The sheer choice of garage doors can be overwhelming, so knowing where to start is important. Whilst it’s tempting to think about the colour and design of your new garage door before anything else, the most sensible first step is to work out which particular type of garage door is best suited to your needs. This often begins with the opening mechanism — the way the door is opened.
There are four main ways that a garage door can be opened and the best one for you depends on a number of factors, including the size of your garage, how often it is used and what it is usaed for.
We’ve added some pointers to each of our opening mechanism summaries below to give you an idea of which may be best for you, and which ones to rule out altogether.
You’re likely to be familiar with the up-and-over opening mechanism, as it’s the most popular type of garage door in the UK, although more modern opening styles are gaining popularity. Up-and-over doors are lifted outwards and upwards, so that the door sits flush to the ceiling of the garage when open. This type of opening mechanism is separated into two different versions: canopy and retractable. If you think an up-and-over garage door is what you’re likely to opt for, it’s worth checking the features of both versions to see which would suit you best.
Canopy garage doors lift up and out, and stick out of the garage entranceway by about a third when fully open, hence the name. This type of opening mechanism is the most commonly seen throughout the UK, but just because you’ve had this type of door before, doesn’t mean you have to continue with the same if it doesn’t quite match your needs.
Why a canopy garage door may be best for you:
Why a canopy garage door may NOT be best for you:
If you’ve decided that a canopy door is right for you, here are just a few examples of what we have available in this range:
Steel Solid Timber Decorative
This second variety of up-and-over garage door runs on tracks, hence the name. Retractable garage doors open in much the same way as canopy doors, except that, when fully open, the whole door panel fits entirely within your garage space rather than protruding out of the entranceway.
Why a retractable garage door may be best for you:
Why a retractable garage door may NOT be best for you:
If a retractable door is something you’re interested in, check out some examples in our range below:
Steel Solid Timber Decorative
Most of our up-and-over garage doors are available in both canopy and retractable opening mechanisms. When purchasing a brand-new garage door from us, you can expect a high level of security, but if you feel you need a little something extra for your up-and-over garage door, choosing from our Garador Guardian range is a good idea. All three designs in this range are approved by Secured by Design, which is a police-led initiative dedicated to ‘designing out’ property crime.
Sectional doors have the large panelled look of canopy or retractable doors, yet open very differently. Sectional garage doors open by moving vertically upwards, and each section separates slightly from the others as it rotates to a horizontal position when it reaches the top. Once fully open, all sections are attached once again and sit flush to the ceiling of the garage in a solid piece. Sectional doors are an increasingly popular choice and they work well with both manual and automated opening mechanisms. You can browse our entire range here.
Please see examples of popular sectional doors below:
Wood Effect Modern Panelled
If you’re looking for a door which doesn’t take up too much room inside your garage when it’s open, then one rollerlogoof our roller doors may be right for you. Opening by moving vertically upwards and rolling around itself to create a neat cylinder, these doors have exclusively been used by businesses and industrial premises in the past. Now, you can enjoy the convenience of a roller door without the ‘business premises’ look — they’re now designed to fit in perfectly with residential properties.
If you’re looking for a door which doesn’t take up too much room inside your garage when it’s open, then one of our roller doors may be right for you. Opening by moving vertically upwards and rolling around itself to create a neat cylinder, these doors have exclusively been used by businesses and industrial premises in the past. Now, you can enjoy the convenience of a roller door without the ‘business premises’ look — they’re now designed to fit in perfectly with residential properties.
Check out the examples below to see the options available:
Colourful Compact Wood Effect