How Garage Doors Work

There are four different types of garage doors, but they all allow you to open the door, park your car, and close the door.

  • Up and over doors: require a lot of room in the front of the garage because the door swings straight out and up and then runs along a track to the top of the garage. This is always connected to an automatic opener.
  • Sectional doors:is a popular choice because it is a cost effective choice that can be installed in sections. The door runs along a track from the floor to the top of the garage. This door can be opened manually or with an automatic opener.
  • Roller doors:These doors are made to take up minimal space inside and outside the garage. They roll into a drum at the top of the garage. They are typically made of thin alumni strips so they can bend and roll. They automatically lock when the door is closed, and are almost always connected to an automatic garage door opener.
  • Swing-hung door:This is like a standard door. It is hinged on one side and swings outward, so you lose a lot of space outside the garage to open the door. Though easy to install, they are the least secure, and almost always manual doors.

The right type of garage door for your home depends on: how much space you have inside and outside the garage, the size of your driveway, the security you want, and your budget.


About Neb Aleksic

Neb grew up in the garage door business. Since joining Doorcare he has moved up in the ranks, and now oversees a team, in addition to Doorcare's marketing efforts. He is passionate about what he does, and enjoys the small things in life.
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