Canopy Garage Doors
This type of garage door swings outwards as it opens (but not so much as a retractable door) it then slides and tilts upwards into the ceiling of your garage leaving one-third of the door protruding outside the garage and taking up less room inside. You are unable to park too close to the garage door.
Pivot points are located two-thirds of the way down the door, which helps improve the security of the door. Pre-framed versions are available.
Canopy doors are the easiest to install as the entire door mounts to the frame and no tracks are required inside the garage. The down side is that automating a canopy door is not recommended.
Canopy doors are generally available in all materials: Steel, Timber, GRP and ABS. With this door type fitted you will have a fairly drafty garage although the drive though width will not be reduced beyond the door frame.
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A large proportion of the door swings outwards as it opens and then slides away into the ceiling of your garage, pivot points are located at the top of the door, consequently you are unable to park too close to the garage door.
These doors are fairly easy to install with spring assemblies being fitted to the side frames and tracks to the top which support the top of the door, the latter being secured a couple of meters into your garage. They are however the easiest type of door to automate with any electric opener being suitable.
Security is generally pretty good with manufacturers often fitting four latches, but when automated these latches are disabled and the door could possibly be forced open at the base depending on set-up, however, an automatic de-latching system is available to counter this problem.
Retractable doors are generally available in all materials: Steel, Timber, GRP and ABS. Pre-framed versions are available.
With this door type fitted you will have a fairly drafty garage and drive-through width will be reduced because of the side spring assemblies, although some manufacturers have an optional mechanism which avoids this.
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.