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A wooden garage door is the perfect solution for giving your home a warm and welcoming feel. At Wessex Garage Doors, you can choose from a range of timbers including rich tones of cedar, pine and hemlock in a wide variety of styles to complement any style of home. While all our doors are fully […] The post Top tips to look after your wooden garage door appeared first on Wessex Garage...
A wooden garage door is the perfect solution for giving your home a warm and welcoming feel. At Wessex Garage Doors, you can choose from a range of timbers including rich tones of cedar, pine and hemlock in a wide variety of styles to complement any style of home.
While all our doors are fully treated to protect against the weather and fungal infestation, a little regular TLC goes a long way to ensure that your garage door stays in top condition all year round. Here are our recommendations on how to look after your wooden garage doors.
Good maintenance starts with regular cleaning. Wet weather conditions combined with a slow accumulation of dust and dirt will make your garage door dirty and sticky over time. Left undealt with for long periods, this can even lead to the onset of rot and timber decay.
To guard against deterioration, it’s recommended that you clean the inside and outside of your wooden garage door on a regular basis. A bucket of hot water with a squirt of mild detergent is all that’s needed, along with a soft cloth and some elbow grease to wipe the door down and get rid of grime.
If you’ve chosen the beautiful natural grain of a wooden garage door as a feature for your home, the surfaced will need re-staining every 3 years or so – more often in coastal locations. Investing in a quality wood stain helps to protect the timber surface and either keep the existing shade or change it. Applying a tough, weather resistant finish will help to keep your wooden garage door looking attractive for longer.
Start with a good clean and rinse to get rid of surface debris (see above) and let it dry for at least 3 hours. Next, disconnect the automatic opening mechanism, then sand down the door with fine to medium sandpaper and wipe down with a lint free cloth. Apply the wood stain evenly with a brush.
Every 6 months or so, it’s a good idea to look over your wooden garage door mechanism to check for wear and tear. This can, over time, affect the door panels or stain/paint finish. Gaps or cracks appearing on the coating of the door should be dealt with immediately before they lead to more serious damage. If you hear screeching or scraping sounds, this too needs to be investigated straight away.
Test any automated garage door mechanisms for safety, including the automatic power unit, springs, rollers, clamps etc and invest in an annual service to ensure everything is in full working order. To test the sensor, you can do this yourself by placing a small piece of wood under the door and press ‘close’. If all is well, the obstruction will trigger the garage door to go into reverse.
The key to keeping your wooden garage door operating smoothly, including any automatic opening mechanism, is to ensure that all moving parts are suitably lubricated. Every 3-4 months, clean out any dirt and debris from the moving parts and tracks, and apply lubricant as needed. Be advised that you only need a small amount; too much oil can attract grime and grit!
Finally, check the seals around the edge of the door. If you can see daylight between the seals and the timber, the seals are no longer performing the job of keeping the door and your garage contents safe from the elements. At Wessex Garage Doors, our repair and accessories team will be able to source a replacement part and fit it for you too.
‘The Verwood’ is one of our most requested styles. Made in Britain, this quality GRP door manufactured by The Corporate Door Company is a vertically panelled door with 125mm wide tongue and groove panels. Available in a range of wood tones – Bleached Oak, Honey Beech, Irish Oak and Rosewood to name but a few […] The post The Verwood appeared first on Wessex Garage...
‘The Verwood’ is one of our most requested styles.
Made in Britain, this quality GRP door manufactured by The Corporate Door Company is a vertically panelled door with 125mm wide tongue and groove panels.
Available in a range of wood tones – Bleached Oak, Honey Beech, Irish Oak and Rosewood to name but a few – and colours that all have a realistic natural woodgrain finish.
This garage door can be made to measure and comes in single and double sizes – even tall versions too. ‘The Verwood’ is suitable for automation or we can provide it with a handle with security locking.
GRP does not rust, warp or rot and is as strong as steel. A periodic clean with some warm water and a soft cloth is all that’s required.
