Eye-Catching Side Hinged Garage Doors
Side hinged doors have seen a dramatic increase in popularity over recent years. Their combination of timeless styling, practicality and ease of maintenance means side hinged garage doors are a fantastic alternative to more traditional door types.
Side hinged garage doors are available in a wide variety of materials, styles and finishes to perfectly match the exterior of your property. The pair of doors can be be fitted with a traditional 50/50 split, or alternatively with a 2/3 to 1/3 ratio depending on your access requirements. In some cases we can also recommend a bi-fold system.
Empire's garage door expert will be happy to have a look at your garage and see if side hinged doors are your best option.
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Some of the advantages of side hinged garage doors:
- Well suited for garages with limited headroom, as doors only move horizontally.
- Doors open outwards as standard, giving extra storage space inside your garage.
- Lower maintenance due to less moving parts like tracks, cables and gears.
- Maximum drive-through space compared to other garage door types.
- Insulation is much simpler to fit, meaning better control of garage temperature.
An economical solution, Steel garage doors are galvanised for protection against the elements and come in a range of finishes:
- Primed Doors
Are supplied in primer for you to finish in your choice of colour. A £40/50 saving can be made when purchasing a primed door but remember that you will have to purchase paint and will probably have to re-coat every few years. Only worth considering if you are on a tight budget or want your garage door in a special colour shade.
- Plastisol Coating
A maintenance-free vinyl (Plastisol HP200) protective coating for the outside of the door (usually primer finish on the inside of the door). Available in a range of colours and smooth/textured finished depending on the manufacturer. Plastisol coatings generally have a 10-year guarantee.
- Powder Coating
A polyester powder coating of dry paint particles is applied and then baked in an oven. This causes the powder to melt and harden into a tough, colourful smooth finish. This covers both the outside and inside faces of the door. Available in a range of colours. These doors can be re-painted should the need arise in future.
The traditional beauty of natural wood gives a real touch of class to your garage door. 'Up and over' type doors are usually mounted on a steel chassis for strength, whereas side hinge doors are normally solid timber throughout. Woods used by the manufacturers are solid Cedar and Marine Ply which are usually environmentally sourced. You will of course need to maintain your timber door through the years as per manufacturer’s instructions.
Available pre-stained at the factory or unstained to allow you to match other timber on your property
Glass Reinforced Polyester (GRP) may be the ideal answer if you would like a timber door but can't be bothered with the maintenance and care that timber needs. Strong and durable these maintenance-free doors are available in smooth or timber effect in a variety of shades.
State-of-the-art impact resistant doors are built using modern, lightweight, yet highly durable materials. Characterised by deep crisp panel detailing and medium gloss, maintenance-free, UV stable, white finish they are an ideal match if you have UPVC windows and doors. ABS doors generally carry a long manufacturer's guarantee.