Aesthetically Pleasing

When deciding on a new garage door, there are many things you need to consider. This includes the door’s functionality, how durable it is and whether it will require a lot of maintenance. However, from an aesthetic point of view, appearance is the primary thing to consider. For aesthetically driven people, there is no getting away from the appearance. Choosing a garage door colour that is aesthetically pleasing and works with any colour scheme, white is often a perfect colour. Neutral yet bright, it will never go out of fashion and can give your home a lift and a clean, elegant appearance. White garage doors come in many styles, from up and over to roller shutters and all types of garage doors in between. Another benefit of a white door is that it is easy to repaint in future and will look stunning right now.

Different Roller Garage Door Product Lines

When it comes to garage doors, one of the best types you can get your hand on is a roller shutter garage door. These are usually made from thin slats of aluminium that are slotted together in order to create a solid sheet. Thanks to this construction, the slat are able to decompress and when the door is drawn in, allowing the door to roll up. This results in the product to take up a very limited amount of space, which is important when you’re talking about a garage door, after all, a garage is one of the most important places in a home for storage space. We all store stuff in our garages, whether it’s just random junk, tools, or a vehicle. Anyway, when it comes to garage doors, a number of businesses are responsible for developing different roller shutter products, and we’re going to share with you some of the key differences that you can expect from which brand. The products that are available of the roller shutter type are quite diverse in terms of their functionality, so hopefully you will find the information useful.

The first brand we’ll be taking a look at is the roller shutters produced under the Hormann company. The Hormann company are a world leading manufacturer in this space, producing garage door and industrial door products along with a bunch of other stuff. The Hormann company produces roller shutters under the brand, rollmatic, and has aimed for producing products under this brand that are of the highest quality, using their tried and tested technology. As a consequence of this, Hormann rollmatic roller shutters usually cost upwards of £1000, however, you get what you’re paying for with a rollmatic door. They usually come equipped with insulation, as well as the Hormann mainstay of a low voltage motor in order to operate the automatic electrical opener. Their electric garage doors are one of the best on the market, known for operating at low cost, offering exceptional reliability, often with a guarantee of up to 7 years or your money back, and for being exceptionally quiet as well.

Another company that produces roller shutter doors is SWS. SWS are known for their signature brand, seceuroglide, which is the main focus of their business. They are also known for being one of the leading manufacturers of window security shutters, which relies on the same technology used in their roller shutters, only on a smaller scale. Their focus is on providing high security with their roller shutters, which is a worthwhile feature to focus on. One of the main focusses of home break-ins is gaining access to a garage, as thieves can potentially gain access to your vehicle by doing so. Placing your vehicle within a secure garage can potentially reduce your risk of having your car stolen by as much as fifty percent. Besides the security features that the seceuroglide brand offers, you can also expect to get high quality insulation and electrical motors and remote control access as well. As a result of the engineering of these products, they definitely wind up firmly on the higher end of the scale in terms of costs, and you should expect to pay as much for a seceuroglide door as a Hormann roller shutter.

Lastly you have the Gliderol company that is also focussed on producing roller shutter doors. Gliderol, as with SWS, have focussed mostly on engineering roller shutter garage doors. They began business over thirty years ago, and approached the matter of garage doors from an engineering standpoint, making quality of their products the highest priority. Their electric garage doors are produced with high quality motors of varying electrical output, which means that you can balance the noise they produce with the speed that you want opening and closing of the electric garage doors. Their Gliderol doors are also more diverse than the brands of other companies, as they produce items for both the high end and the low end of the market. Their higher end products compete directly with seceuroglide and Hormann, whereas their lower end products can be bought with as little as £400, however you lose the electric garage doors component, such as the electrical motor and the remote control panel that many install in cars. You will also lose the insulation that many value from their garage door. As a result, some Gliderol roller shutters are manually operated, which can make them less convenient to a certain extent, but they are very light weight and easily replaced from a financial perspective.

Reasons You May Need A Garage Door Replacement

There are many reasons why you may need to replace your garage door. Below are some common reasons why a new garage door may be required.

Frequent Failures

If your garage door lets you down, and you often need to call a repair person, then it may be time for a replacement. There is likely something wrong with the door that cannot be repaired, whether due to old age or a hidden fault.

Strange Noises

Strange noises can indicate there is something wrong with your garage door. While the problem may be fixable, it is often the case that it is time for an upgrade.

Outdated Model Or Style

It’s recommended you replace an outdated model or style when it is no longer fit for purpose and can no longer perform as you need it. Plus, a new door will mean that your house has more curb appeal if you put it on the market. 

Security

Old, damaged or broken garage doors can pose a severe security risk due to being easier to get inside of, leading to criminals breaching your garage and, in the absolute worst-case scenario, your home.

Damaged Beyond Repair

If your garage door is broken or heavily damaged, it will need replacing as soon as possible. Any holes, large dents or gaps can be manipulated by thieves and compromise the security of your home. They can also compromise the integrity of your garage door and pose a safety risk when it is in operation.

Ways to organise your garage

When it comes to organising your garage, there isn’t a one size fits all solution.  We have compiled some tips on making the most of the space and making the area more organised.

Garage storage cabinets: Metal storage cabinets mean you can close the door on them and keep everything looking neat and tidy.  The best thing is you can get them up to 8ft tall, meaning floor to ceiling storage.

Corner shelves: Don’t leave the corner of the garage to gather dust. Make use of it by installing corner shelving to store your paint cans, oils, waxes and glues.

Storage tubes:  Cardboard storage tubes are inexpensive and perfect for storing long-handled items like a broom, rack or fork and avoid them falling over.

