Thursday 15 December 2022

Have you seen our side-hinged garage door range?

Garador Carlton Side-Hinged Garage Door

Developing a new product has its challenges and so our engineers have been exceptionally busy over the last 36 months or so working on the refinement of our new design of side-hinged garage door. The new design is a significant improvement on its predecessor, with features that enhance the security, user-experience and longevity of the product. There are 19 different door models to choose from, along with a selection of colours and options.

The main principle of the side-hinged garage door has been retained, with a simple, straight-forward design that’s easy to use and two outward-opening door leafs. The door leafs come in either a 50/50 or 70/30 setup, with the latter configuration sometimes preferred for garages where large items like bikes or gardening tools are stored.

Two new door models have been added to the range, the Windsor and the Ascot, which give homeowners the possibility of a more contemporary side-hinged garage door design. Both models come in a variety of standard sizes and a selection of 19 powder-coat paint finishes.

The new and improved design incorporates a lengthy list of features which make for an overall better door. These include:

Enhanced 2-point locking for security.
An upgraded 2-point locking system means that the door is securely closed with two shoot-bolt latches which engage at the top and bottom of the fixed leaf. The shoot-bolt latches are operated by a flip handle, positioned centrally on the outer edge of the fixed door leaf, providing a straightforward way for it to be opened and closed without problems.

Door stays to prevent the door blowing shut during heavy winds.
There are door stays positioned at the top of the garage door frame next to each door leaf, helping to keep the door open and prevent it from blowing closed in blustery conditions.

Gas pistons for a gentle closing motion.
Gas pistons are employed as dampeners, ensuring a smooth, cushioned movement as the door is pulled or pushed to a close. Overall these make for a better user experience and a more controlled, gentle closing motion when operating the door.

Improved rubber seals on the inside of the frame to prevent drafts.
Weatherproof rubber seals are built into the door frame and run along the door stop on both the fixed and leading door leaf to prevent drafts. This feature is further enhanced by the 3-way adjustable hinges, which can be fine-tuned for a smoother door action and tighter close against the rubber seal. An aluminium threshold at the foot of the door also blocks the flow of air that can pass underneath the door.

Wider 75mm frame and concealed hinges for security.
The door is supplied pre-framed for a quick installation process and can be fitted between or behind a brickwork opening. A 75mm wide galvanised steel door frame means the door is strong and stable in its construction and having the hinges concealed inside the frame, means that they are less exposed and susceptible to burglars. From an aesthetic stand point, having hidden hinges is also better as there are no hinge knuckles protruding above the surface of the door; giving a seamless appearance across the door panel and frame.

Increased drive-through width of 64mm
Whilst the side-hinged design of garage door is an excellent solution for accessing stored equipment inside the garage, it is also often used by homeowners for garages where cars are parked inside. So the new range has been engineered with this in mind, providing an increased drive-through width of 64mm to cater for larger vehicles.

The Garador side-hinged garage door continues to be supplied with a black plastic lever handle, which has the often overlooked benefit of being easy to open even when you have your hands full; perfect for garages that are being used to store more cumbersome tools or gardening equipment.

Find out more about Garador’s new side hinged garage doors by calling 01935 443722 or visiting

Tuesday 22 November 2022

We've updated our side-hinged installation details

Updated Garador side hinged garage door installation details








We've updated the fitting instructions for side hinged doors. Concealed hinges are a new feature of our side hinged garage door, instead of the door leaf sitting in-between the opening it now increases the drive through opening by sending the leaf in front of the side frame. The door can be fitted between and behind the opening.

Whilst fitting behind the opening is not recommended, if unavoidable, please see technical information above detailing the minimum tolerance required. Those fitted behind must show 50mm of frame leg so the door can fully open. 

View the price list for further details.

Monday 3 October 2022

A slice of cake for charity

The team at Garador with their baked delights for Garador's Macmillan Coffee Morning

We do like a nice slice of cake at Garador and a spot of coffee too! So we couldn't wait for this year's annual Macmillan Coffee Morning, which we ran last Thursday at Garador head office in Yeovil and all for a really worthwhile cause, Macmillan Cancer Support.

All the cake baking enthusiasts were busy in their kitchens  on Wednesday evening, baking a wide range of tasty cakes and savouries for a special coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer support. The turnout was impressive, with a huge range of both traditional and personally created recipes, from meat and veggie samosas to coffee cake and even Dorset apple cakes! Yum!!!

It's fair to say that the morning was a fabulous success and all of our staff were very generous, donating their time and effort to bake cakes as well as donations for the cake sale.

