The Common Types of Garage Doors

There’s no denying that a garage door is one of the essential features of a home in this day and age. Most homeowners are mindful of how their garage looks and tend to buy the right materials to make them more secure, appealing, and insulated. Also, we find it imperative to get a garage door that matches the house and driveway. Garage doors can be categorized by how they function and the materials they utilize. In this read, we are going to look at the various garage doors you can pick from, depending on how you want them to open and operate.

The Common Types of Garage Doors

  1. Swing Hand Garage Door

This is the traditional type of garage door and works like a conventional door. The door is attached to the garage by hinges. If you have a home with a narrow driveway, this type of door is not ideal for your garage as it will call for more space in front as you swing the door to open.

  1. Roller Garage Door

This type of garage door is often made of metal and rolls upwards whenever it’s opened. It is practical to install, but it’s not as appealing compared to its counterparts. Also, it can function using a remote control that opens the automatic roller, thus opening even when you are inside your vehicle. This ideal for places with security issues or when it’s extremely cold outside. It is also ideal for short driveways as it doesn’t call for much space.

  1. Retractable Garage Door

This kind of garage door calls for substantial space. It moves outwards and then pulls back into the garage ceiling. It is easy to install and the easiest to open using an electric opener.

  1. Sectional Garage Door

The sectional garage door is parallel to the retractable kind in regards to use and function. The entryway goes up and then folds back to the ceiling. Sectional openings are often made of steel and therefore making the place more secured. Also, it is easy to install and only takes a few days to assemble.

  1. Overhead Garage Door

This is the most common type of garage door, particularly for residential garages. It usually comes in sections and moves around the bend of a track that lifts it over the opening. It’s designed to open through a mechanism located at the top that pulls it up and moves in a horizontal orientation.

Now we’ve outlined the main types, you can begin to carry out further research and hone in on the type that’s right for your needs. There is obviously lots to consider, from size to budget and maintenance requirements.

  • Budget; how much can you afford to spend as an upfront investment to improve your home.
  • Security; Do you need a high level of protection? Consider your location. How much strength and protection (from a would-be intruder) is required?
  • Maintenance and servicing; How much time and effort are you going to have to spend, keeping your doors looking good and working perfectly
  • Colour: Think about the architecture and exterior features of your home. The range of colours you consider are going to be influenced by your choice of door type and surrounding architecture.