So, you went out to buy a nice new garage door and got confused with the intimidating variety of garage doors available in the market. You came back home and started to ponder over the style or type that suits your needs and budget the most. It is quite common for a homeowner to feel confused like you. However, you must remember that it happens only when you are not equipped with proper information and when you go out shopping for garage doors without doing appropriate research on your part. In general, there are four major types of garage doors – side-hung, roller, sectional and the up and over doors. Let us have a look at each one of these to understand them better.
Roller Garage Doors – these doors are great options for anyone who has a shorter driveway or who has problems with space. The roller doors are really simple and they would roll over a drum that is located at the top of the door opening. There is no kind of moving action or even reduction of width with these doors. However, these doors were not automated. Therefore, you would have to invest in a good gym to get enough muscle power to lift the door each time you wish to enter or leave the garage. The good news is that these doors are now automated and you can easily save the gym fees as well. They come with an automatic locking mechanism as well. The locking mechanisms are really safe as well. This is because the system is located inside the recess of the door. Therefore, the chances of harm are reduced manifold. They can be operated with the help of a remote control. You can also switch on the lights with the help of this remote. Hence, you would not only be able to enter the garage with ease but would also be able to exit without tumbling over any items stores in the garage.
Up and Over Garage Doors – these doors come with an outward swing that moves parallel to the ceiling of the garage. They can only be used in larger garages where this enough space for the swing.
Sectional Garage Doors – these doors come in large sections which open upwards and get stores in the ceiling space. Again, they need some more space than usual as they need to swing outwards.
Swing Hung- it looks exactly like a normal door that is hinged to the opening. These are often called “tilt-up” garage doors. They need space as they move outwards and your car might not even get ample space to stand if you have a narrow driveway.