Single Panel vs. Sectional Garage Doors

Is it time for a new garage door? Whether it’s for your home or for a commercial space, you have two main options when it comes to the type of garage door you choose – sectional or single panel. In this article, we’ll explain the difference between these styles and help you decide which one is right for you.

Sectional garage doors

Sectional garage doors are the most common type of garage door you’ll see here in the US. They are made up of multiple panels that fold up one after another when you open or close the door. Let’s look at some of the advantages of choosing a sectional garage door:

  • Since they’re the most commonly installed type of garage door, this also means that they’re the most readily available, so you won’t struggle to find someone to supply, install, or repair your sectional garage door. This also means you’ll have a greater range of doors to choose from.
  • Sectional garage doors don’t require much space to open and close, compared to single panel doors that need enough space to be able to tilt outwards. This makes sectional garage doors the more popular option for homes and driveways with limited space.
  • Sectional garage doors are also considered to be the safer option. Single panel garage doors will crash down hard if the mechanism fails, which can cause serious injuries or damage to your property. The extension springs used with single panel doors can also be hazardous. So, families with young children and anyone else who’s safety conscious might want to opt for sectional doors.

Single panel garage doors

Single panel garage doors are, as the name suggests, made up of a large, single panel. The door swings upwards and outwards to open. While these doors are not as commonly seen here, some people are opting for the vintage feel they give their homes. Here are some of the advantages of single panel garage doors:

  • Because they are made up of fewer parts compared to sectional garage doors, single panel doors are generally easier and cheaper to maintain and repair. There are fewer parts that can fail and fewer parts that need checking during a routine check-up.
  • For the same reason as above, single panel garage doors are typically cheaper to buy and have installed compared to sectional garage doors.
  • Although there may be fewer products to choose from due to their relative scarcity, the design of single panel doors is less restrictive than sectional panel doors. You’re not confined to materials and styles that work with small panels, so you can have single panel garage doors in pretty much any material you want.

Whichever style you choose, Action Overhead Door can help you with garage door installation, repair, and maintenance around Savannah and Rincon, Georgia. Get in touch for a quote today.