Choosing a door for your garage: A buyer’s guide
There are lots of factors to consider when choosing a garage door. Chief among these is the appearance of your property and the other external doors that are fitted – after all, a corrugated metal roller door might look fine on a modern property, but it will look a little strange on a garage attached to an older-style home with ornate wooden doors. Here, we shall look at the various types of garage door that are available, and the potential advantages and disadvantages of each of them in turn. For great offers on a range of quality external doors, visit the Todd Doors website.
Single panel (monolithic) doors
As the name suggests, single panel doors consist of one monolithic panel that can be made from a wide range of materials, although hardwoods such as oak are most commonly used. These usually swing open vertically, which means that you have to park a fair bit away from it before you open it, and this can be especially inconvenient when you have one or more cars in your driveway and you need to get into the garage. Of all the garage door types, these look the most like other types of exterior door, and it is common for them to contain windows. If you are looking to keep a uniform look across the doors in your property, then they may be your best option, particularly if it is a traditional-style property. They are also particularly good if insulation is a priority, as they can be made thicker than roller doors and lack the gaps of sectional doors.
These doors are made out of several panels (typically between six to eight) that slide up and overhead inside the garage, and take up the same amount of interior space as a monolithic garage door when open. They can be made from a wide variety of materials including steel, aluminium, wood, glass, copper, and vinyl, which means that they can rival monolithic doors in terms of insulation and appearance, although they may not be suited to every situation. They are more robust and reliable than monolithic doors, and because they open straight up rather than folding over, you can park a lot closer to them before opening them.
These doors are usually made of corrugated steel, which can be painted or left unfinished. Steel roller doors tend to be very resistant to impact, which is important if they are to be used regularly, and they tend to last a long time. They also take up less internal space than other types of garage doors. However, they offer little or nothing in the way of heat and sound insulation, so if you are looking to use the garage as a spare room on occasion, or want to use it as a cold store, then you may be better with a different type of door. While you can get insulated roller doors made from two layers of aluminium with foam in between them, these tend to be more expensive and are not quite as robust.