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What Are the Five Types of Garage Doors?

What Are the Five Types of Garage Doors?

While the front door of a home seems to attract everyone’s attention, it is really the upper garage door that can increase or decrease the curb appeal of that home. If the house has a garage attached to the front, the large dimension of the garage door is going to grab people’s attention and be the first thing they notice when they pass by. Because of this, choosing the right replacement garage door is important to maintaining the curb appeal and value of your home.

There are many types of garage doors to choose from – the five most used are listed below. This article aims to give you an insight into the options you can choose from and which one is the best for you.

Sectional Garage Doors

Sectional doors consist of panel parts connected by hinges. When opening and closing the door, the wheels roll at the edges of the individual panels in the vertical rail on each side of the door opening. The joints between each section of the plate bend over the curved section of the rail. This feature allows the door to sit parallel to the ceiling when it is completely open or in line with the walls when it is completely closed.

Sectional garage doors are usually made of steel, require little maintenance, and can be equipped with window inserts, fittings, textures, and colors. They are available as both insulated and non-insulated models.

Rolling Garage Doors

Have you ever had to carry large piece of paper or a large poster, but it was too big to carry? What did you do to make it smaller and more convenient to carry? You probably rolled it up. Rolling garage doors are designed with a similar concept.

When a roll-up garage door opens, it begins rolling around a barrel above the garage door, which opens the garage the garage door. This is possible because the door consists of small horizontal slats with which the door can be bent. You won’t see too many houses with a roller garage door, though, as they are mostly found in commercial garages and storage closets.

Tilt-Frame Doors

These are a new trend and can take your garage door to a new, more luxurious level. However, you need enough free space so that they can swing out when opening. This type of garage door can be a bonus if you have a lot of space in a garden because they form a ledge that can serve as a small awning. The cost of tilt-frame garage doors varies depending on the style, if it is a non-standard frame or not, and the door materials.

Slide-to-the-Side

The sliding garage door works like the sectional garage door, except that it works from side to side instead of from top to bottom. Vertical panels are used for side garage doors that are pushed left or right onto a rail. The main advantage of this type of garage door is that special hardware is not needed for rail mounting. Garage doors that slide sideways are well suited for small garages with little space because they only require sidewall space, are easy to use with an opener or remote control, and can handle small slopes on the garage floor.

Side-Hinged

The side-hinged garage door, also called the “hinged” garage door, looks and works like a pair of large double doors. Instead of segments of metal as in slide-to-the-side garage doors, two solid pieces of material are used, which meet in the middle of the garage door opening. This door is attached to the sides of the door opening instead of the ceiling, which allows the garage door to open from the center to the left and right. Special characteristics of this type of garage door are the potential for a unique opening mechanism that has a rustic look to match the door, an automatic ceiling opener, and availability in a variety of materials and designs.

From materials and sizes to different styles of door opening, garage door choice can make a big difference in the curb appeal of your home. Even with garage upgrades or renovations to the interior of the home, you can substantially increase your home’s value and comfort level by choosing the right garage door to compliment the style of your home. So when you have a decision to make about your next garage door, make sure you consider all of the options and make the best decision for your home.


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by Rebecca Jones // Contributor to Businessing Magazine.

Opinions expressed by contributors are their own.