Up & Over Garage
Door Materials & Installation
Steel garage doors are generally powdercoated in white
as standard with optional brown, black, green, red, blue and some
other newer colours. The most recent innovation is the Decograin
or Weathergrain finishes which are attractive laminate foils applied
to the outside face of the door panel to simulate different attractive
wood finishes, these are very effective and come with a 10 year
GRP (fibreglass) garage doors are available in ever
changing finished woodgrain colours and are all hand finished so
never expect quite the same finish as a sample you may obtain! The
`base' colour of the door is in the gel pigment used to make the
door in the first place and the final front finish is hand applied.
Timber garage doors are increasingly available in
fully finished colours using microporous wood treatments. The most
popular form of supply however is still base coat stained for final
finishing on site in order to coordinate with other timber finished
on the property. Cedarwood is the preferred type of timber for garage
doors due to its excellent tolerance to UK weather and its weight
making door panels relatively light and easy to operate. A lot of
people say they do not like the maintenance of timber however it
is the only material that you can actually maintain relatively easily
if you get any surface damage and with modern wood treatment stains
you can get a lot of years before any recoating is required. Always
use a microporous woodstain if possible as recoating is very easy
Upvc garage doors are not generally available now
and as a materia Upvc is not ideal for garage doors with little
strength on its own relying on a strong sub frame or alternatively
being double skinned and filled with foam or some other material
between the 2 sheets and then the costs rise to become higher than
a far superior double skinned steel door with a proper surface finish.
General Sizing Information
When talking about up and over garage door sizes the
reference is always to the internal sub frame dimensions. This is
the frame for fixing the door panel to and is either produced in
a timber or steel box section. A 7 foot by 7 foot garage door (2134mm
x 2134mm) ordering size refers to the daylight opening size of the
sub frame and the garage door panel itself is always smaller for
Sub frame sizes themselves vary depending on the gear
and manufacturer required – so beware of overall size dimensions!
The actual drive through width and height of any one piece up and
over garage door will never be the same as the ordering size. The
door panel also hangs down in the opening when the door is up and
reduces the drive through height depending on the thickness of the
panel itself and the drive through width is also reduced as mentioned
above when using retractable door gear. The optimum single garage
door size is about 8’0” wide (2438mm) to allow easy
access of a vehicle, the height depends on other factors such as
building restrictions or taller 4 * 4 vehicles. For double width
doors the size has been 14ft (4267mm) for years now but many people
find this a little too narrow with modern car widths.
Many other European metric sizes are available as
well as purpose made sizes - call for details
Up and over garage doors can only be installed either
inbetween or behind the structural opening. Due to the way they
operate, up & over garage doors cannot be installed infront
of the structural opening.
The installation position is usually dependant on
sizing restrictions or the finish and depth of the garage piers,
although aesthetics quite often becomes a major factor. A garage
door fitted onto the inside face of an opening can be wider and
higher than a door fitted inbetween the same size opening.
If you are not sure please call or Email us, it could
mean the difference between getting your vehicle into the garage
The up and over garage door is still the most versatile
when it comes to materials and designs. The one piece panel structure
means that doors can be made from steel, fibreglass, Upvc and most
types of timber.
We have designed and manufactured many wonderful timber
up and over garage doors over the years along with some very large
steel and GRP doors. More recently however the maximum available
width of a one piece up and over garage door has reduced due to
stricter safety legislation and the sectional garage door has stepped
into its place. Steel is the most economical choice of door panel.
Automatic Garage Doors
All new up and over garage doors can be remote control
automated using either a ceiling mounted boom operator or a door
panel mounted Novoferm system, the latter system is unique to Novoferm
Automating a canopy type up and over garage door will
require the use of a bow arm converter if installing with a traditional
boom type operator. A retractable up and over door is always preferable
if the option is available as a bow arm is then not necessary.
Adding a remote control operator to an existing garage
door is possible for about 90% of doors currently in use, unfortunately
some door have a very odd geometry and cannot be safely made automatic
by any means and therefore would need replacing with a new complete
garage door and mechanism.
The range of controls available today are vast with
wall mounted internal and external access controls and a selection
of remote control devices to cover all requirements.
Matching Side Doors
A range of matching side doors are available with
the majority of the Hormann range of sectional and up and over garage
doors. These are manufactured in either single skin or double skinned
steel or timber and are generally an exact copy of the garage door
itself in a range of very useful standard and purpose made sizes.
Pedestrian Door Options
It is possible to have a limited range of steel and
timber up and over garage doors with pedestrian access doors built
into the main door leaf to allow access when the garage door is
closed. These options are manufactured with very small thresholds
to maximise accessibility. The pedestrian doors only open outwards
but can be either side of the garage door.