FIBREGLASS TIP UP GARAGE DOOR
Fibreglass doors are fabricated using moulded fibreglass to create the garage door panels.
Fibreglass doors can be used in areas close to the sea, as the fibreglass will not be weathered by the salty sea air, the sun however can fade fibreglass after many years and it is important to remember that fibreglass doors have a galvanised steel frame riveted around the door.
These doors are very light-weight that will help prolong the life of the doors hardware and fibreglass requires no maintenance.
All tip up garage doors, however, do have springs and hinges that should be regularly sprayed with silicone spray or Q20 in order to help maintain a longer lifespan of the tip up door hardware, as well as preventing rust erosion and sticking hinges. Greasing the doors' hardware is not recommended as the grease forms a grinding paste with dust and sand particles, which encourages rust and decay.
Standard sizes of garage door openings for fibreglass tip up doors:
- Single fibreglass tip up door: 2500mm (w) x 2180mm (h)
- Double fibreglass tip up door: 4800mm (w) x 2180mm (h)
Fibreglass doors have a wood grain or smooth finish and come in 2 standard colours;
other colours are available at an extra charge.
Fibreglass tip up doors are available in either a horizontal slatted or raised and fielded (block) panels. It is however, important to note that if you opt for raised and fielded panels, and your door is not a STD size, you should consult your installer as to whether the blocks will be cut off, either on the sides or at the top of door, in which case, you should probably have a horizontal slatted door installed. Fibreglass tip up doors have a visible galvanised steel strip on the edges of the tip up garage door. Horizontal slatted fibreglass doors are more expensive than raised and fielded garage doors.
Windows can be installed into the fibreglass garage doors.
Tip up doors should be installed only if your garage is not on the boundary or if there is enough space in your driveway in front of the garage, this is because a tip up door tips up and out of your garage, which means that a car or anything for that matter, cannot be parked directly in front of the garage doors.
Tip up garage doors need 200mm head room, from the bottom of the lintel to the bottom of the ceiling or rafters in the garage, for installation. When the aluzinc tip up door is in the open position the garage will lose +/- 100mm from its height.
Single tip up garage doors are installed with a hinge and tension spring mechanism on either side of the garage door. Each hinge contains ball point bearings. Double tip up doors should always have two springs attached to each hinge, in order to neutralise the weight of the double door.
Both these mechanisms neutralise the weight of the garage door, making it easy to manually move the door up and down.
For a tip up garage door to be installed properly, the garage needs to have 80mm wall nip space on either side, this is where the styles of the tip up door are installed. If this is not available, the style will become more visible.
Tip up garage doors require two styles for installation. A style is a tall cubed piece of timber, usually 69mm x 45mm wide, for single doors, 69mm x 69mm wide for double doors, spanning higher than the garage door opening height. Each style is installed on either side of the garage opening, on the inside of the wall.
The hinges and springs are then mounted onto the styles and the door attached to the hardware. The door should be +/- 30mm smaller than the opening size of the garage, to ensure that the door will clear the opening, when tipping up and open.
The styles also ensure that the door does not rub up against the garage walls, but rather can rub up against the wood of the styles, preventing any scratching and damage to the door. A tip up garage door must have a minimum of 20mm overlap on the inside of the garage, at the top.