The majority of garage doors in homes or businesses in the United States are sectionals outfit with an automatic garage door openers. However, in Europe, sectional doors are used much less, in lieu of single panelled up and over doors, side slide sectionals, or rolling doors. Here’s a brief guide to the differences between American and European garage doors, as prepared by the experts at Orange.
Up and Over Doors
These doors were more commonly used in the United States during the 1950s-1960s, and are made of a single piece held in place by a steel frame. They open through a swing arc that either stays inside the garage or slightly outside it according to an extension spring based lift mechanism. Often, concrete is used for these doors, and they are very simple to install – only requiring the attachments of 4 bolts to the concrete door frame and a small amount of refinishing – however to get the entire system to the home or business in the first place, a cherry picker or heavy duty equipment will be necessary. These doors have largely disappeared from the USA because they are hard to open during snowy winters, in which snow needs to be moved from in front of it before it can open.
Rolling Garage Doors
These doors are more commonly used in commercial settings in the USA, and are made of aluminium, steel, or PVC strips, rolling above the header of the garage door. These doors are usually simply adorned with a blank and neutral design, as opposed to the artful and colorful selections available for customizable sectional garage doors.
Side Sliding Sectionals
These garage doors open to one side of the garage by sliding along a rail on the side wall as well as one on the floor. These doors can be motorized – however they are also less appealing to people who live in areas where it snows, as in order to prevent the floor rail from freezing, a heating cable needs to be installed – which can make them way more expensive.