Most Common Garage Door Opening Styles12/20/2016 Back To Blog
Installing a new garage door takes a lot of careful consideration, and will depend on a multitude of factors. These include maintenance, repair schedule, appearance, convenience, space, and others. One side of the decision is how the door actually opens, and this side is particularly important when it comes to the available space. Read on for the advantages and disadvantages of side sliding, swing up, and roll up doors, and make an informed decision.
Side Sliding Doors
This type of door is one of the oldest on the market. Construction will either be one door panel which slides all the way to the side, or two separate panels that slide to either side. Requiring no headroom, side sliding doors are a good option for space-constricted setups. If aluminum, wood, steel or other lightweight materials will suit your home, side sliding doors are a good choice as they are usually constructed from such materials.
Swing Up Doors
These doors have a very distinctive look, and require more space and calculations than other types of garage doors. It will swing up via overhead hinges on the edges to a fully open position, requiring space in front of it equivalent to the arc it will make. This space must be calculated precisely in order to avoid accident or injury. With minimal impact on the ceiling, swing up doors are a good choice if you want to avoid the possibility of messing up anything in that regard.
Roll Up Doors
A number of panels, usually wood, metal or plastic, will make up this type of door. It requires an automatic garage opener in order to pull it up the door tracks to a position where it will roll up into a barrel. These doors provide fast access to the garage, and are a good choice if space constraint is an issue. The need for an overhead garage door opener may, however, pose other difficulties and complications in installation, but once installed it operates smoothly.
Garage doors open in different ways, and choosing the right opening style is important to achieve a satisfactory result. One should take into account the space available, whether any openers will be required, the aesthetics and the material that a given door comes with, and potential hazards involved with it.