Residential Garage Doors
Choosing the Best Type

When choosing new residential garage doors, you are choosing an investment in your home. It may not seem like that big of a deal, but it is. You have to really weigh your options. You need to make sure that the garage door you choose will suit your home and your needs. It really serves multiple purposes, from insulation to impacting the overall look of your home.

Type of Doors

The types that you have to choose from include roller, sectional, side-hung and up and over doors. When choosing which type that you want, you need to think about the advantages and disadvantages of each style option. You want your ultimate choice to work on all levels.

Roller Garage Doors

A roller door rolls up or rolls down to close. It does not swing out. This makes it ideal for a short drive or limited space. Most roller doors also are automatic, making them simple to use. They also usually have an automatic lock system. What this means is that the door is completely in a housing, thus reducing chances of injury. You will probably have limited choices in materials because most roller garage doors are made of aluminum.

Sectional Garage Doors

Sectional garage doors, as the name suggests, are made in sections. They open up to fold up to the ceiling of the garage door. They do not swing out, so they are also good for smaller spaces and drives. Of course, they do need ceiling space because the door will rest on the ceiling when it is up. This could limit storage in the garage if you are used to having storage in the ceiling area.

Swing Hung Garage Doors

This is the most traditional style. It swings out and up to open. It is the most common design, so most garages are already set up for this type of door. This makes installation simple. They can be made to automatically open or can be manual. Of course, they will require you to be away from the door to open it, so if you have a short drive then it could be problematic.

Up and Over Garage Doors

This is a lot like a swing hung door in that you will need room to open the door outward. It needs plenty of room and is better suited to a larger garage and drive area. When choosing this type you have to consider the space the door needs to open and close and then the space it will need in the open position.

Choosing the right type can be challenging. You have many options and while it may seem like an easy choice at first, once you start looking over your options, you may change your mind. In the end, all that matters is that you find residential garage doors that suit all your needs.

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