There are basically five types of garage door that we have in this country. They are all available new and are in existence already in garages all over the country.
Retractable Garage Doors
Retractable garage doors are perfect for automation as no parts are required at all apart from a suitable operator. Retractable garage doors have large springs at each side of the frame and rollers that run horizontally on tracks spanning back from the top, and to the sides, of the door itself. Also worth noting is that when in the open position the garage door is almost completely inside the garage itself with no external protuberance.
Canopy Garage Doors
Canopy doors are more representative of the most common type of garage door. They are operated, in the most part, by a large continuous spring located inside and above the top edge of the door located on the header frame. The rollers operate in a pair of vertical frame mounted tracks on either side of the door. There are quiet a few variations on the operating mechanism but all revolve around the same fundamental principle.
Side Hung Doors
As the title suggests these are doors that open outwards from vertical frame posts via hinges. These are commonly made from wood and represent the older generation of early garage doors although nowadays they are available in a variety of materials. The popularity of these doors has leaped in the last few years which has prompted modern versions in a host of modern materials. It is worth noting that these doors can easily be automated. This type of door is perfect for installation in garages with restricted headroom where maximising available height is a must.
Roller Shutters/Roller Doors
A clean and simple way to allow entrance and exit to any garage. Widely available at reasonable prices now and there are many different variants and materials used. The whole door allows entrance and exit by rolling up over a steel barrel via a motor or hand chain. The door is secured in place via top to floor vertical tracks. A point worth mentioning is that price is very reflective in the quality, especially when it comes to security. It is worth serious thought and planning when considering this type of door, a clear list of priorities is important. A budget version of this type of door, if fitted correctly, should provide many years hassle free use however will not give top rated security. Ferrari owners take note!!
Sectional Garage Doors
Perfect for automation and widely regarded as the Rolls Royce of garage doors. These doors in my experience offer unmatched security and insulation. They consist of dense insulated panels secured in a stacking formation and secured to each other via sturdy steel hinges. When open the door is almost laid flat under your garage ceiling. The whole door will run in tracks from the floor up and around a curve into the ceiling space. Secured into the tracks via smooth running heavy duty rollers on every panel. With out any doubt more expensive than a conventional canopy or retractable door but well worth the investment. Worth noting that these doors leave a clean unobtrusive finish to the outside face enhancing the look. If you value security and keep high value goods in your garage, then this door is for you.
If you are struggling to decide which type of door is best for you then please let me know, send me some pictures of your garage and I will take a look for you. Any questions? as always please check the blog, your queries when answered on here will maybe help others in the same situation.