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Different types of garage doorsUpdated 6 months ago

Below are descriptions of the main types of garage door available. 


Up-and-Over Canopy Door

  • These doors are usually single width (less than 9 feet / 3m).
  • The door consists of a single rigid piece of metal / timber / fibreglass.
  • Usually has an overhead spring and cable.
  • Tracks for rollers are usually vertical. 
  • When the door is open, approximately 1/3 of the door hangs outside, forming a canopy. 


Up-and-Over Retractable Door

  • These doors can be single or double width.
  • The door consists of a single rigid piece of metal / timber / fibreglass.
  • Springs are at the side.
  • Tracks for rollers are usually horizontal and extend inwards into the garage, and are attached about head height on the door frame.
  • When the door is open, the door retracts fully into the garage. 


Sectional Door

  • The door is usually split into 3 or 4 horizontal sections, which move upwards as the door opens.
  • The tracks start off vertical and then curve into horizontal tracks near the top of the door. 
  • When the door is open, the sectional door slides into the horizontal tracks. 
  • When the door is open, the door is parallel with the ceiling and is at a higher height than the door opening. 


Roller Door

  • The door is split into many horizontal sections which are usually only a few inches in height. 
  • As the door opens, the sections move upwards and coil tightly around a compact cylinder above the door. 


Sliding Garage Door / Accordion Style Door

  • The door consists of multiple vertical sections. 
  • The door has wheels along the bottom allowing it to slide to open. 
  • There is usually a channel on the ground which the door and wheels fit into. 
  • There is usually a track above the door which holds the door in place. 
  • As the door slides to the side, the track bends so the door ends up parallel to the wall. 
  • If it is an accordion style, the vertical sections fold together and rest at the side beyond the garage opening. 
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