new-garage-doorDeciding on the best type of garage door to have installed can sometimes be a challenge. There are five main garage door types and each of them has its advantages and drawbacks for a particular garage installation. If you are in the process of considering a new garage door purchase, perhaps this brief list of pros and cons will help you decide on the right garage door type for your home. The five main types of garage door are:

  • Canopy style up-and-over door
  • Retractable up-and-over door
  • Roller door
  • Sectional door
  • Side-hinged garage door

Side Hinged Garage Doors

The pros:

  • Installed in pairs, so you can work in your garage with just one door open if you want.
  • Simple mechanism, so all you have to maintain is the hinges and the door finish.
  • A good solution if you use your garage as a workshop or store for items other than a car.
  • Easy to open and close manually

The cons:

  • Not well-suited to use with an automatic opener.
  • Less secure than vertically opening garage door types.

Sectional Garage Doors

The pros:

  • Wide range of designs and finishes available – You can even have windows in a sectional door.
  • You can park your car very close to the door and still be able to open and close it.
  • Quiet and smooth in operation.
  • Can be used with an automatic opener.

The cons:

The only potential drawback of a sectional door is that horizontal tracks are required and the door takes up ceiling space in the garage.

Roller Doors

The pros:

  • Roller design is the most space-saving of all garage door types.
  • No swing-out, so cars can be parked close to the door without impeding its operation.
  • Roller doors are normally insulated and have good thermal qualities.
  • Roller doors open and close smoothly and quietly.
  • Very secure in design.
  • Can be used with automatic door openers.

The cons:

The variety of decorative designs for roller doors is limited, since the nature of construction dictates a horizontal format. Roller doors can also be quite expensive compared with other door types.

Canopy Style Up-and-Over Doors

The pros:

  • Well balanced design makes this type of door easy to open and close manually.
  • When opened, the door protrudes from the door opening to afford a degree of shelter.
  • Usually the most inexpensive of the garage door types.

The cons:

  • Manual opening and closing only.
  • The door swings out when opened, so cars must be parked to allow sufficient space.
  • Can be somewhat noisy when opening and closing

Retractable Up-and-Over Doors

The pros:

  • Quieter in operation than canopy style doors, especially when used with an automatic opener.
  • Easy to open and close manually

The cons:

  • Retractable up-and-over doors take up more space internally and externally than other types.
  • Fairly complex mechanism means more can potentially go wrong.

While this breakdown of pros and cons should help you decide which of the garage door types is best for you, it’s always a good idea to try and see examples of each type in operation before you buy.

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