Garage Door Buying Guide: How to Choose the Perfect Door for You

  • Published on February 28, 2018

Does your garage door need replacing, or have you recently added a garage that needs that perfect finishing touch? If you’re a homeowner, getting your garage door right is important; especially since it is something that keeps valuables safe and gives a great first impression.

Garage door installation isn’t just about picking out whichever you think looks the best, there are other details to also take into consideration. The Doors Direct Garage Door Buying Guide will help you come to the right decision.

The Types of Garage Doors

There are a few factors to consider before finding the perfect door for your home or commercial building. To help you find the right type of garage door, consider the building and space you have to work with, including the ceiling height.

Roller Doors

This is a cost-effective garage door type that is compact, convenient and looks great as a traditional choice for most homes without the huge price tag. For those with a narrow garage opening, roller doors are often the best choice. For extra convenience, consider adding a motor, or alternatively, you can leave roller doors as manual-operated with a lock and key feature.

Roller doors need the most amount of headspace as the door will roll up to the top of the garage. If this space is limited, consider a sectional or tilt door instead.

Tilt Doors

Tilt garage doors are made from one piece of material that operates on a spring hinge to open up and over. The benefit of having a one-piece garage door is that you can choose from a wide range of materials for its construction. The tilt garage door takes up the least amount of headspace, so if you have a tight overhead space, this is an ideal choice. However, you will need sufficient space in your driveway for room to open and close the door. Tilt doors can also be made automatic with a motor from Doors Direct to make it easier to open and close.

Sectional/Panel Lift

Sectional/panel lift doors work by having several sections hinged together to look like one solid door and open on a curve through a track system overhead. The panels can be designed to match the look and feel of your home, giving a great first impression, and can be made out of a variety of materials and completed with a Colorbond or powder-coated finish. Sectional/panel lift doors are another great choice if you have limited headspace in the garage or a small driveway, and can also be motorised for extra convenience.

Tuscan Sectional – Surfmist

Other Factors to Consider

In addition to the type of door you go choose, there are other factors homeowners should also keep in mind. Each aspect depends on the look and feel you are trying to achieve, and the budget you have to work with.


Modern garage doors can come in a huge variety of designs. Add some character to your home exterior with colour and texture. Choose a design that blends in with the rest of your home or one that stands out and catches the eye with a great first impression.

With a panel lift door, each panel can be defined for added depth to the design. Even tilt doors can have sectional door sheeting to make it look like it has added depth. If your home has existing fencing or gates, consider having your garage door them complement them for a sophisticated look that isn’t too flashy.

Alternatively, if you have your own design in mind, Doors Direct can offer custom aluminium doors in your style.


Garage doors can be constructed out of many types of materials, and each one has its benefits. Aluminium is a popular choice for garage door construction as it is lightweight yet very durable. If you are looking to have large double-wide automatic doors, aluminium is a great choice, as motors don’t need to do as much work as for a heavier door. Aluminium is also easy to maintain and can last for years.

Wood looks fantastic and gives a great rustic feel, but it needs a lot of upkeep including frequent refinishing, and they need replacing more often than other doors. Doors Direct recommends a timber-look door instead as a great alternative. The timber-look is constructed from Colorbond Steel with a timber-look hand finish on the top.

Colorbond Steel is another choice many homeowners go for. This is a very durable option, although heavier than aluminium, and it comes in a wide range of colours.

Tuscan Sectional, Merbau

Colours and Finishes

There is no need to stick with a white or neutral-coloured garage door nowadays. The colour or finish you choose can be unique or made to complement the existing style. As previously mentioned, Colorbond Steel can come in a variety of colours from neutral shades to big, bold colours. Powder-coated finishes are also designed to give extra protection as they are stronger than paint and won’t easily chip away.

Motors and Openers

Now that you have a better idea of what kind of garage door to get, you can then decide if you want it to be manual or automatic with a motor. Doors Direct supply motors for the different types of garage doors. New motors are often quieter and more energy efficient, such as the Silent Drive motors designed for roller doors. Sectional doors would benefit from the PowerAce or Commander MyQ. For tilt doors, the TiltMaster motor is a quiet and durable choice.

Doors Direct also offer industrial motors to handle large, heavier industrial doors.

Safety Features

Garage doors should come with safety features as standard. For example, one safety feature your automatic door should have is an automatic reverse that takes place if there is anything obstructing it while coming down. All doors should also have an emergency release feature, and another good option to have is an automatic stop, which occurs when an infrared beam going across the width of the garage door option becomes disrupted.

Sectional Door in Oxford with Windows in top panel

Like many others in the Brisbane area have already done, you can count on Doors Direct to provide the best door for your home. From design to installation, our team specialise in finding the perfect door for your home or business. Give us a call to discuss your garage door needs and let us find a solution for you.

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