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Timber Sectional Garage Doors

Timber Sectional Garage Doors

Sectional Timber Garage Doors

The sectional timber door is typically constructed from a series of horizontal, joinery made, timber door panels that are bracketed. There are also hinged with rollers at the edge of the panels, running on tracks up the side of the opening and into the garage.

Rather like a series of train carriages travelling around a bend, the rollers run straight up the track to open the door. Such operation allows for the sectional door to rise vertically, meaning there is no swinging out when opening or closing.

Timber sectional doors are ideal for homes that may have a large timber presence around in the windows, entrance door or architectural construction.

When properly specified and treated, sectional timber doors will provide many years of effortless and reliable operation, as well as their beautiful aesthetics. 

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Cedar Timber Sectional Garage Door


The general benefits of timber sectional doors are substantial:

Sectional Garage Door Operation (Timber)Security
Generally, sectional doors are considered to be one of the most secure types of garage doors. Common to all major manufacturers, each sectional door panel has rollers located at each corner (where the panels join each other), which are confined within galvanised steel running gear, preventing forced entry at the sides, top or bottom.

Fitting the doors behind the garage opening ensures that there are no penetration points whatsoever. Sectional doors can be installed inbetween an opening too, with some careful attention paid to the specification and finishing around the sub frame.

Fitted with an electric garage door opener, the operator pushes and holds the panels to the ground in the closed position and, or course, a remote controlled operator normally eliminates the need for handles

Inside View of Sectional Garage Door OperationConvenience 

The vertical rising action of any sectional garage door allows for a consequential lack of out-swing. This enables the whole of the driveway to be used, and whether during operation or not, it also facilitates parking before or behind the door. This is particularly beneficial if the driveway length is limited or the garage shape is arched. 

Increased drive through width and height

When the positioning of the tracks is behind the opening, it renders the structural width of the garage completely usable. The hang down at the head frame is minimal in comparison to up and over doors, especially when operated with a remote controlled garage door opener, allowing for it to be eliminated altogether. 

The most outstanding benefit of all timber sectional garage doors is essentially their visual advantages; unique and timeless, their aesthetics are a major quality. They can often be the answer to some planning restrictions with clever computing routing in the door face to produce the desired visual requirements. Additionally, they offer a good degree of thermal insulation as timber is an excellent barrier to temperature differences. 

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Horman Timber Sectional Garage Door

Variation of style and design

The sheer volume of designs available is staggering. Compound the design variations with the different types of timber and the quantities of stain colour, you begin to recognise how vast the choice of these doors becomes. designing your own timber panel with some manufacturers. It is impossible to overstate the effect a timber garage door can have on a property – they really can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary! Regardless of whether the property is period, traditional or futuristic – each can be complemented by a timber sectional garage door.  

Planning issues/consent
Sometimes a timber sectional door will be accepted where some others wouldn’t because of the ability to replicate any style of door – for example a timber sectional garage door can really appear as an authentic pair of barn doors, even down to the furniture!!! The most common use of the timber sectional door is where vertical lines are required in the case of listed properties or any building perhaps within a conservation area where, again, certain requirements for design and traditional materials are required.


Fundamental differences between steel and timber sectional garage doors
The operating gear, including tracks and rollers and the engineering components are essentially all the same although occasionally, on the larger heavier doors, reinforcements may be added for safety and smooth operation.

Maintenance requirements are obviously higher with the timber door needing treatment to maintain the appearance and durability although many top end woodstains now only need to be freshened up every 5-10 years if used correctly.

Also, whenever the door receives a coating of stain it will increase the weight of the door perhaps necessitating adjustments to spring tension, which really should be carried out by an experienced garage door engineer.

Timber sectional garage doors are invariably heavier than steel ones and may require a more powerful electric operator than a steel sectional door of the same size.

BEWARE…Unfortunately there are times when a timber sectional door is not suitable!

Sectional doors will fit most garages but there are a few things that need checking before proceeding:

- If there is a pedestrian door into the garage close to the opening there will be a possibility that the door tracks may foul the opening passageway so the positioning of the tracks needs to be established before proceeding.
- Likewise the horizontal tracks could run across stairway entrances coming down into the garage. 

- Ensure that loft hatches, consumer units etc are all accessible once the tracks are in place.
- Make sure that rafters or beams set back in the garage are not lower than the lintel creating insufficient headroom, although low headroom gearing may solve this problem.

With regards to timber, do exercise caution if living close to exposed coastal areas as the timber can be affected by air borne salt deposits and may need very special treatments applied or use a ceretain timber species suitable for coastal conditions, something like Iroko or larch.

Some examples of special designs available as timber sectional doors:

Cedar Timber Sectional Door with Windows Cedar Timber Sectional Garage Door Cedar TImber Sectional Garage Doors
Hormann Timber Sectional Garage Door Design Hormann Timber Sectional Garage Door Hormann Timber Sectional Garage Door

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Different types of timber used
Differing manufacturers favour certain types of timber but in the main you can readily order sectional doors manufactured from the timbers listed below. Special treatment may be essential on certain timbers far more than others with ongoing problems if not correctly applied on the first instance. Please ask for further details on finishing.

- Hemlock
- Oak
- Nordic Pine
- Cedar Wood
- African Okoume
- Norwegian Spruce
- Superior Spruce
- Larch
- Sapele

Please note that most manufacturers would recommend good quality electric automation for any type of oak garage door because or the weight.


The major manufacturers of timber sectional garage doors are:

- Carteck
Cedar Doors
- Rundum

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