Which is the Best Type of Garage Door?

The market is full of garage doors of various sizes, types, and brands, each offering something different from the final consumer. So how do you know which is the best type of garage door for your home?

Home in Spring Farm Pointe Louisville Kentucky
This home in Spring Farm Pointe has some amazing exterior features.

Sometimes it is as simple as personal preference. But it could be your budget. Or, it may just be your desire to replace the old garage door with a new one.

But what if you are not sure or do not know what is best? Well, it’s always good to get a second opinion, so we’ve prepared a list of types of garage doors along with their pros and cons to help you a little.

Rolling Garage Doors

These garage doors are a good choice to make the most of your garage space or if you need more space for your vehicle when entering the garage. The door opens vertically and rolls smoothly in the garage space. You don’t need outside space to slip the doors and is therefore ideal if you have a short driveway. Thanks to their functionality, roller doors are suitable for most shapes and sizes of garage entries and are available in a wide range of designs to suit your color scheme and budget.

Photo of a home in Rock Springs Louisville Kentucky
Most homes in Louisville, like this one in Rock Springs, will be fitted with one or maybe more sectional garage doors.


  • Well-suited for automation
  • Increased garage space – sidewalls can be used for storage
  • Suitable for most garage shapes and sizes
  • Effective insulation
  • Effective isolation


  • Only one design is available: horizontal ribs

Tilt-Up/Up and Over Canopy Garage Doors

Up-and-over garage doors for warehouse and storage rooms are a popular choice, they are both effective and easy to use, and extremely safe. Because they can be made of various materials, including steel, plastic, and wood, they are a great choice for doors regardless of the budget.

These doors are available in two versions – canopy and retractable – and each version is suitable for garage entries of various sizes. The canopy is more suitable for garages smaller than 8 feet when manual operation is required and retractable in a garage over 8 feet or any size requiring automation.


  • Ease of use
  • It can be made of various materials
  • Suitable for various garage sizes
  • Can be automated


  • The door is not insulated and there is a working tolerance between the frame and the door, in other words, a gap.
  • Additional space is needed in front of the door in order to open.

Sectional Garage Doors

Photo of a home in Catalpa Farms
Most residential properties, like this brand-new build in Catalpa Farms, will utilize sectional garage doors for their spec homes.

Similar to the rolling garage door, a sectional garage door moves up into the ceiling of the garage. Even though there are many types of garages, a sectional garage door is often the best type of garage door for you. Depending on the type of mechanism and type of attachment, full door, and full clearance are available for some doors.

Doors can be insulated or not. Obviously, insulated doors make the space inside more comfortable but also cost mort.

Regardless of requirements, taste, and budget, sectional garage doors can be made of different materials, so you will always find something for yourself. Regardless of the material you choose, you can be sure that the sectional door is safe and solid, practical and easy to use, and that it works great in automation.


  • Maximum stock is available
  • It can be double-walled to provide effective insulation
  • Suitable for almost all sizes and shapes of garage entry
  • Can be automated
  • Vertical opening – ideal for short ramps


  • Because they are located in the garage space on the ceiling, the roof cannot be used as additional storage space
  • Limited to horizontal or Georgian ribs (square panels)

Automated Garage Doors

Almost every garage door can be automated, including roller doors, sectional doors, and entrances and exits. Whether you want to equip your existing door with a practical and reliable automatic mechanism or a completely new automatic garage door, you can be sure that it will make full use of the latest technology. Automatic garage doors are easy to use and have safety features. You can improve access. Regardless of your budget and requirements, there is an automatic solution that suits you.

When installing an automatic garage door, it is a legal requirement that the installation is CE marked.


Regardless of the type of garage door you choose, it’s important to get the opinion of an experienced garage door supplier and installer so that you can choose the door that best suits your needs. Happy hunting!