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Finding the right Garage Door for you

We supply and fit all types of garage doors, from all leading manufacturers – these key points will help you choose, and our experienced team are always available to help.

Please click on the tabs below to take a look at the pros and cons of each door type:

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Up & Over Door – Canopy Mechanism

Overview

• Most common type of door
• Single panel door, usually with spring running above door opening
• Available in a wide range of styles and colours
• Typically made of steel or timber

Pros

• Most cost-effective garage door style
• Easiest to install
• Maximises width of garage opening compared to retractable option

Cons

• ‘Kicks out’ when opening
• Difficult to motorise

Up & Over Door – Retractable Mechanism

Overview

• Door type used when motorising a single panel door or with a width over 8’
• Available in a wide range of styles and colours
• Typically made of steel or timber

Pros

• Most cost-effective option for motorisation
• Low maintenance
• Best option for very low headroom

Cons

• ‘Kicks out’ when opening
• Requires depth in the garage for tracks
• Narrows width of opening – however drive through gear is available

Sectional

Overview

• Increasingly popular door type for its security and insulation benefits
• Door made up of 4 or 5 panels
• Typically made of steel but also available in timber
• Comes in varying thicknesses for insulation: single skin, 20mm and 40-45mm

Pros

• Ideal for motorisation, and available with a side motor
• Creates a sealed, insulated environment inside the garage. Very safe and secure by design
• Available in a wide range of panel designs and all RAL colours
• Low headroom gear option
• No ‘kick-out’ – park right up to the garage door

Cons

• More expensive than the single panel option
• Requires depth in the garage for tracks

Roller

Overview

• A popular option for those who want an insulated or motorised door but without much space inside the garage
• Typically constructed of aluminium
• All mechanical parts are enclosed in protected housing

Pros

• Ideal when there is little or no depth to a garage
• Insulated rollers are effective at weather-proofing a garage
• No ‘kick-out’ – park right up to the garage door

Cons

• Requires more headroom than most doors within garage - 300mm for 77mm slat or 205mm for 55mm slat
• Insulated doors are typically only available with a motor, not manual
• Not available in different panel designs

Side-Hinged

Overview

• A very traditional type of door
• Typically constructed of steel or timber
• Door configuration available in standard 50/50 format or 1/3-2/3

Pros

• Convenient when there is no space inside garage
• Low maintenance – fewer moving parts/cables than other door types

Cons

• Large ‘kick-out’ effect – requires large, level area in front to open
• Relatively expensive

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