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What’s the Best Type of Garage Door?

The great thing about modern garage doors is that there are so many options to choose from.

This enables you as a homeowner to pick the garage door that works best based on their requirements, intended use, and aesthetic preferences.

When picking a garage door style, you’ll need to take into account the following:

  • the size of your home;
  • the type of access you need;
  • whether or not you’ll be storing a car in there; and
  • what you’ll be using the garage for.

We find it fascinating that customers often change their minds after speaking to us, so it definitely pays to do your research – starting with this blog!


Roller garage doors

These are becoming far more commonplace, thanks in part to a more affordable point of entry and the significant space saving they offer.

Electrical rollers are by far the most popular, because they’re more compact and much easier to operate than manual doors.

Roller garage doors provide maximum drive-in space, too, but they also take up minimal space inside the garage, which means you have full access to the ceiling and roof space, if you have one.

They have some sound insulation by default, but roller doors are not quite as proficient in that area as sectional doors (which are also worth a look if rollers don’t quite do it for you).

Electrical roller garage doors come with a control panel for the door, but there’s manual operation available in the event of a power outage.


Up and over garage doors

Up and over garage doors are arguably the most recognisable and they’re still a great choice for many homes.

This is largely because they’re so cost-effective to replace and repair. They’re also functional, easy to operate and some can even have a motor installed to add automatic opening.

However, up and over garage doors do take up space in the garage when open, thus limiting access to the ceiling or roof. They also encroach onto the drive when opening, but if you don’t park right up to the door, that’ll rarely be an issue.


Side hinged garage doors

Side hinged garage doors may not be your first choice, but they offer some compelling benefits.

For instance, they can be provided with insulation, which means they’ll retain the heat in your garage and, consequently, have a positive impact on the energy efficiency of your entire home. You can even fit a window to allow natural light to flood in.

They also don’t encroach into the garage at all due to the way both doors simply swing out onto your drive. This makes them easy to use for a high footfall garage, too; if you’re always in and out, they’re less of a challenge to open.

Just bear in mind that they do take up space on the drive. Therefore, if you’re the type to regularly park close to your garage, you may be better off opting for a sectional or roller garage door instead.

See? We bet you’re now reconsidering your original idea for a new garage door!

Don’t worry – as we noted earlier, that’s common. There’s so much choice, in fact, that you’ll probably need some help picking the right one for your requirements, so just get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.