When you are trying to select garage doors, you most likely seek options that will increase the overall aesthetics. You might be looking for budget-friendly solutions or elegant designs to ensure an increased resale value. And although all such needs are fully respected, priority must be given to more important matters. Before anything else, the new garage door must fit right. And that’s where different types jump in. Not all styles are made to fit to all garages. And that’s why there is a handful of options.
Available garage door types
Each garage door opens in a different way. That’s the distinctive feature that separates door types. Don’t get confused with door sizes & styles. Although they both matter, they answer different questions. The size has to do with the garage’s opening. But the door type will tell you the way it will open and thus move. And there must be room for it. So which choices do you have?
- Sectional doors – aka overhead doors, they are the most popular type available simply because it doesn’t require too much space in order to move. It goes straight up and turns with the help of the curved garage door tracks to follow the path along the ceiling and towards the rear wall. What you must be careful is to have enough backroom for it. The headroom and size space also matter. But there must be enough space for the door to lie open parallel to the ceiling.
- Roll up garage doors – these types are also very popular since they only need enough headroom for the barrel, which carries the rolled curtain and the springs.
- Swing out doors – they are also known as carriage doors because they resemble the very first wood garage doors ever made. They open outwards and are not very popular today due to the space they require in the driveway. But if you like the carriage-style and lack the space outdoors, you can still get overhead garage doors which look like carriage style ones.
- Up and over doors – these are one-piece doors. Unlike sectional doors, these types are made of only one panel. No hinges here to connect panels. And so the movement of one solid board is much more difficult. Although these types of doors still end lying under the roof – like overhead doors – they need some space in order to get there. When you press the garage door clicker, they start moving from the floor and go up for a few inches before they turn outwards. Then the upper part of the door starts moving to the back of the garage and the rest of the panel follows. So you must have enough room outdoors and never park your car too close to the door.
- Slide doors – these types of doors slide to the side but they are kind of falling into oblivion since they are not practical at all. They do require as much space to the side as the size of the door. And nobody has so much space. But they are considered safer since they slide to the side and do not hang over you. All the same, their lack of convenience makes them hard to find.
Always choose doors based on the available space in your garage and possibly outdoors. Never forget that measuring well before you take decisions is a must.