How to choose the right type of garage door for you

Choosing the right garage door for your personal requirements is essential. But, with so many types on the market, how do you know which one is best?

Wether you’re considering an upgrade on your existing door, or wanting a completely new garage door, Broadmark Doors are committed to helping you choose the right door for you.

Here is our comprehensive guide to choosing the right garage door:

Why is it important to choose the right garage door?

One of the most important factors you should consider when choosing a new door type is security. Some garage doors are more secure than others, and the last thing you want is for your garage to be a weak spot in your home security.

You probably also want a garage door that fits the aesthetic of your home.

At Broadmark Doors, we stock a range of traditional and modern garage door styles, and work with you to find something that matches your personal preferences, but also provides you with security.

Modern Roller Door, Roller Shutter

Garage door types

Each garage door type has its advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important you are fully informed before making your decision.

Factors such as the size of your garage, your desired garage opening mechanism, and style should all be considered.

Here are some of the most popular garage door types:

Roller garage doors


Roller garage doors are an excellent choice if you have a small garage due to their roller shutters being extremely space-efficient. They roll up vertically into a compact space above the opening.

A roller door design ensures you retain the maximum storage space within your garage, and are great if you have limited driveway space.

A roller garage door is typically operated by an easy-to-use electric remote control device and therefore operates quietly, ensuring a more pleasant user experience.

Roller doors have a high level of security, with many models featuring reinforced slats, strong locking bars, and automated closing systems.

Another reason roller doors are a popular choice for homeowners is because of their aesthetic appeal. Roller doors are highly customisable, and come in a variety of styles, colours and finishes, making them ideal when choosing a garage door that compliments your home’s exterior.


It’s easy to see why a roller door could be a great choice for many. However, like all garage door types, they come with some disadvantages.

Some of the simple, single-sheet roller shutter designs provide less security than other garage door options. That’s is why it’s important to speak to an expert about your personal requirements.

At Broadmark Doors, we stock a range of traditional-looking and modern roller garage doors to ensure your garage perfectly matches the design of your home.

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Sectional garage doors


Sectional garage doors are popular due to their excellent insulation and security features. They are comprised of multiple door panels that slide up vertically, ensuring you can continue to maximise your garage space.

Due to their high level of insulation, sectional doors can be extremely energy-efficient, saving you money on your monthly energy bills.

Sectional doors are made from durable materials such as steel, aluminium, or timber, meaning they provide that extra level of security, and can better withstand potential damages from extreme weather conditions or potential break-ins.

Sectional garage doors are also usually electrically operated for ease of use and a more advanced user-experience.


A sectional garage door has many benefits, but what are the disadvantages?

Firstly, a sectional door uses horizontal tracks, which unfortunately take up quite a lot of ceiling space, however the added floor space usually makes up for this. A sectional door also requires more maintenance due to having more components and a complex structure.

Sectional doors also cost more initially, however their aesthetic appeal and durability can add value to your home, so they are usually a good investment.

At Broadmark Doors, we stock sectional garage doors to suit every home. Whether you’re wanting something modern or traditional, our team can provide you with the best options for you.

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Side hinged garage doors


Side hinged garage doors are known for being robust and reliable. Hinged doors come in a variety of styles, but are popular for those looking for a simple, traditional design.

Unlike some other garage doors, side hinged doors do not require much opening space, and are therefore space-efficient. This allows for more storage space inside your garage.

Their basic opening mechanism is ideal for homeowners who don’t want to opt for an electric garage door, as they save time with their quick and easy access. This mechanism also allows for quiet operation and easy maintenance. However, they can easily be automated if you prefer a remote control-operated design or change your mind in the future.

Side hinged doors are versatile, and can be adapted and made to measure to fit any size garage. This is particularly useful for very large garages, as there are no restrictions on height and width.


Although they are an excellent option for many, they do have some disadvantages. For example, they tend to be heavier than other garage doors, making them more difficult to operate manually. They also open outwards, which isn’t ideal if you want to park near the door and open it, or if you have a sloping driveway.

Need some advice on whether side hinged doors are right for you? Our team at Broadmark Doors will be happy to talk you through your options.

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Up and over doors


Traditional up and over garage doors are a safe and reliable option, and have been a popular choice for homeowners for many years.

An up and over design can be visually appealing, and they come in a range of styles and colours. So whether your home’s exterior is traditional or modern, you have plenty of choice when it comes to design.

This garage door type is especially durable and made to last, which will save you money in the long-run as they need replacing less often, and are easy to maintain. You can also be rest assured your stored belongings have the highest level of security against weather damage and potential break-ins.

The installation of up and over garage doors is simple and time-efficient, making them an ideal option for those with a busy schedule.


Although up and over garage doors have many benefits, their design does pose some challenges.

Due to their outward-opening mechanism, their functionality is less smooth than some of the other garage door options on the market.

Unless automated, they can be a little more awkward to operate and are heavy to operate manually. It is therefore worth considering an automated garage door if opting for this design.

At Broadmark Doors, we are committed to ensuring your garage door meets all of your requirements. To discuss up and over garage doors in more detail, contact our team today.

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Why choose us?

Choosing a new garage door isn’t easy, and with so many options on the market, it’s important to weigh up all of your options.

This is where we come in.

At Broadmark Doors, we believe that our huge range of garage doors offer the best value for money in terms of quality, installation, and aftersales service in the whole of the West Midlands region, and we work hard to maintain these standards.

So, if you’re looking for a new garage door, you can be rest assured you’ve come to the right place.

How we work

Ensuring we provide you with the best service possible is important to us, and that’s why we like to make the process stress-free and simple.

Firstly, we arrange a free survey to assess your personal requirements. You can request your free survey via our website, or contact us on 01384 889779 to arrange a time that suits you.

Once we have an agreed time and date, one of our professional team members visits your home, and provides a same-day quote.

We then install your new garage door at a time that suits you.

Our team are always on-hand to answer any questions you have following your garage door installation. We offer our customers superior quality and 5-star customer service from enquiry to installation, and beyond.


Choosing a garage door to suit all of your requirements can be challenging. You might want to replace your old garage door, or be looking at options for your new garage. We have provided the main advantages and disadvantages of the most popular garage doors so that you can make an informed decision. You can trust Broadmark Doors to work with you to determine the most suitable garage door for your home, and provide you with excellent service throughout.

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