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The Garage Door Centre has always specialised in various high quality insulated garage doors as well as matching entrance and side doors and the term 'insulated' is often used quite casually in the door industry to describe a product so it is important to measure your expectations correctly compared to the potential results.

Insulated sectional garage door

To get proper levels of useful insulation in any door does require some careful thought as to the installation position and necessary peripheral items to ensure the very best sealing within the structural opening given.

A double skinned 'super' insulated door panel section may not result in a suitable level of insulation once installed if the installation is not correctly positioned and specified.
With most of Northern Europe going 'Eco Friendly', the garage space and surrounding area is no exception, especially when it is an integral garage with either a room above, to the side, or behind it.

A lot of heat can be lost from the main house with a single skinned steel door with no sealing to the sides and bottom during the winter. Apart from this we find ever increasing numbers of homeowners using their garage for everything except storing a vehicle. Offices, gymnasiums, games rooms, playrooms, workshops and just general storage of many higher value items all included nowadays as we all gather more and more items.

What Types of Insulated Garage Doors are Available?

There are many different types of mechanisms providing garage doors with medium to high levels of insulation. The 5 main types are set out below with the addition of our ever increasing entrance door range, either in aluminium, timber or steel, both offering very high levels of security and insulation with some incredible designs and finishes.

Watch this short video about the Hormann LPU42 - One of the insulated sectional doors available in the UK

Sectional Garage Doors

Vertically rising insulated steel panels where the panels operate behind a heavily weathersealed framework to provide one of the highest levels of insulation for any of the garage doors currently in the UK. Hormann also offer a 'Thermoframe' kit to further enhance the insulation at the sides and top of the door when closed. The door panels will be made from either 20mm or 40-45mm thick double skinned steel sections with a foam filled central core. Of course by their nature sectional doors are also very strong and therefore secure, another desireable feature for any door!
Hormann, Garador and Carteck offer the best in insulated domestic sectional doors.

Aluminium Doors

Vertically rising roller doors have some of the same properties as the sectional door with the built in weatherseals in the tracks but the insulation levels can never be as high in a roller door as each slat is pivoted to the next slat and there are many slats so the installed U value is always going to be comprimised in any roller door.
For good levels of insulation, but not rated with a U value look at the SeceuroglideGliderol, Hormann and Garador roller doors and make sure for the best insualtion and sealing you always have the hood cover for the roll and thewidest guides available.

There are some semi commercial insulated roller doors that do offer higher levels of insulation and security too, take a look at the Hormann SB roller door for example as one such high level example.

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Round the Corner 

2 types of round the corner generally exist, side sectional doors and round the corner doors produced from the same sort of slats as the insulated roller door. The side sectional will have nearly the same levels of insulation as the vertically rising sectional with the weak poinr perhaps being the bottom tracking section where gaps must exist to allow the door to operate. The slatted RTC door will suffer from the same small weaknesses as the roller door but still offer good levels of insulation. See the Hormann HST for insulated side sectional doors.Vertically rising roller doors have some of the same properties as the sectional door with the built in weatherseals in the tracks but the insulation levels can never be as high in a roller door as each slat is pivoted to the next slat and there are many slats so the installed U value is always going to be comprimised in any roller door.
For good levels of insulation, but not rated with a U value look at the Seceuroglide, Gliderol, Hormann and Garador roller doors and make sure for the best insualtion and sealing you always have the hood cover for the roll and thewidest guides available.

There are some semi commercial insulated roller doors that do offer higher levels of insulation and security too, take a look at the Hormann SB roller door for example as one such high level example.
 

The video below shows the Hormann HST in action

 

The video below shows the Vertico aluminium door

 

Side Hinged Doors

A little gem of a garage door system is the Carteck insulated side hinged door range offering 40mm double skinned steel panels with a double rebated leaf and frame with built in seals.This type of traditional hinged door system is particularly appealing to most as it also tackles the pedestrian entrance requirements with ease and also offers the option on some models of a 1/3rd and 2/3rd split rather than a 50/50 split.
Side hinged doors don't generally spring to mind as an ideal insulated door option but properly specified with a suitable threshold seal system they can be the perfect answer for many garages to provide good levels of insulation.

Insulated Steel Side Hinged Door Designs

Standard Ribbed Vertical
Standard Ribbed Vertical
Steel
Centre Ribbed Vertical
Centre Ribbed Vertical

Steel
Solid Ribbed Vertical
Solid Ribbed Vertical

Steel
Standard Ribbed Horizontal
Standard Ribbed Horizontal
Steel
Centre Ribbed Horizontal
Centre Ribbed Horizontal
Steel
Solid Ribbed Horizontal
Solid Ribbed Horizontal

Steel

Click here to view all Carteck Insulated Steel Side Hinged garage doors

 

Overlap - Trackless Sectioanl Up and Overs

The Domina Overlap is a totally unique vertically rising garage door but without any internal tracking at all. The Overlap door splits across the middle and one panel will rise to sit neatly underneath the other. The door panels are constructed from double skinned timber or steel panels at 75mm thick with a honeycomb core filling. Rubber seals are fitted all around the door and frame and inbetween the 2 panels offering high levels of insulation combined with the double skinned panels. Take a look at the Domina on our information page

The short video below shows how this Overlap door system works

Video of the Thermopro Range of Doors

 

Video of the Aluminium TOP Range of Doors

Front Entrance Doors

We specialise in the superb Hormann Thermopro steel and the TOP Prestige aluminium entrance doors. Both these ranges offer some of the highest levels of insulation of any entrance door available in the UK. With door panel thickness ranging from 46mm to 100mm these doors not only provide excellent heat and sound insulation but are also amongst the most secure. Click to learn more about Thermopro range and TOP Prestige range.

The installation of any insulated door is key to ensuring the performance of the door. The weak point is typically where any infill sections are used, as these are not normally insulated, so accurate measuring at the ordering stages can help to minimise and prevent this. This applies to both the width and height measurements.  Insulated profiles are available in some cases, although it depends on how well insulated you need your garage to be. 

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