Overhead Garage Door
The most common type of garage doors found on modern homes are the overhead garage door. There are several types of overhead garage door on the market that can slide up to the ceiling in a number of ways. In fact, garage doors are divided into categories in relation to the motion of the door. They are classified as follows:
Sectional Garage Doors
The most common type of overhead garage door by far. They are known as ‘Sectional’ doors due to their construction, consisting of several horizontal panels usually numbering between 5 and 8. Connected together by hinges. It performs a rolling action transporting panels and therefore the door over the vehicle, lying flat on rails overhead in the garage. This system allows the door to open and close without swinging out, which allows a vehicle to be parked directly in front or behind the door and not obstruct the doors movement. Chosen most often for it’s aesthetic appeal. Their strength, safety and security are just some of the many benefits that justify this popularity. They can be fitted to almost every door shape making them very versatile.
Single Panel Garage Doors
This type of overhead garage door is seen more in the UK and Europe than in the USA. As the name suggests, it is a single flat and rigid panel. This panel then slides up at an angle from the floor to the ceiling of the garage. Due to its swinging motion it can be more prone to issues but is a less expensive option. There needs to be a clear area in front of the overhead garage door to allow the door to be raised up. Failure to do so can result in damage to your vehicle, yourself and/or the garage door.
Roller Garage Doors
Similar in action to the sectional garage door, this type of garage door is distinctive for its number of panels and the action of the mechanism that controls it. This type of garage door goes over head by rolling or folding into itself. The roller garage door is one of the most practical door options. Minimal space is required with the added benefit that the user is able to make full use of the driveway parking right up to the door without any obstruction being caused to the operation of the door. In addition it allows taller vehicles such as 4×4’s or vans to be parked safely in the garage. The roller garage door suits people with limited space or working around awkwardly placed fittings such as meter, fuse boxes etc.
The choices available should allow consumers the ability to find one that will suit their needs best. All provide a variety of styles, colours, costs and models.