We also ran a raffle with lots of prizes to help raise further funds for the charity, and so far well over £500 has been raised for the charity. Find out more about Macmillan Cancer Support and the incredible work they do by visiting

Monday 26 September 2022

We had a funtastic time at Yeovil Hospital's Fun 5K

Garador takes part in Yeovil Hospitals' Fun 5K
We had a funtastic time over the weekend, when a few of us went along to take part in Yeovil Hospital's Charity's Fun 5K event!

Garador sponsored the powder paint section of the Fun 5K obstacle race, which is a 5 km race including a number of obstacles competitors had to get through to finish. The organisers had come up with all sorts of brilliant ideas, such as a dark maze, a foam pit, an inflatable tunnel and a slippery slide so it was a real joy to take part. The obstacles were such great fun and overall made it a fantastic experience for our team of runners. The power paint section Garador sponsored involved the competitors being sprayed with various paints as they ran by.

Everyone successfully completing the course receives a medal which was awesome and a great memento for what turned out to be a truly memorable experience. It was great to see such team spirit in what turned out to be a really fun and exciting event.

You can donate to Yeovil Hospital by visiting

Thursday 9 June 2022

A revolution in roller door design

New DuraBelt anti-scratch system for GaraRoll roller doors

The new and improved GaraRoll roller door has been redesigned with a new DuraBelt anti-scratch system and a new smartphone compatible bisecur radio system.

Dust and dirt builds up on the surface of the roller door curtain over time and this can cause abrasion on the paintwork which can lead to scratches and markings. To overcome this issue, we have created DuraBelt, a unique anti-scratch system, designed to reduce scratches and prolong the life of the door curtain. 

New DuraBelt is made from durable and long-lasting material

The belt itself is made from a microcellular polyurethane elastomer, which was developed for us in the automotive industry because of its high abrasion resistance and its ability to withstand temperature related stress. The material also does not easily degrade when exposed to moisture, oil or grease. It provides a protective layer between each lath as it rolls up when the door is opened. 

The actual DuraBelt unit is hidden under the fascia panel and because the material is soft, there is less noise when running and no visible marking on the door curtain. The whole system has been developed exclusively for Garador’s GaraRoll roller doors and will provide continual long-lasting protection.  

New DuraBelt anti scratch system exclusively for GaraRoll roller doors

The new GaraRoll also features a stylish new control panel design and its got a built in Bluetooth receiver as standard, enabling homeowners to control their GaraRoll roller door using their smarphone via the BlueSecur app. The door also comes with two bisecur (868 MHz) hand transmitters as standard, for homeowners who prefer a more traditional remote control.

New GaraRoll control panel with BlueSecur smartphone connectivity

 View the full range of GaraRoll roller doors online at

Tuesday 17 May 2022

Supporting the Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge

We were really pleased support the Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge again this year, by providing our delivery vehicles to help transport bikes back to the start line. The event is held annually to help raise much needed funds for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. It plays such an important role in the local community so we were delighted to offer our support.

Start of the event at 2022 Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge

There was a huge turnout for this year's challenge, held last Sunday 15th May, with hundreds of cyclists of all ages and abilities taking part! All the way from 9 year olds to 79 year olds! As in previous years, there were two cycle routes, a 55 mile ride from Watchet Harbour and an 11 mile ride from Drimpton. It was excellent to see so many keen cyclists taking on the more taxing 55 mile route this year, with the extra money this will raise.

After the event, Garador's delivery vehicles were used to transport bikes back to the start line

This year’s Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge was a huge success and we thoroughly look forward to supporting them again next year. Find our more about Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance by visiting

Thursday 28 April 2022

We're sponsoring the Get Pedalling charity cycle ride



We've been helping to sponsor Yeovil Town Football Club for many years, and this year we are really pleased to be donating a further £1,500 to support the Football Club’s Get Pedalling charity cycle ride which is raising money for the mental health charity ‘Mind’ in memory of former club captain Lee Collins who died last year.

The ride will see cyclists travelling to every one of Lee Collins’ former clubs, a total of 500 miles in a week as they visit clubs as far afield as Northampton, Stafford and Tewkesbury.  The riders will eventually arrive back at Huish Park, Yeovil, on May 7th where they will have tickets to watch a game against Borehamwood and will be invited to do a lap of the pitch at half time.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of when their team won the FA Trophy competition, an exciting moment for the whole town. We supply garage doors throughout the British Isle, but our heart is very much here in Somerset where we have our headquarters and main factory, and doing what we can to support the local community is very important to us.

