How many types of garage door are there?
you need doors for a single or double garage, there are a standard
number of styles to choose from and it is generally just the size
that will differ. With double garages, things get a little more
complex, as you have to decide whether you want one door, spanning
the entire width, or two, to break up the façade. The most common
types of doors are:
Often electrical and also known as ‘up and over doors’, these,
like rollers, maximise the amount of usable space inside, once the
door is open. They are also known for being some of the easiest
styles to hang and give a very contemporary look, though you can
select a more rustic material, should you not want the standard
These are similar to retractable doors, but are faceted in a way
that they do not open as one static slab, but instead, properly curl
up, to minimise wasted interior space. They can be made to almost
any size and are extremely cost-effective.
These operate like a roller door, look like a retractable, but
‘fold’ in the middle as you open and close your garage. They are
very suitable for larger garages.
Generally made from wood, these might seem like the simplest style,
but their fitment is rather specialist. Fitting inside the frame,
you need to be sure that you’ve made allowances when you order
hinged doors, otherwise fitting will be very tricky. Many people opt
for glazed panels in hinged doors, to mimic the look of the main
materials are garage doors generally made from?
we’d like to say that anything goes, you need to be thinking about
security, weight and weather resistance, when it comes to selecting
the perfect garage doors. The most frequently chosen materials
a sturdy and stoic finish, wooden doors look best outside a more
traditional home, though modern sleek styles are fast becoming very
popular too. Easy to personalise and carve, wood remains a firm
Heavy-duty and great for security, steel garage doors have long been
popular, but can be a little bit too heavy, if you need an
exceptionally large door.
A modern alternative to heavy steel doors, aluminium will never rust
and is light to operate. You’ll find this is a cost-effective
solution as well and aluminium can be used to make basically any
style of door.
Pretty, light and easy to maintain, fibreglass garage doors were
designed to offer a little more glamour, as they can be moulded into
a variety of very attractive styles, if you’d like to mirror a
decorative front door. These can be very cost-effective too.
Rigid, rugged and easy to finish in a more beautiful and textural
style, vinyl garage doors offer the convenience of fibreglass and
the customisation potential of real wood.
are standard UK garage door sizes?
many people will have a custom garage built, leading to a bespoke door as well, for a more standard
installation, UK garage doors are generally set to the following
8ft for one car: 16ft for two cars.
if there are any building restrictions or difficulties with your
design, this is changeable, but these are the widely accepted UK
much does a garage door cost?
many factors will affect the final cost of any garage door, but if we
start with a really basic, single door, you should be expecting to
pay in the region of £300 as a base minimum. For a double garage,
prices will start at around £500. There really isn’t an upper
limit as to what you can spend, if money is no option, but remember
that these base prices do not include any fitting or fixtures.
to consider when calculating the cost of your potential garage doors
Technology (are the doors electric)
How easy they will be to fit
should install garage doors?
it might seem like a simple task, fitting garage doors properly
really is a job for the professionals.
The amount of precision measuring and the sheer weight of some of the
doors alone means that you don’t want to risk getting things wrong.
Generally, the company that you buy your doors from will offer a
fitting service as well, so be sure to look for reviews and use them
as part of your final decision making process.
you decide to fit your doors yourself, always make sure that your
garage is clear of debris, that you have easy access to the frame and
have all your components and tools laid out, close to hand.