What’s The Right Type For You?

Just as you can plan the perfect layout for your garage, you should also take care to properly decorate it afterwards. The shelves, the racks and every other article of furniture you’ll add to your garage is probably going to be on the side lines to make space for your vehicles. And on the subject of having enough space for your vehicles, let’s not forget that they should also have enough space to enter your garage! Another important point you will therefore have to think about is the door you will get for your garage.

You should first know that when you buy garage door, just as is with any other thing one tries to buy, you’ll find different types of doors.

This is not just about whether they are automatic or manual – that is, whether they open automatically when you press a garage door opener, or if you have to go out of your way to manually open the garage (and let’s say we’re in favour of automatic doors) – but also, about the type of door per se. Generally, all types of doors for garages tend to open in one of four main ways – they will swing outwards, swing upwards, roll upwards or slide to the side. Besides this categorization according to the way in which they open, doors for garages are classified according to three main types, which are listed and described briefly below:

• Tilt Doors – also known as single panel doors, tilt doors are built of one single monolithic panel and they open by swinging up and overhead. While they are not as costly, this swinging motion when they open creates a swing up arc, which tends to take up the space right in front of doors when they open. As such, a car cannot be parked right before a garage which has a single panel door, or the door will hit the car.

• Sectional Doors – sectional doors were created mindful of the drawbacks of the single panel doors. Unlike the single panel doors, sectional doors are built by a number of panels. These doors open with a sliding motion – again up and overhead. The sliding motion does not create a swing up arc as the former, and therefore, vehicles parked right in front of these doors will not get hit by the door or anything.

• Roller Doors – roller doors, as the name suggests, open by rolling up and overhead. They are usually built with corrugated steel, but other materials such as corrugated fiberglass can also be used, as long as the material does not have a strong impact resistance. A drawback of these doors is that they cannot be insulated effectively.