Modern Up and Over Garage Doors

Woodgrain effect up and over garage doors set inside a broken brick frame
Author: Samuel Beckingham
Updated: Apr 17, 2024
3 minutes read

Garage doors are more than a secure entrance; they’re also a fashion statement. This week, we’re looking at up and over garage doors. We’ll be covering their advantages and looking at what they cost. If you’re in the market for a new garage door, this might help you decide what’s right for you.

What Is an Up and Over Garage Door?

This is your classic static single panel that pulls out and folds up to sit parallel with the ceiling. They are fully retractable and open into the garage, only protruding out slightly as they go through their operating motion. These are available in canopy versions or fully retractable.

The doors operate on horizontal tracks and springs, which help ease the door open. Although they require manual effort to lift and spring back, you can purchase automatic versions that operate using an electric motor.

Benefits of an Up and Over

  • Cheap

  • Durable

  • Easy to operate

  • Secure

One of the main reasons homeowners choose up and over doors is because they are the cheapest option on the market. If you’re on a budget, you can’t go wrong with this choice, especially because they’re strong enough to last as well.

Also, it’s not hard to operate an up and over. Unless you’re elderly or less physically able, you shouldn’t struggle to open up one of these doors. Because they run on rollers and springs, a lot of the hard work is done for you.

What Materials Are Available?

Garage doors in up and over types come in steel, timber and glass reinforced polyester (GRP).

Steel is considered the strongest option. It makes the door heavier, but it offers security and durability.

Timber is an option to complement the exterior of your home. It can last an incredibly long time, but might need more maintenance compared to other materials. Constant exposure to water and dirt can cause warping if not looked after properly.

GRP offers strength without the weight. It also has insulating properties, which can keep your garage warmer. As an additional benefit, GRP isn’t susceptible to warping or requires much attention.

Colours Available

Nowadays, all materials come with various colour options. Steel has a few choices, while timber will have more. Depending on whether you’re opting for treated wood or a particular varnish, you can find a wooden finish to suit your home.

GRP is more easily coloured, as it’s a synthetic blend. This means you have a bigger range of colours to choose from. It can also be manufactured with a woodgrain or textured effect, to give the illusion of other materials.

How Much Do Up and Over Garage Doors Cost?

The larger your garage opening, the more you can expect to pay. Up and over doors can be anything from 6’6” wide all the way up to 14’. In terms of heights, these are usually between 6’4” and 7’.

For a small single width steel door, you can expect to pay anything from £375–£1,000. Double width types can be around £1,400.

Timber is more expensive, at around £1,500 for a single width up and over and £2,500 for a double width version.

With GRP, a single width door can cost you around £1,000.

If you’re looking for an electric version, be prepared to add another £1,000 to your final bill.

Be aware that all of these figures are rough estimates. Without knowing the size of your space or what material you’re after, it’s almost impossible to guess.

To find out how much you’d pay for an up and over garage door, use the button below to get a quote from a local supplier.