A Guide to Wooden Garage Doors
When you arrive at home or look out into your garden, your garage is probably one of the first things you see. So it’s important that it looks smart and catches the eye for the right reasons. Perfect for period or traditional homes, wooden garage doors can also bring classic style to a modern property.
At Eastern Garage Doors, we supply and install a wide range of wooden garage doors, but what are the benefits of choosing a timber design?
Built to last
Wood is naturally hardwearing, making it an ideal material for a garage door. With the correct finish and a little care, wooden doors can last for many years. Plus the natural grain of wood hides minor scuffs and scratches well. If re-sanded and refinished every three to five years, your wooden garage door will look as good as new.
Our wooden garage doors can be finished in any colour. Match your garage to your front door and window frames, or make it stand out with a contrasting shade. The choice is yours. And because a wooden garage door can be repainted, you can easily update its colour as and when you like.
Suitable for automation
An automated garage door can make a big difference to your home. They are particularly useful if you find yourself struggling to safely lift a heavy garage door. Or if you park your vehicle inside your garage.
We can adapt our wooden garage doors for motorised operation, making access safer and more convenient. So even the heaviest timber door can be opened with ease.
Security & insulation
The strength of wood gives you added peace of mind that your garage and its contents are secure. Wooden garage doors also benefit from better insulation thanks to the thickness of the timber. This will protect the contents of your garage from the elements. And your garage will be warmer too – perfect if it has been converted into a home office, gym or play room.
Get in touch to find out more about the wooden garage doors we can install, or to arrange your free, no obligation survey.
A Guide to Wooden Garage Doors
It doesn’t matter if your garage is attached to your home or whether it’s an entirely separate entity, it’s of the utmost importance that all possible security measures are undertaken in order to shield your belongings and the rest of your home. It’s vital that your garage is structurally sound, and your garage door is up to the task of operating as your first line of defence. Your current solution may appear adequate, but if the door is ten years or older, a thorough inspection is essential to access whether you need a new door or a repair.
These days, thieves are far savvier than ever before. And while you may think it difficult to break into a garage, these thieves can spot a vulnerability from a mile away, and doors which have not been professionally installed or those with dents and broken frames are prime targets for opportunistic thieves.
How Do Garage Doors Get Broken Into?
There are numerous ways in which a potential thief can gain access to your garage. Older garages are mostly targeted due to their obvious vulnerabilities. However, don’t make the mistake of assuming that new garage doors are completely exempt from break-in attempts (although they are way more secure) it’s still imperative to cover every possible angle.
Older doors normally have only one lock and thieves have been known to drill through them or cut them out altogether – fortunately, advances on newer doors means that this is far more difficult.
The gap where the top portion of the door meets the frame is also a common area of susceptibility. Newer doors are fitted with a bar which protects the area behind the gap, where a crowbar would be all that’s needed to operate the locking system to gain hassle, and noise-free entry.
Roller and sectional garage doors have more protection than most other types of door simply because of their design. One of the only ways to break into a garage with a roller or sectional door is to cut through it, which would obviously be hard-work and very noisy. This is why opportunists are unlikely to target these kinds of garages, so long as they are in good working condition.
Some criminals have been known to use power tools to cut through the panel with the promise of a pay-day on the other side. It is an extreme example, but they’ll always be someone looking to take advantage if you’ve let it be known what you there’s something particularly valuable within the garage.
Ageing garage doors pose a severe security risk to your valuables and your home in general, which is why garage doors are now built with security at the forefront. At Eastern Garage Doors, we have been providing high-quality garage doors in various styles, colours and designs for many years now. We use only tested manufacturers, who have been making, testing and improving garage door security for decades.
Over the years, as methods of garage door break-ins have been reported, our garage doors have evolved significantly to stay in-step with emerging trends.
You’ll find the following security features on any new manual garage door purchased from a reputable dealer:
- Two locks – one of each side of the door.
- The ability to upgrade with two additional locks.
- Strong bars which prevent the locks from being compromised from the outside.
- A strong anti-snap primary lock, which prevents access even if drilled or snapped.
Automatic garage doors have exceedingly secure locking systems which are powered by the door’s motor, which continually keeps the door pushed down until it receives a signal from the remote to open.
Additional Security Measures
Garage Door Defenders – For up-and-over garage doors, a garage door defender is an excellent way to provide substantial, durable and visible security. These are becoming more popular. However, they should be anchored into the ground securely for them to work effectively.
