The choice of a garage door basically comes down these days to choosing between a roll-up door and a sectional door. Swing gates exist, too, but are mostly used to close big driveways. Up and over garage doors are less frequently used nowadays.
What is a roll-up door?
Roll up garage doors consist of slats that interconnect with each other to form a door curtain that rolls up into a box above the garage opening.
Benefits of a roll-up door
Roll-up doors are excellent space-savers. The door as such is very thin, barely a few centimetres. That can make the difference if your car only just fits in your garage. It is also convenient if you use your garage for storage.
You also save space under the ceiling. Indeed, a roll-up door has a box instead of guide rails which take up more space. This makes roll-up doors particularly suitable for low garages.
Roll-up doors must above all be functional and you need to figure what exactly you’re looking for. Appearance plays a role, too. Roll-up doors are available in many shapes, sizes, colours and styles. That way, you can choose the roll-up door to match the style of your house.
Drawbacks of roll-up doors
Roll-up doors must always roll up completely. This means that it does cannot cater for an extra window, a cat flap or a small door.
Another drawback is its limited insulation performance. Insulated roll-up doors do exist, but even they do not excel in terms of insulation. As a result, roll-up doors are probably not the best choice for garages adjoining the living space of a house. For freestanding garages, there is no issue, of course.
Roll-up doors are also quite heavy to operate. It is, therefore, better to have them automated.