Features & Benefits

There are many reasons to choose a side hinged garage door.

Side Opening

Unlike Up and Over doors, side hinged doors open just like a traditional Barn Door.

Two 3rd / One 3rd

With this split method you can use one of the doors like a personnel door, especially useful when the garage is used only for storage.


Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to automate side hinged garage doors also!


Hormann Insulation Upto 67mm

Side Hinged garage doors are also available with insulated panels, so help to keep your home warm in winter and cool in the summer.

Low maintenance

Simply keep the door clean and oil the hinges and locks regularly.


Standard Euro-Locking with shoot-bolts ensure your property is safe. We can add additional heavy duty locking if required also.


Wessex Sherwood Side Hinged Garage Doors in Dark Oak

Stippled (frosted) glazing is available to flood your garage with natural light.

Panel Styles

Come in a range of door panel styles and finishes. Can be made from Steel, GRP and Timber.

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Hormann Side Hinged BrochureThe Hormann / Garador Range of Insulated Side Hinged Garage Garage Doors are an excellent choice for the more discerning customer. Sealed all round and made with sectional garage door panels they are perfect as a storage garage door.

Also this door can be used where you have two single car garages but don't need both to have an automatic sectional door fitted.

So you can use one electric sectional door for your car and have a matching side hinged door for the garage you are using for storage.

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The Manufacturers

We can supply & fit side hinged doors from the following top manufacturers:

Wessex doors manufacture their Platinum range of  side hinged garage doors using the Garador OFI steel Chassis for additional rigidity. Their unique Composite (GRP) panels are then fitted to the chassis. The panels are available in a range of colours and wood effect finishes and are suitable for Traditional and Contemporary homes alike.

The Garador range of side hinged garage doors come in a range of 17 colours and are available with Steel or Timber Panels. The panels are fixed to a steel "Open for Infill" frame ensuring strength and rigidity.

Hormann offer single and double leaf side doors for your garage. They are also able to offer up and over garage doors with a built-in side hinged wicket door on their N80 doors and sectional garage doors.


Cardale side hinged garage doors are available in Steel, Plastisol Coated Steel, Timber and ABS which is a durable type of plastic. The Plastisol coated steel is useful to prevent the need for painting the door in the future so it's worth the extra money upfront. Cardale has been making doors for over 50 years and is now owned by Novoferm Ltd which is another well established garage door brand.

In addition to providing high insulation values, Novoferm insulated DuoPort leaf doors offer you the possibility to use your garage as a utility room, for leisure time or hobbies.  The use of high-quality and durable materials, top-quality processing and a wide variety of additional fittings give your garage a classic appearance in keeping with the style of your house and your personal taste.

Woodrite is a relatively new company formed in 2010 by John Brooks. They recently opened premises in Brackley, Northamptonshire that has purpose built dipping tanks, state-of-the-art staining and finishing booths, machine routers and tenoning machines and a skilled team of timber craftsmen. When you buy a Woodrite side hinged garage doors you are getting a quality product for sure.

Side Hinged Garage Doors

Traditional barn door style side hinged garage doors were generally made from timber in the old days. Wooden side hinged garage doors were all well and good if they were looked after and painted or varnished every couple of years but if they were not carefully taken care of they tended to rot.  Thankfully nowadays, with modern timber treatments this is less of a problem however timber does still need regular care.

Modern Materials

These days more modern materials have allowed  side hinged garage doors to make a bit of a comeback. As the image shows, this is a galvanised steel framed garage door in with a timber infill.

Timber doors are still available of course and look great! So providing you can maintain them they are still a great choice.

Composite side hinged garage doors made from a combination of steel timber and GRP (fibre glass) can give you the great looks of wooden doors without the maintenance requirements.

ABS and PVCu materials are also available for side hinged garage doors and offer strong light-weight doors. With those designs the frames are made from steel and the panels are made from the plastics mentioned.

Wessex Sherwood

This pair of Wessex Sherwood Composite Side Hinged garage doors were fitted in Crawley, West Sussex recently. As you can see they are made up from a Brown Steel Frame with a GRP (Fibre-Glass) infill for the panels.

Please be aware that if you are considering buying this style of door the lead times for delivery can be quite long and you should expect to be waiting at least 8 weeks but expect it to be even longer than that! Thankfully our customer was not concerned with the long wait, they just wanted the right doors for their home.

Better Locking

The modern locks are way better than the old style shoot bolt and padlock that tended to be fitted to side hinged garage doors in the past. Now we have modern Euro locking with a nice lever handle, sure there are still shoot bolts inside to prevent the door leafs from being forced but they are out of the way so they are harder for thieves to tamper with them.

Why choose side hinged garage doors?

A side hinged garage door is a good choice when you are not using the garage for parking a car. Perhaps you are using the garage just for storage like putting away the Christmas tree or keeping the garden furniture in during the winter months when its not needed. Maybe you don't have a shed for your lawn mower and other garden tools so you want to use the garage instead. A lot of people use the garage door hide away unsightly wheelie bins and the like.

The most common use of side hinged garage doors from our point of view is where the customer is using the garage as an art studio, hobby area or workshop. For these purposes side hinged garage doors are the perfect solution.

Wessex Sherwood Side Hinged Garage Doors in Dark Oak


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