Garage Door 101: Knowing Your Garage Door Type

Enhancing the appeal of your home not only starts with the home itself and the surrounding landscape, it also includes your garage. The garage is one of the most heavy traffic places in the house and installing the right door type will not only provide convenience, it will also enhance and add value to one’s home later on should one decide to sell it.

As the garage is one of the most heavily used entries to one’s house, it is necessary to consider what type of door to install. For residential homes, rolling, sectional and one piece styles are the most common types of door installed. Depending on the homeowner’s budget and preference, most garage door installations are affordable and would only increase in total price depending on the door material that one prefers.


For those who have bigger headroom in their garage, a rolling type door is ideal. Rolling doors are made of steels which are rolled up around a drum. Tracks are used to ensure that the steel curtain is held in place, springs are used to counterbalance the weight of the rolled steel. Typically a standard track covers about fourteen inches of headroom although some garage door manufacturers also offer customized tracks for garages that have higher ceilings.


Sectional door types are preferred by homeowners who have little space outside of their garage as the door slide overhead so vehicles can park close to the garage opening. Like roller doors, sectional doors use tracks and springs. The door are made up of several panels all connected individually on the track. Homeowners who are interested in customizing their garage door can opt for a sectional garage as one can use several types of materials such as wood, copper, steel and vinyl as well as different styles to complement their home.



Monolithic or one piece doors are less expensive and are preferred by homeowners who are on a budget. One piece door or swing style can be categorized into two – canopy and retractable. Canopy tilt up doors would require bigger headroom space as the door moves up and slides back inside the garage. A portion of the door protrudes outside which is why it is called “canopy”. A retractable door on the other hand slides fully inside the garage and is suspended from the ceiling of the garage. These door types are ideal when one is considering cost and space is limited in the area.

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