7 Things to Watch out for When Ordering Garage Doors on the Internet - 0

By Shannon Challis | November 29, 2017

There’s nothing you can’t buy on the internet today, but garage doors are an investment for your home, so it is of great importance that you are careful when buying them online. Not only should you be careful in selecting which company you are dealing with, you also need to know exactly what you will be receiving and working with the right information.

Here, we’ve compiled a list of the top things to look out for…

  1. Be aware of overly cheap electric roller shutter doors – you don’t want to be regretting your purchase when the door fails from component failure!

Roller shutter garage doors can all appear to be similar when looking at a photograph in a brochure or online, but it must be remembered that there are numerous small moving components that, if sold cheaply, have been constructed cheaply, meaning it will not long last at all.

Make sure you know the reasons why a product may be being sold at a cheaper price so you are able to make an informed decision regarding the roller shutter’s price and components that are suitable for you.


  1. When dealing and buying from any website, ensure that you always check their address, and that one is actually there… if not, there must be something to hide!

No address? Do not deal! This lack of identity should immediately be a warning to you, as a consumer, and make you question the trust this leaves you with the company. Who will your warranty be with, are they a certified dealer for the product you are buying?

Many companies make huge claims about how long they have been trading, family firm for hundreds of years and so on but quite often it is just made up. Dig deeper and find out for sure.


  1. Watch out for eBay offers… they are never quite as they seem unless there is a specific offer for a unique branded product that is in stock and as described with a fixed price.

Many door products sold on Ebay are not quite what they seem once you drill right down into the exact details, they may fall short on specification which is why they appear cheaper than similar offers online


  1. Very low priced timber garage doors are cheap for one reason only: the timber used is a low quality softwood with excessive knots and a high risk of splitting, meaning it warps and cracks apart quickly.

If you ensure you are investing in a timber door that has had the necessary treatments applied to it and is a good quality species of timber, its durability against weathering and general operations will be considerably greater.

A properly manufactured timber door will last as long as any other material if looked after and sourced correctly in the first place.


  1. Make sure you get the right sizes – many sizes do not necessarily refer to the sizes you think they do!

Many garage doors have factory fitted sub frames and these may or may not be included in the ordering sizes. If you’re unsure, it is always best to ring the company and enquire for assistance – if this service is unavailable, it is again necessary to question their legitimacy and intentions.

Does the person on the other end of the phone truly know their facts?


  1. Get the specification you need as some required parts may not be able to be retrofitted. If in doubt, call the company and discuss the specification to ensure it does what you need it to do with suitable emergency overrides and the like included.

Getting the right product is one thing but getting the right accessories to go with it and make it suitable for the use and environment is another.


  1. Whenever possible, always pay for a factory finishing on timber door as it will be far cheaper than trying to paint or stain the timber door yourself, as well as it giving a better warranty in most cases.

After all, you don’t want your garage door to end up looking like this!

Topics: Decoration and Treatment of Garage Doors, General, General Advice, Roller Shutter Garage Doors, Timber Garage Doors

The Most Secure Types of Garage Doors - 0

By Nathan Dove | August 26, 2017

Security is still one of the most requested features when anyone is looking for a replacement garage door. We live in an age unfortunately where police resources are inadequate and people understand more that the prevention of a casual break in to their home or garage needs more attention than before. Any weakness in your perimeter fencing, windows or doors is an opportunity more likely to be taken up than ever before.
There are many claims about security but in most cases it is still pure common sense which shows the best types of garage doors to give the longest resistance to any kind of attempted break in. To prevent the very casual thief then the most obvious advice is to keep your garage door closed and locked as much as possible. In light of this a remote control automatic door is always more likely to be kept closed because it is so easy to do so by simply pressing a button or putting in a code as well as other control devices. Indeed many modern remote control operators now offer the function of auto closing with adjustable time settings so you never have to actually remember if you have or haven’t closed the door as it will close itself.
Another great new function available from a few of the largest specialist manufacturers are smart phone apps which give you control of your garage door from remote locations with 2 way transmission of data to enable the door to tell you it is closed, open or half way. All great is you like that sort of technology but many people do not, so what are the best garage doors for security in manual or automatic specifications?

A good quality double skinned aluminium roller garage door can be very secure. Something like the SWS Seceuroglide Excel offers a level 1 ‘secured by design’ rating with a certification recognised by the LPCB. The standard Seceuroglide Classic door is already a very secure roller door with its patented device to hold the roller door curtain firmly down when closed unlike most others but other features such as the webbing used to keep the curtain slats together also makes breaking through the curtain a lot harder than standard roller doors. The quality and strength of the side channels is another factor along with the control board for the remote control system also having the latest technology to foil attempts at operation without the original transmitters. The Securoglide Excel has enhanced sections where forced attempts would be made and as a total package this has enabled the door to gain the security rating it has and all for around £100 more than the standard door!!

