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Up and Over Garage Doors in Coventry



One piece Up and Over garage doors in Coventry have been the most popular type of garage door in the UK for so many years. The simplicity of operation and diversity of panel design is one key factor. Up and Over garage doors can be a standard size or made to measure if extra width or height is required to optimise the drive through sizes. They are available in steel, timber, Upvc and GRP in various different designs and finishes. Many designs incorporate windows for light and visual appeal.

Up and Over garage doors are available in 2 main operating mechanisms: Canopy and Retractable.

The information below demonstrates some of the differences between the two different door mechanisms. The canopy gear is only available in doors up to 2438mm (8 feet) wide, all doors wider than this use retractable gear.

Canopy Up & Over Garage Doors

The canopy type Up and Over garage door had been the simplest and most common type of garage door mechanism used for years; its name derives from the fully opened garage door panel protruding about a third forward of the sub frame, forming a canopy. It was the biggest selling Up and Over garage door type until the turn of the 21st century.

Canopy Uup and over garage doors in Coventry give the maximum drive-through width when open and are the easiest door to install.

The door panel is balanced and assisted in operation by torsion springs that are positioned above the door panel on the head of the fixing sub frame; this is then lifted by steel cables on either side of the door, attached to wheels running in a channel.

Important Note: The canopy Up and Over door mechanism is generally only available up to 8 feet (2438mm) wide. It is not normally used if the garage door is to be controlled by an electric garage door operator for automatic opening with a handset. It is a basic mechanism for small doors without electric operation but is very efficient and generally easy to install.

Retractable Garage Doors in Coventry

Retractable garage doors in Coventry are fast becoming the more popular type of garage door mechanism of the two in the UK, its name derives from the garage door panel retracting fully into the garage when open on horizontal tracks. It is the mechanism that will convert easily and safely into electric operation with the least equipment involved.

The drive-through width on a retractable mechanism is always reduced as the lifting arms at either side sit between the sub-frame when the door is opened.

Be careful that you do not compromise your vehicle access too much when limited for opening width. There are options such as the Retractable Plus gear from Hormann’s doors which tackles this problems on doors up to 7’6″ (2286mm) wide.

The retractable door mechanism can take much heavier loads, with the adjustable tension springs at the sides easily increased in size and strength.

Note: Retractable operating gear is generally used for garage doors over 8 feet wide and heavier door panels such as hardwood-built doors. All double width garage doors have retractable operating gear only.

Side Hinged Garage Doors

Our range of traditional side hinged garage doors in Coventry offer very simple and personal access to pedestrians and    vehicles…

Roller Garage Doors Coventry

Our insulated roller garage doors in Coventry are the ideal solution if space is scarce, or where the entrance to the garage is particularly narrow….

Sectional Garage Doors

Our insulated sectional garage doors in Coventry are constructed in large vertical sections that simply fold up and away into your loft space….


At Spartan Doors, you can be assured that our professional approach will ensure a successful selection and installation of your garage door. We proudly maintain a high standard of workmanship and your satisfaction is guaranteed. Contact our team today to discuss your requirements. Feel free to browse our services.



2 Lennox close, Coventry ,CV3 3DU


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