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Up and Over garage doors is a general term used to describe two specific types of garage door mechanism; canopy and retractable operating garage doors.An up and over door is a one piece door panel counterbalanced with a spring(s) to make manual or automatic opening easy for the user.Up and Over garage doors are available in steel, timber and GRP.

The two different types are shown below.

Door Type 1 – CANOPY up and over garage door

Picture showing up and over garage door canopy mechanism

Canopy door mechanism

Picture showing travel of an up & over garage door with canopy mechanism

The travel on a canopy door

Canopy garage doors are the most common type of garage door found in the UK. The spring mechanism at the top of the door provides the counterbalanced lift. A canopy mechanism is typically used on doors up to 8 feet wide.

Door Type 2 – RETRACTABLE up and over garage door

Picture showing up & over garage door retractable mechanism

Up and over garage door retractable mechanism

The travel of up & over garage door with retractable mechanism

Travel on a retractable garage door mechanism

A retractable garage door has horizontal tracks mounted on the ceiling or sidewalls to guide the door back into the garage. The door panel retracts fully into the garage.

Canopy Up and Over Garage Doors

An up and over canopy garage door forms a canopy when it is open with one-third of the door sticking out of the garage. The counterbalance mechanism is mounted onto a steel or timber goalpost frame and has no tracks hanging from the ceiling.

Canopy up and over doors arrive with the mechanism pre-installed for quick and easy on-site installation to a timber goalpost frame (70mm x 70mm in section) or factory fitted with a steel frame for very quick and easy on-site installation directly to the brickwork.

Picture showing rear of Cardale canopy garage door

The rear of typical Cardale canopy up & over door showing multi-point locking. For installation to timber frame. Pre-installed steel frames available.

Picture showing rear of Hormann canopy garage door

The rear of Hormann canopy garage door fitted to steel fixing frame. Note all mechanism fitted to the goalpost frame.

Canopy doors generally have a spring(s) along the inside of the frame crossbar. The drive-through width on a canopy door is the distance between the frame uprights as the canopy mechanism does not protrude into the opening at all. The canopy door is ideal for manual use but is not recommended for automation. If you want to automate the door now or in the future, please buy a retractable door. See below for details.

Retractable Up and Over Garage Doors

Retractable doors have horizontal tracks mounted on the ceiling or sidewalls to help the door to fully retract back into the garage. This makes retractable up and over garage doors ideal for automation.

Picture showing rear of Hormann Double retractable garage door

Inside view of a double up and over door with a steel fixing frame. Note horizontal tracks to guide door into garage.

A width restriction can occur where the pivot arms protrude into the aperture of the door. On single width doors, the Retractable Plus Gear (Hormann & Garador) or Cardale Maximizer retractable gear upgrades are available to maximise drive through width.

Picture showing how retractable plus gear maximizes drive through width

Garador and Hormann Retractable Plus Gear
Specially designed lifting arms on the Garador and Hormann Retractable Plus Gear system maximises drive through width on small single doors.

Picture showing how Cardale Maximizer gear maximizes drive through width

Cardale Maximiser Gear
Cardale single width retractable doors come with maximizer plus gear to maximize drive through width. Full opening width up to 1200mm off floor for 7’ high doors and full opening width up to 1050mm off floor on 6’6” high doors.

About Us

“In The Beginning”

Mark, the Managing Director, of Arridge Garage Doors Ltd. “found” garage doors in a Job Centre in Wolverhampton in 1989. As a Design Technology (B. Ed. Hon’s) student at Wolverhampton Polytechnic he took a summer job as a garage door fitter. Having previously been a furniture maker he had the basic skills. Four months later, when 3rd-year studies began, he carried on doing garage doors from the boot and roof of his Fiat 127 in order to make ends meet.

“The Middle Bit”

Graduation, 6 months teaching in Siberia, getting married and getting a teaching job did not hamper his sideline of garage doors. Teaching became a bit stale and stifling so Mark went full time with the business of supplying and installing all types of garage doors in Shropshire, North Wales, Cheshire and Powys. The odd customer further afield purchased garage doors on a supply only basis with Mark going through sizes, fitting tips etc. very carefully over the telephone to ensure things went smoothly for the customer when the door arrived.

The supply only side of the business grew and grew. Google advertising, 12 web sites later a move to special purpose offices and professional full time staff (see Meet the Team) has made Arridge Garage Doors Ltd. Britains leading garage door discounter. The only ISO9001 approved on-line garage door company.


“Every customer, whether they are down the road, in Lands End or John O’ Groats gets the same level of help and attention with their garage door as my very first customer did. The customer needs to be advised, informed and happy” says Mark.

As a result of this, a good percentage of customers – trade and retail – return with repeat orders. Customers requiring installation can also be accommodated as Arridge Garage Doors Ltd. has utilised and developed their network of quality garage door installers and fitters. Any garage door purchased from Arridge Garage Doors Ltd., at their heavily discounted website prices, can be installed by these fitters for a fixed cost. All our fitters are very experienced, do a good job, and charge fair and reasonable prices.

Mark talking to DIY SOS designer Julia Kendell at the NEC Home Building and Renovating Show, March 2011.

Bob, Arridge Garage Doors Ltd. Sales Office Manager, adds:
“Competition is severe, economic conditions are harsh and customers have to shop around when they buy anything these days. We have a “like for like” Price Guarantee so please give us a chance to have your valued custom if you do happen to find a keener price. Our product knowledge, technical help, deliveries and general service are the very best. We also pride ourselves in our After Sales Service – in the unlikely event you need it!

Our main suppliers such as Hormann, Carteck, Cedar Door, Garador, Aluroll etc. like customers who purchase their products through us because they know that when the door arrives it will be correct”.

Arridge Garage Doors are agents for Hormann, Garador, Alutech, Aluroll, Carteck, Ryterna, Woodrite, Cedar Door, Gliderol, Wessex  and Cardale, all our website prices are heavily discounted off the manufacturers’ list prices.