Published on 30 November 2020
You’ve probably spent the year getting to know your home better than you ever have. This means It’ll probably be cleaned and redecorated within an inch of its life. As 2021 is fast approaching, thoughts will turn to the outside. More specifically, renewing that old garage door.
If you’re wanting to replace your garage door, there are a multitude of types to choose from. From the classic up-and-over to roller doors or automatic ones that automatically slide away like magic. Let’s take a look at the doors available and the benefits of each to help you choose the right garage door for you, your family, and your lifestyle.
If garage height is an issue for you, then a Bifold door might be a better option. A Bifold door is split into panels and opens either inward or outward, so it won’t take up any ceiling space with its opening mechanism.
A roller garage door is made up of narrow slats that, when opened, forms a roll located above the opening, so there are no internal tracks. If your garage doesn’t have much headroom, you want to use it for storage, or just want to keep it clear, then this can be a useful option. Garage roller doors can be insulated if needed as well.
Like the roller garage door above, the sectional garage door is made up of panels. When opening the door, rather than rolling into a tube, it moves upwards and then back horizontally under the ceiling of the garage. This not only optimises the space in front of the garage but inside the garage too. If your garage is integrated into the home, you can get double-skinned doors which are insulated to prevent heat loss.
If you’re looking for a more traditional looking garage door to complement your home (such as a wooden garage door), then the side-hinged variety might be for you. These are more akin to actual doors, as they pivot from a hinge on the side, rather than the top. While generally opening outwards, they do need a large driveway to accommodate the opening arc of the door.
They don’t always come in one piece, however. You can get side-hinged doors that open with a one-third, two-third, or 50/50 split allowing you to open just part of the door at a time. This is especially useful if you need pedestrian access to your garage as well as a vehicle.
Up and over doors are, by far, the most common and widely recognised garage doors. It’s a classic design which, as the name suggests, lifts up and then over the entrance of the garage. It’s in one piece so, unlike roller or sectional doors, it lifts and lowers as one. When opened it creates a small canopy above the entrance. If you only have a short driveway or a garage packed to the rafters with ‘stuff’, then this might not be the best option.
After covering different types, it’s clear that you don’t have to be content with a bog-standard manually operated garage door. They are now versatile and can be automated with electric openings if necessary. This can be very useful if you have a family for that extra peace of mind and ease of use.
Whatever design you go for in 2020 or 2021, there will always be something for your particular needs, when it comes to garage doors. Whether you’re wanting to protect the car or just something to hide the clutter with a little more style, the choice is yours and whichever you choose, it’ll look great in the end.
If you are in the market for a new garage door, then Diamond Garage Door’s have you covered. For more information or guidance, please call us today on 01525 713600. Alternatively, you can visit our contact page for more details.
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