Call us for a brochure or pop in to our Banstead showroom to see a full size single version. We also display a side-hinged model of ‘The Verwood’ in our Banstead showroom.
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Did you know that your garage is quite possibly the least energy efficient space in your home? With most people seeing the garage as storage space for cars, bikes, garden furniture and other ‘stuff’, it often gets overlooked when it comes to reducing your home’s carbon footprint, making it more energy efficient and cutting utility […] The post 5 ways to improve the energy efficiency of your garage door appeared first on Wessex Garage...
Did you know that your garage is quite possibly the least energy efficient space in your home? With most people seeing the garage as storage space for cars, bikes, garden furniture and other ‘stuff’, it often gets overlooked when it comes to reducing your home’s carbon footprint, making it more energy efficient and cutting utility bills.
Luckily, there’s plenty you can do to insulate your garage – here are our 5 top tips:
It shouldn’t come as a surprise to hear that your garage door is probably where most of the heat loss occurs. A single layer of aluminium or steel garage door material transfers hot and cold temperatures effortlessly from outside – so insulation is key. You may wish to replace an older door with a modern, ready insulated one. Alternatively, look out for insulation kits or bubble foil roll or foam board that can be attached to the inside of the door to keep the heat in when it’s cold outside, and vice versa.
Pay particular attention to the bottom seal on your garage door. It is designed to stop water and debris getting in, but after years of use it may show signs of deterioration. The same goes for the individual joints between the garage door panels, particular on wooden garage doors. A quick visual inspection will tell you know if these need replacing. If you’re not sure, ask one of our specialist repair technicians to come and take a look and carry out any repairs.
While most new types of garage doors come with weather strips around the edge of the door to stop cold air getting in, older door models may not have this feature. Ask your local hardware store for draught proofing strips; they don’t cost a lot and are easy to fix in place. And don’t forget to tackle any internal connecting doors too while you’re about it.
Installing energy efficient insulation in walls and ceilings shouldn’t cost a fortune. Simply get some suitable u-value insulating material and make sure it’s properly fitted between the rafters (assuming you have a proper garage roof). Investigate cavity wall insulation that you can have pressure injected, or simply line the walls with a suitable bubble foil insulation. You’ll be sure to notice the difference straight away!
Gaps around the floor, windows and door frames can all let hot air out and cold air in. Silicone or latex based builders’ caulk is ideal for sealing around gaps in the building to create an airtight, weather and waterproof barrier. It’s cheap to buy, easy to apply and provides the perfect thermal insulation for your garage.
At Wessex Garage Doors, we have over 25 years’ experience of installing and maintaining garage doors across the South East. If you have problems with your garage door, contact our expert technicians to find out about professional repairs, or a cost effective replacement door.
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If you have a metal garage door, chances are that it is made out of aluminium or steel. These materials are used for their durability and low maintenance properties, hence their popularity. On the downside, aluminium or steel garage doors can dent easily when you knock into them by accident. While you may not be […] The post How to deal with dents in your metal garage door appeared first on Wessex Garage...
If you have a metal garage door, chances are that it is made out of aluminium or steel. These materials are used for their durability and low maintenance properties, hence their popularity. On the downside, aluminium or steel garage doors can dent easily when you knock into them by accident.
While you may not be too bothered about small accidental door dings, large dents are not only highly visible, they’re unsightly. You may be tempted to simply replace the whole door. But before you rush out and spend a lot of money on buying a new garage door, try these few inexpensive and timesaving DIY techniques first to see if you can remove the dent yourself.
First, collect together the necessary tools and items for the job. Most of these can be found around the house; the rest are easily available from your local hardware shop:
• Medium sized bucket
• Washing up liquid
• Garden hose
• Large sponge
• Strong aluminium foil
• Standard lighter
• Can of compressed air (such as used for cleaning computer keyboards)
Next, follow this step-by-step process to fix your garage door dents:
1. Fill the bucket with warm soapy water and thoroughly sponge down the dented area until all dirt and grime have been removed. Make sure the affected area is completely clean and dry before proceeding to the next step.
