The Different Types of Garage Doors

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What are the different types of garage doors? Does the type of garage door make a difference?

These are some common questions we usually receive from homeowners who want to replace their current garage doors. To address these questions, we have curated this short but comprehensive guide. Here we will discuss their uses along with their advantages and disadvantages. Without further delay, let’s dive in!

5 Type of Garage Doors

Roll-Up Garage Doors
Roll-up garage door types are strong options built for areas with limited space. These door options are more common for commercial and industrial use over residential. They are made with two- or three-inches steel slat units, which roll around a drum above the door opening. They are designed to tolerate heavy usage and high-performance.


  • Provide more safety
  • They occupy little vertical space when opened
  • Reduces energy cost in both summer and winter
  • The installation process is usually tedious and requires an entire team to complete
  • It's expensive

  • Side-Hinged Garage Doors
    Side-hinged types of garage door is a popular classic style door. It has hinges on its side rather than between the sections. As a result, the door can swing open instead of moving sideways or upwards. Property owners can customize the hinges to move inward or outwards from their house.

    • Easy to access in and out when on foot since it opens like a normal door
    • Most come pre-fitted on a steel fully furnished goalpost frame to allow easy and quick installation
    • Available in insulated and non-insulated option
    • Simple mechanism, you only need to maintain the hinges and the door finish
    • Not as secure as roll-up garage doors
    • Not well-suited for use with an automatic opener

    Tilt-Up and Over-Canopy Garage Doors
    Tilt-up garage door types lack sections. They tilt up and into the garage when they open. A tilt-up and over-canopy garage door is the most common tilt-up garage door style. It features a pivoting mechanism, which lifts it, allowing it to slide parallel to the garage ceiling. A small portion of the door protrudes past the facade of the house when opened.

    • Features a balanced design that makes it easier to open and close manually
    • It’s among the most inexpensive garage door types
    • When opened, the extended part provides shelter
    • Can be noisy when opened or closed
    • Manual opening and closing only

    Slide-to-the-Side Garage Doors
    Unlike the roll-up door, the slide-to-the side types of garage door slides and bends to one side of the garage, sitting parallel to the wall. The unique nature of the door means property owners can use it in garages with little headroom.

    Most of the time they are used for agricultural and commercial spaces. But due to the rise in demand, they're now implemented and utilized in residential homes. The doors come with an in-built retractable motor, allowing automatic control.

    • Allows full height accessibility
    • Less noisy motor
    • Easy to use
    • Expensive installation
    • Cooler temperatures might invoke bottom track malfunctions

    Tilt-Up and Over Retractable Garage Doors
    Its working mechanism is similar to that of the tilt-up canopy garage type, but it has no extending part when opened. Because it’s suspended freely from the frame, it occupies more space than its counterpart the tilt-up canopy door.

    • Easy to use
    • Produces less noise, especially when automated
    • Has a complex mechanism
    • Takes more space internally and externally than other garage doors

    The right types of garage door will meet the functionality needs of homeowners and improve the appearance of their homes. This is especially true if the garage door occupies a significant space of the front facade.

    If you wish to replace your garage door, get in touch with Home Fix-It Divas today at our website or call 770-367-1818 and receive professional advice and installation services.