Thursday, 11 June 2020

Four garage door paint colours to brighten your house

Trends come and go in garage door design, and painted colour finishes are no exception! Traditionally, garage doors have been supplied in colours such as white or brown, which homeowners have become accustomed to, but with the advent of new more efficient painting technologies, it is possible to paint a wider range of attractive colours at a more cost effective price.

Today, there are a few painted colour finishes that are increasingly popular for garage doors among new build housing developments and refurbishments.

Garador Design Range 200 garage door

Anthracite Grey (RAL 7016)
It’s without doubt, one of the most prominent colour choices for garage doors at the moment. It’s distinctive grey tone complements key building materials, such as painted render, brickwork and wooden cladding, without diminishing its eye-catching presence.

It’s mainstay as one of the most recognisable colours in not only modern garage door design, but also modern home design, has seen it continually specified by architects on new build homes, commercial outlets and city centre developments in recent years, especially where the doors and windows are visually distinctive and standout against white rendered brickwork. One of the greatest advantages to Anthracite Grey (RAL 7016), is that the darker grey tone is more forgiving from a cleaning and maintenance point of view, hiding the dust and dirt which builds up overtime. Brighter colours such as Traffic White (RAL 9016), are more likely to show the dirt.

It’s availability as a colour across so many different building materials, such as entrance doors, windows, cladding and external furniture products, has no doubt helped to boost its popularity, as homeowners can unify their colour palette with matching garage doors, entrance doors and window frames.

An Anthracite Grey (RAL 7016) Design Range 200 garage door has a minimalist design and smooth panel, which is perfect for contemporary architecture, and when supplied with a brushed steel handle, it accentuates the door’s sleek design and makes a great first impression.

Slate Grey (RAL 7015)
Added to the standard colour range for Garador steel up & over garage doors in 2019, Slate Grey (RAL 7015) continues to grow in popularity, with an understated modern tone. It has increasingly been used as a colour for new kitchens and window frames, so the availability of the colour for other core building materials means you can achieve a more cohesive look with a matching garage door, front door and window frames.

As one of the most trendy colours, you are sure to achieve great kerb appeal with Slate Grey and is certainly not a choice of colour you would regret. Not dissimilar to Anthracite Grey (RAL 7016), its darker tone means that from an aesthetic point of view, it requires less maintenance as it doesn’t show any dirt, dust or grime that will no doubt accrue on the surface of the door panel. When combined with slate chipping, darker slabbing and lush green plants in the garden and surrounding environment, Slate Grey really blends in well.

A Slate Grey (RAL 7015) Ascot garage door is great choice for this modern colour, syncing well with the Ascot garage door’s modern design.

Chartwell Green (BS 4800)
Chartwell Green really came to the fore after it was used by former British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, to paint the furniture in his garden at his country house near Westerham in Kent. The name of his country house was “Chartwell” and so the paint uses the same name.

If you’re looking for design inspiration in the exterior and interior design of your home, then Chartwell Green is a superb choice. It’s notably lighter green tone imparts a feeling of tranquillity and mother nature, but also retains a sense of quality that corresponds well with more rustic wooden materials, painted whites and traditional ornaments.

One of its most redeeming features is how it brings a real touch of the countryside to your home. It’s availability as a colour used for window frames, front doors and cladding, has seen it use grow, especially for renovated country homes or traditionally refurbished properties.

A Chartwell Green (BS 4800) Beaumont garage door is an excellent choice, combining classic light green tones with elegant Georgian panel pressings.

Traffic White (RAL 9016)
Last but not least, garage doors painted in white are still an extremely popular choice and some would say a timeless classic as whilst colour fashions come and go, white won’t look out of place on your garage door as the decades roll on. Garador’s Traffic White (RAL 9016) garage doors are no different, no matter whether choosing an up & over, sectional, roller or side-hinged door.

White retains its subtle impact, drawing attention to other aspects of the house such as the structure or design. One of the great things about white is that it works well with wide profile or Georgian style designs of garage door, with the former lending itself better to modern architecture and the latter working well for traditional home design; but the choice of white as a colour delivering the same neutral appearance for each.

A Horizon or Carlton steel garage door in Traffic White (RAL 9016) will work well on almost any property, blending in neatly with garages on semi-detached new builds or detached homes.

Are there other popular colours you’ve seen on garage doors? If so, please let us know in the comments below. Check out the full range of colours across the Garador range, please visit

Friday, 15 May 2020

Hints and tips for installing garage doors safely during COVID-19

More and more garage door installers are returning to work this week. We thought it might be helpful to create a short video with hints and reminders on staying safe from Coronavirus whilst installing garage doors.

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Tuesday, 12 May 2020

GaraRoll roller doors now available in sizes up to 6000mm wide

We have expanded the range of sizes we offer on all GaraRoll roller garage doors. These doors will now be available in a comprehensive range of door sizes all the way up to 6000mm wide, providing additional opportunities to those with requirements for a much wider garage door. For a GaraRoll roller door specified as being 6000mm wide, the maximum height you could have would be 2500mm.

GaraRoll roller door in Jet Black RAL 9005

You can view the full range of roller doors online at

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 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

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

A quick guide to timber effect garage doors

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 people 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 to view the range of timber-effect garage doors on offer.