door

Finding the right garage door isn’t necessarily a quick job, but it can be fun – we promise!

There are far more options than most people realise. As a result, you can fine tune your choice to match your lifestyle, requirements, and taste.

For example, you might think that a traditional up-and-over garage door is the way to go, simply because it’s the most familiar style to you. But have you considered a roller door? And what about a sectional garage door?

We’re here to help, and we’d definitely like to ensure you don’t pick a garage door which is going to be a hassle to maintain and use further down the line.

 

 

Things to consider when picking a garage door

It’s always best to start by thinking about how you intend to use the garage itself.

Chances are, you’re already using it for something, and it’s that the case, think about the following:

  • How often do you access the garage?
  • Is parking space in front of the garage limited?
  • Are you able to enter the garage from within your house?
  • How much time do you physically spend in the garage?
  • Do you park your car in there?

If you have plans for your garage which haven’t been put into effect yet, you can ask the same questions.

Then – and only then – are you ready to start looking at the best garage door for the job.

 

I don’t have much space

You’re acutely aware that space in front of the garage is limited, as is space inside the garage itself. However, you have no option but to park in front of the garage every day, and you do need to access it occasionally.

In these instances, a roller garage door is almost certainly going to be the best choice, because it takes up zero space on your drive while opening and next to nothing inside the garage.

Don’t look past a side-hinged garage door, though. If you don’t need regular access to the garage but value your roof/loft space, it’s a great option.

 

 

I like to keep my driveway free

If you have a small driveway or simply want to make best use of every square inch you have available, an up-and-over garage door will prove to be pretty annoying in the long run.

Continually moving your car to gain access isn’t much fun, so to avoid this, try a sectional garage door instead (it’s a great alternative to a roller door if that doesn’t take your fancy).

 

I spend lots of time inside my garage

If you’ve converted your garage into a workshop, gym, or somewhere in which you spend lots of time on a hobby, the garage door will make a huge amount of difference to how much you enjoy that space.

In these instances, it’s best to go for a sectional and insulated garage door. It’ll keep the heat in and the cold temperatures out.

It’s also important to take into consideration weather proofing and look for a garage door which features seals to prevent water ingress.

 

There’s lots of expensive stuff in there

No one wants their garage broken into, but for some people, that little extra room often houses some very important or valuable stuff.

If that sounds like you, the good news is that all modern garage doors are built with security firmly in mind. Despite this, it’s still a great idea to look for a garage door with a Secure by Design rating.

Roller doors come with this as standard because of the way they’re built, but if you’re going for a different type of door, look out for mention of Secure By Design; it’ll give you the ultimate peace of mind that your garage is safe and, yes, secure.

We really hope this blog has helped you with your garage door decision. If you’re still stuck or have more questions, just remember to get in touch with our friendly team who will be happy to help you find the right option.