It prevents intruders by halting the outward swing of the door when someone tries to gain access, which means that, even if someone breaks the lock, the door will remain closed. Garage door defenders work in the same way as a steering lock on a vehicle.
When you buy a garage door defender, ensure it can be fixed effectively into the substrate outside the garage door – whether that be concrete, paving or tarmac.
The defender should be fitted just in front of the centre of the door. If you have a double garage door, you may need more than one defender.
Solid Timber Garage Doors – If you are concerned about increasing criminal activity in your area, or there’s an increase in steel garage doors being cut open, then a timber garage door may present the security upgrade you’re looking for.
Motion Lights & CCTV – Garages attached to the main home are the most prevalent, and can be seen on houses up and down the country. If this is the case, then security does need to be a priority as anyone that gains entry to your garage is literally only a door away from yourself, your family and your belongings.
Motion sensor lights and CCTV systems, are a very effective deterrent, particularly to opportunistic thieves and are ideal whether your garage is attached to your home or not.
Alarm Systems – Big advancements have been made with alarm systems over the past few years, and most new kits are wireless, so it’s ideal even if your garage is set a little way from the house. Dummy alarm boxes are commonplace in packs now, so you can affix these to your garage building, which essentially informs potential burglars that an alarm system secures the home.
In most cases, the best security solutions for home and garage will differ from person-to-person, as no two home are exactly alike. If you have any questions about security or any of our other products, then contact us today.
For a free, no obligation survey give us a call on 0800 048 0741, and our team will be happy to advise you on which security considerations would be right for your home and garage.
How Secure Are Your Garage Doors?
Wooden garage doors really are aesthetically pleasing, and here at Eastern Garage Doors we’re happy to advise you on the best ways to maintain them, as it is relatively simple. Like everything doors must also be maintained, and this month we’re here to share our top tips to ensure your wooden doors stay looking great for longer.
Keep Your Door Clean
Using a cloth with hot water and soap will do the trick on both the front and back of your wooden garage door. This will remove any dust or dirt that can make the wood look dull and worn, spruce it up with a quick wipe down. By cleaning your door, re-staining the wood will become a less regular task.
Every other month you will want to check the mechanisms on the door, to ensure that they’re adequately oiled. You will know when your doors need oiling also because they will become stiff and usually make a screeching noise when you open or close them. It’s also important not to over-oil as this can attract the dirt and can affect the performance of the mechanisms.
Re-Sand & Refinish
Re-sanding only needs to be done every 3-5 years, this is a way to get your doors looking just like the first day that they were installed. Enhance its beauty once again, specifically after harsh seasons of beaming sun to heavy snow.
Repaint or Re-Stain
Before doing this job, it requires doing all of the above first to ensure you have a smooth finish.
Repainting or re-staining your wooden garage door will keep it looking fabulous and will shield it from damage. There is nothing wrong with doing this regularly, however if you clean it on a regular basis, this process need not be a scheduled task. Repainting or re-staining can be done every year, or every 2-3 years.
- When you do repaint your wooden garage doors you will want to remove any dust, dirt or peeling paint
- Apply a wood filler to any cracks or blemishes and leave to dry
- Sand down the door
- You will then want to degrease the door with a special cleaning spray and touch up areas of mildew, with a mildew cleaning solution
- Raise the door and let it dry
- Use masking tape to cover handles, walls surrounding the door, windows etc…
- Apply wood primer to the whole of the door and allow to dry
- Apply the paint and overlap the strokes for an even finish
(You may want to apply a few light coats for the best coverage.)
Keep the longer tasks to a minimum when you maintain your wooden garage door regularly. If you see any mildew starting to grow, give it a quick spray and a wipe. If you see that there’s dirt lingering around the mechanisms wipe this away too, and reapply the oil. Check all parts of the door to see that they’re in full working order.
Should your garage door not open or close, or tracking alignment/mechanisms aren’t quite right or you notice extensive repairs that you need help with, then consult a professional.
At Eastern Garage Doors our highly skilled and extensively experienced team are there to provide a friendly and honest service to each and every customer. Which is why we offer no obligation surveys and 10 year quality guarantee on all door surfaces.
If you’re worried about the maintenance of your garage doors or have come across heavy wear and tear – find your local EGD team and an expert will be right with you. Also if you wish to book any other services such as installation, please don’t hesitate, get in touch today!