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How Do Up and Over Garage Doors Work?

Posted on by Diamond Garage Doors

Some Things You Should Know

There are so many options to choose from when looking for a garage door. One of the most simple, yet effective garage doors, is the up and over door. It can be a great choice if you want a door that has flexibility in panel design, offers high security, and is easy to operate. 

Basically, there are two different types of up and over garage doors, with each one of them working in a way that is almost similar to the other. Your choice between these two types of opening mechanisms depends on your preferences.

Canopy Up & Over Door 

This is considered to be one of the most cost-effective and efficient doors for your garage. Not only does it have a simple design, but it’s also easy to use, which makes it a popular option among garage owners. Its name comes from the position that the door takes when open. 

Once fully opened, approximately a third of the door will be protruding outside of the opening forming a canopy cover. To open the door, all you have to do is unlock and lift it. The door will roll upwards and then turn to be horizontal. 

There are two wheels that move along roller tracks on each side of the door, making it easier to open and close the door. The placement of the tracks alongside the door eliminates the worry of losing space in your garage to the door. Even though it’s quite an effective garage door, it’s not the best choice for someone who requires electric operation for their door. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retractable Up & Over Door

The retractable up and over garage door works in an almost identical way to the canopy up and over door. However, you will require horizontal tracks in the garage so that the door can roll onto and back into the garage. 

The retractable door also gets its name from the way it opens. There are spring-loaded sidearms on either side of the door frame that facilitates the opening of the door. The tension of the springs on the side arms is the main factor that assists the opening mechanism when lifting and pushing the door. Once the door is fully closed, no ‘canopy’ protrudes from the garage, allowing for a tidier appearance. 

Due to the way this door opens, it’s easy to add an electric motor drive without requiring any additional accessories to facilitate the closing. All you need is a ‘boom’ type electric operator to pull and push the door. For someone who requires a garage door that can be operated electrically, the retractable up and over garage door should be the most suitable. 

When it comes to automation, there is a wider variety of options to choose from, depending on your preferences. The remote control that you choose for your door can even be a fashion accessory depending on what you choose. 

Why Choose Up & Over Garage Doors 

As you can expect, there are quite a number of benefits associated with using up and over doors for your garage. The major advantages that should make you want to use these doors include but are not limited to the following:

  •   Easy to operate and appealing 
  •   The two types of operating styles give you the flexibility of choice
  •   Available in durable Powder Coated Steel or GRP
  •   They have long-lasting sub-frames
  •   Secure and safe 
  •   Low maintenance 
  •   Components are easy to repair or replace when needed

In summary, 

Up and over garage doors are a perfect choice when it comes to securing your garage. With the two different operation mechanisms, you get enough flexibility to meet your preferences. Also, most up and over garage doors are fitted with anti-drop devices. With these, you won’t have to worry about the safety of whoever is operating the door. 

At Diamond Garage Doors, we only work with the leading garage door manufacturers, so whether you need garage door installation or garage door repairs, we’re on hand to assist you with the highest quality materials. When it comes to home and garage security, you can never be too careful! Take your time when you’re trying to spot signs of deterioration and get in touch with us if you find any problems. To find out more get in touch today on 01525 713 600. 

 

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