Tuesday, 1 September 2020

We've invested in a new industrial paint plant


As part of a comprehensive investment programme, we've been working to upgrade our production machinery. Our new industrial paint plant, complete with robotic arms, is state of the art. It is more efficient and delivers improved paint coverage. We believe that this investment is well placed to ensure that we meet our customer's expectations of a high quality paint finish on all of our garage doors.

The range of colours we offer is extensive and with 19 colour options to choose from on our steel up & over garage doors, we are confident there is something to suit all tastes and requirements. These colours include subtle shades, such as the mid-century modern inspired neutral tones of Anthracite Grey (RAL 7016) and Slate Grey (RAL 7015). 

The new industrial paint plant also utilises an after filter to reclaim and recycle the excess paint that isn't applied to the door, so that it can be used again. It's an efficient design that eliminates any unnecessary paint waste, but still delivers a superb paint finish.

View the full range of garage doors that we offer at www.garador.co.uk

Tuesday, 14 July 2020

6 Alternative uses for the space inside your garage

6 alternative uses for the space inside your garage



When you think of your garage, you probably think of a place that’s used for storing boxes or parking your car, but it can be used for so much more! It’s more often than not the case that we put things in our garage that we don’t use but simply can’t bear to part with. But it’s also a great space to use for leisure activities or hobbies and with modern insulated garage doors, like Garador’s sectional garage doors, you can create an environment that’s warm and dry.

With space often at a premium inside modern properties, taking advantage of the space inside your garage could be an excellent way to branch out and make better use of your property. In this blog post we’ll look at alternative uses for the space inside your garage, by transforming it into home offices, gym or even a home-based recording studio!

With that in mind, let’s explore a few different options:


1. Home Office

If you run a business without commercial premises or a large team, it would no doubt be helpful to have a space to organise your finances and generally manage your business. By utilising the space inside your garage as an office for your business, you can take steps to separate your work and home life by having a designated space as the location where you work from.

Establishing clear boundaries can certainly help to draw a clear line between when you are at home relaxing and when you are at home working. By investing in an insulated garage door, you could potentially still keep the space as a garage, but maintain an environment that is dry and doesn’t have any drafts blowing through, so you can comfortably do what you need to do when working. This is ideal for a tradesperson such as an electrician, plumber or carpenter who might prefer to also keep the garage, and use it as a dual work space.

Garage doors with windows in the top half of the design are conducive for a more pleasant working environment, letting natural light inside to make the room more illuminated.


2. Home Gym

Signing up for a gym membership is the easy part, but sticking with it is often a bit more challenging! By bringing the gym closer to home (or in this case, actually inside your garage) you make it that much easier to keep up with your exercise routine. But finding the space inside the main house can be tricky… but converting your garage to a home gym with all of the weights and exercise machines you prefer is a great option.

It’s a good idea to make sure that the garage is well ventilated if a home gym is something you are considering, as working out in an enclosed environment could make temperatures run high. But if you fit a Garador sectional garage door with an operator you can choose the ventilation setting, so that the garage door is partially open to let a nice cool breeze flow through the garage.


3. Home recording studio

If you are a keen musician or play in a band, then converting your garage space so you can practice or record music is an excellent idea. By bringing the whole studio into the garage, you would potentially have space for instruments like guitars and drums, and recording equipment such as microphones, a mixing desk and of course a personal computer.

Of course, if you are practising with a band then using the garage as a rehearsal area could upset the neighbours, but you could always build in some soundproofing measures to keep the noise to a minimum.


4. Car storage

When you want to store you pride enjoy away from the dust, dirt, wind and rain, there’s no better solution than your garage. By choosing a garage door that’s well-insulated and features rubber seals, such as the GaraRoll roller door, you can help create a clean, dry environment to park your car. Organising the existing space inside the garage with a shelving system means you don’t have to get rid of any bits that you’ve been storing in there but can instead just shuffle things around. Racks and holders on the walls or ceiling are an ideal way to store sports items such as skateboards and surfboards.


5. Games room

A games room needn’t be limited to computer games. Sure you could setup your Xbox or Playstation in the garage along with a sofa, some chairs, a giant 4k television, a cupboard for snacks and of course a fridge for drinks… but why stop there? If you’ve got the space you could also embrace all of the things your friends would enjoy popping over to play, such as a table tennis setup, table football, a darts board or even a pool table to play with your friends and really make the place feel like home. With a decent garage door fitted, you could make the garage warm and dry in winter, but also cool and airy in summer with the garage door open. The ideal choice would be a 42mm Garador sectional garage door.

Whilst this choice of hobbies and furniture might not appeal to everyone, you could always use the space in your garage as a place to relax and pursue other activities, perhaps with some books or an art easel and paints… the choice really is yours.


6. Workshop

Bringing some order to the chaos can completely transform a space, and if your garage has become a dumping ground for boxes, old clothes, unwanted toys and just about everything else you can think of then perhaps it’s time for a rethink? If you enjoy woodworking or fixing things, then converting your garage into a workshop could be perfect… getting rid of all your old stuff and bringing order to the chaos. You could buy a workstation to build stuff, a racking system to store tools and machines on the wall and a portable cabinet in case you want to work outside. Making a disorganised room more organised also has the added benefit of making you feel better!

Find out more about Garador’s collection of garage doors, by visiting the Garador website at www.garador.co.uk

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 www.garador.co.uk

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.



Check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/garador and view the full range of garage doors online at www.garador.co.uk

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 www.garador.co.uk

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