The best type of garage door is a personal choice, and one which is sometimes a little harder to make these days.
This is actually for good reason. There’s simply lots more choice out there, and numerous ways in which you can configure a garage door to best suit your needs and lifestyle.
Pick the right garage door, and you’ll increase the curb appeal of your home and add something which is a joy to use on a daily basis.
What to take into consideration when buying a garage door
There are a few key things you’ll need to take into account before taking the plunge and buying a new garage door.
Start by asking yourself the following questions:
- How big is your home?
- What kind of access do you need to your garage?
- How often do you need to go into your garage?
- Do you store your car in there?
- How much drive space do you have (and need)?
- What do you use the garage for?
With answers to the above questions in hand, we recommend considering the following types of garage door.
Sectional garage doors
If you want to make a real statement with the frontage of your home, sectional garage doors demand further exploration.
They open vertically and split into separate sections as they recess into the back of the garage. That means there’s absolutely no protrusion onto your drive space while opening the door, or when it’s fully opened.
Sectional garage doors are also one of the most secure options on the market. Add to that the ability to insulate them fully to keep heat in and noise out, and this is a perfect option if you want aesthetics and ultimate convenience for your garage.
Up-and-over garage doors
These are, arguably, the most recognised type of garage door and the up-and-over is probably the style you immediately think of.
They’re common for a reason. Up-and-over garage doors are affordable, easy to use and cost-effective to maintain and repair.
An up-and-over garage door might be perfect for your requirements, but it’s important to bear in mind that it could have a few drawbacks. For instance, it will take up space on the drive while opening and does encroach into the garage itself when fully open.
If those concerns bother you, keep reading!
Roller garage doors
Roller garage doors are becoming more commonplace. This is partly because they’re now more affordable than ever, but also because they offer ultimate convenience.
Simply press a button on a key fob and the door magically opens! What’s more, it practically disappears as the slats vanish into the mechanism above.
This option is great if you don’t have a huge amount of drive space and want to avoid moving your car every time you need to access the garage. They also allow full-width drive-in space, and don’t take up any of the ceiling when opened.
Side hinged garage doors
There’s a good chance you won’t have considered this option when thinking about your new garage door.
Side hinged garage doors typically come with two openings, both of which swing forward (like a traditional door) onto your drive when you need access. This has a few compelling benefits which might be perfect for your requirements.
For instance, side hinged garage doors don’t take up any space at all inside the garage. Therefore, if space in the garage is at a premium or particularly important to you, this could be a great option.
This makes the side hinged door perfect for garages where there’s high footfall. But they get better, because you can also add windows to side hinged garage doors to allow in more natural light. Just bear in mind that they do take up space on the drive while open.
We can guarantee that you now have far more thoughts and considerations about your next garage door. There are more options than you might think, but we appreciate you may need some help choosing the perfect garage door for your needs and that’s why we’re here.
If you have questions, concerns, or would simply like to dig into the benefits of each style, simply give the Horizons team a call today – we’d love to help.