Heavy-duty rack: If you have a lot of heavy items that need storing, invest in a heavy-duty rack, some of them can take up to 2000lbs in weight. 

Make your own: Ideal for all DIY fans, both new and old.

Contemporary garden fencing

Garden fencing is not seen as just a boundary between neighbours anymore.  It is now considered the frame that holds the picture of your garden in place.  Here are just some of the non-traditional full slat fences that are available.

Gabion Fence: These are large metal baskets filled with sustainable materials like wood and stone.

Bamboo Fence: As the name suggests, these fences are made from Bamboo.  Bamboo can turn any garden into a Zen paradise and requires little maintenance.

Trellis Fencing: Trellis is an interwoven lattice design and can be used to separate your garden, train plants up or hanging lights.  These see-through fences don’t give you any privacy but are pleasant to look at.

Woven Panel Fencing: A contemporary look to the classic fence panel is made by weaving thin strips of wood around three vertical battens. 

Converting Existing Garage Doors to Electric

One thing many garage owners may be wondering is, if they can convert their existing garage door to an electric one. This can be tricky to answer and depends on a few factors.

Determining Factors for Electric Garage Door Conversion:

• Existing Garage Door Condition- this is one of the biggest factors for if the garage door can be converted, as it needs to be able to move freely and easily, without wobbling. Certain aspects can be repaired which could make your garage door eligible.

• The Garage Door Operation Type- most up and over types can be automated but if your garage door is a canopy door (meaning it extends out past the front of the garage when open) then it will need an additional ‘bow-arm’ device for the conversion.

• The Internal Structure of the Garage- there needs to be enough headroom, power in the garage and no obstruction such as lintels passing through the garage that will get in the way of the motor.

These are the main factors that would determine if you could automate your existing garage door. The best thing to do is get a professional to come out for a survey of the garage, to advise you.

Side-Hinged Garage Doors and the Benefits They Offer

UK homeowners have quite a variety of uses for their garages these days, such as extra living space, a home office, a gym or a workshop, alongside the typical uses such as storage or vehicle protection. Regardless of what option you have chosen, garages are often considered a security vulnerability, for theft. Side-hinged garage doors not only can be a very secure option, but also offer several other benefits.

Side-Hinged Benefits

Excellent security
These doors typically come with better locks and the option for multiple locks, over the standard up and over door

Easy Operation
They provide easy pedestrian access without having to put your whole garage on show and whilst being easy on your back as there is no need to bend over or lift the door

Customisable
These doors are Made to Measure for that perfect, customisable fit

Minimal maintenance
As these door have no complex mechanisms, they require less maintenance

Additional Internal Space
Since there is no internal tracking or mechanisms with this type of door, so they do not take up any garage space

Kerb appeal
Side-hinge garage doors look very smart and modern, adding to the beauty of your home

Garage Flooring Upgrades

Is your garage floor looking a little worse for wear or no longer suitable for its purpose? The two main ways for upgrading your garage flooring is to either use a coating or some sort of covering. The option you choose will most likely depend on how you utilise your garage and the amount you are willing to spend upgrading the flooring.

Coating options will typically involve the use of either paint or epoxy and may require the floor being repaired prior, if there is significant damage. Paint and Epoxy will adhere to the concrete slab, with the main difference between the two, being from a chemical and performance standpoint. True epoxy (not to be confused as epoxy paint) gives a more durable and long-lasting finish. Concrete floor paint can give your garage floor new life and is designed to be durable and resistant to damage from solvents, salts and other caustic materials.

The other option is floor coverings like tiles or mats which have been specifically designed for garages and can be used when the concrete is cracked or hard to repair. These coverings can be moved or removed when necessary. Floor tiles for garages are typically interlocking rigid or semi-rigid plastic, rubber or wood composite which tend to be more durable than vinyl tiles more commonly used in other living spaces. This method is easier and can include roll-out mats made of rubber or polyvinyl plastic. There are a variety of these and they are usually easy to clean and resilient.

Garage Security

Garages are often seen as a weak point, security wise, and in the UK, are typically used for storage or extra living space and less often used for vehicle storage. Regardless of the space’s usage, garages will usually contain high value items that need protecting. This is even more important if the garage provides access into the home. In order to keep stored valuables and/or your home safe, you should use these methods to improve your garage security:

• A home Security system (especially a monitored one) is a great deterrent for theft, especially when advertised on the exterior of your home.

• Ensuring your security system includes security of the garage and not just the house.

• Exterior motion-operated lights are an additional way to keep your property safe and less appealing to thieves.

• Video Door bells that notify you of motion at your door that link to mobile and allow you to see and speak through the device are becoming quite popular.

• Ensuring garage windows are locked and secured is also important. You can have these obscured so that light still gets through but people will not be able to see inside. You can also invest in window bars.

Getting the Most Out of Your Garage Door

It is imperative that you keep your garage door in good working order, for several reasons. One being that it will save you money in the long run by prolonging the door’s life. Another important reason is that by keeping your garage door in good condition, it will be more secure which helps discourage theft. A couple tips to ensure that you are getting the most from your garage door are:

• Make sure you purchase a door that is made from the best materials. Do not look at this as an expense, it is an investment that will be responsible for protecting the contents of your garage.

• Regularly check that the surfaces of the moving parts of your garage door are clean and free of dirt and grime to ensure optimal performance. Be sure to check the railing, tracks and rollers.

• Don’t forget to lubricate the moving parts, with a rust protecting oil, on occasion to help keep them functioning smoothly. Do not over-oil as this will attract dirt.

• Attend to any damage or maintenance as soon as you can to prevent additional issues.