Wednesday, 8 September 2021

Doing our bit to support the Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge

Garador providing transport for cyclists bikes at the 2021 Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge


 

After last year’s event was cancelled because of the pandemic, we were thrilled to hear that the Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge was back on for 2021. Taking place in Dorset and Somerset, the challenge raises funds for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and this year’s event saw hundreds of cyclists riding across both counties for the charity.

The challenge kicked off at 11am on Sunday 5th September with around 600 fund-raising cyclists riding along two routes to the finishing line in West Bay. There was the option of a longer 55 mile route, for more experienced cyclists and a shorter 11 mile route. The 55 mile stretch began in Watchet and ended in West Bay, whilst the 11 mile stretch began in Drimpton and ended in West Bay.

We were delighted to provide transport to ensure all the bikes could be taken back to the starting point after the event. Using our fleet of delivery vehicles, we helped the cyclists get their bikes back to the starting line and our delivery drivers were on hand to help the cyclists get their bikes in the back of each vehicle. The entire thing went off without a hitch and around 600 bikes were successfully delivered to the right places at the right time.

We've been supporting the event since 2014. It’s such an important charity which saves lives, flying those with life-threatening medical emergencies direct to hospital, and so we were more than happy to offer our assistance for this important local charity.

To find out more about Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and the incredible work they do, please visit www.dsairambulance.org.uk

Thursday, 19 August 2021

We came across these vintage garage door adverts...

Garador vintage adverts from 1950s and 1960s

We came across these old Garador adverts recently from the 1950s and 1960s and were quite fascinated by how much things have changed. Garador has a long history of manufacturing garage doors, with the first models rolling off the production line right the way back in 1950 when the original Mk 1 up & over garage door was produced.

Looking back through the archives it’s interesting to see some of the adverts that were produced at the time for printed magazines and newspapers and just how different they are from today. They tell a story of a garage door produced in a different time.

In the 1950s, the garage door market didn’t exist in the same way that we know it today. The sales team at Garador had to convince architects, builders and local authorities that the motor car would become the most prevalent form of transport and that there would be demand for domestic garages, and of course garage doors, to store motor cars. Garador helped lay the groundwork for what is now the modern day garage door market.

By the early 1960s the company had transformed into Great Britain’s leading post-war garage door manufacturer. Early Mk 1 and Mk2 garage doors were manufactured from either steel or aluminium depending on the availability of materials at the time. The Mk 1 was available in just one horizontal swage design; a far cry from today’s extensive choice of over 60 door designs, colour permutations and materials.

The Mk 2, which was launched in the early 1960s was an up & over canopy garage door which utilised a counterbalance weight system. As shown in one of the early Garador print adverts from August 1962, it cost as little as 15 pounds sterling and 10 shillings, showing how much prices have changed with inflation over the years.

In the late 1960s, after extensive testing and development by the engineering team a new model was finally launched in the form of the Mk 3. It was a further improvement on the previous range of Mk 1 and Mk 2 models and it utilised a totally enclosed counterbalance spring system located behind the lintel. The Mk 3 saw a move away from the counterbalance weight system with a steel spring-based lifting gear and a more competitive price of just 14 pounds sterling.

We hope to share with you some more fascinating finds from the Garador archives in the near future, but in the meantime if you want to find out more about the current Garador range head over to www.garador.co.uk or call us on 01935 443722.

Wednesday, 21 July 2021

10 Useful Suggestions for Organising Your Garage

There are numerous ways to utilise the space inside your garage with neat and ingenious storage solutions, allowing you to arrange things in cupboards, racks, work stations, cabinets, bins and hanging from the walls or ceiling area. Making the most of the space inside your garage means you can fit more in or even make room to park your car. Let’s run through some useful suggestions for organising your garage.


1. Shelving System (Standalone and Suspended)

 

Introducing a shelving system into your garage is an excellent way to organise tools, storage boxes or even garden equipment. You can pick up a standalone storage system at your local DIY supplier fairly easily or even fit shelves to the walls of your garage to help make better use of the space inside.

Utilising the space above your garage door tracks, closer to the ceiling is also an excellent way to better utilise the space inside your garage; it will save floor space and provide more room for moving around and parking your car. It’s not always possible to put things on a suspended shelving system, as some garages simply don’t have the roof space. But where they do, putting things in boxes and placing them on a suspended shelving system could help to alleviate spacing shortages in the rest of your garage and it’s an especially practical solution for items which are rarely used such as photo albums, old clothes, suitcases, Christmas decorations or even a surfboard!


2. Tool Rack

A tool rack to help organise your work tools and make them easy to get to, is a superb idea. It helps to keep everything well-organised in one place and in good condition, so your handy collection of tools and gizmos that you’ve accumulated over the years don’t deteriorate. Tool racks often come with a variety of hooks and holders to suit whatever collection of screw drivers, clamps, spanners, Allen keys, hammers, levelling devices and other tools you might have in your kit.

