It is not necessarily the first element that we focus on during renovations in his home ( we often think of windows for example), and yet the choice of your garage door deserves special attention. After all, the garage is often home to one of your most expensive items in terms of service and price, your vehicle. It is a healthy 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 in the choice of a garage door: the layout of the garage and the presence of annoying elements such as pipes, beams or storage, the dimensions of the room, the uses made of 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 of garage doors. The tilting swing garage door is made up of a single panel which, when opening, which can be done manually or automatically thanks to the integration of a motor, is positioned under 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.
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 and not the least, this type of garage door is ideal for optimizing the available space. Concretely, 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 optimization 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. 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. A 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 which, like a gate, opens 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.
- Roll-up or upset 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 shutter, thus saving 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, the space available in and outside the room, in order to choose the model of door most suited to your project.