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New Garage Doors for 2011

May 1, 2011 1 comment

As the end of the financial year comes round and we see yet again more price increases there have also been some new garage doors and options on existing doors released into the market.

Hormann/Garador have released a new up and over garage door panel called the Caxton in the Hormann range and Sutton in the Garador range.  The panel is quite attractive and is similar to a Carlton/Vertical but with a border.  In the Hormann price list the Caxton is £179 more than the Vertical, so it is quite an expensive border.  It also comes at a higher cost than the Georgian panel doors.  Garador have forgotten to include the Sutton in their price list so we’re not sure how much they intend to charge.  Garador have also introduced 5 new timber up and over designs and a new timber side hinged product in 3 designs.  The timber side hinged doors use the same steel frame and leaf chassis as the steel side hinged doors but with a timber infill.

Teckentrup Depot have released a new insulated side hinged garage door.  The door is made up of the same Carteck sections used on their sectional garage doors  and comes with an aluminium threshold, sash lock and lever handles and flush bolts.   The side hinged door is quite expensive against the Carteck sectional door with a 2286mm wide door working out at £383 more at list.  The insulated  side hinged door is however a unique product and is bound to be desireable to all those retired engineers out there using their garages as ‘workshops’.

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The Changing Sectional Garage Door Market

April 17, 2011 4 comments

In the last few years there have been many newcomers to the sectional garage doors market and slowly but surely some of them seem to be making a big contribution to a change in the styles and sizes of sectional doors we sell.

Go back 5 years and the only sectional doors that were readily available were a small selection of slightly different Georgain panel designs from different manufacturers, a narrow horizontal rib and a wide horizontal rib door; all with a woodgrain finish.  Of course other styles and finishes have always been available but on a long lead time and at a much higher cost.  Now with companies like Teckentrup Depot and Gliderol there is an incresed range of panel styles and more importantly the smooth finish as a no cost option.  This has introduced some good healthy competition into the UK sectional market.  Not a conclusive test by any means but in our own business we’ve found that without a price or lead time difference most of our customers prefer a smooth finish sectional door to one with a woodgrain finish.

The other big reason brands like these and Garage Door Systems have been able to create a market for themselves is the ability to mix and match heights & widths in the price lists which can often save money in the avoidance of cut down charges and can save weeks (or months!) off lead times.  The pricelists are simple with good continuity on lead times accross the product ranges which are things that Novoferm and the industry leaders Hormann/Garador could learn a thing or two from.

The Garage Door Industry Picks Up

It would seem that after an incredibly tough recession and a brutal winter that took their toll on both manufacturers and installers alike that the garage door industry is getting back on its feet.  Speaking to people at Garador, Novoferm and SWS things have definitely picked up for these suppliers.  Garador are working nights, Novoferm are running out of stock and SWS can’t produce the doors fast enough.  Some of this increase in demand can no doubt be linked to the demise of BRP Group however the does seem to be a big increase in garage door sales in general, in our own company at the moment we’re busier than we’ve ever been.  The good weather always seems to have an impact on sales, once people start getting out in their gardens and looking at doing the outside jobs things always seem to pick up.

Hope all you businesses are picking up nicely and that this fantastic weather continues!

Cardale In Administration

July 16, 2009 12 comments

On 14/07/09 RSM Bentley Jennison were appointed Administrators over the principal operating companies of the Cardale Group Limited.

I doubt this will come as a shock to many people.  I for one was dubious about how long they would last when they started closing for lunch.

It seems that over the past few years Cardale just haven’t been able to get it right.  Although their marketing is great, the products aren’t.  When you compare them against the likes of Hormann and Novoferm they’re just not as good.  This would be ok if the price was rock bottom and they were marketing themselves as a budget door, but they’re not.  Also most fitters prefer to fit the German doors so tend to push them.  The only great product they did have, the Carteck door, they over priced then stopped importing  due to low sales figures.  Then they bought Henderson, another company with great marketing but poor doors.

No doubt Cardale will be bought as the company is just too big to fold but what then?  Will there be a massive injection of cash to overhaul the outdated retractable gear or the over complicated canopy gear?  By the way has anybody had the pleasure or replacing cables on a recent Caradle canopy?

Cardale should not be allowed to fold if not for any other reason than the redundancies, but if it is going to carry on then it needs huge changes in the business.  It needs to be transformed the way Hormann transformed Garador.