The modern garage door is a stand out architectural feature of the average home. The largest opening on the property, it also directly faces the street and in many situations is housed in a freestanding structure that stands in front of the house. On top of this, your garage door serves an important purpose, protecting your car and or the contents of your garage. For these reasons, you need to carefully consider what your options are and know how the different types of garage doors operate.
Panel lift Doors
Panel lift or sectional garage doors are the most common type on the market today. These are the garage doors that open “up” following tracks vertically and then horizontally and rest open and parallel with your ceiling, with the garage door achieving full clearance.
Roller doors are another popular type of garage door. These roll up into a housing above the garage door opening or head room and are much more compact. This allows for storage hung from the ceiling or special lighting if the garage is to be converted into an extra room.
Tilt Garage Doors
Tilt garage doors are a good solution when the garage has no head room or pipe work suspended from the ceiling which could obstruct a panel lift garage door, or when the clearance height needs to be maximised.
Other types of garage doors exist as well, but most are variations on these basic types.
In most cases, any of these types of garage doors will serve its purpose, but occasionally, your options will be limited. For example, if you must park your car very close to the door before you open it, your garage door options are probably limited to roller or sectional garage doors. Any type of hinged or Tilt garage door requires a minimum amount of swinging space and if the door is going to be opened manually, even more space is required.
Once you have decided whether or not you need a particular type of garage door to suit your space limitations, think about whether or not you want automatic or manually opening garage doors.
Automatic garage door systems exist for most types of doors, but some are more expensive than others and you may find your choices limited by the internal space in your garage. The least expensive option is usually to buy your garage door and automatic opening system as part of a supply and installation package from Sydney Garage Doors.
Sydney Garage Doors offer, a relatively inexpensive garage door range that are a stylish addition to your home.
Colourbond steel garage doors are the most cost-effective solution.
Semi-custom garage doors can be made from standard materials and styles, but give you the option of choosing custom sizes, panel inserts and other details.
Custom garage doors or a pair of solid Cedar doors (for example) is going to dramatically enhance the appearance and value of your home, it will be worth it.
When it comes to materials, Sydney Garage Doors have you covered with even more options to choose from. Traditionally, budget garage doors are made from sheet metal, while more expensive doors are made of solid cedar timber. Today, your options also include, aluminium composite and even coloured Perspex panels. Powder coated welded aluminium frames and Aluminium composite garage doors are becoming very popular because they come in such a wide range of colours and styles, are very durable as well. Relatively new on the Australian market, garage doors made from wide Perspex panels in powder coated aluminium frames are becoming very popular.