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I Live On The Coast – Which Garage Door Should I Choose?


Living on the coast is often seen as a luxury: the mild weather; proximity to the beach; and the beautiful landscapes are seen by many as the ideal plus-points when choosing somewhere to live. However, living on the coast comes with unique challenges too – mostly when it comes to the weather and the environment. These challenges can cause issues with your property, most notably your garage door. As it’s such a large part of your home, ensuring that it’s the right colour, material and opening style for the unique environment you live in is very important. Without considering the following impacts, you may find your garage door to be more trouble and expense than you first thought.

What Colour Is Best For My Garage Door?

The Hörmann LPU L Titan Metallic in Anthracite Grey, the LPU S Panelled Decograin in Golden Oak, and the  LPU M Ribbed Silkgrain in White
The Hörmann LPU L Titan Metallic in Anthracite Grey, the LPU S Panelled Decograin in Golden Oak, and the LPU M Ribbed Silkgrain in White

Life on the coast can be much harsher compared to life in cities, towns and villages which are located inland. The high salt content in the air, the increased moisture and, in some areas such as Cornwall, the higher UV levels can really affect your property in numerous ways. For example, darker areas, such as garage doors or roof tiles which are dark grey, navy or black will soak up a lot more heat from the sun than the lighter coloured areas of your home. These darker areas may deteriorate at a faster rate than if they were coloured white, yellow or ivory. Ultraviolet rays can cause paintwork to fade, peel or crack and therefore causes the need for repairs, renovation and even replacement much sooner than would otherwise be necessary.

When you live on the coast, especially if your home is in an exposed or unshaded area, it’s always wise to choose a lighter colour for your garage door, such as white. This will ensure the sun’s rays will mostly bounce off the surface of the door, rather than being ‘soaked in’ and damaging the paintwork over time.

What Should My Garage Door Be Made Of?

Garador Addlington

The material your garage door is made from can also be affected by the damper, saltier and often sunnier conditions which can be found in coastal areas. Solid timber garage doors, while hugely strong, may not be as resilient as other materials, particularly if the woodstain used is a darker colour. Timber doors have their benefits in coastal environments, as with the correct treatment (using a woodstain rather than a varnish) the wood can still breathe and settle into the prevailing conditions. However, your timber garage door may need to be treated more often than if you lived in a more sheltered, urban area.  The time and expense this requires may build up over time to mean a different type of garage door would be preferable in the first place.

Insulated aluminium garage doors are likely to be the best bet for anyone living very close to the sea, as aluminium will not rust when it comes into contact with moisture, salts and oxygen. Steel garage doors may rust if the paint flakes or peels, or if they are dented or damaged in any way. For this reason, our roller garage door range or our timber up & over doors (with a light-coloured woodstain only) are likely to be more cost effective in the long run.

Which Opening Style Should I Choose?

Man by using remote  opens garage

The way your garage door opens can also dictate the length of its useful service to you if you live in coastal weather conditions. High winds which have built up over long distances (such as over expanses of ocean) can hit coastal areas and cause problems for the typical canopy up & over garage doors. These doors stick out of the garage opening by about a third when they are opened fully. This creates the ‘canopy’ which gives this opening mechanism its name. In many ways, canopy garage doors can be useful, particularly if you want to spend time working in your garage with the door open – it creates a larger area of sheltered, dry space in which to work. When you team this type of door with high winds, however, you may find that the door becomes very hard to open, heavy or hangs lopsided after while. This is because the door is held in place using large springs, which you’ll be able to see on the back of the door. These springs can be stretched or unbalanced by the door being caught by a gust of wind while it is in the open position. Rather than risk high winds damaging your garage door permanently, having one fitted which opens like an up & over door but slides back to fit fully within the garage is preferable. These are called tracked garage doors. To go one better, you can cut out the need for your garage door to swing out of the opening altogether by opting for a roller or sectional garage door instead. These open by moving directly upwards, so the wind cannot ‘catch’ on protruding parts.