The double skinned sectional overhead door is another great example of a garage door which has excellent security simply by the design of the door panels and the way the door operates with a minimum of 5 heavy duty roller either side, encapsulated into steel channels. The fact the sectional door is usually installed behind the brickwork opening means that all the potential places for forcing are not accessible and combined with an electric operator and no manual handle set this can be a very difficult door indeed to even begin to work out how to break through. Security ratings again are possible with for example the Hormann LPU 42 range when fitted with the Hormann BI Secur electric operator systems.

Side hinged garage doors are a type of door The Garage Door Centre has seen a resurgence in demand for over the last few years. The convenience of easy operation and easy access through one of the doors as a pedestrian, along with the lack of internal mechanism required is the biggest attraction for most. However the latest models of double skinned steel insulated side hinged doors offer great levels of security with optional security packages available to make forced entry almost impossible. Look to the Carteck, Ryterna and Hormann Steel double skinned side hinged doors for this kind of door. Good, solid panels offering the security but also higher levels of weather protection and some insulation for your garage too.

Several specialist garage doors are available for those looking for security, doors such as the Delta Overlap with its integral locking mechanism and strong panel design. The Garador steel up and over ‘Guardian’ doors offer a level 1 rating for security with enhanced steel struts on the door panel and steel plates protecting key point of attack.
Silvelox, an Italian manufacturer of counter balance operated up and over doors offer a security rating which basically steel plates the already very thick door panel to gain a high level certification of security albeit a European standard.

To conclude if you do have an older type up and over garage door or even old side hinged door the chances are the effort required to break in will be minimal. The oldest types of steel up and over doors have terrible locking facilities for a start but the panel design also means it is very easy to peel them open like a can of beans and even quite quietly too. Although you can add some security devices as an after market purchase many of them are simply like putting a padlock on a paper bag. The basic product itself having no strength will not be enhanced by locking it in one point only.

The Garage Door Centre also offers a wide range of steel security pedestrian doors to go along with the garage door, either for the actual garage itself or to secure access between the garage and you home. We also offer a full and comprehensive range of security grilles and shutters alongside out sister company Samson Doors. All these products are on display at our 2 showroom facility in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire.

For expert advice on garage door security please email or call us direct on 01933 229135.

Topics: Garage Doors for Security, Security

Glass Garage Doors, are they Possible? - 0

By Nathan Dove | August 4, 2017

There is an increasing demand for ‘glass garage doors’, and now it is possible to have either real glass or the more traditional acrylic panes as used for many years.
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Topics: Bespoke Garage Doors, Overlap Garage Doors

A Guide to Buying Side Hinged Garage Doors - 0

By Nathan Dove | June 13, 2017

Tips on Buying Side Hinged Garage Doors and Personnel Doors…
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Topics: Pedestrian Access Garage Doors, Side Hinged Garage Doors

Hormann Hinged Door Range – The Biggest? - 0

By Nathan Dove | May 12, 2017

Hormann are very well known in the UK and across the world for their garage doors, as well as for their industrial doors in the commercial world. Their biggest range of doors, however, is quite probably their range of hinged pedestrian doors, providing access, insulation and security.

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Several years ago, Hormann launched their range of ThermoPro Front Entrance Doors, followed by the release of their top-end aluminium entrance doors, which offer the ability to match your garage door with your front entrance door. The latter range of doors is somewhat smaller, but offers a mid-to-high range of specification, with a price to match. The ThermoPro range of doors is now well established in the UK market, and offers a selection of steel insulated doors with very high security and insulation qualities, as well as features including a super-low (10mm-15mm) threshold, triple glazing and (optional) electric opening functionality. The designs available cover traditional styles, but also offer contemporary and modern looks, all in a range of colours.

Hormann’s aluminium range was relaunched last year, now including a large range of ThermoSafe, ThermoCarbon, and TOP Comfort bespoke doors. These ranges offer the highest levels of door performance, with some doors delivering astounding thermal values as low as 0.47W/(m2K)! These doors are able to be tailored to your exact specifications, with bespoke colours, glazing, locking, hinges, handles, side elements and so on.

ThermoComp doors were also fully launched earlier this year, offering a range of composite doors. These high-quality offerings are all bespoke in sizing, with a full arsenal of accessories, side and top elements available to help create the perfect front entrance door.

