How Insulated Does a Front Entrance Door Need to Be? - 0

By admin | July 14, 2014

In answer to this question Hormann think it should be as insulated as is physically possible.
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Topics: Aluminium Front Entrance Doors, Architect Advice, Front Entrance Doors

Are Glass Garage Doors Possible? - 0

By admin | June 9, 2014

There are a lot of requests for glass garage doors and in theory yes it is possible but never 100% glass as we can explain
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Topics: Bespoke Garage Doors, Overlap Garage Doors

Which Up and Over Garage Door is Best? - 0

By admin | June 3, 2014

We have discussed this topic now for so many years and yet the answer is still the same today, when it comes to needing a standard steel up and over garage door in a standard UK size there is only one choice still.
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Topics: Garage Door Manufacturers, Up And Over Garage Doors

Woodrite Timber Doors, the Difference is Personnel - 0

By admin | June 3, 2014

What makes a good quality timber garage door?  The answer is down to the quality of timber, quality of construction and very importantly the quality of finishing and treatment.
To have options on the operating gear mechanism is a huge bonus as well.
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Topics: Classic Garage Doors, Timber Garage Doors

Which Sectional Garage Door Do You Buy? - 0

By admin | May 26, 2014

The choice of sectional garage doors available in the UK has never been so great, so which one do you buy?
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Topics: Garage Door Manufacturers, Sectional Garage Doors

Hormann ThermoSafe and ThermoCarbon Doors imminent - 0

By admin | May 26, 2014

The brand new range of aluminium entrance doors from Hormann will be ready for the UK in July this year. ThermoSafe and ThermoCarbon as they are to be called, redefine entrance doors and insulation levels possible.
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Topics: Aluminium Front Entrance Doors, Front Entrance Doors

What Makes a Safe Electric Roller Garage Door? - 0

By admin | March 20, 2014

The DHF have issued a further document to try to clear this question up even further.
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Topics: Garage Door Safety, Roller Garage Doors

The Benefits of Wind Tested Doors - 0

By admin | February 13, 2014

We would hope it has become quite apparent over the last few weeks why you would be wise to only consider a door pre tested to a minimum wind speed standard?
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Topics: Architect Advice, Garage Door Safety, General, Roller Garage Doors

Hormann Entrance Doors Explained in Brief - 0

By admin | January 13, 2014

What are the main differences between the Thermopro steel doors and the aluminium doors from Hormann?
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Topics: Aluminium Front Entrance Doors, Front Entrance Doors, Steel Front Entrance Doors

What Doors are Available Insulated? - 0

By admin | November 29, 2013

The Garage Door Centre has always specialised in insulated garage doors and entrance/side doors and the term ‘insulated’ is often very loosely used in the door industry to describe a product and it is important to measure expectations properly. To get proper levels of useful insulation in any door does require some careful thought as to the installation position and peripheral items to ensure the very best seal within the structural opening. A double skinned panel section may not result in a suitable level of insulation once installed if the installation is not correct.

With Northern Europe going ‘Eco Friendly’ mad the internal garage space and surrounding area is no exception, especially of course when it is an integral garage with either a room above, to the side, or behind it. A lot of heat can be lost from the house with a single skinned steel garage door with no sealing to the sides and bottom during the winter. Apart from this we find ever increasing numbers of householders using their garage for anything but a vehicle. Offices, gymnasiums, games rooms, workshops and just general storage of many higher value items all included.

What Types of Insulated Garage Doors are Available?
There are many different types of mechanisms providing garage doors with medium to high levels of insulation. The 5 main types are set out below with the addition of our hugely successful entrance door range either in aluminium or steel, both offering very high levels of security and insulation with some incredible designs and finishes.

Sectional Garage Doors
Vertically rising insulated steel panels where the panels operate behind a heavily weathersealed framework to provide one of the highest levels of insulation for any of the garage doors currently in the UK. Hormann also now offer a ‘Thermoframe’ kit to further enhance the insulation at the sides and top of the door when closed. The door panels will be generally made from either 20mm or 40-45mm thick double skinned steel sections with a foam central core. Of course by their nature these doors are also very strong and secure, another desireable feature for any door!
Hormann, Garador and Carteck offer the best in insulated domestic sectional doors.

Aluminium Roller Doors
Vertically rising roller doors have some of the same properties as the sectional door with the built in weatherseals in the tracks but the insulation levels cannot ever be as high as each slat is pivoted to the next slat and there are many slats so the installed U value is always going to be comprimised in a roller door. There are some semi commercial insulated roller doors that do offer higher levels of insulation and security too, take a look at the Hormann SB for example as one option.

Round the Corner Doors
2 types of round the corner generally exist, side sectional doors and round the corner doors produced from the same sort of slats as the insulated roller door. The side sectional will have nearly the same levels of insulation as the vertically rising sectional with the weak poinr perhaps being the bottom tracking section where gaps must exist to allow the door to operate. The slatted RTC door will suffer from the same small weaknesses as the roller door but still offer good levels of insulation. See the Hormann HST for insulated side sectional doors.

Side Hinged Doors
A little gem of a garage door system is the Carteck insulated side hinged door range offering 42mm double skinned steel panels with a double rebated leaf and frame with built in seals. This type of traditional door system is particularly appealing to most as it also tackles the pedestrian entrance requirements with ease and also offers the option on some models of a 1/3rd and 2/3rd split rather than a 50/50 split.
Side hinged doors don’t generally spring to mind as an ideal insulated door option but properly specified with a suitable threshold seal system they can be the perfect answer for many garages.

Domina – Trackless Sectional Up and Over
The Domina is a totally unique vertically rising garage door but without any internal tracking at all. The door splits across the middle and one panel will rise to sit neatly underneath the other. The door panels are constructed from double skinned timber or steel panels at 75mm thick with a honeycomb core filling. Rubber seals are fitted all around the door and frame and inbetween the 2 panels offering high levels of insulation combined with the double skinned panels. Take a look at the Domina on our information page >

Front Entrance Doors
We specialise in the superb Hormann Thermopro steel and the TOP Prestige aluminium entrance doors. Both these ranges offer some of the highest levels of insulation of any entrance door available in the UK. With door panel thickness ranging from 46mm to 100mm these doors not only provide excellent heat and sound insulation but are also amongst the most secure.
Thermopro range >      TOP Prestige range >

Topics: Aluminium Roller Shutter Garage Doors, Front Entrance Doors, Insulated Garage Doors, Sectional Garage Doors

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