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Choosing the Correct Garage Door

Picking the right garage door for your home isn’t quite as straightforward as you might think.

There are so many styles to choose from these days. For instance, do you need a roller garage door? Or would a sectional garage door be better suited?

But what about the traditional ‘up-and-over’ garage door? Should that still be a consideration for you?

Help is at hand! We want to help you make the right decision with your garage door, because, let’s face it, this isn’t an inconsequential purchase. Garage doors are supposed to last for many years and be functional and convenient throughout.

The worst-case scenario? Picking a garage door which is nothing more than a hassle to use and maintain.

So, let’s avoid that, shall we?



What to consider when picking a garage door

Before you turn your attention to the types of garage door that are available, it’s important to think about how you’ll use it.

This all starts with the purpose of your garage. What do you use it for? Is it for the car, or have you recently converted it into a home gym? Perhaps you work in there, or store stuff to which you regularly need access.

The purpose of your garage will relate directly to the garage door needed. So, ask yourself the following questions:

  • How often do you need access to the garage?
  • Do you have internal access from within the house (or at the side of the garage, externally)?
  • Is parking space on your drive limited?
  • Do you need the ability to park your car in there?
  • How much roof space do you have (or need)?
  • How much time do you spend physically in the garage?

Answers in hand, let’s look at what type of garage door will do the job for you.

I’m limited on space

So, you’ve worked out that you have no option but to park closely to your garage door. You also know that room inside the garage itself is limited.

No problem. A roller garage door or side-hinged version will probably work best. The former is definitely the option to plump for if you need regular access and don’t want to keep moving your car, but side-hinged doors are great alternatives if there is space in front to swing them open.

Both options will ensure the door itself doesn’t encroach into the garage at all, leaving you all the space you need.

I want to keep my driveway space

If your drive is particularly small or you simply want to maximise every square inch you have available, a traditional up-and-over garage door won’t quite work.

This is because you’ll have to move your car to open it, and it’ll protrude into the drive when open.

To avoid this, opt for a roller or sectional garage door instead. Both options will allow you to park as close to the garage door as possible and still open it with ease.

I work (or work out!) in my garage

If your garage is your office or gym, or you spend significant amounts of time in it for your hobby, for instance, you’ll want to keep warm.

This is why sectional and insulated garage doors are the best choice for people who spend a significant amount of time in their garages. They keep the heat in and the cold temperatures outside at bay.

Weather proofing is also something you’ll need to take into consideration. Some garage doors come with seals to prevent water ingress, while others don’t, so make sure you ask that question, too.

Security is really important to me

Thankfully, all modern garage doors are secure and built with potential theft and vandalism in mind.

However, if you store particularly valuable items in your garage (for instance, a precious car or stock for your business), it pays to look for a garage door with a Secure by Design rating.

Some garage doors come with this as standard. Roller garage doors are a perfect example of this; they are, literally, secure by design thanks to the way they operate.

Most garage doors can come with multipoint locking, too, but make sure you ask first, as it could be an optional extra.

We hope this blog has helped point you in the direction of the perfect garage door for your needs. If you still have lingering questions, just get in touch with the Horizons team, who will be only too happy to help.