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What You Should Know About the Different Kinds of Garage Doors

Based on most of the houses you’ve seen, you may think all garage doors are the same. Believe it or not, you do have a choice when it comes to garage doors, whether you are working with a custom builder for your new home or replacing your existing doors. Before you settle for the same old door, learn more about your options to add curb appeal to your home. These six different styles of garage doors may convince you to dress up your garage.


Panel Discussion

The most common type of garage door, by a landslide, is the panel sectional. These doors feature paneled sections that are connected with hinges. They rely on high-tension springs and tracks to rise overhead. Homeowners can choose from different colors, textures, or features such as insulation, hardware, and window inserts for more style.


Move to the Side

With a style reminiscent of large barn or carriage house doors, side-hinged doors are trending with homeowners who like the vintage feel. They are typically made of wood or galvanized steel, making for a durable and attractive option. You can ask your garage door contractor to automate side-hinged doors so that you don’t have to get out of your car to open them.


Roll It Out

Perhaps more commonly used in commercial settings, roll-up garage doors are good for garages with limited overhead space that may not be able to accommodate a traditional panel sectional door and ceiling-mounted garage door opener. This kind of door is made of sections of steel slats that roll around a drum. They can outlast some of the other styles, but they can also cost a bit more to install.


Slide Away

You are less likely to see a slide-to-the-side garage door, but at one time they were quite popular with homeowners. When attached garages became more common with homes, they were usually designed for a single car and had less room overhead, which is why having the door move to the side was a more practical design.


On a Tilt

A tilt-up garage door is unique because it is one solid piece rather than constructed of slats or panels. These can have a dramatic appearance when you open them as they tilt up and into the garage. There are two types of tilt garage doors:


  • Over-canopy – This style pivots on a hinge to lift up, parallel to the ceiling. These garage doors extend away from the face of the garage, so they need enough clearance to function properly.

  • Up-and-over – Like the over-canopy, this single-panel door retracts overhead, but it differs because it does not stick out past the face of the garage when it opens.


As you can see, you have more choices in garage doors that you may have realized. When you add in colors and materials, you can achieve a one-of-a-kind look for your garage door to add more style to your home. If you want to see how other homeowners updated their garages, check out the gallery at our website. Magnolia Garage Door Company can help you with anything from a retro mid-century style to a sleek, modern door. Contact us to schedule a consultation with our garage door contractor.

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