Choosing the Right Type of Garage Door For Your Needs

  • Published on March 14, 2013

A home is a safe and secure environment where family and friends can relax. Every home has a unique aesthetic appeal and while building your home it is as important to maintain the aesthetic appeal as it is to ensure safety. Garage doors are a great way to increase the level of safety and also add a touch of style to your home. Here are some helpful tips about making the right door choice for your home or business.

Understanding your needs

Many people are often overwhelmed when faced with the decision of choosing a garage door. With a wide variety of options available, it becomes difficult to narrow your search. There are a few things you need to consider before making an investment.

First, you need to figure out what kind of look you are after. For example, if you have a colonial style house, you will need a garage door that has the same old school elegance. It is important to understand the kind of house you have before you choose a garage door.

As well as understanding the look you are after, you also need to consider what type of door will actually fit within your garage or carport space.

It is also always a good idea to have a budget as this will help narrow your search.

The garage door breakdown

There are several different kinds of residential garage doors available today. You can choose from fully automated doors that run on remote control or doors that are manually operated and have a lock and key.

Types of garage doors include sectional/panelift doors, tilt doors, roller door and roller shutters.

  • Roller doors are the cheapest type of door you can have and have a roll at the top that requires 450mm of space to be able to fit in your opening and give you the most height.
  • Sectional/Panelift doors give you the option to choose from a range of designs in the panelling like squares, rectangles, lines and windows and require a minimum of 250mm headroom to be able to fit this style of door in.
  • Tilt doors operate up and down in one large panel. They are most commonly used in openings where there no head room to fit a different style of door. To modernise the traditional look of a tilt door, we can make a tilt door with sectional door sheeting, so it looks like a sectional door, but operates like a tilt door. You can also get tilt doors with Aluminum batons powder coated in a wide range of colours.

The most popular material used for garage doors is Colorbond. Colorbond has a range of 20 different colour you can choose from to suit everyone’s taste and design. Colorbond is strong, secure and energy smart, it looks great and delivers long life performance.

There is also the option to have some styles of doors powder coated in the Dulux powder coat colour range.

As well as the above, a very popular look at the moment is the timber look – the door is still made from steel so it is long lasting but it has the look of real timber without the maintenance.

The final cut

Once you have chosen your door type and material, the final step is to choose the aesthetics. Pick a colour that compliments your house and matches the overall look.

You should remember to consider the pros and cons of each factor before you make the final choice.

Buy a Doors Direct Garage Door

At Doors Direct, we guarantee great service and the best quality of doors and materials. We only source the best quality products that we would be happy to use in our own home. Call Amanda or Ryan on (07) 3161 5963 to experience our personalised service today.