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Introduction - Garage Doors

Garage doors supplied by Garage Door & Gate Solutions Pty Ltd provide safe access into or through a garage, carport, shed, or fence line for people and particularly cars.

When closed, garage doors must provide security against weather and intruders for property, valuables and loved ones safe behind the door.

A carefully chosen, well made and installed garage door enhances the appearance of the property, adding value far in excess of the door cost, lasting many years and often decades when properly maintained.

All modern garage doors open vertically. There are four main types of overhead opening garage door; roller door, sectional door, tilt door, and B&D's new Flex-A-Door.

Today, the majority of home owners who drive through their doorway open their door by pressing a (remote control) radio transmitter, from the comfort and security of their car. However, the automatic door opener is an appliance that is added to the door, and therefore all doors can be operated manually or electrically, by adding or deleting that option.

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Roller Doors

Roller doors are steel garage doors that open vertically and roll up into a bundle above the door opening, similar to a window blind. They have a torsion spring* balanced one-piece steel curtain with horizontal corrugations which bend as the door rolls up onto itself, and straighten out as the door rolls down.

Generally, the larger the door opening, the deeper the corrugations and the thicker the steel needs to be to resist deflection across its width. Deeply corrugated thick gauge roller doors roll into a larger bundle above the door opening, than shallow corrugated light gauge roller doors.

The clearance above the door opening for the roll (“headroom”) varies from 430mm to 600mm. If there is not enough headroom for a roller door, the roll can hang into the opening when the door is open provided the clearance under the roll is adequate for its intended use. There is a voluntary Australian Standard (AS/NZS 4505:1998) that recommends 1950mm as the minimum clearance in a garage opening.

Roller doors are made to measure and suit openings from 1900mm high x 800mm wide up to 3000mm high x 5400mm wide, even wider when used in pairs with a removable aluminium centre mullion (post).

Each brand of roller door has its own unique profile or shape, even though they all look similar from a distance. Leading manufacturers, such as B&D, have several profiles and thicknesses to suit different applications. The waist high centre lock common on all roller doors is also unique in appearance to each brand. On automatic garage doors, the lock may be deleted as the door opener holds the door shut.

Roller doors are available in ‘Zincalume', an unpainted silver colour, and around 20 painted Colorbond colours.

*Torsion springs twist as they wind up and unwind. In a rolling door the torsion springs are neatly hidden inside the door roll. All garage door springs, when wound up hold an enormous amount of tension, even when open, to balance or neutralize the weight of the door as it opens and closes, and as such should only be adjusted by experienced professionals using correct equipment.

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Sectional Doors


Sectional doors are usually made up of 4 or 5 horizontal panels that are hinged together from behind, and torsion spring* balanced. Sectional doors open vertically with each panel turning 90° as the door goes up to eventually lay horizontal under the ceiling when open.

Sectional doors are made in a wide variety of materials and styles, from practical Colorbond steel to the warmth of genuine timber, from raised pattern or embossed styles to contemporary flat finishes, designed to blend into ultra modern homes.

Most sectional doors are made to measure and economically mass produced. Alternatively, we produce highly customized designs by request, using materials such as aluminium, steel and glass, and regularly work with home owners, builders, designers and architects.

Sectional doors can work in as little as 250mm clearance from the top of the door opening to the ceiling (“headroom”). Standard headroom equipment however, always works best and costs the least, requiring between 260mm and 400mm, depending on the model of door.

The headroom needed for sectional doors is needed all the way back into the garage to the back of the door opener, sometimes up to 4 metres behind the doorway.

Typically, sizes range from under 2100mm high x 2400mm wide to 2850mm high x 6530mm wide.

*Torsion springs twist as they wind up and unwind. All garage door springs, when wound up hold an enormous amount of tension, even when open, balancing the weight of the door as it opens and closes, and as such should only be adjusted by experienced professionals using correct equipment.

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Tilt Doors


Tilt doors are rigid one-piece extension spring* or counter-weight balanced doors that swing out and up as they open.

There are two types of spring balanced hinges available that control the opening and closing action of tilt doors.

Less expensive, lighter duty “Jamb” model hinges suit doors up to 2240mm high and 3000mm wide, or 90kg in weight. This hinge allows approximately half the door to protrude out when up, giving a slight veranda effect when open. Jamb tilt doors need approximately 100mm clearance from the top of the opening to the ceiling (“headroom”).

More expensive, heavier duty “Track” model hinges suit doors up to 2740mm high (although at Garage Door & Gate Solutions we recommend them only up to 2440mm high), and 5500mm wide, or 160kg in weight. This hinge, although still protruding while the door opens and closes, allows the majority of the door panel to retract back into the garage when open. Track tilt doors need approximately 150mm headroom above the door opening.

