Garage doors that roll up to the ceiling and hang
on a track are called overhead Garage doors. There are three basic
types of overhead Garage doors in use today.
Tilt Up Overhead
A tilt-up overhead Garage door unit is a
solid, single piece overhead Garage door that swings up on a pivot
point and rolls on an overhead track near the ceiling. This unit is
wide for single car or double car storage and could be wider for
commercial uses. Found in older buildings, both commercial and
residential, it tends to be heavy and awkward to handle due to the
wide area of the door. These doors utilize either steel or aluminum
“skin” with steel preferred for security.
The drawback to this type of door is the need to
ensure adequate clearance space. Additionally, steel requires
frequent painting of the surface to prevent rust. It is also not as
weatherproof as other door types, certainly a negative in Wisconsin
Roll Up Overhead Garage Doors
up overhead Garage doors are comprised of many small sections joined
into one large unit. Sections could be added as the height of the
door increases. The door rolls up into a tight coil when opened. It
is ideal when there is no space near the ceiling for the door to
hang. Fiberglass is the most common material for these doors, which
makes the unit lightweight and easy to roll.
The drawback to fiberglass is the tendency to
crack and become brittle in cold weather. Aluminum can be used in
cold weather areas. Roll up doors are the most expensive option of
the three and its sheer abundance of parts results in frequent
Sectional Overhead Garage Doors
overhead Garage doors are the most popular type of overhead Garage
door. Newton MA residents like it because its weather tight
construction is ideal for tough winters. It is also popular due to
its simplicity in design and the multiple uses of materials for
special needs or visual appeal. Wood has visual appeal and a high “R”
factor (thermal resistance to heat flow) but it doesn’t last as
long as steel and aluminum. With sectional overhead Garage doors, a
wide variety of styles and finishes are available to enhance the
beauty of any home.
Some drawbacks to sectional overhead Garage doors
include the need for frequent maintenance to minimize mechanical
difficulties as well as occupying more ceiling space. It is the best
option of the three types for cost, required maintenance,
weatherproofing and security.
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