Whilst this may seem like a large number of doors already, there’s more! Hormann offer a range of domestic side doors, perfect for garage side entrance doors, available in single or double skin steel for different applications. These doors have also been designed to match the designs of the garage doors Hormann offer, allowing you to create visual  consistency on your garage and property.

There are also individual doors designed purely for domestic use; the KSI Thermo, the MZ Thermo, the H3D. There is also a fire-rated door for use between a house and a garage called the H8-5, and a security rated version, WAT. Further into the home, there is the ZK range, offering internal steel doorsets with attractive colour and woodgrain finishes.

Hormann have recently launched a range of internal timber doorsets, which are poised to take the market by storm. The key word here is ‘sets’, as the doors come fully finished with a ready-to-fit sub frame and architrave set, along with all the appropriate furniture and locking. Rather than simply buying the door leaf, this set delivers the full package for installing a door and closing off a door opening. The range of doors, BaseLine, ConceptLine, GlassLine and DesignLine, will provide a vast range of traditional and modern internal timber doors, suited for any home. From solid timber to almost-completely glass doors, this range promises exciting new designs and finishes for internal doors.

This just about covers the huge selection of hinged pedestrian doors that Hormann offer, but only for domestic applications. Commercial and industrial doors are also available, but that is a far bigger story, best saved for another day.

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Topics: Up And Over Garage Doors

What Bespoke Garage Doors are Available? (Update) - 0

By Nathan Dove | December 3, 2016

Many garage door companies manufacture bespoke sized garage doors but only a few offer a totally bespoke service for design , mechanism, and other unique features…

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Topics: Bespoke Garage Doors

Side Hinged Garage Doors - 0

By Nathan Dove | December 2, 2016

Side hinged doors are becoming increasingly popular again as fewer people are garaging their cars these days. Traditionally side hinged doors were only available in classic timber designs. However, these days there are a lot more choice in both designs and materials used for construction, we still have the traditional timber designs available in quality timbers like Western Red Cedar, Accoya and Idigbo (a hardwood very similar in appearance to Oak) but also have now many single and double skinned steel designs. For those of you wanting high levels of insulation we offer a wide range of double skinned foam filled hinged doorsets in a massive range of painted or woodgrain laminate finishes, all purpose made for a perfect fit. Matching pedestrian side doors are also available for these door designs and finishes.

For the wider range of timber doors now available these can be supplied base-coated ready for onsite staining or factory stained in a range of colour shades. Alternatively if you would like to have the doors finished in a paint finish you have two options – the factory can prepare the doors in a primer suitable for onsite decoration or alternatively factory paint the doors in an RAL or BS colour of your choosing. Accoya is then worth a look, as a factory finish Accoya door carries a 10 year warranty on the finish, previously unheard of for timber products with none of the problems of “bleeding through” associated with Western Red Cedar.
Accoya is more expensive than traditional timber species but the longevity and stability Accoya will more than make up for the associated cost and provide doors that last.
 Accoya® is a new type of timber that Woodrite Doors have introduced in the form of the Thetford range. Accoya® uses a “super-technology” treatment process that acetylates the wood making it incredibly stable and able to outperform most hardwoods.
The timber used is sustainably sourced Radiata Pine. It makes a beautiful base for staining that is so inert we can offer a ten-year warranty on finish – unheard of for a timber garage door! It’s perfect for painting too, with no tannins or resins to leach through.
There are lots of designs to choose from in timber, plywood with solid timber detailing, solid timber vertical tongue and groove or raised and fielded panels. All of these construction methods are available with and without glazing.

If you are after the natural solid feel a high quality pair of timber side hinged doors are hard to beat and The Garage Door Centre has the widest range anywhere in the UK.

Topics: Bespoke Garage Doors, Side Hinged Garage Doors, Timber Garage Doors

Security Garage Doors and Entrance Doors - 0

By Nathan Dove | November 19, 2015

Samson Doors offer many types of specialist garage doors and front entrance doors, and we have several with tested security ratings for the now often required ‘secured by design’ rating.
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Topics: Front Entrance Doors, Garage Doors for Security

The Benefits of a Secure Pedestrian Garage Side Door - 0

By Nathan Dove | January 14, 2015

We sell hundreds of various types of garage doors all year round and yet little attention is paid to any other access door into the garage but there are many options available

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Topics: Pedestrian Access Garage Doors

What is an Overlap Trackless Garage Door? - 0

By Nathan Dove | October 27, 2014

Relatively new still to the UK this is, in theory the answer to many peoples problems in one garage door type giving all the benefits required.
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Topics: Overlap Garage Doors

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