Track hinges are inherently safer, stronger, smoother and more durable than Jamb hinges. Tilt doors with either of these hinges lie flat under the head of the opening when up, therefore losing the door thickness from the height of the opening, up to 150mm on most two car wide doorways.

Doors that are either too high or too heavy for spring balanced hinges, can be supplied with traditional counter-weight balanced hinges. These are custom engineered for the door panel, as opposed to spring balanced hinges that are economically mass produced by B&D in kits, and then added to a made-to-measure door panel.

Due to the tilt door's custom-made one-piece construction, we manufacture this door in a wide variety of materials, textures, colours and designs. Barn door styles from the early 1900's can be replicated, through to ultra contemporary powdercoated aluminium, or flush plywood with or without mouldings or grooved “shadow” lines, or windows of any shape. Practical Colorbond or Metallic Colorbond roof and wall cladding can be used on a tilt door, as can warm rich Western Red Cedar timber, with its characteristic colour variety from blonde to dark boards.

Due to the variety of materials that tilt doors can be produced from, the weight and therefore width varies enormously. Where light weight cladding is used, width of over 7 metres is achievable.

All tilt door frames made by Garage Door & Gate Solutions consist of galvanized square steel tube, mig welded together by experienced Welders in our factory in Braeside. Each frame is unique, and designed and drawn inhouse, to suit the size and cladding used. Optimum strength and low weight is achieved by using modern, light wall tubing of various sizes. Minimizing weight keeps the cost down and helps the door's hinges and opener last longer.

Variety and the ability to work in relatively little headroom are the main strengths of tilt doors. Our showroom displays around 28 different tilt door sample configurations. So selecting a customized door style in harmony with your home is simple.

*Extension springs stretch as the door closes and contract as the door opens, to balance the door weight. All tilt up garage door springs, when stretched hold an enormous amount of tension (even when the door is open), ready to balance the weight of the door as it opens and closes, and as such should only be adjusted by experienced professionals using correct equipment.

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B&D FLEX-A-DOOR

The B&D Flex-A-Door is a new and unique door category that combines the principles of two other doors. This door has the corrugated curtain of the iconic B&D Roll-A-Door, but instead of rolling into a roll above the head of the door opening, it lies flat under the garage ceiling when open much like a sectional door, using as little as 140mm headroom.

This door is balanced with two extension springs hidden within the overhead door guides. Currently, this door is available only in single car widths up to 3.1 metres.

B&D Flex-A-Door is the ideal alternative in a low ceiling application that cannot accept a tilt door that swings out in front of the door due to parking space restrictions or on-boundary installations.

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B&D Flex-A-Door looks like a roller door. Needs only 140mm headroom, less than most other doors
Inside view of the Flex-A-Door with opener. Works like a sectional door, opening flat under garage ceiling
Matching headpanel (when required) retracts with door to allow full clearance to lintel when fully opened

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DOOR CLEARANCE GUIDE

Following is a general guide to the clearances required for most popular types of residential garage doors. Where the circumstances are critical, check with our sales staff. There may be a way around a difficult problem.

Garage Door Clearance Guide

Garage Door Clearance Guide (for Builders and Homeowners)
Door Type
Minimum Head Room
Minimum Side Room
Minimum Back Room
Hang Down From Lintel When Open
Jamb Tilt Door Manual Automatic
40
100
50
50
1100
2050

Up to 3m wide -100mm

Over 3m wide -150mm

Track Tilt Door Manual Automatic
90
150
100
100
2350
3300
B&D Panelift
up to 2255x6530
Manual
250 125 Door Height + 300

Over 3545mm wide -80mm

Up to 3545mm wide -Nil

up to 2830x5215
up to 3395x4635
Automatic 260 125
Door Height + 1000

B&D Panelift
over 2255x6530

Manual 300 125
Door Height + 300
over 2830x5215
over 3395x4635
Automatic 310 125
Door Height + 1000
CSI/Firmadoor Sect Std
Manual
360 125 Door Height + 300 nil
Headroom Automatic 125
Door Height + 1000
CSI/Firmadoor Sect Low Manual 200 150
Door Height + 500
80
Headroom Automatic 250 150
Door Height + 1000
B&D Roller Door up to
Manual

370 *

100 480 80 *
3090 wide
Automatic
175
B&D Roller Door up to
Manual
430 * 150 550 80 *
4990 wide
Automatic
230
B&D Roller Door up to
Manual
550 * 150 670 80 *
5390 wide
Automatic
230
2130 high 2790 high
B&D Flex-A-Door without retractable head infill Manual 180 100 2950 3610 nil
Automatic 230 100 3650 4310
2130 high 2790 high
B&D Flex-A-Door with retractable head infill Manual 90 100 2950 3610 nil
Automatic 140 100 3650 4310

* Add "Headroom" and "Hang Down From Lintel When Open" dimensions together to calculate total loss from ceiling.

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