Which type of garage door is best?

With so many different brands, styles and colours to choose from – it’s only natural to wonder which type of garage door is best! 

So how do you choose the right type of garage door for your home? 

In this article, we’ll take you through the three main types of garage doors, and the pros and cons of each so that you can make an informed decision. 

Roller garage doors 

Roller garage doors open vertically and roll up neatly, kind of like a large rug or carpet. This type of garage door does not require external space to swing out (unlike a tilt door), making it a great choice if you have a short driveway and limited space inside your garage. 

Roller garage doors are suitable for almost all sizes and shapes of garages, and they’re usually available in a wide range of colours. 

Pros of roller garage doors 

  • Increase garage space (you can use the side walls of your garage for storage) 
  • Effective insulation 
  • Suitable for almost any garage or carport setup 
  • Less expensive to repair over time

Cons of roller garage doors 

  • Only one design and finish available (the horizontal ribbed look) 

Sectional garage doors 

Finally we have sectional garage doors. This type of garage door opens vertically, and slides along the ceiling of your garage. Sectional doors are by far the most popular type of garage door on modern Australian homes. 

Sectional garage doors come in a huge variety of colours and styles, and newer doors feature some great safety features, making them the best choice for families too. 

Pros of sectional garage doors 

  • Usually automated 
  • Suitable for almost all sizes and shapes of garage entrances 
  • Vertical opening, ideal for shorter driveways 
  • Expensive to repair

Cons of sectional garage doors 

  • Cannot use the roof of your garage for storage space 

Tilt garage doors 

If you’re looking for a garage door with some extra style, a tilt garage door might be the perfect door for you. Tilt garage doors open out and up, meaning you’ll need a longer driveway to make this type of garage door work for your home. 

Tilt garage doors come in a wide variety of styles, colours and finishes and are a great choice no matter what your budget is. Both canopy and retractable garage doors are available, but the design you’ll choose will depend on the size of your garage entrance.Both are suitable for automation with a Merlin Garage Door Opener. Canopy is more suited for manual operation whereas retractable can come with automation. 

Pros of tilt garage doors 

  • Can be produced in a range of materials for a truly custom look
  • Can be automated 
  • Suitable for a range of garage sizes

Cons of tilt garage doors 

  • Not the best choice for areas prone to storms
  • Not as safe as other types of garage doors 
  • Expensive to repair spring fittings

Need help deciding which type of garage door is best? 

At Eastern Garage Doors, your service starts as soon as you pick up the phone. If you’re unsure which type of garage door is right for your home, why not give us a call on 03) 9812 3062 and our friendly team will talk you through your options!