Sectional double garage doors are one of the most popular and practical choices for style, safety, security and an easy to use and versatile garage door system. They are called sectional double garage doors because they open and close in seperated individual panel sections, operating vertically without any swing out from the structural opening and tracking mechanism at all. Because of this operation almost any shape of garage opening can be installed to, i.e. arched, angled corners etc.
Some of the larger manufacturers also produce very high quality timber sectional doors in various quality sourced softwoods and hardwoods such as Hemlock, European Oak, Iroko, Mahogany or Cedarwood. These are made to standard or bespoke designs up to 5000mm wide. If your requirement is for a heavy hardwood timber such as Oak a sectional door would be perfect as up and over and side hinged doors are only made up to 8 feet wide (2438mm) in European Oak.
Sectional garage doors will make full use of the space in front of or behind your garage opening as they all open vertically. This mechanism is ideal for shorter driveways, garages next to pathways and internal space problems with higher 4 x 4 and taller vehicles. Standard sizes can be used in non standard openings as the door panels glide behind the structural opening maing a much more diverse range available when ordering.
The sectional garage door will, in most instances give the maximum drive through width and height, especially important for the 4 x 4 and people carrier vehicles. Some sectional doors perform better than others in this respect depending on their springing mechanism and gearing.
Insulated Sectional Doors
The fantastic insulation value and security properties of a double skinned, insulated sectional garage door also means that it is an ideal door for a garage not used for vehicles and helps maintain a constant temperature inside.
A garage that is used for an office, workshop, playroom, gym or just lots of household items too large for the house would benefit from an insulated sectional door. Sectional garage doors seal around the perimeter very well to help keep the garage free from dust, leaves, mice or rain ingress.
The insulated sectional doors also offer a far wider range of sizes and generally for most manufacturers also offer greater colour and finish choices as wel as some very modern ‘designer’ doors.
Sectional double garage doors were originally designed to be installed behind the structural opening due to the original front mounted torsion spring mechanism and the larger guides. The benefits of drivethrough width and height were also maximised by this installation position. The majority of sectional doors we install today are still like this but it is now possible to install any of the doors inbetween the structural opening with adapted installation kits and other spring mechanism variations. Sufficient headroom for the curve of the tracks and depth for the length of the tracks is usually the only issue to consider if constructing your garage from new. Consider the Hormann and Garador Z track system (single door sizes) or the Carteck range of sectional doors for garages with limited headroom internally.