The largest working and the most prominent part of a house is a garage door. So, when you are thinking to buy a garage door, then delve in cautious research. Especially on houses where the garage is in the front, the garage door has to look good.
One should carefully choose the type of garage door for their residence. The following guide from our Canadian Garage Doors experts on various types might help:
- Canopy Up and Over
This the most popular type of garage door. It is called so because a third of the door protrudes out from the framework when open thus forming a ‘canopy’. The doors have a torsion spring attached to the door panel to lift the door. It makes use of the steel cables and conical drums attached to each end of the spring.
The best part of using these types of doors is that they are quick and easy to install. They also provide the full drive through width when open unlike the retractable mechanism. This door type can be made remote control but the process is expensive.
- Retractable Up and Cover
An increasingly popular garage door type nowadays is the retractable up and cover. The reason behind this is their ability to get converted into remote control. Such doors are extremely reliable to use since no cables are employed in the door panel lifting operation. However, side mounted lifting arms with tension springs perform this operation. They open the door panel and the panel itself opens the garage on horizontal steel runners. Rollers are used at each corner of the door panel to support it.
However, a point to note regarding these doors is that the drive through width is reduced when the door is opened as the lifting arms are positioned inside the sub frame. So, if your garage width is limited then beware of this anomaly.
- Sectional Garage Door
Another fastest growing door type is the sectional garage door. It offers a much greater security, a range of insulated options, no swing out unlike other doors, can be availed in very large sizes and have a very smooth opening function.
The most basic advantage of such doors is that they don’t swing out during opening or closing. There are two rollers for each of the individual panels thus providing a very rigid and confident movement. Moreover, such doors can also go higher as compared to other door types. They can also be easily converted to be controlled by remote.
- Roller Shutter Door
A classic mechanism in which horizontal aluminium or steel roll up and down on a metal barrel give birth to roller shutter door. Here, the door does not swing out thus providing maximum width and height when open. The door ‘curtain’ can have many variations. The most common is double-skinned aluminium, an insulated slat filled with foam. The depth and the thickness of the slat actually determine size of the roll.
Most roller doors have a motorised functionality due to their almost equal price of the motor as compared to the elements used in a manual door. The price difference is negligible and many colour and finish options are available for them too.
The types of doors are many. You just need to decide which one would suit your house. Moreover it is possible that, you also might like the operation and functioning of a garage door greater than the other. But due to its heavy price you drop the idea to purchase it. In such cases, it is best to go for the easy to use door. Price does not matter in such things, which are essential and need to be used frequently. We, at Canadian Garage Door are always at your service with the best door types and prices!