Quality Side Hinged Wooden Garage Doors to suit your requirements
Quality you don’t see in ‘off the shelf’ doors
Every garage door we manufacture is made to measure to the sizes YOU require, no more struggling to get doors to fit and no more buying garage doors ‘off the shelf’, full of twist that are simply not made to last and in some cases not even made from solid timber! See what our customers say
Mortice & tenon traditional construction methods
We use a full width mortice and tenon joint which is secured by wedges and glue (through wedged morticed & tenon jointed) – old school. We don’t use a dowelled mortice & tenon joint – the dowel fails and lets water in. Put simply we make our garage doors to last.
BWF Code of Conduct Assured Joiners
We’re BWF Code of Conduct Assured – the BWF have checked references, rigorously inspected our work and we are actually joiners (they even check our qualifications as well) – so you can make your own mind up.
Read more on the BWF Code of Conduct here
Made to measure wooden garage doors
Our wooden garage doors are available in softwood (Scandinavian Redwood) and hardwood (European Oak, Meranti and Idigbo) unless stated otherwise and are all doors are made to measure (in both height and width). Please contact us with your size requirements for a full personalised costing. Garage door frames are also available if required, these usually are supplied in the same timber as your garage doors i.e. softwood garage doors then softwood frame and hardwood garage doors and hardwood frame.
All of our side hung wooden garage doors finish at approx 1 3/4″ / 45mm thick, however if you wish our doors can be manufactured at 2 1/4″ / 58mm thick if for instance you would like to put thicker glazing within our doors. All garage doors pictured below are our standard designs, all can be customised if your requirements differ – please see our custom garage doors page.
Please note: We do not manufacture ‘up and over garage doors’.
Our timber garage doors are suitable for outbuildings as well as garages.
Outbuilding doors are made-to-measure and can be supplied with a door frame to suit your outbuilding if required. Each set of doors is built for security and longevity, and as you can see below, their appearance fits well with various types of building.
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We deliver to both the UK mainland & offshore
Timber garage doors with windows
As well as our range of fully boarded garage doors, we also have a selection of garage doors with windows. All the doors below are supplied pre-beaded, so no fiddling around searching for a source of glazing beads or getting messy with putty. All the garage doors below are ready for glazing and the supplied with the glazing bead pre-fitted (no cutting!). Glazing bead is fitted internally for added security, so when you do come to fit your glazing it goes in from the inside of the doors.
We are also able to offer our garage doors as insulated garage doors. These differ from our standard specifications slightly as they are 58mm thick rather than the usual 45mm thick. From the outside, they look the same as all the above doors; however, from the inside, rather than seeing the back of the boarding and horizontal rails, you see a similar view as you would when looking at the front of the doors because they are boarded both sides. This enables us to ‘sandwich in’ insulation between the two layers of boarding.
Our door frames are also available to suit our insulated doors; again, these differ in size to our standard door frames as these finish at 70mm x 85mm (less rebates) rather than our standard door frame size of 70mmx 70mm (less rebates) and are supplied pre-fitted with draft excluder.
Have you seen a pair of our standard designs of side hung garage doors on our website, it’s nearly what you want, but not quite?
As well as all being made to the sizes you require, our standard designs of garage doors pictured above can be customised to your exact requirements. For some of the more commonly requested customisations please read on.
If you’ve something specific not mentioned below then please get in touch and we’ll let you know whether it can be done or not!
Curved underswept heads
Sometimes referred to as a ‘Cottage head’, the addition of a curved underswept head is quite a commonly requested feature and can be added to any of our garage doors and not just the Aberconway that this is based upon.
This is just a simple case of having a wider top rail/head in the doors and putting a curve on the underside.
More commonly added to our doors that have some glazing within the top section, none the less it can also be added to our range of fully boarded garage doors.
Unequally split garage doors
Typically, when purchasing a pair of side hung garage doors, both doors would be the same size in width (this is called a 50/50 split). If you’re after something different to this, maybe you don’t use your garage as a garage and you just want a smaller pedestrian door to gain access, then unequal splits (i.e. one door bigger than the other) can be manufactured.
For example you may have an opening of 7ft wide (2130mm) and want a 1/3rd / 2/3rd split, this would give you one door of 2ft 4 (709mm) wide and the larger door of 4ft 8 (1421mm) wide
Again, the doors pictured right are based on our Conway garage doors; these are not quite a 1/3 / 2/3rd split, as to get the daylight openings (for glazing) the same widths on both the smaller and larger doors, we had to increase the width of the smaller door so everything looked correct.
