What Kind of Garage Door is Best?
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Published by TOP4 Team
Choosing a garage door is all about style and security. As 30 to 40% of your home frontage, a great looking garage door adds street appeal and potential resale value to your home. A modern garage door needs to match your home design as well as offer strong, secure protection for your car, boat, tools and valuables.
Four popular garage door options
- Roller Doors
- Sectional Garage Doors
- Tilt or Panel Lift Garage Doors
- Custom Garage Doors as Timber, Colorbond®, etc.
Roller doors are Australia’s most popular type of garage door. Originally created as B&D Roll-A-Door®, there are now Roller Door installers in every state. From the day they were unveiled at the Sydney Home Show in 1956 to today, they are an Australian icon that has come a long way in design, style and features.
1956 B&D Roll-a-door debut
Roller doors are easy to operate either manually or by remote control. The door rolls up with a ribbed or corrugated design in a variety of profiles for different looks. Roller doors are available in steel or aluminium and come in a wide range of powder coated colours.
Your garage door installer can advise which material is better for a roller door based on climate conditions where you live as well as your budget and home style. Both steel roller doors and aluminium roller doors are durable, affordable and easy to use. It’s important to have roof clearance above a garage door to install the roller door housing.
The sectional garage door is a modern design concept yet suitable for traditional or more contemporary Australian homes. The sections fold up and slide back into your garage as you lift the door requiring less overhead clearance inside. A panel of windows can be added, giving sectional doors design advantages and more flexibility over roller doors.
Sectional doors come in a variety of styles and finishes. A very popular option is the Delta Warringah timber look sectional overhead garage door – made entirely from BlueScope steel. You get an authentic natural wood look without the high cost of maintenance. Alternatively, B&D timber garage door Cedarpanel is made from western red cedar, manufactured from slim wooden slats that can be stained to match your other finishes. Consider the difference: steel vs wood garage doors – which is better?
The panel lift or tilt door is a single panel with a spring-assisted lift mechanism that opens the door in a smooth, gliding motion as manual or automatic. For a garage with little clearance, a tilt garage door might be the best option over a roller door. Tilt garage doors can be made from any material, with timber being one of the most popular.
As part of the ‘stark slab’ movement in architecture, the solid feel of a tilt door can add a strong design statement. A 2016 finalist in the Tasmanian Architecture Awards, the Horse Shoe House uses a panel lift door that feels perfect for the overall aesthetic.
Custom Design Doors
A custom garage door can make a unique design statement for your home. Getting insights from a renovation architect is an option to fully appreciate how a make-over can change the look of your home. Consider a number of contemporary exterior finishes for your home design — like cladding, bagging or panelling — and match a garage door to that specific finish.
The best garage door? It’s up to you
Choosing the best type of garage door is entirely up to your budget, your design and your vision. Most garage door businesses across Australia today are here and ready to help you make the right choice for your home improvements with a new garage door.
If you still can't decide what garage doors should you select, do not hesitate to call or visit Ultimate Garage Doors & Gates today to know more!