Garage Base Time Lapse

This project is a new garage in Giffnock. The site slopes quite a bit from front to back so rather than lay a concrete base slab we have built brickwork retaining walls around the perimeter on concrete strip foundations at a depth of about 60cm (2’0”) below ground level. The walls have been backfilled with compacted type 1 hardcore and we have laid out the damp-proof membrane. We have also laid out polythene to protect the driveway.

We carefully lay in place the steel mesh reinforcement.

The base is almost ready for the concrete to arrive and we are busy now laying out timbers around the top of the base to make sure the concrete level is about 2.5cm (1”) above the level of the brick perimeter. This, along with the fact that the brickwork is built to the exact size of the garage, minimizes the possibility of water entry at floor level.

A screed board is cut and laid out ready for the concrete to arrive.

Whilst we are waiting for the concrete to arrive we can get on with working on the new fence. There is never an idle moment!

The concrete arrives and on this job it is brought down the driveway in a small dumper as the driveway is quite long. As you can see the driveway is well protected with polythene and boards. The concrete goes in and is leveled out and compacted with the screed board. The concrete we used on this job is a high strength 35newton mix with a special additive to give long term protection against frost.

The concrete delivery driver gets his delivery note signed.

We can now form the small sloping concrete ramp down to the driveway and start to polish the concrete finish around the perimeter of the base. Also time for a short break for lunch.

Accessing the base using a plank across the width we can now polish the middle part of the base.

Whilst one of the men finishes polishing the base the others are removing the protection from the driveway and finishing off the small sloping ramp at the front of the garage.

The base is now complete, however there may be cold weather or rain to come overnight so we need to protect the base. Here we put timbers around the perimeter followed by Heras fence panels, polythene, insulation, more polythene and weigh it all down with planks and blocks. By tomorrow the base will have set and cured to the point where we can remove the covers. The base will be ready for us to build the new garage after about a week.

Welsh Builds garage time lapse

The customer cleared the garage and we came in and carried out the following work:

  • removed the cement asbestos roof to a licensed disposal site
  • removed all the doors and windows
  • re-roofed the garage with new insulated roof panels, gutters and downpipes and maintenance free fascias
  • fitted a new insulated sectional main door
  • fitted a new insulated uPVC security personal door
  • fitted new double glazed uPVC windows
  • re-roughcast the outside of the entire garage
  • fitted new electrics all to the latest IEE regulations
Clearly the garage was too good for a car after that but made the perfect man cave!

Garage maintenance and service package

We are pleased to announce the introduction of a new service to our range. We now offer a choice of GARAGE MAINTENANCE AND SERVICE PACKAGES. They will give you peace of mind that you have met the annual servicing and maintenance requirements of any garage doors that are still under warranty. Depending on the package you select it may also give you the peace of mind that you can satisfy your buildings insurance company that you have taken reasonable measures to check over your garage roof and doors. All of this without the burden of having to carry out the annual servicing and maintenance of your Roof/Door/Garage yourself. As always all of our work is carried out by our own in house, fully trained service team.

To go ahead simply contact us to let us know which of the options below you would prefer.


Remove debris from roof sheeting*, gutters & downpipes. Clean roof sheets*, fascias and flashings. Ensure all fixings are tight sealed and capped.


Wash inside and outside and carry out a full annual service as recommended by Hormann.


As options A & B combined and carried out in one visit.


As options A & B combined and carried out in one visit.

Full service as A and B for your Welsh Concrete Garage. plus: Remove minor build up of debris around garage walls, ensure all seals are in place between joints and tighten bolts as necessary. Inspect and maintain cement seals as required. Service side door as required. Clean windows etc.

*This service is for sheeted roofs. If you have a tiled roof let us know and we can work out an accurate fixed price quotation.

Up and Over Door Maintenance

Most people take garage doors for granted, but maintaining your garage door to the right specification will keep your garage door young and fit. The most common type of doors are Canopy and retractable up and over doors. Canopy doors have a slight overhang at the front of the garage ie if you are standing at the front of the garage in the rain you won’t get wet. Retractable doors are designed to go fully inside of the garage when open. These are excellent when automated.

General Maintenance

All garage doors need some tender loving care at least once a year a bit like us. Firstly, visually inspect the general condition of the door, all components, and safety devices for completeness, proper condition and effectiveness. Then check that all the fixing points are tight. Tighten the screws if necessary. The mechanism of the door also needs some care. All the pivot points of the garage door need lubricated with a standard penetrating or lube oil. Do not use grease! On canopy doors you should inspect the cables for wear and tear.


The steel surfaces of the garage door needs cleaned with soapy water and a soft sponge at least every 6 months unless you live in a coastal area then this should be every month. If the door is more heavily soiled please use a mild, acrylic-compatible plastics cleaner. Your door also needs protection from caustic and aggressive substances for example nitrous reactions from stones or mortar, acids, de -icing salts and aggressive paints or sealants.

Our Maintenance Service

In fact, why not save yourself all this hassle and get in touch with D Welsh Builders about maintaining your garage door on a yearly basis! Our expert Door Fitters are experienced in giving your door the specialist tender loving care it requires!