Understanding the Various Types of Doors for Your Garage

26 January 2017
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There are a variety of options you can choose from when you decide to replace your garage door. These doors all provide some form of security for your vehicles and other items stored in the garage. In addition, they can add to the overall aesthetic appeal of your home. However, finding the correct door that has the features you require may be a bit daunting. The information listed below provides an overview of the various types of doors you can have added to your garage. 

The Tilt Up Garage Door

Tilt up garage doors are also known as swing-up doors, and they are fabricated out of metal or wood. The pivots located in the door allow them to open in a horizontal position so that it raises into the ceiling above the garage floor. These doors are typically manually operated because of the heavy coil springs used to operate them, which can be extremely heavy.

The main unit of the tilt-up garage is made of a fulcrum, which is used to balance the weight of the door, making it easy to lift. These types of garage doors can be automated so that they can be operated using a garage door opener.

The Roll-Up and Sectional Steel Garage

Roll-up garage doors are used more for commercial operations and large homes with oversized garages. There are horizontal interlocking panels located at the top of the doors, which is how they are able to roll up and down, resembling an old-fashioned roll-top secretary desk. The garage door is designed to raise using a vertical track that curves as it moves up to the open position. Typically, these doors are hoisted up manually on the track by a chain.

The type of garage door you choose should also provide a sense of security, making you feel confident that your items are safe. Consider also having a lock added to your garage door for even more security.   In addition, you can also have bay windows added to the garage with tint on the windows. This is great if you use your garage as a workroom, it allows natural light to filter through, while blocking others from seeing what is going on. If you don't particularly care of tint on the windows, you can add smoked windows or ones that have textured glass.  

If you are unsure about the type of garage door you require for your home, consider speaking with a garage door contractor.