Thinking of replacing your current garage door with something that is more up to date and secure? Perhaps you are building a new garage and want a door that will fit in with the rest of the design? Either way, you will be faced with a choice of four different types of garage door. Each has certain advantages to weigh up before you make a decision. Which of the four styles of garage door will you opt for?
Outward swinging garage doors are a popular choice for older style properties because they have been around for so long. Essentially, they operate with a very simple technology: they are hinged at either side of the garage's entrance way. This is a great option if you have a large driveway where you want a prestigious, even classic look. They match swing gates very well, so if you have those at the entrance to your property, swinging garage doors will do the job of impressing visitors very nicely.
Roll up garage doors are very secure and will give you a great deal of peace of mind if you need to store expensive items in your garage, such as classic cars. These doors are often made from either steel or aluminium and are constructed in slats which pinch together when the door is down. This way, it is almost impossible to break in. However, when the door is raised, the slats separate from one another under gravity and can, therefore, be rolled up above the entranceway. Choose roll up garage doors if you want a modern look, but you will probably need to also install a motor to run the rolling mechanism or they can become tiresome to operate.
Side sliding garage doors are not that commonplace in Australia although you tend to find them in America. A side sliding door does not offer many benefits that a roll up door does not but because it is unusual, you will find that it gets lots of attention. If you want to make an impression when you show a guest what you have inside, then opt for a side slider! They are a little theatrical and allow your garage to look as though it is a small aircraft hangar.
Up and over garage doors are practical, relatively cheap and easy to operate. They are useful if you don't have a lot of space on your driveway because they don't extend outwards very far when you raise and lower them. They can be automated, but are just as convenient to open and close by hand if made from a light material, such as aluminium.