Melbourne Garage Doors

Choosing a Garage Door

It is not necessarily the first element that we focus on during renovations in the home (we often think of windows for example), and yet the choice of your garage door deserves special attention. After all, it’s home to one of your most expensive items in terms of service and price, your vehicle. It is also a storage place that also provides access to your home.

So how do you choose your garage door to ensure safety, strength, and aesthetics?

What type of garage door to choose?

In addition to the aesthetic aspect, different criteria come into play when choosing: the layout of the garage and the presence of annoying elements such as pipes, beams or storage, the dimensions of the room, the extra uses made for it (living room or storage room) as well as the space available outdoors as well as indoors.

  • The Tilting Garage Door

It is arguably the most classic and economical model however it is less durable. The tilting door is made up of a single panel which, when opening, can be done manually or automatically thanks to the integration of a motor, which can be positioned on the ceiling.

It may be overflowing, that is to say, it may protrude from the garage in the open position; or non-overhanging, completely positioned under the ceiling which is not ideal for small spaces.

The swing garage door is a good choice in terms of durability and budget but still has the downside that it requires sufficient maneuvering volume for comfortable use.

  • The Sectional Garage Door

Composed of slats or hinged panels, the sectional garage door is a particularly popular option because of its aesthetics. Another advantage of this type of garage door is that it is ideal for optimising the available space. The sectional garage door slides on side rails suspended from the ceiling in order to fit under the ceiling; or on a rail placed on the ground in order to be positioned against a wall of the garage.

It has good optimisation qualities in terms of space because it does not overflow either inside or outside and therefore the perfect door model if your house is on the edge of the road, in a small space or want to maximise the internal space of the garage. The sectional garage door with lateral sliding also offers the possibility of using one of the panels as a wicket door.

Also, sectional garage doors are known to benefit from very good thermal insulation and waterproofing, due to the manufacture of the steel panels filled with polyurethane foam as well as the presence of joints between the panels.

This type of door, however, requires its equivalent in size where the door is placed when it is opened; and can thus lead to having to do without one of its walls for the side option. Note: this type of garage door is more expensive to purchase. Strong material is also essential to ensure the durability of sectional garage doors.

  • The Swing Garage Door

This type of garage door is made up of two panels that, like a gate, open from either side. The two panels can therefore open independently of one another. The disadvantage is the need to have sufficient space outside the garage so that the open doors do not overflow onto the sidewalk or the road, nor obstruct the passage. However, opening to the outside means preserved interior space, and this is the advantage of swing garage doors.

  • The Roller (Roll-Up) Garage Door

This type of garage door can be likened to a roller shutter which is housed in a box fixed to the ceiling or outside, as a roller garage door, it saves the space required for the door and its opening. It is the zero overflow solution suitable for small spaces and low ceiling heights, which can open automatically thanks to the motor.

Before installing a garage door, it is therefore important to know the measurements, and the space available in and outside the room, in order to choose the model of door most suited to your project.


When you are ready to take that next step, we will be right by your side.

We offer a free measure and quote and would love to assist you to put in the garage doors of your dreams, or… your budget. Either way, we deliver on quality, service and speed.


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Kind Regards,

Your local Melbourne Garage Door Team.