Available Styles of Garage Doors

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Are you looking to replace your garage door but want to try out a new style? We understand! Garage doors are a long-term investment that can last for over 20 years if maintained properly, so you want to make sure that you get the right style door for the architecture of your home and your design preferences. Today, we are reviewing the six available styles of garage doors to give you a brief overview and help narrow your choices down.

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Available Styles of Garage Doors

1. Sectional Garage Doors

Sectional garage doors are the most common garage door choice in the USA due to their ease of use, simplicity, and affordable price. How does it work? When you open and close the door, a motorized track on the ceiling will pull the door up section by section until it sits horizontally along with the garage ceiling. If you are looking for something simple and easy, this is the one for you!

2. Slide to Side Garage Doors

Similar to sectional garage doors, slide to side doors are made of the same paneled structure. However, instead of rolling up into the ceiling, slide to the side doors roll parallel to the garage wall. This type of garage door was specifically designed for garages that do not have much ceiling space. For example, this would include a garage that features a loft, an attic entrance, or other hanging materials.

3. Roll-Up Garage Doors

Roll-up garage doors, aka coiling doors, are another garage door designed for those without much ceiling space. The door comprises 2″ or 3″ panels and follows the same operation as a traditional sectional garage door that goes into the ceiling. The main difference is that when these doors roll up into the ceiling, they coil around a drum instead of extending back into the building, which is another way to save ceiling space. Roll-up doors are built in a heavy-duty fashion, making them more desirable by commercial companies than an average homeowner.

4. Tilt-Up Garage Doors

Tilt-up canopy garage doors, also known as canopy garage doors, are designed with one solid piece of material. When the door is pulled into the garage, this door pivots on a hinge. The top half tilts into the garage when the door opens, and the bottom half tilts into the driveway. Do note that this means that the door will extend outward…so you don’t want anything sitting in the way when you hit the button, especially your car!

5. Tilt-Up Retractable Garage Doors

Tilt-up retractable garage doors also operate on a hinge. However, these doors don’t tilt out in front of the garage, but they retract inside. On the plus side, this ability to fully retract makes it more popular than standard tilt-up doors. On the negative side, these doors usually are more expensive and harder to operate.

6. Side-Hinged Garage Doors

There is another option if you aren’t a fan of traditional garage doors. You could instead choose a side-hinged garage door. These doors open just like a normal door (like in your home), swinging out from the center into your outdoor space. As a bonus, they come in a variety of materials and can even be automated, so you still have the ease of hitting a button.


Do you have more questions about which garage door is right for your home? Give us a call at Overhead Door today for a consultation with our local garage door installation specialist!

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