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How to Choose a Garage Door: Buying Guide 2022

How to Choose a Garage Door: Buying Guide 2022

It might be challenging to process all of the information needed to make an informed decision when purchasing a new garage door. This article will go through the many types of garage doors and why there are so many different types. 

Side Hinged (Swing)

Side Hinged Doors are a classic garage door choice that open like traditional double swing doors and are ideal for garages that are used more frequently. There are now several double skinned insulated choices available, providing a realistic option for a secure, insulated, and easy to operate garage door. The following are some of the advantages of side hinged doors:

  • Allows for easy walking access – ideal if you don’t have a car in your garage.
  • Available in a range of materials – look at our brochure
  • Low maintenance and easy operation



Roller Doors open vertically, but instead of returning to their original position like Up and Overs or sectionals, they curl up into a roll above the opening. Designed for installations with restricted headroom that don’t compromise on security or insulation. Because it can be installed inside, between, and outside the garage entrance, the roller door is the most versatile option. Here are some benefits of roller doors:

  • Vertical operation and easy installation
  • Good security properties when provided with suitable locking mechanisms
  • Good option for small or obstructed garages



These doors are made in panel portions that open by sliding upwards and then curve back into the garage on horizontal rails, making them a slightly more sophisticated garage door mechanism. These doors are ideal for automation and provide a space-saving alternative to Up and Overs. Sectional garage doors offer numerous benefits, including:

  • Fantastic security and strength
  • Impressive insulation qualities
  • Great for short driveways or garages requiring maximum drive through dimensions


Up & Over

The most popular garage door style in the UK, this tried-and-true one-piece panel design does exactly what it says on the tin: it goes up and over the garage opening in one piece. The Up and Over is extremely popular for a reason: it effortlessly accomplishes the primary goal of a garage door. It is usually the simplest garage door to purchase and install. There are number of benefits of up & over garage doors: 

  • Generally the easiest to install and delivered ready in one piece
  • Suitable to use as a manual or electric operated door
  • Reliable, tried and tested design and mechanism
  • Provides weatherproofing

All of these garage doors are excellent choices, but when it comes to choosing a new garage door, it’s best to think about your requirements and your garage space before making a decision. Summerfield Garage Doors can assist you with garage door installation and repairs. Please contact us by calling 01923 751270 or filling out a brief enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.