Garage Door Type Guide

There are three main types of garage doors, each with pros, cons and restrictions.

Your chosen garage door company should be able to provide a free measure and quote, where they will run through all of this with you, go over your options and make sure you get the best solution possible.

Types of garage doors

SECTIONAL GARAGE DOORS

Sectional doors are the most common type of garage door installed. They have a wide range of styles and colours and are generally the most cost effective option.

 

STYLES AVAILABLE

Available in 8 styles from Dominator. Can be custom made in Timber or Aluminium in a huge range of options

COLOURS AVAILABLE

24 Colorsteel colours and up to 100 colours in the Dulux Powder Coat range.

INSULATION AVAILABLE

Yes - EPS or Novahush

WINDOWS AVAILABLE

Yes

SAFETY

Good. Springs contained on pole above door.

PROTECTION FROM ELEMENTS

Best. Overlaps opening. Closes fairly tightly against sides and tops. Standard with Mohair felt down the sides. Rubber seal on the bottom

SIZES AVAILABLE

Max height - 3440mm. This can sometimes be higher with the addition of a 7th panel but engineering is required.
Max width - 6600mm for Steel doors. Custom doors can be made wider.

HEADROOM REQUIRED

Standard headroom kit - 300mm
Low headroom kit - 200mm

SIDEROOM REQUIRED

120mm

BACKROOM REQUIRED

With motor - Door height + 1 metre
Manual - Door height + 300mm

ROLLER GARAGE DOORS

Roller doors offer a cost effective option for manual doors or taller doors. They have a limited range of styles.

They are also a good options where you want to keep the ceiling space clear.

STYLES AVAILABLE

1 Style

COLOURS AVAILABLE

21 Colorsteel colours.
Powder coating not available.

INSULATION AVAILABLE

No

WINDOWS AVAILABLE

No

SAFETY

Good. Spring contained on pole inside drum.

PROTECTION FROM ELEMENTS

Good. Overlaps opening. Nylofelt inside tracks keeps most of the elements out. Rubber seal on the bottom. Has a gap at the top of the door due to the radius of the roll. Can add bird brushing to help close it up.

SIZES AVAILABLE

Max height - 3200mm.
Max width - 3200mm.

HEADROOM REQUIRED

400mm

SIDEROOM REQUIRED

Manual - 90mm
Motor - 135mm on the motor side. 90mm on the other

BACKROOM REQUIRED

450mm

Dominator Series A Roller Door
Dominator Series C Industrial Roller Door

Series B/C Industrial ROLLER GARAGE DOORS

Roller doors offer a cost effective option for manual doors or taller doors. They have a limited range of styles.

They are also a good options where you want to keep the ceiling space clear.

STYLES AVAILABLE

1 Style but 2 different thicknesses for size or strength needs.

COLOURS AVAILABLE

23 Colorsteel colours.
Powder coating not available

INSULATION AVAILABLE

No

WINDOWS AVAILABLE

No

SAFETY

Good. Spring contained on pole inside drum.

PROTECTION FROM ELEMENTS

Good. Overlaps opening. Nylofelt inside tracks keeps most of the elements out. Rubber seal on the bottom. Has a gap at the top of the door due to the radius of the roll. Can add bird brushing to help close it up.

SIZES AVAILABLE

Max height Series C - 5000mm
Max width Series C - 4900mm


Max height Series B - 3300mm
Max width Series B - 4800mm

HEADROOM REQUIRED

Doors up to 3300 high - 500mm
Doors 3300-5000 high - 600mm

SIDEROOM REQUIRED

Depending on side of door:
No motor/chain - 135mm
Chain - 225 (L) / 240 (R)
GDO10 - 250 (L) / 270 (R)
GDO12 - 190 (L) / 210 (R)

BACKROOM REQUIRED

Doors up to 3300 high - 570mm
Doors 3300-5000 high - 670mm

Tilt Garage Door

Tilt GARAGE DOORS

Tilt doors are a fairly obsolete design. Sectional doors have replaced them as the standard and have fixed a lot of the issues that tilt doors had with safety and design. Because of this there are few companies that still make tilt doors.

