In comparison: Roller versus sectional garage doors

When choosing a garage door for your property, everyone has the same question. Which one is the best? Unfortunately, it’s not an easy question to answer. You do have a lot of factors to consider, such as the style, purpose, and function of the doors. You also need to consider the space you have at your property. If you have limited space, you may want to consider roller or sectional garage doors.

 

 

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Here is a comparison between the two types of garage doors to help you choose.

Size

If you have a double garage, then a sectional garage door may work best to your advantage. That’s because sectional doors have a maximum width of 8 metres, whereas domestic roller garage doors can only go up to 5 to 6 metres wide.

Mechanism

Both roller and sectional garage doors open vertically, meaning they help save space because they don’t swing outwards when opening. The difference between the two is in the way they open. Sectional doors use a torsion or tension spring mechanism to lift the door panels smoothly to ceiling-mounted runners in the garage, while roller garage doors use a gear cog or chain mechanism to drive open the doors manually or automatically.

This is important because it affects how much garage space you’ll need for installation. For example, roller doors need twice as much headroom for its mechanism than sectional doors. But roller doors don’t make use of runners across the ceiling, making them a good option if you have a low ceiling.

Design

Another thing Melbourne roller garage doors experts would like you to consider is the design of the garage door you will choose. Of course, you want your garage door to match the overall design of your home, especially if it’s attached to your property.

Both types of garage doors come in various colours and finishes. However, the designs of roller doors don’t vary as much because of their mechanism. Sectional doors, on the other hand, have more design options when it comes to the grain effects and panel designs, as well as the colours and finishes. They can easily be personalised to match your front door for a more coordinated look.

Another thing to consider is if you want to add windows on your garage doors. Garage roller doors Melbourne experts would like to remind everyone that it’s very rare for roller garage doors to have windows because of how it functions—and if you do add windows, only very thin layers of glass would be possible. On sectional garage doors, you can add windows of different styles, shapes, and glazing.

Security

Sectional garage doors offer better strength and durability than standard roller doors. However, they are still an easy target for intruders when installed with a basic lock mechanism. To improve security, consider adding a more complex lock mechanism—or better yet—add a motorised mechanism as it removes the need for any lock system that is an obvious entry point.

The experts at Eco Garage Doors can help you find the right type of garage door for your property. You may also consult with them if you want to customise it to complement the overall design of your property.