If you're in the need for garage door replacement, you may be wondering what type of door is best suited for your needs and budget. Generally, when it comes to residential garage door replacement, homeowners have two main options: garage roller doors and sectional doors. By having a solid understanding of the differences between the two, as well as the potential pros and cons, you can ultimately make the decision that's perfect for your property!
What is a Roller Garage Door?
The main distinguishing factor of a roller garage door is its unique compact and space-saving design. Specifically, these doors can be made to fit openings of just about any shape or size. When one of these doors is opened, the steel material will roll upwards, and individual sections of the door will turn into small circles until the entire door is raised on to a roll. When lowered, this metal coil then essentially "unfolds" the same way it was rolled up. The main benefit of roller doors is that they do not require the installation of an overhead track system, which allows them to save considerable space when compared to other types of garage doors.
What is a Sectional Garage Door?
A sectional garage door, on the other hand, utilises an overhead track system that allows the door to move upwards and horizontally along the top of a garage ceiling for storage while the door is in a raised position. These doors are very cost effective for most homeowners, though the installation of the track system does require a bit of extra clearance and planning. Safety is another potential concern with a sectional garage door, as fingers and other body parts can become pinched between the track and the rollers. Fortunately, the solution is quite simple, as sectional garage doors can be supplied with optional infrared beams that prevent operation when there is any type of obstruction blocking the door or its moving path. Sectional doors, like the ones found in the B&D Panelift™ range, can enhance your home’s street appeal by selecting a colour scheme from the range of available COLORBOND® colours. They are also available with optional insulation that adds an additional barrier for heat and noise.
Which is Best for Your Needs?
As you can see, there are some key differences between the installation and operation of a garage roller door versus a sectional garage door. Ultimately, the decision as to which is best for you will depend on your priorities. If you have a limited amount of space to work with, then a roller garage door will likely be your best bet. On the other hand, sectional garage doors are a very practical and money-saving option for many homeowners. Both types of garage doors can be operated with a garage door remote for your convenience as well.
At Wholesale Garage Doors, we offer a wide range of garage doors from which to choose. From quality B&D roller doors to the doors in the popular Panelift® Icon™ series, you've got plenty of options. For more help in selecting your next set of Panelift™ doors or other garage doors, contact our professional and friendly team today. We'd be happy to help you select and order the garage door that's best for you!