types of sectional doors

5 Types Of Sectional Doors For Your Home

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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A garage door is a necessary component of every home. Its primary function is to endure the weather and safeguard your vehicles.

Choosing the perfect garage door for your house may help safeguard your things while also providing some much-needed curb appeal.

Understanding the many types of garage doors is an important aspect of the decision process.

Residential garage doors are available in a variety of styles, which adds a certain charm to a property.

There are also a variety of materials to choose from, each with its style, as well as different shapes of panelling.

There are various design styles of sectional doors and opening mechanisms to choose from, and the door itself can be customized in material, colour and finish to your liking.

Residential Garage Doors

There are several factors to consider when choosing a residential garage door, including the required material and door layout; single bay doors, double doors, and more are available.

They're typically built of steel, aluminium, or even wood.

Traditional raised panel garage doors are popular because they open upwards rather than outwards, providing an element of security for a family home.

5 Sectional Doors for Homes

1. Sectional Garage Door

Create a contemporary and stylish appearance with sectional garage doors. These garage doors are an additional modern option for Garage Doors and offer a selection of different styles, colours.

A sectional garage door may have additional great functions such as thermal insulation, windows and ventilation grilles.

Although the sectional door is a manual garage door, they offer more as automatic garage doors.

2. Carriage House

Depending on their design preferences, homeowners can choose between a single bay and a double bay.

They should, however, keep in mind that car garage doors open in two ways:  swinging or climbing.

Keep in mind that if your garage door opens, it will require additional clearance and could pose a risk of collision with someone or something when it opens.

Carriage-house garage doors appeal to many people because they have a rustic, domestic feel about them in addition to their unusual opening method.

3. Contemporary

A contemporary garage door, which commonly combines metal and glass parts, is a good choice for those seeking a modern-style house.

Using contrasting materials highlights your home and increases its charm.

This door design typically opens and closes by sliding up and down like a regular raised-panel door, but it can also be fitted as a single panel door with a side opening.

4. Roll Up Doors

This can probably be seen in commercial applications, but roll-up doors provide a simple solution designed primarily for spaces that lack ceiling space.

These types use two 3-1/2" thick steel sections to slam around a drum over the openings in the doors. Roll-up and coil-shaped windows are designed for high-efficiency applications and are constructed without springs for the prevention of rust, corrosion, and freezing.

Because of the heavier duty character of the roll-up models, the upfront cost is much higher compared to a segmental layout. 

5. Roller Garage Door

Roller doors have a similar opening to section doors. The door is designed to provide optimum interior and an exterior room, so it is possible to walk up the door.

The ceiling is open so that lamp posts and storage can remain available. A roller garage door offers space-saving functionality while allowing for electrical access.

Roller door garages are fairly simple but because they are primarily designed for commercial use they are high-performing, withstand a high load and are designed with a spring that shouldn't corrode or thaw.

Additional Types of Garage Doors to Consider for Your Home

1. Traditional Raised-Panel

The symmetrical rectangular panel of this garage door type, sometimes known as "classic," is easily identifiable.

Traditional raised-panel garage doors are popular because they open upward instead of outward, providing a safety feature for a family-friendly house.

Finally, a typical raised-panel door is ageless and complements any home owing to its classic appearance.

Another consideration when purchasing a typical raised-panel door is whether you want recessed or raised panels. A classic style will be enhanced by a recessed panel, but a raised panel will provide depth.

2. Garage Door With Side Hinges

It combines solid and reliable functionality with straightforward personal access, said Hipgrav.

These are open outward and are usually produced in the same sizes. Units are an excellent solution to garage areas where access can be made to walls or utility boxes near entrances.

Side-hinged doors typically are made of wood and mimic barn door designs, but steel is another strong choice for these classic garage doors.

Upon full opening, they offer greater room for the head and are ideal if space is restricted.

3. Up-and-Over/Tilt-up Canopy Garage Doors

If driveway space is not an issue, a standard tilted roof-type garage door can offer optimum stability.

Alternatively, it could lead by a mechanical or electrical device that rotates a hinge that extends inwards to allow it to swing upwards and in the garage.

They consist of one piece of solid slabs instead of section panels and when fully opened the opening is parallel to the ceiling.

Up-and-down doors combine security, look and functionality with advanced technology.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.