Sectional, folding or roll-up? With vertical or horizontal opening? Isolated or not? Find out in this article what are the main types of garage doors from which you will have to choose if you want to buy such a product, and choose informed, the best option for you.
If you live in the house and your garage is located in plain sight, possibly on the same side of the house with the main entrance, you will definitely think that you need to provide a quality door, safe and easy to use. The versions available on the market are different enough to confuse you, which is why we help you with some essential information about the most popular 6 types of garage door from which you can choose.
As the name suggests, this category includes models of doors made of several sections or panels, connected to each other by hinges. The horizontal versions retract themselves, in a position parallel to the ceiling, at full lift, and the vertical ones open by sliding near one of the adjacent walls.
It works on the basis of very resistant springs that ensure both the support of the horizontal models during the ascent and descent to the ceiling, as well as the movement of both versions from the closing position to the opening position and vice versa. They are most often managed electrically, by means of a remote control or a button located near the door, but they are also provided with a manual opening system, through the crank, for the moments when the current is interrupted.
You can find them in variants that include thermal insulation, or without this addition and are among the options that do not take up space in the garage or outside it during opening.
The horizontal variants, with lifting towards the ceiling, are recommended for taller and narrower garages, which can thus benefit by occupying an unused space anyway. On the other hand, if the space in which you keep your car is smaller in height, it is good to orient yourself towards a vertical sectional model, with retraction to the side.
The design of these models allows the integration of the window, the pedestrian door for easy access for people and other desired automation or security elements.
Folding models with side fixing
They are the most classic options and the easiest to improvise, if you do not have the necessary budget to purchase a product from stores. Such a garage door includes two segments, similar to double exterior doors, are hinged to the vertical sides of the frame and open either inside or outside, depending on your preferences and available space.
You can buy them in models with integrated thermal insulation, or without this addition, depending on the space requirements. They are generally opened manually, but can also be automated by attaching special arms. They are made of wood or steel and are usually indicated for garages that do not have enough space at the ceiling for a horizontal sectional version or that are too small to include the vertical alternative, with retraction next to the wall, in which case their opening will be face outwards.
Their main disadvantage is the occupation of space. No matter in which direction you decide to open them, vertical hinged doors will need a suitable surface that is always kept free.
Fixed horizontal folding versions
This type of garage door is built in one compact piece, which covers the entire opening frame and is fixed on the sides. The opening is made by folding the door, whose lower edge rises until the entire panel is positioned parallel to the garage ceiling, but remaining outside. It needs a free surface outside, in order to be able to fold down, but it does not consume any space outside, being a very good fit for garages with low ceilings. They are available in variants with manual and automatic opening and relatively easy to install.
Retractable folding options
If your garage is large enough and you do not want the appearance of the house to be influenced by the image of a (quite large) door facing the street, you can opt for a retractable model. It is also made of a single panel, but the opening and closing system includes rails installed at height, parallel to the ceiling, on which the door will be retracted, so inside the garage. This means that it will consume a little space in height, but not at all from the usable area.
But it is good to know that this variant is a bit more difficult to install and operate and is accompanied by a slightly higher price than other options you can choose from, so carefully weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each type.
Roll-up garage doors
Unlike sectional doors, these variants consist of several longitudinal segments, of small width, which transform the garage door into a structure that can be wrapped around a support system fixed to the ceiling.
It takes up the least space of all the existing variants on the market, which is why it is the best option for those who have small garages with a low ceiling. Designed mainly for commercial use, these models have a very good resistance to wear, corrosion and extreme temperatures, but are even more expensive than other versions you can target.
The installation usually requires the presence of professionals, and the operation is done in most cases automatically, with the help of a remote control delivered with the product or an actuation button, mounted most of the time inside the garage.
Thermally insulated or not
One decision that is good to make before choosing the garage door model is whether you need an option that includes thermal insulation or not. If the garage is intended for other activities besides car storage and is an insulated space at the masonry level, which you plan to heat, then it is more efficient to invest in a thermally insulated door, than to cover the losses every month. of heat. Otherwise, you can handle an uninsulated door.