Stable garage doors
Any of our garage doors with a solid full thickness middle rail (Menai, Conway, Brenig, Elwy & Aber garage doors) can also be manufactured as stable type doors, with the top section of the doors able to open independently of the bottom section.
You can choose to have one of the doors split as a stable door, with the other door manufactured in the traditional way, or have both doors split as stable doors with the top section of each opening separately.
Pictured is a pair of our Conway garage doors, but manufactured as a pair of stable doors.
These can be great if you use your garage as a workshop and want a bit more daylight on sunny days!
Add a window to our garage doors
Like our Menai garage doors but they would be perfect if only they had window rather than being fully boarded?
Adore our Alyn doors, but you’d like to let a bit of sunlight into your garage, but don’t want a large section of glazing like what you would get with our Conway or Brenig doors?
As well as being able to customise the openings of any of our garage doors with windows you can also add a window to either our Menai or Alyn garage doors.
Bi-folding garage doors
Do you want traditionally side opening garage doors but find you are stuck for space on your driveway?
Then Bi-folding garage doors may be the answer!
For example in the picture on the left, three of our Menai doors have been used.
The two outer doors (left and right hand side doors) are hung in the traditional way from the frame, the middle door of the three in this instance is then hung from the right hand side door.
All of our garage doors with solid, full thickness bottom rails can be made and supplied as bi-folding garage doors.
Openings for glazing
If you’ve you’ve got a situation where one of our side hung garage doors that is suitable for glazing is similar to your requirements but would need a slightly different configuration of the openings for glazing, then this can in most instances be achieved.
Pictured right is a pair of garage doors based upon our our Conway doors but with an extra row of glazing added to fill your garage with light!
Trying to match an existing pair of wooden garage doors? Got your own side hung garage door design in mind?
As well as our standard range of timber garage doors which are available made to measure, we are also able to offer a complete bespoke manufacturing service for you own designs of garage doors.
If you can provide us with a drawing, sketch or picture of the design you require along with relevant dimensions then we will take a look at it and provide you with a personalised costing as well as any feedback about the door – in some cases we may recommend altering certain aspects of the design for strength etc.
Two pairs of bespoke garage doors (with frames) manufactured to suit existing curved openings.
Trying to match an existing garage door design?
If your current garage doors have seen better days and you’d like to replace them with something as close as possible then we can help!
These bespoke panelled garage doors below were a set of 1950’s garage doors that were original to the house. Our customer wanted something as similar as possible in timber to suit their home and after finding nothing available anywhere that was remotely near enough asked us to manufacture – the replacement bespoke garage doors are pictured on the right.
To get a price on your own garage door design we need an idea of what you want. Please either email your sketch or picture to us at [email protected] or pop into our workshops and we can then take a look at it for you..
Please note: In all cases we are unable to provide costings for any bespoke garage door designs over the telephone without first having received a picture or sketch of your design.
Garage door frames
Garage door frames are also available in matching timber as your garage doors. Please contact us for more information.
Please note that we do not supply garage door frames unless we are manufacturing you some garage doors.
Measuring up for wooden garage doors
To provide a quote on any of our wooden garage doors we need to know the sizes required, at this stage a rough idea of the sizes is ok (within 25mm/ an inch in height and width is fine at this stage).
Once you’ve had a quote and you’ve decided to proceed with an order then we need exact measurements. Providing your approx measurements are not too far out then the price should not really be effected – if you’re unsure then give us a ring on 01745 362444 to double check your quote.
In an ideal world, your garage door opening would be perfectly square, but it doesn’t often happen like that! To be on the safe side, measure the opening in width at the top of the garage opening, middle and bottom and let us know all three sizes.
In height measure in three places again, left hand side, centre and right hand side and again let us know all three measurements.
If you are in any way unsure of measuring up then please give us a call on 01745 362444 as we are happy to advise.
Need a garage door frame?
If you’ve no garage door frame in place (or you’re replacing your door frame) then we need the tight brickwork opening measurements (in height and width)
Got a door frame already in place?
If you’re going to re-use your existing frame then again we need the tight measurements in width – this time from within your frame where the doors would sit when they are in place.
In height we need the measurement from the floor again to where the garage doors would sit once they’ve been fitted.
Garage door guide prices
We don’t have a standard size for our garage doors, we make them to suit YOUR requirements – the downside to this is, it is near impossible for us to produce a price list covering all the height and width combinations that we regularly make. To give an idea of cost, below you’ll find some guide prices for our garage doors. Please be aware that these are guide prices only and not starting prices. Please get in touch with your size requirements for a costing of any of our garage doors made to suit YOUR opening/s.
