Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Garador Withdraws from the National Homebuilding and Renovating Show

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Garador has now withdrawn from the National Homebuilding and Renovating Show (9th-12th July, 2020) at the NEC in Birmingham. We will be returning for next year's show in March 2021. Watch this space for more updates closer to the time

Monday, 17 February 2020

We're exhibiting at the 2020 Homebuilding and Renovating Show

We're delighted to announce that we are exhibiting at this year's Homebuilding and Renovating Show at the NEC in Birmingham. Visit us on stand D131. The show runs 26th - 29th March 2020 and we've got free tickets to giveaway to anyone that wants to come along!

Free tickets for Homebuilding and Renovating Show at the NEC in Birmingham

If you're thinking about replacing your existing garage door or perhaps you are in the middle of a major renovation project and you're looking for a new garage door, then its well worthwhile coming along to visit us at the show, as we will be showcasing the full range of Garador garage doors. We've also got a selection of matching FrontGuard entrance doors on display, all with outstanding security and thermal efficiency. Plus, we'll be showing off the new smarthome ready Series 4 GaraMatic operators, ideal for controlling your garage door via your smartphone.

Request your FREE tickets online here or head over to www.garador.co.uk to browse the full range.

Friday, 17 January 2020

New Series 4 GaraMatic Operators

GaraMatic 10 electric operator

We've just launched a new generation of GaraMatic electric operators, specially designed to operate your garage door using your smartphone or smart home system. The new range of GaraMatic operators have been designed to provide years of reliable service and the convenience of opening your garage door at the touch of a button.

This new "Series 4" generation consists of three models:

  • GaraMatic 9 (optional Bluetooth receiver).
  • GaraMatic 10 (integrated Bluetooth receiver).
  • GaraMatic 20 (integrated Bluetooth receiver).

Key Features

Features Table for GaraMatic Series 4 Operators

Each of the new Series 4 models have a sleek new operator design and matching 4-button hand transmitters, to complete the package. All designs retain automatic safety reversal and 868 MHz bi-directional radio technology. They also come with energy efficient LED lighting and a power saving mode which uses less than 1 watt of electricity, both potentially contributing to reduced energy bills over time.

Furthermore, the GaraMatic 20 indicates the direction of door movement by a slow LED strobe effect. All operators have faster opening times, with the GaraMatic 9 pushing and pulling the door at a maximum of 20cm per second, whilst the GaraMatic 10 and GaraMatic 20 pushes and pulls the door at a maximum of 25cm per second.

New BlueSecur App

Garador BlueSecur App

The GaraMatic 10 and GaraMatic 20 come with a Bluetooth receiver as standard, making it possible for homeowners to control their garage door using Garador’s BlueSecur app. An optional Bluetooth receiver is also available for the GaraMatic 9. The BlueSecur app is available on Android and ios smartphones and has the following features:

  • Control your GaraMatic operator from your smartphone (open/ close, light and partial opening function).
  • Easy transmission of permanent and limited authorisations (user keys).
  • Push notifications when receivers come in to range.
  • Free download from App Store or via Google Play.

In addition to the bluetooth receiver, all the new Series 4 operators have an HCP interface for connecting accessories and smarthome systems such as the Google Home Hub and Amazon Alexa.

Each of the new Series 4 models have a sleek new operator design and matching 4-button hand transmitters, to complete the package. All designs retain automatic safety reversal and 868 MHz bi-directional radio technology. All new operators come with energy efficient LED lighting and a power saving mode which uses less than 1 watt of electricity, both potentially contributing to reduced energy bills over time.

To view the new range of GaraMatic operators, please visit www.garador.co.uk

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Timber effect garage doors - a quick guide

Timber effect garage doors come in lots of different materials, often with incredibly realistic colours and surface finishes that imitate a woodgrain texture. So its unsurprising that homeowners often choose a GRP or steel timber effect product, over a natural timber garage door. Today we are going to look at some of the most important factors to consider when deciding between a timber and timber effect garage door.

Garador Sherwood in Golden Oak

Colour and surface finishes
So there are essentially two alternatives to a timber garage door: GRP and Steel. For the former, there are a comprehensive selection of colour finishes, which include traditional appearances that wood stains provide such as Mahogany or Light Oak, but there are also more modern colours such as Anthracite Grey available as well. You may ask, why would I want a timber effect door in Anthracite Grey, well you still get the woodgrain appearance with a texture surface finish that shows the grain of the wood as well as the appearance of joins between what would be individual pieces of wood. At present, there are 18 colour finishes to choose from for GRP.

Steel timber effect doors are supplied in two colours (Golden Oak and Rosewood) and two designs (Wentwood and Sherwood). The modern wide-profiled design is ideally suited to more modern architecture and complements existing wooden features. The foil-coated steel has a fine woodgrain texture that not only looks realistic, but has a woodgrain feel to it as well.

Perhaps the most overlooked benefit of choosing a timber garage door is its natural appearance. Garador timber doors are produced from solid red cedar (or solid red cedar and marine grade plywood for the Elizabethan range) and so each piece of wood is unique with knots and a woodgrain texture that can't easily be replicated.

Maintenance and Longevity
When it comes to the maintenance and longevity of your garage door, it's arguable that you could get some real mileage out of a real timber garage door. Doors constructed from solid red cedar have a very long service life and contain natural preservatives that help to protect the wood from temperature related stresses, which could result in cracking or warping.

But if you are going down the steel or grp route, then its worth noting that GRP doors are especially durable, as the door panel itself won't rust and they won't warp or shrink like real wood. It could be argued that both the steel and GRP door styles require less maintenance as they don't require regular staining or treatment, just the occasional wash down with some water and detegent.

For those on a limited budget, then a timber-effect garage door offers a significant cost-advantage over a garage door constructed from real wood. Garador's steel timber-effect up & over garage doors involve a foil-coat being applied to the surface of the steel for a realistic appearance and durable surface that will last well. The two door models are the Sherwood and Wentwood, with the latter having a vertical wide profile design and the former having a horizontal wide profile design and both designs coming in either a Rosewood or Golden Oak finish.

Visit www.garador.co.uk to view the range of timber-effect garage doors on offer.

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Garador raises £200 for Macmillan Cancer Support

Our annual Macmillan coffee morning that actually ended up being 2 days of baked goodness, raised a fantastic £200 for the charity. An incredible amount of effort went into making the event a success, from baking the goodies to helping set up the event. There were over 20 different styles of cake and savoury! Some highlights were Emma's Maltesar cake, which looked amazing, and Sarah's coffee cake, which tickled some taste buds. We'd like to say a huge thankyou to everyone involved and for supporting such a great charity.

Monday, 30 September 2019

Wentwood and Sherwood Double Door Sizes Discontinued

With limited requirements for Wentwood and Shewood doors in double door sizes, in the current UK garage door market, and difficulties with manufacturing these models on larger sizes, we have decided to withdraw them from the Garador range with immediate effect.

The single door sizes for Wentwood and Sherwood doors, up to 2439mm x 2136mm, will still be available.

To view the full range of garage doors online, please visit www.garador.co.uk

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Titan Metallic (CH 703) Colour Discontinued on Design Range Up & Over Garage Doors

Due to limited demand and disruption to production, the Titan Metallic (CH 703) colour option on Design Range steel Up & Over garage doors is being withdrawn from the Garador range with immediate effect. The Garador Price List, Up & Over brochure and Range brochure will be updated in due course.

Titan Metallic will however still be available on steel sectional garage doors as a non-standard colour option.

Please get in touch with the customer service team on 01935 443722 if you have any questions.