OVERHEAD DOOR OF THE GARAGE: INTRODUCTION
How to choose the overhead garage door to optimize space? Main types, sizes, suggestions and price overview.
If you have a garage where you park your car, your children’s bicycles and other items you care about, it is essential to protect them with a safe, reliable door and possibly the best space-saving solution. The overhead door contains all these features together.
Thanks to a special mechanism, the overhead door can be opened inwards, positioning itself along the ceiling of your garage and thus taking up less space.
On the market there are different types of space-saving garage doors, from single-door models to the so-called “mirror saver” for really small boxes.
In choosing the best overhead garage door, you need to understand the advantages of each type on the market and know how to compare it according to the final destination.
OVERHEAD DOOR: SELECTION CRITERIA
You have decided to install a garage door but do not know which model best suits your needs. In general, just pay attention to some characteristics. The main ones are:
- Dimensions of the garage.
- Type of opening.
- Interventions required for installation.
- Security level.
- Aesthetic aspect.
A mix of elements that explain why the overhead garage door is one of the space-saving solutions preferred by customers, both for the convenience of the opening mechanism and for the quality of the materials used.
For the garage entrance, the overhead door is one of the most used systems today. The shutter is raised with a simple movement, positioning itself flush with the ceiling and using a counterweight or spring maneuver. A retractable system that makes it easy to use garage doors even in small rooms. It consists of a part secured to the wall, lateral guides and a crossbar at the top.
ADVANTAGES OVERHEAD DOOR
Overhead garage door size? Not only the measures represent one of the advantages in the choice but others are added which are summarized below:
- Simple installation.
- Little maintenance.
- Good solidity.
- High levels of customization (sheet metal, wood, etc).
OPERATION AND PRICES
There are two types of mechanisms that allow the overhead door to operate: mechanical or automatic.
Mechanical closure is the cheapest choice. It uses a torsion spring that ensures an easy opening and closing movement with little effort. The automatic overhead doors make use of electricity, making movement easier, provided you face a higher cost necessary to automate the structure.
The prices of an overhead door, depending on the model, start at € 1500 and exceed € 2500.
TYPES OF OVERHEAD DOOR
Overhead garage doors can be purchased in many types, each based on different locking mechanisms and systems. They represent the most common type of garage doors in Italy. There are models on the market that can adapt to any home. Let’s discover some of the best-selling overhead garage doors.
OVERHEAD DOOR WITH SINGLE DOOR
It uses a single element for closing. It is one of the overhead door models most commonly found in homes (underground garages, villas). Among the strengths the ease of assembly, reduced maintenance, different materials (aluminum, PVC, etc). Among the negative aspects, it does not always fit well in any environment both in terms of aesthetics and dimensions.
JOINTED OVERHEAD DOOR
Operation similar to a traditional overhead door with upward opening thanks to the use of counterweights. Compared to the single door, it stands out due to the fact that it folds in two during lifting. Its advantages include a small footprint while the main flaw is a higher price than the average, starting from € 2,600, as it requires a more complex process than that with a single door.
It is one of the most popular overhead door solutions, conceived and produced by the Officine Locati company, a leading brand in the production of safety locks since 1925. Defined as “Miror safety“, they allow you to make the most of the passage in width in the garage by using guides side of only 4 cm. They do not require masonry work and only take a few hours to install.
Among other features, the use of a torsion spring instead of the bulky side counterweights. A balancing system that ensures a wider passage, gaining up to 15 cm. A sturdy and reliable overhead door, equipped with a lock with a safety cylinder and a dimple key.
OTHER TYPES OF GARAGE DOORS
For the sake of completeness, we would like to point out other two types of garage doors available on the market: the sectional and with multiple swing doors.
It is not made up of a single piece but made of several panels, characterized by a rollable mechanism unlike the overhead door. The ideal solution to eliminate any obstacle in the exit from the garage. On the other hand, they have higher prices than the average, as well as being considered among the least secure closures.
Highlights for the retractable opening. The shutter is designed to slide on special guides and wind up in the ceiling (opening upwards). They also stand out for being quieter than other types.
WITH SWING DOORS
Unlike an overhead door, it uses two or more doors with an outward opening and a movement similar to a wardrobe. A classic solution that adapts well to different environments. It can be operated mechanically or automatically. Among the flaws, the need to have space for opening.
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