Nowadays, old traditional swinging garage doors are replaced by overhead garage doors to large an extent. Overhead garage doors are now preferred by most of the people as they are more convenient to use. Unlike traditional garage doors, overhead garage doors can be opened manually or by a garage door opener. Garage doors are usually large enough to allow a proper passage to your automobile or truck.
Kinds or Designs
Overhead garage doors come in many designs, but most preferred designs are tilt up, roll over and sectional units. The oldest among them are tilt up design. It is a single panel that is raised up to the ceiling of the garage. Roll up garage door is made up a number of small sections joined together to from a single large unit. They contain a coil in which these doors roll over when opened. The third design is sectional units. They are made from 3-4 panels each of them joined with axles or hinges which help them to roll up into the coil overhead.
Different materials are used to make garage doors, but the most popular materials used are steel, aluminum, wood and fiberglass. Steel is the most commonly used material. It is affordable, easy to install and provide better security. Aluminum is very effective in coastal areas, as they provide good resistant against rust and corrosion. Fiberglass is the strongest material and is more durable than other materials. It is a bit expensive compare to other materials. Wood garage doors are good as far as their aesthetic designs are concerned. But they are not durable like other materials.
Each design has its own benefits and advantages. For roll up doors are quite handy for tall garage openings and require little space on ceiling. Tilts up doors are less expensive for being an older style of doors. They usually have clean smooth appearance. Sectional doors are popular because of durability and security. They provide better protection against different weather conditions. They come in different designs and styles.
Disadvantages and Drawbacks
Besides advantages and benefits, overhead garage doors have certain disadvantages and drawbacks also. Roll up units, for instance, are made of many panels and need a lot of maintenance work at times and also they are the expensive one. Tilts up units are not considered secure and they provide less protection against different weather conditions. Sectional units however secure and durable need more ceiling space on ceiling and often arises with certain mechanical discrepancies.
Overhead garage doors come in a variety of colors and glass vision lights. Other than that, there are many different designs and styles available in the market to give your garage a fine look. One of the best features of overhead garage doors is its automatic operators and remote control openers. However, manually operated doors are also available which are open and closed via a chain or a track system.