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Garage Doors

There are many different types of garage doors available on the market. In essence they all do the same job, just in slightly different ways. We are happy to guide you through maze of doors to ensure that you chose something that’s just perfect for you and your house. We have large showrooms at both out Helston and Bodmin branch where you can see most of the available doors in operation.

“South West Garage Doors have been supplying and installing garage doors since 1999 and hold accounts with all of the main manufacturers. We are the main Hormann distributor in the South West”

Hormann are the market leaders and they own Garador although they trade separately. Sws or Seceuroglide are still very strong in the insulated roller doors, window shutter and now industrial doors. Henderson is now out of business but we can still repair and service your existing garage door. Cardale has been resurrected and is now going strong, as is Wessex. Gliderol roller doors are still the market leaders in the single skin roller door market.

Domestic garage doors are split up into four main categories, up and over doors, roller doors, sectional doors and sliding doors.

Up and over doors are mainly now used for single doors (up to 9′ wide). They come in many styles and colours to suit each budget. The materials used are steel, grp (fibreglass) or timber.


  • Attractive styles
  • Relatively low cost for standard sizes
  • Choice of colours
  • Window options in some styles
  • Manual and automated options


  • Purpose made doors can be expensive
  • Outswing can prevent cars parking in front of the door
  • Not draught proof or insulated

Roller doors are space saving and great for garages where additional storage space is required and because the doors are vertically tracked you can park right up to the door and still use it.


  • Space saving
  • Great for exposed locations, doesn’t get caught in the wind
  • Insulated options
  • Manual and electric options
  • Large choice of colours


  • Design, only a horizontal style available

Sectional doors are a hybrid of the up and over and roller doors. The doors are made of 4 sections and lift straight up like a roller door, because the panels are large there are many design options.


  • Massive size and style range
  • Standard and bespoke colours available
  • Manual and electric options
  • Fully insulated and draught proof options
  • Parking right outside the door
  • Matching side doors
  • Very large sizes are possible
  • Standard and purpose made


  • Tracks back in the garage
  • Some longer lead in times as non standard doors come from Germany

Sliding doors. These are available in a range of materials and styles. There are three main manufacturers that we use, Hormann HST, vertico and rundum mier.


  • Good for conservation areas, vertical boarding
  • Timber and aluminium options
  • Manual and automated options
  • Good where there is limited head room
  • Possible curved options



  • Cost, normally quite high
  • You will potentially loose a storage wall in the garage
  • Timber doors will require maintenance


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    Simon Bartington
    First class service from Jon and his Team, from initial consultation to recommending a versatile and robust Security System on our apartment complex and multiple gates. Most professional tradesperson I have dealt with in decades, knocks spots off all the other Security Gate Suppliers in the South West, we have used lots of them in the past 30 years! Save your time and money and give these guys a call as your first call!
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  • Brilliant service. Arrived on day of call and Sam was extremely helpful. Solved the problem and am a happy customer. Will have all services done with them in future.