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What’s a Side Hinged Garage Door and What are the Benefits?

If you’re the sort of person who likes to add unique elements to your home, you may have overlooked a great opportunity with the garage door.

Take a look around your street; chances are, most garage doors will either be of the up-and-over or roller variety. They’re great choices, but what if you want – and need – something a little different?

This is where side hinged garage doors come in. They’re traditional, stylish and incredibly convenient, and it might be a great option for your home.


What is a side hinged garage door?

Side hinged garage doors look similar to standard garage doors, but they provide even quicker accesses to the inside.

Usually supplied in either a half split or two-and-two-thirds split configuration, side hinged garage doors operate like the doors used to enter your home.

As the name suggests, the hinges sit on the side of the door, which means you can simply swing them open to get into the garage. And they open fully, too, therefore if you need to store a vehicle in the garage, you can do so easily.

Side hinged garage doors can also have windows installed, to enable natural light to flood in, and the way in which they open means they take up zero space inside the garage itself.


What are the benefits of side hinged garage doors?

If you regularly enter your garage from the front, the idea of waiting for a roller door to fully open or continually have to lift an up-and-over door might not be particularly palatable.

This is arguably the main advantage of a side hinged garage door. They provide convenient, quick access thanks to the way in which you can easily swing them open. It makes them perfect for high footfall garages.

They’re also incredibly secure, and not just because of the latest locking systems which typically come supplied. Side hinged garage doors are great for security because they don’t reveal the entire contents of your garage when entering, unless you open them fully.

It’s this level of freedom with the opening which makes them such a great choice. If you simply need to nip into the garage, you can do so without opening it fully, but if you need to gain full width access, you can do so just as easily.


What about the style?

Just like other modern garage doors, side hinged garage doors can be customised to match the look and feel of your property.

They usually come in timber, hardwood, or steel and you’ll have plenty of choice over finishes and colours.

What’s more, side hinged garage doors can usually be insulated, too, making them perfect if you’re using your garage as an office, workshop or gym.

Have we tempted you to investigate side hinged garage doors further? The Horizons team can answer any lingering questions you may have, so please do not hesitate to get in touch today.