Advantages/Disadvantages of Garage Door Opening Systems

Melbourne Garage Doors

Advantages/Disadvantages of Garage Door Opening Systems

Once you have chosen your material for your garage door, lets look at the advantages and disadvantages of the different opening options for your garage door:

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Sectional ceiling door: the best thermal performance.

With its vertical opening, the ceiling sectional door, made up of several hinged panels, allows you to take advantage of maximum space inside and outside your garage. Without overflow and with minimum space requirements under the ceiling, the sectional door is fixed to the ceiling and slides on vertical and horizontal tracks. With the sectional door, your garage will find all its functions.


  • Preservation of the entire width of your garage.
  • Perfect for large openings and narrow spaces. In fact, the door panels slide in rails to fit horizontally to the ceiling.
  • High thermal performance, thanks to the ultra-insulating 40 mm panel.
  • “Connected home” compatible.


  • The sectional opening requires freeing the ceiling.
  • Without a gate (optional), access to the garage requires full opening so as not to have to bend down.

Side sectional door: space-saving on the ceiling and practical for pedestrian opening.

This sectional panel door opens and hides along the interior wall of your garage. As a result, you can use the entire height of your garage which remains completely clear . In addition, this door offers you pedestrian access much easier than the traditional gate.


  • Small footprint: takes only 100 mm along the wall
  • Motorized door with the integrated pedestrian opening.
  • A pedestrian crossing without full opening
  • Compatible with large openings
  • “Connected home” compatible


  • The side opening requires freeing the section of the wall where the door will push back.

Rolling door: the most aesthetic and the least bulky inside your garage.

The roller garage door rolls upon itself in a compartment reserved for this purpose and is integrated into the ceiling. It is a very popular garage door because it takes up little space.


  • The smallest interior footprint: it optimizes garage space, it is preferred for small and cluttered surfaces.
  • Little interior overflow
  • Motorized door
  • “Connected home” compatible


  • The safe requires a lintel drop of up to 40 cm.
  • Access to the garage requires full opening so as not to have to bend down.

Up-and-over door: a good solution if you want a wicket door.

Its difference from the roll-up door is the panel assembly, which is made from a single block. As a result, during the ascent, the door overflows to the outside. A non-overflowing variant exists allowing parking at the door to the outside but takes up room in the interior. This type of door does not allow the entire height under the lintel to be cleared.


  • Takes up little space
  • Easy to automate
  • Affordable.


  • Not suitable for lower garages
  • It May interfere if the garage is directly on the road

Hinged door: an authentic style garage door

Also called “French opening” if the doors open inward or “English opening” if the opening is outward. It is an authentic configuration made up of two leaves. This type of opening implies an overflow that is not suitable for sloping driveways and leading directly onto the public road.


  • Economical
  • Does not take up space inside the garden
  • Can be automated


  • Overflows on the outside
  • Poor thermal insulation quality
  • Not suitable for sloping walkways leading directly onto public roads.

Our advice: Depending on the space you have available for opening and the configuration of your garage (width of your vehicle + obstacles on the wall or on the side, drop of the lintel), choose the garage door that will suit your use. All our garage doors are motorised.

Call us for a quotation today. With our Free Measure and Quote service, you will know your garage door will be brand new and made-to-measure.

Talk to you soon.

Kind Regards,

Paul & The Melbourne Garage Doors Team