Timber Up and Over Doors Construction and Operation Mechanism Guide

Posted on October 20, 2016 at 2:49 pm

The need for doors with bespoke designs that stylishly complement the perfect finish of homes is at all-time high thanks to the readily available wide range of doors with endless finishes and styles. Whether you are searching online or from a local store, you will find many standard styles and sizes as well purpose-made doors to fit a special garage or home. One of the most popular door types in the UK is the up and over timber doors. Woodrite Oakley Timber up and over doors are known for their greater panel design flexibility as they are not restricted by panels divisions and high security as well as easy operation.

The up and over timber doors are primarily produced in two different construction methods that include the traditional joinery and chassis build. When producing traditional up and over timber doors, the manufacturer uses various traditional methods such as tenon and mortice joining among others to strengthen the back sections of the door panels. Once finished, the door’s panel is then fitted with the appropriate operating gear. The operating gear is installed directly to the timber panel that is also fitted with all necessary components such as the weatherstrips and roller and locking plates. The traditional joinery door construction also uses a timber fixing sub frame to maintain consistency and ensure visual effect throughout the timber.

The second type of construction is far more popular today as it offers improved security and superior weather sealing. In this type of construction, a steel box section chassis is included in the design as a blank canvass for the infill of timber. The main benefit of including a steel chassis in the construction is that the Woodrite Oakley timber up and over door is not affected by the timber issues of expansion, contraction, and movement. With this type of construction, the gearing and locking are fitted to the steelwork and not the timber, which offers far tighter tolerances between the subframe and the door.

The timber up and over garage doors also feature two different operating mechanisms that include canopy operating gear and retractable operating gear. The canopy mechanism is highly cost-efficient and cost-effective. It is also easy to use and has a simple design that makes it the popular up and over timber door type. The door derives its name from the pose it takes when opening. When open, the door creates a canopy cover that projects outside of the opening. The main benefit of canopy doors is that they offer maximum drive-through width and are easier to install.

The retractable type derives its name from the way the door draws back into the garage. The door is fastened to the garage using spring-loaded side arms that rise from the fixed subframe floor and supported to the open position by spring tensions on either side. The benefit of retractable up and over timber doors is that the roller wheels in the functional horizontal track wells offer a smooth and dependable opening. Garage doors with retractable mechanism can also be easily upgraded to feature electric operation. All these up and over timber doors come with a high-quality wood stain finish in a wide array of modern and traditional colours to match any home decor.

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