A Comprehensive Buyer’s Guide to Garage Doors

Garage doors have evolved significantly over the past few decades. No longer do you find the same dreary entrance on every neighbouring garage; today, buyers can customise their doors in a wealth of colours, styles, materials and operations.

Many customers revel at the abundance of choice, whereas others find it somewhat overwhelming. In this guide, we’re going to give every buyer the opportunity to find their dream door. This is a comprehensive buyer’s guide to garage doors.


Why buy a garage door?

There are a wealth of benefits to upgrading your garage doors.

Improved security – Garages are prime targets for criminals. Many criminals will scout areas to seek out vulnerabilities. A visibly older and weaker garage door will be an attractive target for thieves. A brand new garage door with all the latest security features will be the best deterrent and defence against potential intrusion.

Protection against the elements – Harsh weather can be a threat to your garage and its contents. Upgrading to a robust garage door with advanced weather protection will ensure that both the door and everything inside is kept protected against torrential rain and wind.

Improved aesthetic – A garage door is a prominent external feature of your home. An attractive door can bolster the aesthetic appeal of your home overall, leading to greater kerb appeal and possibly even an increase in value. Modern-day garage doors can be customised with a variety of colours, styles and finishes.

Suited to a new garage extension – A renovated garage often requires an upgraded door. If you’ve renovated your garage with the intention of using it as a living space, you may wish to install a garage door that caters for heavy foot traffic, such as a side-hinged garage door.

More modern/efficient operation – If you’re someone that drives in and out of your garage most days, a swift, automatic garage door can save you valuable time. Many garage doors can be opened and closed at the touch of a remote control; you needn’t even leave your vehicle.


Door types

These days, there is a wide selection of garage door types to choose from.

Up and over garage doors – These doors combine a classic movement with modern features. The up and over garage door travels upwards and is tucked away at the top of the garage, creating ample space for storage or vehicles.

Roller doors – Roller doors roll upwards and curl above the opening to reveal the inside of your garage. They don’t protrude outwards to open or close, making them ideal for use with a small or narrow driveway.

Sectional garage doors – Sectional garage doors protrude similarly to up and over garage doors but lift up in sections rather than as a whole unit. This allows slightly smaller driveways to enjoy an outward-moving garage door while saving precious space.

Side-hinged garage doors – Side-hinged garage doors swing open horizontally. They are perfect for garages that are being used as a work or living space.


Door materials

Garage doors are also available in different materials.
Steel – Steel is an extremely robust material that guarantees superb protection and insulation all year round.
Wood – Wooden garage doors are popular thanks to their inviting appearance, natural strength and durability.


Door operations

Automatic – An automatic garage door extends and retracts at the touch of a button. This is particularly helpful when you’re often driving in and out of the garage, removing the need to get out of the car.
Manual – Manual operation has been used reliably for decades. It may need physical input to open and close but the door doesn’t rely on electrics and is easier to maintain.



Garages come in various sizes. You should ensure that the garage door size you choose is suitable for your personal requirements. The following are standard garage door sizes:

Single garage – Single garage doors are large enough to house one standard vehicle, whether that’s a car, SUV or small van. Typical sizes are:
8 x 7 feet
9 x 7 feet
10 x 7 feet

Double garage – Double garage doors will fit two standard vehicles, or one particularly large vehicle, with extra space for storage. Standard double door sizes are:
12 x 7 feet
14 x 7 feet
16 x 7 feet


Here at Dimension Garage Doors, we’re committed to providing the most suitable and best-performing garage doors for our customers. We’ve been supplying and installing garage doors throughout the North West of England for over 20 years and in that time have cemented ourselves as one of the leading garage door companies across Manchester and Stockport. To enquire about our broad range of garage doors, or to simply ask us a question about any of the products and services we offer, give our friendly team a call today. We’re always happy to help.

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