Fully boarded garage doors
Garage doors with windows
- Garage door guide prices are not ‘from prices’ they are based on a pair of Softwood garage doors (Unsorted Scandinavian Redwood) 6ft 6 high x 6ft 6 overall wide (approx 1980mm x 1980mm)
- Prices are plus VAT (at 20%) and include delivery to most parts of the Mainland UK (Exclusions do apply)
- For guide prices on our Hardwood garage doors (Meranti, Idigbo & Euro Oak) as well as Accoya (Modified Softwood) please contact us
- Local to us or want to collect from our workshops? No problem, please get in touch with your requirements!
- For Accoya (Modified Softwood) and Hardwood guide prices please click on any of the pictures of our range of doors (above) for these as well as more information on the doors and the different timbers
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How we make our range of wooden garage doors
So how do we make our wooden garage doors? Well all of our garage doors are based on a through, wedged morticed and tenon jointed frame – we make them to last! All of our doors, with the exception of our Clwyd garage doors have a full thickness, 145mm / 5 3/4″ high solid bottom rail giving unbeatable strength – if you look at the doors from either the front or back you will see this bottom rail.
As standard our garage doors have rebated meeting stiles, in plain speak when closed the two doors in effect overlap.
Our Clwyd garage door is very much our economy door, it is still based on a through, wedged morticed and tenon jointed frame but does not have a full thickness bottom rail, instead it has a bottom rail that is 150mm/6″ up from the bottom of the door and the rail can only be seen from the rear of the doors.
Our standard range of garage doors all finish at 45mm / 1 3/4″ thick, we won’t make a door thinner than this – however if you’ve got specific requirements and want a thicker door then please get in touch.
Garage door construction
Each garage door we make is treated as an individual job, we don’t mass produce cheaply or alter existing doors to suit your sizes. The process of making our garage doors is as follows,
The garage doors start out as rough sawn timber, this is cut oversize (height, width and thickness) and planed up – at this stage the timber if needed is straightened (trees don’t always grow straight!).
Each job is then marked up individually, in the case of a customer ordering several different pairs (at different sizes) of say our Conway doors (or any of our garage doors with windows) we’ll quite often give you a ring at this stage to discuss the sizes of the openings for glazing – as we do try and get the openings for glazing as near as possible the same sizes in the different pairs.
Once marked up the doors are ready for jointing, as we’ve mentioned above all rails are tenoned and the stiles (vertical outer uprights of the doors) are morticed out.
Close up image of the joints used, the wedges are cut flush to the door stiles once the glue is dry and then sanded smooth
Mortices go right the way through the stiles (we don’t and will not manufacture our doors on a stub tenon joint – this is where the mortice only goes part of the way through the stiles of the doors, this results in easier to make doors but the length of the tenon is reduced thereby giving you a weaker door where the joints will more than likely fail).
Tenons length is the full width of the stiles, so when jointed up the tenon goes right the way through the stiles and can be secured with wedges (and glue).
The doors are then put glued, put together and wedged up naked, with no boarding added at this stage and then left to dry. At this stage any glazing bars are also glued into the doors.
Once dry the boarding is then added to the doors, wherever the boarding meets a solid, full thickness rail it is glued and jointed into the rail – we do not sit the boarding in open rebates (if we were to do this, then with the natural movement of timber you would soon be showing gaps where the boarding moves).
Whenever glazing bars meet each other, they are halve jointed together. The picture above is from our Brenig garage doors.
On any hidden rails (rails you can see only from the rear), the boarding sits on these and is glued and fixed to the rails.
So for example in our Alyn framed ledged and braced garage doors, the boarding is jointed into the top rails and bottom rails of the doors and is fixed to the hidden centre rail.
Once the doors have been boarded, the diagonal braced are fitted to the doors, the purpose of these is to take the weight of the doors and spread it through the door to the bottom hinge – this is why the bracing should always point down to the bottom hinge.
The only thing that is then left to do is sand your garage doors, we sand the doors three times – belt sand, orbital sand and then finish the doors off by hand sanding the arrisses (sharp edges) off.
Whether you chose a softwood garage door or a hardwood garage door we make them exactly the same way – we do not skimp on the doors just because they are ‘only softwood’.
A – Hanging stile: So called as it is the side of the doors that take the hinges.
B – Meeting stiles: So called as it is where the two doors meet
C – Top rail or Head
D – Transome: Splits the door between the top glazed section and the bottom boarded section
E – Bottom rail: A full thickness solid bottom rail (Elwy door pictured)
F – Mullion: Splits the glazed section in half.
So how do we make our garage doors? We make them to last!