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Modern Garage Door Keeps Vintage Cars Safe

This incredible property is situated in the village of Hazlemere, Buckinghamshire. It’s an envious family home boasting large outdoor spaces and a prime location within walking distance of the beautiful Bucks countryside.


Property owner, Richard Hotston’s loves classic cars and has three garages on the grounds devoted to his passion. All the garages are distinct from the main house and large in their own right. What’s more, opening them up reveals vintage cars from years gone by (lovingly restored by Richard).

Like the classic motors behind it, one of the garage doors had reached advanced age and was due an upgrade.

Richard explained: “Our old, wooden up and over door (probably 40+ years old) was getting very heavy and had become a poor fit. It jammed frequently on the guides and I was concerned that it might eventually collapse on my cars.”

“It was definitely time for a replacement garage door and SWR was recommended by a good friend.”

The customer gave us a call to discuss his options. He preferred an electric folding door as opposed to the previous type in order to maximise space within the garage and eliminate the risk of collapse. We made some recommendations and suggested that Richard come to our showroom in Hemel Hempstead to see our product range in person.

The Products

Richard saw a few examples of doors at the Showroom but it was clear the Hӧrmann RollMatic was best suited to his requirements. This roller shutter type goes directly up into the garage’s ceiling area leaving no external or internal overhang.

RollMatics are also made of high-quality aluminium, which is resistant to corrosion. Although the customer liked the look of wooden doors – RollMatics are longer lasting, and come in a range of colours. For that reason, James chose a powder-coated brown finish to mimic the look of wood while still maintaining the benefits of an aluminium construction.

After we found the best product, our surveyor Darren visited the customer’s property to ensure the structure could properly support a RollMatic. The original structure was built with an up & over in mind and the unique style of a roller shutter may not be a good fit. Fortunately, it was ok and a price was agreed.

The Installation

The customer wanted the garage’s piers left as they are so the new door was back fixed to maintain full opening width. Remote operation comes as standard on RollMatics and the unit is installed outside the sectional cladding for easy maintenance. Two button remote controls are also included with the door.

The old door was removed and new one fitted in the same day. Overall, Richard was delighted with both door and service.

He said: “The door is well made, quiet and simple in operation. Much quieter than the two Securiglide doors I have fitted to my other garage.

“The installation team were excellent-efficient, clean and tidy. I’d be extremely likely to recommend SWR to friends and family.” Mr Hotston

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