Types of Garage Doors
When you’re in the market for a garage door, there are a few things to keep in mind. Garage doors are available in a plethora of materials, all of which affect the garage’s thermal efficiency, as well as the overall look of the garage. There are three main types of garage door:
1) Canopy / Retractable
Canopy and retractable door are available in both timber and steel as well as a host of designs, from simple traditional designs to intricate bespoke designs. Canopy doors require space on the outside of the garage to allow the door to swing open.
Sectional doors are steel doors with an insulated centre, which helps keep your garage warm in the winter and cool in the summer, ideal for homes with attached garages. Sectional doors need space at ceiling level to allow the tracks to slide along and are available in a wide variety of colours and are available in a metallic or timber finish.
Roller doors have short, horizontal slats that roll up when the door is opened and are made from twin walled aluminium with an insulated core. Because of this, they’re great at keeping your garage at a comfortable temperature all year round. Roller doors are ideal for small garages as they don’t need a ton of space to operate. They are available in a plethora of colours and finishes so you’ll always find something that fits the style of your home.
The most important factor in deciding what garage door to buy is the style of property you have. The type and design of your garage door plays a key role in the overall look of your home. If you choose a garage door that compliments the rest of your home, it can increase it’s value, whether it’s a more traditional property or more contemporary. Sectional and roller doors are generally used in more contemporary properties but can fit the look of more traditional properties given the right finish.
It’s also important to keep in mind that some materials and finishes, especially certain types of wood, can cost a pretty penny so it’s worth taking the time to find something that you love that also doesn’t break the bank. Wooden garage doors are generally the most expensive, while steel is usually the cheapest with fibreglass somewhere in the middle.
There are thousands of gorgeous wooden garage doors available to buy, but they generally require more rigorous upkeep with painting and sealing than steel or fibreglass doors. Steel doors are available in a vast variety of designs and finishes and are more durable in harsh weather than wood, but are prone to rusting if the door gets scratched or damaged. Fibreglass garage doors are also available in anumber of colours and designs and are more durable than wood or steel. However, they’re prone to cracking if they get hit hard enough.
Unless you’re incredibly lucky, at some point your garage door is going to need maintenance or repairs. To avoid being hit with a huge bill, have your garage door mechanism routinely inspected for damage.