The market is full of garage doors in a range of sizes, types, brands, colours and styles which all offer something different to the end-user. It can be hard to know which garage door will be the most suitable choice for your home! Choosing your garage door will come down to a couple of things, firstly personal preference then, budget and most commonly the desire to replace an old garage door with a new one. You may also only want to carry out garage door repairs if you like your existing door.
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To make the choice easier for you when deciding, “which garage door is best?” and to compare the differences between these options let’s compare them in detail.
Up & Over Garage Doors
Up & Over garage doors is one of the most popular garage doors on the market. They are available with two types of mechanism, canopy gear which is also known as a trackless canopy and retractable gear also known as tracked or slide away. These doors come in a huge range of sizes, colours, materials and can be opened manually or automatically. Here is a further explanation of the mechanisms:
- Canopy Doors: This mechanism is an overhead door that only retracts part of the way into the garage leaving a horizontal canopy of the door projecting beyond the face of the garage entrance.
- Retractable Doors: This mechanism enters the garage from its full length without leaving a projecting canopy and it is generally regarded as being strong and quieter to operate than a canopy door.
Sectional Garage Doors
Sectional garage doors are made up of sections of panels rather than one single panel. This design allows the sections to slide up vertically and back into the garage on rails and therefore do not swing out into the garage. These mechanisms are operated automatically, making them very convenient. The main benefit of this design is that it will save you a lot of space in your garage, they are strong, secure and can be easily insulated.
Roller Garage Doors
Roller garage doors are installed on tracks that are embedded in the garage wall on either side of the garage door opening and can be used manually or automatically. They are quite similar to the sectional garage doors in how they work, however, roller garage doors have much smaller sections. These smaller sections allow the door to roll above the door opening, saving you space. These garage doors can be insulated very easily and are very robust and secure. The installation process is very easy as it is the operation of the door.
Side Hinged Garage Doors
Side-hinged garage doors are extremely useful if you have obstructions inside your garage, you have limited headroom or you use your garage for storage and need pedestrian access. The doors also come in a huge range of styles, colours, materials and sizes.
Sliding Garage Doors
Sliding garage doors are very similar to sectional and roller garage doors, however, their tracks are on the side rather than up. The track is usually placed on the floor and on the ceiling and will guide the sections are they open up. These garage doors are great for wide garage openings and also have the added security feature of being able to open partway to allow quick pedestrian access if needed.
Automatic or Manual
When you are choosing a garage door you can choose between manual garage doors or automatic garage doors. There are two types of automatic door openers, the first is a remote control which you point towards the sensors and the second type is an entry pad on the external wall of the garage which will require a code to open.
If you would like more information on any of the garage doors listed in this article please get in touch with a member of the team today on 0800 716 569.