Is It Time to Upgrade to a Sectional Garage Door?

5 July 2016
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A sectional garage door is one that is built with a series of sections that are all connected by hinges behind them; the door slides up rather than swings up, with each section then folding on that hinge as it reaches the top of the doorframe and continues to slide to the garage roof. This type of sectional door can be made with a variety of materials, including wood, steel, or fiberglass, and can be one of the best choices for your home. If you need a replacement garage door or are having a garage built and need to choose the best type of door, note why a sectional garage door may be the best option for you.

Lighter weight for opening and closing

Many homes have automatic garage door openers, but you may not have the budget for one and will still need to open your garage door manually. A sectional door can make this easier, as you are not raising the full weight of the door when you open it. As each section makes its way into the overhead part of the garage door track, this helps to disperse the weight of the door. This can also make it easier to close the door manually; you don't need to pull on and then balance the whole weight of the door when you close it, making it safer and easier to operate the door overall.

This lighter weight makes it easier to open and close the door manually, but this can also mean less wear and tear on the garage door parts, including an automatic opener if you should get one. The chains, springs, and track are not balancing the full weight of the door as it opens and closes, so they may suffer less wear and tear, and you may have fewer repair bills, when you choose a sectional garage door.

Space savings and repair

For homes with short driveways or if you want to park a car in the driveway outside the garage door, put up a basketball hoop, or for any reason keep the garage door from getting in the way of the driveway, a sectional door is best. The door doesn't swing out but lifts up directly. Along with this saved space, you may see that a sectional door is cheaper to repair than a roll-up door that comes in one long piece, as you can repair or replace just one dented or rusted section without having to replace the entire door.  This makes a sectional door a good long-term investment for any homeowner.