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Timber side hinged garage doors

Heritage Timber Side Hinged Garage Doors

Traditional high quality timber side hinged garage doors from The Garage Door Centre offer solutions to many problems and provide opportunities not possible with other types of door. They are obviously simple in their operation and easy to maintain over the years if pre finished correctly, with minimal moving mechanical parts.

We have seen a marked increase in the number of customers wanting side hinged, traditional type garage doors over the years and the choice of materials, styles and finishes are bigger than ever before with modern manufacturing techniques and durable finishing options.

Traditional side hinged doors give you easy access to your garage without having to open a complete door panel up - frequent, easy access to your garage with minimal effort in operation.


Many different styles of timber side hinged doors are now available in traditional and contemporary designs using various timber species.

Using timber as a material you can totally individualise your side hinged garage doors as well as choosing from a wide range of existing traditional standard designs we offer. You can have them manufactured to your own design from a choice of hardwoods such as Idigbo, Iroko, Accoya or European Oak, with either a modern or traditional heritage feel according to the surroundings and your personal preferences or requirements.

Good quality timber has great insulating properties and with the traditional construction methods adopted along with high quality timber fixing frames and furniture you will have garage doors offering great longevity, durability against the weather, fantastic looks and great levels of security because of the construction methods adopted.


We DO NOT supply low grade softwood timber side hinged doors of any description as the stability and longevity of the timber used in cheaper timber side hinged doors is generally not fit for purpose in our opinion, especially for our very aggressive climate.
For long lasting durability and high quality you will have to look at Iroko, Idigbo, properly seasoned European Oak, Sapele or other durable timber species to cope with our very variable weather here in the UK. Another great option is the wonderful Accoya timber. Good quality selected timber is also essential for the construction and strength of these doors.

There are a wide range of beautifully crafted furniture options, again in traditional or contemporary styles. The steel and GRP ranges are slightly more limited in design but still have purpose made sizes and window options available. Panelled designs are common in single skin steel and cost considerably less than timber equivalents. In the double skinned steel doors you will see far more modern designs and the use of vertical and horizontal lines in varying quantities.

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Timber Side hinged garage doors are readily available in various timber species all chosen for their properties and relevance in construction. Offered in standard or bespoke designs and sizes, generally up to 10 feet (3048mm) wide and 8 feet high (2438mm). Above that width and height is perfectly possible, but the whole door panel construction becomes more like a gate and hinges and framework have to be considerably larger to take the extra weights and stresses involved.

We currently offer a fantastic range of high quality timber species, each offering favourable qualities and different grainings and suitability to either paint or staining treatments. 

Accoya timber




seasoned european oak


idigbo hardwood


iroko timber, durability even when untreated


Looking for higher level of security & insulation? Our latest range of double skinned, insulated steel side hinged garage doors offers superb weather protection, insulation and fantastic security through their design and beautiful styles and finishes. Available with LPS1175 ratings SR1 and SR2 for security purposes.


The side hinged garage door set can be produced with either 50/50 split opening or a 1/3 and 2/3 opening in most designs. The 1/3rd and 2/3rd opening offers the best solution to frequent pedestrian access meaning only the smaller door leaf is opened every time access is required.


Unlike steel side hinged doors, timber doors are generally purpose made so can be manufactured to exactly the sizes required. If the building is constructed of
uncut stonework a scribed timber sub fixing frame will finish the installation with a neat snug fit.

If there is a lack of headroom in your garage the side hinged garage door provides the perfect solution. Side hinged doors are a blessing for those whose garages are decked out internally with shelves or cupboards or garages that house intrusive gas/electric meters or pipework.  The lack of tracks or panels protruding into the garage means that you have no worries about fouling door operating gear. You can utilise all of the drive through height and width (providing the doors can open to 90° or more). The lack of lifting gear also means that the side hinged garage door is wonderfully maintenance free apart from treatment of the timber. No springs, cones or cables to maintain or replace when they have worn out.

On a very practical note, if depth and width of garage is restricted (or more depth and width is required) the doors and frames can both be fitted externally with some kind of flashing required above the frame head to prevent water ingress. Fitting the doors externally can also offer the greatest drive through width and height if this is a requirement.

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Electric Operation

Automated side-hinged timber garage doorsDon’t forget, electric operation is perfectly possible. Contrary to popular belief you can fit a remote control operator to side hinged garage doors very easily. Most boom style electric operators combined with a swing arm conversion kit will fit the bill.  The systems we install allow the first leaf to reach the home position slightly before the second leaf – and this closes the doors more securely. Remember to fit a manual release if there is no other pedestrian entrance to your garage. Most of all you will need a relatively powerful operator as there are more forces applied to side hinged doors during operation especially in windy conditions, and these conditions need to be allowed for.

New generations of electric operators constantly monitor the doors in different stages of operation and compensate in their safety features – Seip, Cardale, Marantec, Hormann and Somfy are good examples.

It is also possible to use hydraulic and mechanical gate operator technology for a really neat and reliable automation system for side hinged doors, and we install quite a few of these when the inside of the garage has high ceilings or a finished interior. These operators are either articulated arms or piston style rams as well as top mounted operators very similar to doors you may see in retail shops and public buildings. Very reliable and perfectly suited to high useage too, these units are quiet and have excellent longevity in use.

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Designer Doors

Just as with the sectional garage doors we see more and more customers looking for an individual garage door design and the desire to use stainless steel or coloured elements as an overlay or inlay in the design. These ‘designer’ type doors can create dramatic effects or simply a bold statement of individuality.
Below there are just some of the more popular side hinged garage doors from the vast range supplied by The Garage Door Centre

Ashbourne - Cedar Side Hinged Garage Doors

Ashbourne - Cedar

Ashford - Cedar Side Hinged Garage Doors

Ashford - Cedar

Bakewell - Cedar Side Hinged Garage Doors

Bakewell - Cedar

Belper - Cedar Side Hinged Garage Doors

Belper - Cedar

Chesterfield - Cedar Side Hinged Garage Doors

Chesterfield - Cedar

Haddon - Cedar Side Hinged Garage Doors

Haddon - Cedar

View Cedar Side Hinged Garage Doors in Product Catalogue


Ahston - Garador Timber Side Hinged Garage Doors

Ashton - Garador

Chevron - Garador Timber Side Hinged Garage Doors

Chevron - Garador

Horizontal - Garador Timber Side Hinged Garage Doors

Garador Horizontal

Seymour - Garador Timber Side Hinged Garage Doors

Seymour - Garador

Tudor - Garador Timber Side Hinged Garage Doors

Tudor - Garador

Vertical - Garador Timber Side Hinged Garage Doors

Vertical - Garador

View Garador Timber Side Hinged Garage Doors in Product Catalogue

Buyers Beware!

  • Side hinged garage doors usually open outwards so check that the drive does not slope upwards and that doors can fully open, we can offer inward opening on most of the models if required, however this is a fairly rare procedure.

  • Be aware, if your garage is in front of a public area or pathway that the doors will open into, check with your local authority whether this is acceptable. Other safety systems may be required.

  • Search through our Product Catalogue for high quality timber side hinged garage doors

  • Many types of double skinned insulated side hinged doors are becoming available now in the UK and these offer excellent security through the panel design and locking systems as well as fantastic insulation.

  • Email us directly for the very latest and best prices on the internet or call us now with your requirements.

  • For further information on side hinged garage doors, please contact one of our experienced sales staff who can offer details on the latest designs, materials and prices.

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