The Advantages and Disadvantages of Garage Doors on the Market Today
The market is full of garage doors in a range of sizes, types and brands, all offering something different to the end user. So how do you know which is the most suitable choice for your home?
Sometimes it’s as simple as personal preference, budget, or the desire to replace an old garage door with a brand new model. But what if you’re undecided, or don’t know what would be best?
Well, it’s always good to get a second opinion, so we’ve compiled a list of garage door types, along with their advantages and disadvantages, just to give you a bit of a helping hand.
Roller Garage Doors
These garage doors are a great choice if you need to make the most of your garage space, or require greater clearance for your vehicle at the garage entrance. Opening vertically and rolling neatly into the garage space, the doors do not need external space to swing out, and are therefore ideal if you have a short driveway.
Thanks to their operation, roller garage doors are suitable for most shapes and sizes of garage entrance, and they are available in a wide choice of finishes to suit your colour scheme and budget.
• Well suited to automation
• Vertical opening
• Increased garage space – side walls can be used for storage
• Suitable for most shapes and sizes of garage
• Effective insulation
• Only one design available – Horizontal Ribs
Up and Over Garage Doors
Up and over garage doors are a popular choice and are both effective and simple to use, as well as being extremely secure. As they can be manufactured using a range of materials, including steel, uPVC, GRP and timber, they’re a great choice of door no matter what your budget.
These doors are available in two styles – canopy and retractable – and each design is suitable for garage entrances of differing sizes, with canopy more suited to those less than 8 feet wide where a manual operation is required, and retractable to those wider than 8 feet or on any size where automation is required.
• Simple operation
• Can be produced using a range of materials
• Suitable for a range of garage sizes
• Can be automated
• Doors are not insulated and there is a working tolerance between the frame and door, in other words ‘a gap’.
Sectional Garage Doors
Opening vertically, these doors slide into the ceiling space of the garage. This makes them a great choice if you have a short driveway or need to make the most of the space within the garage. A full height and width drive-through clearance is obtainable on some of the doors, dependant on gear type and how they are fixed. The doors are insulated up to 42mm, making the garage space ideal as a playroom, workshop or office space; this is also important if there are rooms directly above the garage as it keeps the warmth inside the property.
No matter what your requirements, personal tastes or budget, sectional garage doors can be manufactured from a range of materials, so there’s always something to suit your style. Whatever material you choose, you can be sure that your sectional garage door will be secure and robust, as well as practical and easy to use, and they work beautifully when automated.
• Maximum drive-through height is achievable
• Can be double-skinned for effective insulation
• Suitable for almost all sizes and shapes of garage entrance
• Can be automated
• Vertical opening – ideal for short driveways
• As they slide into the ceiling space of the garage, it’s not possible to use the roof as an extra storage space
• Limited in design to Horizontally Ribbed or Georgian (square panels)
Automated Garage Doors
Almost any garage door can be automated, including roller, sectional and up and over, so whether you want to upgrade your existing door with a convenient and reliable automatic mechanism, or you want a brand new automatic garage door, you can be sure that it will make the most of the very latest technology.
Easy to operate and loaded with security features, automatic garage doors can improve access. No matter what your budget or your requirements, there’s an automatic solution to suit you.
It is a legal requirement when installing an automated garage door that the installation is CE marked (not to be confused with the CE marking of the actual product). Doorfit installations include a CE certificate as standard with every automated door installation.
• Improve access to your garage
• Can be applied to most types of garage door
• Enhanced security and safety features
• Use the latest technology
• New and existing garage doors can be automated
• Will add cost to your garage door, but can be offered as a retrofit
Whatever type of garage door you decide on, it’s important that you get the opinion of an experienced garage door supply and installation company so that you choose the most suitable door for your requirements.
At Doorfit, we have been supplying and fitting garage doors for over 50 years, offering our services to individuals and property developers throughout the UK. Our range includes doors by some of the leading manufacturers, including Garador and Hormann, and a selection of the garage doors we offer are available to view in our showroom.
Our team are here to provide you with any advice you need, and we offer a made to measure service to ensure that your garage door is perfect for your property and your needs. And when it comes to fitting, we only use the very best in the industry, so you can rely on us for a professional, reliable all-round service.
Why not get in touch to find out more?