Frequently Asked Questions on Garage Doors

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Side hinged garage doors are manufactured in steel, GRP and timber in the UK and for the best security we would recommend the double skinned steel hinged doors as they are nearly always manufactured with a steel or aluminium sub frame included.

When the doorset is a factory assembled doorset then the tolerances and all other aspects of the door furniture are all fitted properly and accurately, giving the best overall integrity and strength.

If you order the double skin steel hinged doors and opt for the 3 point security lokcing you will have a very secure set of garage doors. The door leaves have overlapping steel edges, making attempted forcing very hard and combined with the tight tolerances and hook type locking it would take some quite serious tools and some time to gain entry through these doors.


The attraction for most of our hinged garage doors is the purpose made aspect to maximise the aperture size, but also provide the very best installation in the opening with the best overall integrity once fitted.

Our lead times for nearly all our side hinged garage doors are around 4-6 weeks minimum because they are all made to order in every aspect..

We do offer some fast delivery side hinged garage doors which have limited, but very popular colour options and then a range of several standard sizes which mean we can process in the factory faster as they use the same hinges, sub frame and furniture specifications.
These Fast Delivery options will be 7 - 10 working days after confiming your order details. The sizes cover around 90% of single garage openings in the UK with some packing or cladding maybe required if slightly undersized.

The longest delivery times are currently on the Hormann and Composite GRP hinged doors with up to 14 weeks for delivery.

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Like any door, of any kind, the best one is the one which best fits the purpose and performance you require from it..

Side Hinged or 'Swing' type garage doors can offer high levels of performance, but if you don't need any performance then you can look at the more budget friendly pressed single skin steel doors.

If you just need a basic door offering some security and protection from the weather, but also have design options which match your house style or colours, then take a look at the GDO or Garador single skin steel hinged doors.
They offer a simple solution in many different styles and we always recommend you buy the doors with a steel fixing sub frame. This steel sub frame will come prefitted, with all hinges, locks and weatherseals fitted, not only giving you preset tolerances but also the easiest installation on site.
Whilst you don't get any insulation to bother speaking about, you will get a strong and reliable set of hinged garage doors, which you can also order as a 2/3rd and 1/3rd split to provide a pedestrian access door for frequent access on foot..

If you would like some performance in terms of insulation from heat, cold and sound, but also higher levels of security then take a look at our Carteck, GDO, Hormann and Ryterna double skinned steel doors, with a foam core insulation in the panels.
These doors have 40 - 45mm thick insulated door leaves and are available in many stylish design, either modern or tradtional and when you order any of the doors with windows you will be getting double glazed units as standard..
These really are the best side hinged garage doors to buy in terms of overall performance, longevity, durability and value for money. The prices might look high on first glance, but consider there is literally nothing else to buy, the doorset is a complete package with eveyrthing included as well as a guaranteed coloured or woodgrain finish.. On top of all that the doors will arrive all pressembled in factory conditons and ready for the easiest on site installation saving a lot of time and money too..

If you are a traditonal timber lover them simple take a look at our Cedar and Garador timber hinged door ranges offering some standar  d and totally purpose made sizes in many different styles and all offered with the benefits of a factory finish.


Abolutely yes you can...  We can provide bespoke designs in steel and timber in sizes up to around 3000mm wide...

The double skin insulated steel doors we offer can have almost limitless designs created using various window options, all of which can be positioned wherever possible if you want unique designs.
There are also stainless steel design elements along with various stainless steel handle options such as a 1500mm long stainless steel round handle which is now a popular request for mathing front entrance doors.

Take a look at our INSPIRATION PAGE for various designs previously manufactured..

We will continuously introduce prespecified designs to our online shop but if you want something you cannot see then just email or call us on 01926 463888 and speak to us.

For timber side hinged garage doors the same applies and we can get you prices for various hardwood timber options such as Iroko, Idigbo, European Oak, Accoay and Cedar, all in designs to syit your requirements.



There are many advantages in using side hinged garage doors, assuming of course the garage is only a single width size as they are only for garage opening widths up to around 3m wide..

1. Unlike all other types of garage door hinged garage doors open outwards, unless you specifically want them to open inwards. There is no invasionof any parts into the garage itself, apart from maybe the door stays. Just 2 door leaves which swing outwards when operating.

2. Hinged garage doors have very few moving parts and therefore need very little maintenance.


3. Insulated options with great levels of weathersealing achievable by using the right threshold.


4. The very easiest and effortless operation for any person. These doors are ideal for anyone using their garage as another room to the house, rather than a garage. Easy access in and out all day long without having to open a full garage door..

Other excellent advantages include:


Quiet operation - Almost silent operation making them ideal when operating late at night.

Low maintenance - Just a clean for the panels on some models a light oil for the hinges and locking

Large choice of styles and designs - Solid panels which can incorporate many designs

2/3rd and 1/3rd door leaf split providing a pedestrian access door.
Electric operated version is a simple conversion.
Excellent security when specified with additional locking

Insulation for heat, cold and sound with our extensive insulated ranges
No panels touch each other, unlike roller garage doors which roll over and over on the slats causing damage if not kept very clean and maintained.
Great window options enabling the use of full height window options in each panel.


We recommend that if you have a single width garage then you seriously take a look at various side hinged garage door options..


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