Nowadays, garage doors are made to be more robust and easy to care for than they ever have been, but this doesn’t mean that you can neglect your door altogether. Even low maintenance garage doors, like galvanised steel up & over versions require some care and attention during their lifetime, which can amount to decades when a garage door is properly cared for. In order to ensure you’re getting the most from your money and that you won’t have to replace your door again for a very long time to come, take a look at our care guidelines below for steel and timber garage doors.
Steel Up & Over or Side Hinged Garage Doors
Galvanised steel up & over garage doors are probably the most common type of garage door in the UK. These garage doors open by being pulled and lifted simultaneously and are made from a single rigid panel.
Steel doors like this are extremely easy to look after and are among the most maintenance-free of all garage doors. New steel doors are painted using a professional powder coating, which means the colour will not fade or peel. After a long period of time, or if the door is situated in direct sunlight or exposed to extremes, then some paint damage may eventually occur. If this happens within warranty then obviously this should be rectified by the company you bought the door from (or the manufacturer), but outside of warranty it’s pretty easy to repaint the door yourself. You’ll need to rub down the existing paintwork, apply primer and paint the door the colour of your choosing.
General maintenance for galvanised steel doors consists of simply wiping the door down with warm soapy water to clear grime and debris. The internal mechanism should be kept clean and free from obstacles, and you should always open the door from the centre, never from the side. Use the handle and lift the door evenly, or it may be pulled off balance, causing it to become heavy and difficult to use.
Timber Up & Over or Side Hinged Garage Doors
Timber doors require more specialist care than other door types, simply because of the material it’s made from. Our timber garage doors are constructed using solid red cedar, which is one of the most versatile and hardwearing woods out there. Red cedar does not warp or rot easily, making it the ideal timber to use for garage doors. It’s tough, strong and looks great, as well as being naturally insulating. Choosing a timber wooden door means choosing longevity – with the correct care, the right timber doors can last a lifetime, so it’s certainly worth the money as long as you’re able to look after the door properly.
As with the steel up & over garage doors, the internal mechanism of your door should be kept clean and free of debris – even if it’s just a couple of autumn leaves. The door itself should be treated with a wood stain every so often. This treatment interval will change depending on the environmental conditions around your door. For instance, if you live near to the coast, or your garage is very exposed (particularly to the sun), then you may need to re-treat your door more often than those who have sheltered garages. The reason why we suggest a stain rather than a varnish wood treatment is due to how it makes the door react. A varnish will create a watertight seal around your door –which is good – but it won’t allow the timber to breathe, meaning that any moisture which is currently trapped in the wood (and there will be some) could cause rot or timber softness. It may also create unattractive staining if it causes mould or mildew.
A wood stain prevents these problems from happening by protecting the door from the elements whilst still allowing it to breathe. This means that small amounts of moisture can freely pass through the wood and be evaporated without the risk of the timber becoming waterlogged.