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Garage Door Types Explained. Video Guides.

There are four main types of garage door: up and over garage doors, sectional garage doors, roller garage doorsside-hinged traditional garage doors.
  • There is a large number of makes, models, sizes and finishes available for all four types of garage door.
  • Please see below our video guides explaining the advantages of each type of door. Also see our video "How to Measure" guides for all types of doors.
Up & over doors videos Sectional doors videos Roller doors videos

Up and over garage doors. Canopy and Retractable types.

Canopy mechanism up and over door.
  • The Canopy door operates in vertical tracks on the doors side frame. Cable operated.
  • When fully open the door forms a canopy of approximately a third of the door's height.
  • Easy to fit. NOT ideal for automation.
  • Can come pre-installed on a factory fitted steel frame for easy fit as shown in photo.
canopy up and over door diagram

Retractable mechanism up and over door.
  • The Retractable door is guided by horizontal tracks inside the garage.
  • Retracts completely when fully opened.
  • Easy to fit. Ideal for automation.
  • Can come pre-installed on a factory fitted steel frame for easy fit as shown in photo.
retractable up and over door diagram

Sectional garage doors. Single doors on Z tension springs. Double doors on N torsion spring assembly.


  • Sectional garage doors maximise drive through width as they are fitted on the rear face of the garage opening.
  • The sectional door opens vertically - you can park in front of the door and still open it.
  • Excellent level of security.
  • Neat rubber seals all around the door. 
  • Ideal for automation. Easy to install.
sectional door diagram
Hormann sectional door the inside view

Sectional doors on track application Z
 
  • Easy to install side mounted tension spring assembly
  • Max. door width 3000 mm (4500 mm on Alutech doors)
Hormann track application Z

Sectional doors on track application N
 
  • Normal track application with torsion spring assembly
  • Max. door width 6000 mm
  • Max. door height 3000 mm
Hormann N spring track application

Insulated roller garage doors.

  • Roller shutters are fitted on the rear face of the garage opening, maximising width and removing the need for a timber frame. Always supplied fully automated.
  • Neat full box housing covers the roller assembly completely giving a very neat finish externally and internally. Give thermal and acoustic insulation.
  • Can be fitted between brick piers and under the lintel, or externally, if required. Includes courtesy light, and optical bottom edge safety device.
  • All insulated roller doors are made to measure at no extra cost from 3 ft wide to 19 ft wide, Hormann Rollmatic are made upto 5000mm wide.
  • Various colours available including Golden Oak, Irish Oak, Rosewood or Mahogany wood effect.

Door types gallery. Pease click on the door type below to see the full range, available sizes and prices.

Steel up and over.
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Steel wood effect u/o.
Timber up and over.
GRP Gloss White u/o.
GRP woodeffect u/o.
Wicket in up and over.

Steel sectional doors.
Wood effect sectional.
Timber sectional doors.
Sectional with wicket.
Aluroll roller door.
Hormann RollMatic roller.