5 Types of Garage Door- Choose your favorite

May 26, 2022

Choosing wood garage doors can change the look of your home because they can be customized to match any exterior finish. It is possible to replace one panel with a window or other design.

There are a number of things to consider when choosing a garage door, but it really depends on the purpose of the garage. As homeowners use their garages for storage or for converting them into leisure or living areas, security and insulation value have become increasingly important. It is very important to choose the right garage door.

In this article we will cover the types of Garage Doors and help you choose the best one for you. Make sure you read the reviews on garage doors before purchasing one.

Garage doors with sections

Sectional garage doors, the most popular in the United States, consist of panels connected by hinges. Each panel's edge rolls inside a vertical track as the door opens and closes.

Over a curved section of the track, the hinges between each panel section bend. When completely closed, the door is parallel to the ceiling. Similarly, when completely open, it is parallel to the walls.

Although sectional garage doors are popular because they’re secure, energy-efficient, and easy to operate, they also have drawbacks. For example, they can be expensive since they’re more complex to manufacture and install. They can also be noisy when opening and closing.  

Lastly, should a sectional garage door break, it could prove more challenging to repair than other types of garage doors due to its multi-section construction.

In this case, working with professionals specializing in garage door repairs can be an excellent idea. They have the experience, skills, and expertise to fix your garage door efficiently and safely. 

UP-AND-OVER/TILT UP CANOPY GARAGE DOORS

In cases where driveway space isn't an issue, a traditional tilted canopy garage door may be the best choice. You can operate this manually or electrically, and it operates on a pivoting hinge, allowing it to extend outwards before tilting up and into the garage. When fully open, the door will be parallel to the ceiling and consist of a solid slab rather than sectional panels.

However, a tilted canopy garage door may not be the ideal option if you're on a tight budget, aiming to enhance your home's security, or if you have limited space.

ROLLER GARAGE DOORS

Roller garage doors don't offer a lot of extras, but since they are constructed for commercial use, they are high-performance, withstand heavy use, and if built without springs they shouldn't rust, corrode, or freeze. Consequently, these types of garage doors are often a bit more expensive.

Moreover, roller garage doors have other disadvantages. For example, they’re typically made with a single sheet of material, so fewer customization options are available. They’re also not as secure as other types of garage doors, such as sectional doors. This is because they can be easily pried open or cut through.

Slide to the Side Garage Doors

A slide to the side garage door operates by bending to one side of the garage and sitting parallel to the wall, just as its name suggests. They were originally used for garages with little headroom, and are among the first operating styles.

However, while effective in saving space and securing your home, a slide to the side garage door can be pricier than other options, and may not be as energy-efficient, as it can create drafts when opened.

Side-Hinged Garage Doors

A side-hinged garage door swings open and close from a hinged frame on either side of the opening. They resemble large barn doors and are typically made of wood, although more commercial-type galvanized steel doors are also available.

Recently, these classic doors have been in greater demand, especially for garages with obstructions or limited headroom. Side-hinged garage doors can be bought in pre-hung steel frames or can be installed in existing openings. Automation is also possible with special conversion arms.

However, side-hinged garage doors have a few disadvantages that you should be wary of. For example, they require more space to open. If you have limited space in your garage, this type can be a problem. Since side-hinged doors require more precise measurements, their installation can be more complex compared to other types.

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