MERANTI TIP UP GARAGE DOOR
Meranti garage doors are made up from an imported meranti wood.
Meranti garage doors are usually recommended for garages that are exceptionally close to the sea, in order to have no rust erosion problems on the garage door. 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.
Meranti doors must be oiled at least every 6 months with meranti oil that will allow the door to breathe. Meranti doors need to be allowed to breathe to help maintain the lifespan of the garage door. If the door is not oiled regularly, the wood will begin to rot and the lifespan of the door will be greatly reduced.
Meranti doors come standard with a coat of meranti seed oil, but the door can be coated with darker oil, on request from the client.
Meranti tip up doors are available in either a horizontal, vertical or diagonally slatted panels. The slats on a meranti tip up door are 96mm wide and have a tongue and groove join. Tip up meranti doors may be manufactured with finger joints, but the tip up door can be fabricated without finger joints, on request from the client, at an extra charge.
Standard sizes of garage door openings for meranti tip up doors:
- Single meranti tip up door : 2500mm (w) x 2180mm (h)
- Double aluzinc tip up door: 5000mm (w) x 2180mm (h)
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 +/- 130mm 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.