Garage Doors

Side Hung – Straightforward and Traditional

Posted on October 17, 2014 at 8:14 pm

There are plenty of ‘fancy’ garage doors on the market with modern conveniences and trendy designs, but some people want something a bit simpler, yet traditional. A side hung garage door is perfect for these types of people.

It’s perfect for those who regularly use their garage for pedestrian access, while you can opt for a traditional timber door, or perhaps of even steel or cast iron. These doors can be easily made to compliment the look of your home, while you can incorporate windows, large retro knockers and intricate details.

A side hung door doesn’t have to be expensive either, and it does depend on the materials you’re going to use, while they’re remarkably easy to install and maintain, so consider this type of garage door if you want something unique and simple.

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Insulated Roller Doors – The Practical Solution

Posted on September 29, 2014 at 6:10 pm

When you want to save space in you garage, you may clear out your clutter, perhaps sell those old bikes and say goodbye to any bulky equipment. That’s not always necessary though, and a roller door can save you a tremendous amount of space if you’re used to overhead or round the corner doors.

Your entire door rolls up neatly above, so there is no need to have a huge spring clean. It’s a practical solution but it’s also now more affordable, and it’s very easy to find these doors insulated, which is necessary if your garage leads into your house. These doors can reduce your energy bills and your garage will feel a lot more hospitable in the winter.

A good roller door will also be on the quiet side when it’s operated, but always get it installed by a professional if you want a thermal and acoustic barrier that last for many years to come.

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Timber Up and Over Doors – Stylish and Secure

Posted on September 11, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Wooden garage doors are not necessarily old fashioned, and a straightforward timber up and over door can offer a good degree of security, while this type of door definitely has a stylish appeal.

It’s your standard garage door in many ways, but it’s a kind that never will never lose charm. You may well pick up a few scratches and marks, but that only adds to the character of the timber, while there are many different grades to choose between.

You can also have timber up and over doors made with different patterns, so whether you wanted a modern look with sunrise panels or period style features, you get to decide, and it’s easy to find a style that matches the tone of your property.

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A Sectional Overhead Door

Posted on August 31, 2014 at 1:58 pm

Sectional overheads are a great door design which share a lot of similarities with roller shutter doors. While, obviously, a sectional one doesn’t operate through a tracking mechanism, much like a roller door, all of the operating mechanism is contained in the space above the door, so that the entry-way remains unimpeded. Also, they can be reduced to a very small size, ensuring that all spacial usage remains at an absolute minimum, something which an overhead door fails at completely.

When you compare a sectional door to a an overhead, you can see numerous advantages, such as the increased availability of space, the ease of use and the better security. There are a few disadvantages, such as greater limits on insulation.

Most advantages and disadvantages can be overcome, no matter which type of door you want; it is all a question of how much you’re willing to spend on getting a great quality product, which brings value to your home through the aesthetics of the design, as well as its functionality.

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Repairing a Roller Shutter

Posted on August 25, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Previously, we’ve discussed how to avoid damage and repair a garage door, but we haven’t really gone into how to do this for a roller shutter door, as this can be a more complex process.

Unlike a more basic garage door, such as an up-and-over door, or even a sectional overhead, a roller shutter has a tracking mechanism, which everybody who has ever owned a bike will be able to attest to, can sometimes be knocked out of alignment, and cease to function. Because the roller shutter has a far more limited capacity than a bicycle, mobility is less of a demand, and the risk of running out of alignment is much lower, but it can happen. The trick to avoiding this from happening is to not constantly start and stop the door’s opening and closing part-way through, so that the stress of the tracking mechanism is lessened. If the tracking stops working, we would suggest that you hire a professional, unless you’re very familiar with working with similar mechanics, as taking the operating mechanism of a roller shutter apart could cause more damage.

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