All moneys raised will be given to Mind which provides advice and support for anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

Monday 11 April 2022

Removal of plastic packaging

Garador's plastic wrapping machine at it's Yeovil manufacturing facility

As part of our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and be kinder to the environment, we have been looking at a number of ways to make Garador products more environmentally friendly. One of the key areas we are looking to make changes is with the packaging of our products, by removing plastic packaging as standard on our up & over garage doors.

The packaging waste regulations are in place to ensure that businesses are responsible for the recovery and recycling of packaging waste in the UK. Whilst we cover our obligation in financial terms, we do see a need to be more responsible in our actions to proactively reduce waste. From April 2022 the UK government will introduce a new Plastic Packaging Tax for businesses which will have an impact on all of us. This should hopefully encourage the reduction in use of plastic, help to tackle plastic packaging waste and provide businesses with the right incentives to recognise the impact on the environment.

Garador will therefore start to phase out plastic wrapping as standard on all up & over garage doors for all orders processed after 1st June 2022. Plastic protection can still be requested as an optional extra as listed in our price list. Please make it clear on all orders if you wish wrapping to be provided.

Please visit our website for further details about our full range of products. 

Friday 8 April 2022

Removal of products from our range

Garador Chevron up & over garage door (Traffic White RAL 9016)

After careful consideration, we have decided to withdraw a small selection of products from our range with effect from 1st June 2022. This will help to streamline our manufacturing process and provide additional capacity for other high volume products.

The discontinued products include specific door models, colours and surface finishes, as detailed below:

  • Chevron steel up & over, side-hinged and garage side doors are now discontinued due to limited demand.
  • Georgian sectional garage doors in timber-effect finish have been discontinued.
  • Sandgrain surface finishes for our Linear Medium and Linear Large sectional garage doors will no longer be available in Terra Brown (RAL 8028) or White Aluminium (RAL 9006).
  • Linear Trio sectional garage door.
 To view the existing Garador product range, please visit

Monday 14 February 2022

We’re Exhibiting at the National Homebuilding and Renovating Show in March

Garador Exhibiting at National Homebuilding and Renovating Show in March 2022


We’re delighted to announce that Garador will be exhibiting at the National Homebuilding and Renovating Show at Birmingham’s NEC this March.

We will be showcasing our newly redesigned side-hinged garage door and new GaraGlide roller door, as well as a selection of other types of garage door. The new Slategrain surface finish for sectional garage doors will also be on show. Visitors will be able to find out about the latest electric operator technology for garage doors, including “smart ready” Series 4 GaraMatic operators which can be fully controlled using Android or iOS smart phones.

We are very much looking forward to displaying our fantastic range of products at this year's Homebuilding and Renovating show. With environmental aspects now high on everyone’s list, we are excited to be exhibiting our FrontGuard entrance doors which are secure and thermally insulated. Along with excellent insulation, these doors complement the designs in Garador’s garage door range, meaning homeowners can choose a matching garage door and front door design from one manufacturer.

It’s going to be great to meet customers in person and our team of experts will be on hand each day to meet with visitors, chat about all the different aspects of garage doors and entrance doors; from choosing the right door for your project all the way through to fitting requirements, sizing and product specification.

The show is taking place at Birmingham’s NEC between March 24th and 27th 2022, so come along and visit the Garador stand B147 in hall 9.

You can request free tickets for the event here:

Thursday 6 January 2022

A new year cheer for homeless charity Crisis

Smartphone camera being used to photograph Garador garage doors

In the run up to Christmas, we worked with our customers to raise money for homeless charity, Crisis. We asked our network of stockists and installers, which stretches throughout the British Isles, to send through shots of their most recent Garador door installations and for each one we posted on Garador's Linkedin and Twitter pages we donated £10 to Crisis.

It was great to see such enthusiasm and such a positive response from customers and thanks to their wonderful generosity, we've managed to raise £300 for the long-established homeless charity.

The pictures sent in offered just a small glimpse of the considerable range of garage doors currently being installed across the country. It was easy to see that our up & over and sectional door models are still very popular, with a selection of photos showing their versatility in terms of designs, sizes, materials and colours. Windows in garages also featured strongly, a trend probably enhanced by people now using garages for storage, exercise and even home offices, as homeowners seek to personalise their door to suit their requirements.

With homelessness continuing to rise in the UK, Crisis perform a vital role in supporting homeless people. They provide education, employment, housing and well-being services and work side-by-side with thousands of people to help them leave behind homelessness. The team at Garador were pleased to support such a worthwhile cause.

Find out more about Crisis and the important work they do by visiting