2. Cut enough foil to cover the dented area plus extra at both ends to hold on to. Place the foil on the dent to completely cover it, keeping it in place with one hand, then heat the entire area with the flame from a lighter for about 60 seconds.
3. Remove the foil and hold the compressed air can upside down, spraying the dent for 30 seconds. Holding the can upside down can cause carbon dioxide to be released, which is necessary for removing the dent.
4. As a result of the extreme heat differences between the heat from the lighter and the cold from the carbon dioxide, the dent should pop back into place. Within 2 minutes it should have completely disappeared.
If your DIY dent repair has been successful, well done to you! But if it’s still there, it’s time to call in the professionals. Wessex Garage Doors have 25+ years’ industry experience and a vast knowledge of garage doors. Our engineers are fully trained in quickly repairing any fault and restoring your door back to the way it should be. No matter how small or large the problem is, we are committed to providing a first rate service at highly competitive prices. For more information and plenty of free expert advice, call us on 01737 309 103 or message your enquiry here.
Garage doors are durable and offer fantastic longevity when they are built to the highest standards. But even the doors with the finest build quality can experience problems. Here are some of the most common issues and what you can do about them. The problem: automatic garage door won’t close If you have an automated […] The post Common garage door problems and how to fix them appeared first on Wessex Garage...
Garage doors are durable and offer fantastic longevity when they are built to the highest standards. But even the doors with the finest build quality can experience problems. Here are some of the most common issues and what you can do about them.
If you have an automated garage door it can be very frustrating if it won’t open or close correctly. The reality is that there can be many reasons why this might be the case, so further investigation is almost always necessary.
One of the most common reasons for automatic doors failing to close is that safety sensors get knocked or accidentally moved, putting them out of alignment, and stopping the door from moving. If you’ve got a problem closing the doors, check these sensors as your first priority.
It is very common for garage doors to squeak, creek or grind, however when these sorts of noises become loud and very regular, it could be time to look into the problem. This is especially true if you hear any sudden loud bangs or something that you have never heard before.
In many cases it is as simple as making sure that the moving parts of your garage door are lubricated. Lubricant such as WD-40 will generally do wonders in fixing creaking or squeaking hinges or motor rails. In the event of loud or unexpected sounds, however, it may well mean that something has snapped or broken. This will require expert assistance.
It is also common to see garage doors that open up with no trouble, but will not stay locked in place if they are not held open.
It is most often the case that garage doors that refuse to stay open are caused by issues with the spring or spring system. It should be noted here that dealing with springs can be dangerous work, and it should only be carried out by technicians or those very experienced in garage door maintenance.
Is your garage starting to feel very heavy or stiff when you attempt to open it? This is likely to be a problem with the tracks.
The first step in this scenario is that you need to ensure that the tracks are clean and that there is nothing making things difficult for the rollers. Clean out any dirt and inspect the whole of the track – this could also be a good time to add some lubricant to ensure smooth running. If you do find any dents, warped areas or other physical issues on the track, it may be necessary to get in a garage door technician to deal with the problem.
If you have an issue where the automatic door simply won’t budge or respond to the button being pressed on the remote, there could be a number of issues.
Have you check the batteries? This is by far the most common problems, and thankfully also very easily solved. Simply swap out the dead batteries for fresh ones. If, however, you have tried changing the battery and are still having no success, the problem is likely to be mechanical and you will need a garage door engineer to look into it.
Another issue is when the doors will start to operate but always stop in the same place every time. Garage doors are precision engineering pieces of machinery, so small obstructions or problems and cause the door to stop.
Check the mechanism for any gravel, leaves or twigs that could be stopping the door from rolling smoothly. If you can’t find anything obvious then you’ll need to bring in an experienced technician to have a look.
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