Aside from making your tools easily accessible, wall racks often come in a range of different sizes ideal for fitting on the inside of your garage wall overlooking your work bench. This can really help to make life easier and improve your workflow as you aren’t having to walk around as much to find the right piece of equipment, when you are fixing something or making something on your work bench. You can normally pick one up for around £20-£40 from your local DIY supplier.

 

3. Work Bench

Having a work bench is a must for most garages, as it gives you a designated work space in which to repair electronics, painting and varnishing, build things, potting plants, support cutting equipment, clamping tools in place to prevent them from slipping or just for general DIY. They are such a versatile thing that can be used by people doing DIY to get things done.

Getting a work bench with some built-in drawers, shelves or cabinet storage is certainly an effective way to store tools and equipment. Most modern work benches have lockable cupboards and drawers to keep your possessions secure. Furthermore, it creates additional workspace for just about any hobby; it could even be used by scale model enthusiasts to paint their wares. They often have a really solid, thick worktop that’s perfect for DIY jobs as it won’t move or come unstuck.


4. Bike Rack

For all of the avid cyclists out there, a bike rack is a must have for storing your prized possession inside your garage. It’s an especially practical storage device for the winter months, when road cyclists are less likely to be out and about due to the more unfavourable weather conditions. In addition, it’s also useful for mountain bikes and less high-performance ones used for a leisurely ride.

 

5. Garden Tool Storage Holder

 

If you’ve got an impressive collection of longer garden tools like spades, rakes, forks and brooms then you will know just how tricky it can be to store these items neatly. Their unusual shapes and long handles mean they are often prone to falling over, so a garden tool holder can be a really useful bit of kit to keep them organised. Not to mention the fact that it is an excellent way to keep them safe and secure. Moreover, organising and utilising the space inside your garage a garden tool storage holder will help free up floor space for other stuff and make them easier to get to.


6. Multi-Tape Dispenser and Storage Device

If you are always fixing things with duct tape or just have an assortment of tapes dotted all over the house that are just plain awkward to get and difficult to remember where they are kept then a tape station might just be the thing you’ve always needed but never wanted! Getting all of your tapes organised in one place will no doubt save you time and effort in the long run, and by giving them a specific area you can free up space in another drawer or cupboard somewhere else.


7. Multi-Drawer Cabinet for Screws and Fixings

It’s only small but is incredibly useful for separating out all of your small components such as fuses, screws, washers and fixings and storing them neatly. The small plastic drawers that typically come with these cabinets mean they are easy to access, they keep your items dust free and they’re great dispensers as the screws sit in the drawers quite comfortably. The alternative is a set of wall-mounted plastic bins for storing your fuses, washers and other fixings. No need for drawers with this solution and again it is a very practical way of storing much smaller items. Moreover, as there are no draws you can simply peer into each bin until you find the thing you are looking for.

Either way it’s a much better use of space than old cans or glass jars full of nuts, bolts and washers and above all when you are in the middle of that all-important DIY project; you can locate the correct drawer and just pick out the fixing you need. With all of your screws, fixings and washers neatly organised you’ve no doubt freed up some space in the rest of your garage too.

 

8. Raised Shoe Storage

When your garage is attached to your house, you sometimes store things like walking shoes and wellington boots in there; especially if they are all sandy or muddy after you’ve been out and about walking in the countryside or on the beach. So storing that sort of footwear in the garage is sometimes the thing to do and thankfully there are lots of tried and tested solutions for storing footwear! Trying to organise shoes in the garage is pretty straightforward and you can keep your walking shoes or welly boots off the ground with a shoe rack!  


9. Labelled Tins, Bins or Tubs

There are always things around the house that are difficult to store, maybe they are awkward shapes or just tricky to put away. Childrens toys and footballs more often than not fall into that category, but if you’ve got some bins or tubs to put them in then that can be a pretty tidy way of storing them. Keeping some items at a raised height off the ground also reduces the risk of them being damaged by water.

 

10. Choose the Right Garage Door Type

If you really want to make the most effective use of the space inside your garage, choosing the right type of garage door for your space can also help. A GaraRoll roller garage door for example, doesn’t have any tracks running back into the garage as it rolls into a compact box at the head of the opening, so this type of door can be a much better way to utilise the ceiling space inside your garage.


If you are in the market for a new garage door, check our full range at www.garador.co.uk


Wednesday, 21 April 2021

4 new colours added to sectional garage door range

Garador Linear Large sectional garage door

 

We've just added 4 exciting new colours to our sectional garage door range. These new colours will be available, as part of the standard colour range, across their Georgian and Linear door models. There are currently 16 colours to choose from in the standard colour range, including 4 new colours which have now been added:

  • Basalt Grey (RAL 7012).
  • Quartz Grey (RAL 7039).
  • Slate Grey (RAL 7015).
  • Titan Metallic (CH 703).


