These days, there are several different types of garage doors on offer in the industry. Whereas residential and commercial property owners may have previously been restricted in their choice, thanks to advances made in the industry, you now have a wide range of styles, colours, sizes, and materials available.
To make the best decision regarding the style that best suits your needs, you need to have a better understanding of the options available to you. We take a look at three (3) of the most popular door types on the market today so that you can make a more informed decision.
Sectional doors, also known as panel lift doors, are a popular choice for residential properties and come in a wide variety of colours and designs. In Australia, it’s one of the fastest growing garage doors styles on the market, possibly because they offer the best quality and safety features, are easy to install, operate smoothly, and come in many different sizes.
The doors are made up of rigid, horizontally hinged panels with wheels, which will allow the panels to roll up section by section on tracks into an overhead position. So, when the garage door is open, it will lay parallel to the roof and sit behind the opening.
The panels are available in a range of designs, including plain, square embossment, rectangular embossment, and horizontal line embossment. There are also many colour options available, including contemporary, classic, and knotwood shades. The variety of designs and colours available makes it easier for homeowners to find something that will fit in well with their property, whether they are after something more classic or contemporary in nature. These doors are commonly manufactured out of steel, but you will also find ones made from wood or other materials. Timber doors are a particularly popular choice for those looking for a more natural, premium feel for their property, and suit any architectural designs.
The other great thing about these doors is that you can add windows to the door, which not only makes for a nice decorative feature but also allows light to shine into the garage. Popular styles include Sunrise, Stockton, Sherwood, Ruston, and plain designs.
Rolling doors operate vertically up and down, rolling up into the opening around a circular drum wheel. You will typically find that when the door is rolled up, the majority of it will sit above the door opening.
It’s important to note that these doors require far more headroom above the opening than other garage door styles, so if space is limited in your garage, then you may want to consider a sectional or tilt door instead.
Roller doors are a great choice if you are looking for something compact, reliable, and cost-effective that will leave your garage looking neat and tidy on the inside. They can be used for both commercial and residential properties.
Roller doors come in a wide variety of colours, from traditional colours such as classic cream, woodland grey, and cottage green, to more contemporary colours such as monument, mangrove, and ironstone. This makes it easy to match the colour of your garage door to your property.
Standard sizing for rollers doors is single or double width, however, custom sizes can be requested if you require a different size for your property. You will find that domestic varieties are manufactured with a centre lift key lock allowing for manual operation. However, if vehicle access is needed for the property, then they can be motorised for remote control use.
You can also find insulated roller doors on the market, which help to provide added warmth to a home thanks to improved thermal boundaries. Insulated doors are not just more energy efficient, they are also quieter, more durable, and will help protect your car and other belongings during the colder months.
A tilt door is a one-piece panel door that can be custom-made to suit most applications. The overhead panel tilts via pivoting arms and encloses the entire opening of the garage. You will come across different types of lifting hardware, including T-Type for heavier doors, J-Type for light applications, and counterweight doors for commercial doors and domestic varieties over 175 kg.
While tilt doors are the least common variety of garage doors, they do offer one unique benefit. This type of door sits between your opening and offers the lowest possible headroom requirements, making it an excellent choice for limited heights garages. You will typically find that older homes, such as the famous Queenslander, have very limited head height at the opening, so a tilt door is a great solution in these cases.
Because of its one-piece design, you have the benefit of choosing from a wider range of materials. Popular options for the cladding include copper, plywood, powder coated, barn style, and aluminium checker plate. Since you have more options to choose from, it’s far easier to match the materials to the rest of the property, whether it’s a commercial or residential property. Tilt doors can be motorised to add convenience and a touch of luxury to your door, saving you time and effort if vehicle access is required. Furthermore, windows and other decorative features can often be added to these types of doors, so you can easily adjust the design to suit your personal preference.
There are several garage doors styles on the market to cater to a variety of properties with varying headroom and design requirements. With so many options to choose from, you can easily match the garage door to your property’s style and exterior.
No matter what style garage door you opt for, make sure you go for a high-quality model that will last you for several years to come. If you are unsure which style would best suit your commercial or residential property, then be sure to seek advice from the professionals. With a wide variety of options available on the market, it won’t be difficult to find a door that will suit your needs.