We no longer make Colorsteel tilt doors but still occasionally make Cedar tilt doors in exceptional circumstances. 

STYLES AVAILABLE

We no longer make Colorsteel tilt doors but still occasionally make Cedar tilt doors in exceptional circumstances

COLOURS AVAILABLE

N/A

INSULATION AVAILABLE

Yes - Novahush on custom doors

WINDOWS AVAILABLE

Yes

SAFETY

Poor. Springs at body height on sides of door. Can cause damage and injury when they break.

PROTECTION FROM ELEMENTS

Poor. Usually has gaps at the top and sides as it fits inside the frame instead of overlapping. Generally no seal on the bottom.

SIZES AVAILABLE

Size limited by ability to transport as they are one piece.

HEADROOM REQUIRED

None

SIDEROOM REQUIRED

45mm

BACKROOM REQUIRED

With motor - Door height + 700mm
Manual - Door height

 
Sectional
Series A Domestic Roller
Series B/C Industrial Roller
Tilt
Styles Available
Available in 8 styles from Dominator. Can be custom made in Timber or Aluminium in a huge range of options
1 Style
1 Style but 2 different thicknesses for size or strength needs.
We no longer make Colorsteel tilt doors but still occasionally make Cedar tilt doors in exceptional circumstances
Colours Available
24 Colorsteel colours and up to 100 colours in the Dulux Powder Coat range.
21 Colorsteel colours.
Powder coating not available.
23 Colorsteel colours.
Powder coating not available
N/A
Insulation Available
Yes - EPS or Novahush
No
No
Yes - Novahush on custom doors
Windows Available
Yes
No
No
Yes
Safety
Good. Springs contained on pole above door.
Good. Spring contained on pole inside drum.
Good. Spring contained on pole inside drum.
Poor. Springs at body height on sides of door. Can cause damage and injury when they break.
Protection from elements
Best. Overlaps opening. Closes fairly tightly against sides and tops. Standard with Mohair felt down the sides. Rubber seal on the bottom.
Good. Overlaps opening. Nylofelt inside tracks keeps most of the elements out. Rubber seal on the bottom. Has a gap at the top of the door due to the radius of the roll. Can add bird brushing to help close it up.
Good. Overlaps opening. Nylofelt inside tracks keeps most of the elements out. Rubber seal on the bottom. Has a gap at the top of the door due to the radius of the roll. Can add bird brushing to help close it up.
Poor. Usually has gaps at the top and sides as it fits inside the frame instead of overlapping. Generally no seal on the bottom.
Sizes Available
Max height - 3440mm. This can sometimes be higher with the addition of a 7th panel but engineering is required.
Max width - 6600mm for Steel doors. Custom doors can be made wider.
Max height - 3200mm.
Max width - 3200mm.
Max height Series C - 5000mm
Max width Series C - 4900mm


Max height Series B - 3300mm
Max width Series B - 4800mm
Size limited by ability to transport as they are one piece.
Headroom Required
Standard headroom kit - 300mm
Low headroom kit - 200mm
400mm
Doors up to 3300 high - 500mm
Doors 3300-5000 high - 600mm
None
Sideroom Required
120mm
Manual - 90mm
Motor - 135mm on the motor side. 90mm on the other
Depending on side of door:
No motor/chain - 135mm
Chain - 225 (L) / 240 (R)
GDO10 - 250 (L) / 270 (R)
GDO12 - 190 (L) / 210 (R)
45mm
Backroom required
With motor - Door height + 1 metre
Manual - Door height + 300mm
450mm
Doors up to 3300 high - 570mm
Doors 3300-5000 high - 670mm
With motor - Door height + 700mm
Manual - Door height

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