The Titan Metallic (CH 703) colour in particular, has minute pearlescent looking flecks which are blended into the paint, adding another dimension to the look and feel of the door which moves beyond having a flat colour finish.

On top of these four new colours, Anthracite Metallic (Noir 2100 Sable) has also been added as non-standard colour on sectional garage doors too.

The new colours have been carefully chosen to provide an even wider choice of ones that are more popular for builders, homeowners and specifiers. Plus, if you have a real desire to have your sectional garage door in a colour not in the standard range they can also paint the door in almost any RAL colour.

This extensive selection of colours gives the customer plenty of options when trying to find something that looks great on a property.

Ruby Red (RAL 3003), Steel Blue (RAL 5011), Pigeon Blue (RAL 5014), Ochre Brown (RAL 8001) and Clay Brown (RAL 8003) have been removed from the standard colour range for sectional garage doors, but are available to order as a non-standard colour.

To find out more about Garador’s sectional garage doors and the full range of colours available, please visit www.garador.co.uk

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

We've implemented 5S projects to help improve our production environment

Garador's Martin Best and David Burton inspect the production facility on a Gemba Walk

As part of a programme to improve the production environment and working processes more generally at Garador we’ve implemented a 5S programme over the last few years. Put simply, 5S is a workplace organisation method developed in Japan that helps to reduce manufacturing waste and optimise productivity. There are five phases: Sort, set in order, shine, standardise and sustain.

Garage doors are systematically manufactured on a large scale at Garador’s production facility in Yeovil, with raw materials entering at one end of the factory and finished products leaving at the other end. The plant is organised into key areas, each of which performs an important part of the production process, from cold-pressing sheets of steel to painting the garage doors. So it has been crucial to get each area organised and optimised.

On the framing lines, for example, there are clearly defined positions for every screw, fixing, washer and component so optimal throughput is achieved. A phrase that is often thrown around is “A place for everything and everything in its place” which ties into the strategy to create and maintain a clean, organised environment for production. We’ve also used the Kanban system as a method for visualising the workflow of a particular part of our manufacturing process, to better understand the actual work that passes through that process. This has enabled the production team to only produce what they need, when they need it.

David Burton examines items in the red tag area at Garador's Yeovil production facility


Keeping the plant clean and tidy at all times is a must, as if left unchecked; lots of unnecessary clutter can accumulate across the factory. To help with this, a red-tagging system has been introduced, where just about anything from pieces of equipment through to pallets of components, are tagged, registered and put in a special “red tag” area until a decision is made with what to do with them. This keeps things neat and tidy.

Making sure all of the 5S improvements are maintained for the long-term is important as it means that things won’t fall apart gradually overtime. To sustain the changes, the areas that have been improved will undergo a weekly audit, 5S projects will be reviewed every 6 months, and regular “Gemba Walks” will help to observe what’s happening day to day.

If you want to learn more about our range of garage doors, have a browse through our website by visiting www.garador.co.uk

Monday, 22 March 2021

Have you seen our new wireless optical sensor for GaraGlide?

Wireless optical sensor for GaraGlide

 

The GaraGlide is now available with a wireless optical sensor as an option. You can therefore now choose between a wired or wireless optical sensor for this roller door. The wireless optical sensor is built into the floor seal and utilises light beam technology, so if there is an obstruction in the way of the door curtain’s downward path, when the light beam is broken the door curtain will stop.

The new wireless optical sensor means there is no spiral cable required to connect the safety edge to the separate control panel housing. Batteries are required for this new device. This new feature provides the same reliable level of protection as the wired version and recognises when there is an obstacle in the door’s path.

Find out more about Garador’s GaraGlide roller door by visiting www.garador.co.uk

Thursday, 25 February 2021

Garador Sponsors Yeovil Town Football Club

Football player for Yeovil Town Football Clubs

We're delighted to have been sponsoring Yeovil Town Football Club again as a Primary Partner in 2020-21. They've had a really strong performance over the last few months and we're optimistic for a promotion in May. They are the highest ranked football team in Somerset, with an amazing history and excellent FA Cup pedigree.

Yeovil Town Football Club currently plays in the Vanarama National League and a continued strong performance could see them gain promotion to the English Football League in 2021 - 2022. The team have had a solid run of results and are in a good league position to build towards promotion when the season ends.

We will be watching their results, over the coming months, with extra enthusiasm and we hope our sponsorship deal will contribute towards another really successful season for the club’s talented players.

Check out the Yeovil Town Football Club website for more details about the club, the team and forthcoming matches www.ytfc.net