Sectional garage doors are the most common type of garage doors for residential homes. If you’re chasing a garage door which is going to be used at a residential property (a house, or unit), it is highly likely that a sectional garage door is going to be your best bet.
Regardless of your home’s exterior and style of architecture, a sectional garage door will enhance the home’s overall look.
What is a sectional garage door?
Sectional garage doors are a type of garage door which is used most commonly for residential homes. Sectional garage doors are composed of 4 – 6 of horizontal panels (or “sections”) of rigid horizontal steel. Given these panels are rigid and cannot fold in on themselves as roller garage doors do, sectional garage doors instead run along a track system which lifts the door vertically through a curve then horizontally to sit below the ceiling when in the ‘open’ position.
In general, the horizontal panels of the sectional door have a more appealing look when compared to roller doors of the same colour. Homeowners who are concerned with the appearance of their home from the street tend to opt for sectional garage doors as they are believed to have great ‘curb appeal’. It is for this reason that sectional garage doors are the norm in residential areas: this is particularly true in new suburbs in Perth.
Sectional garage doors vs roller garage doors
Sectional garage doors and roller doors are almost interchangeable. They effectively do the same thing: they form a barrier to close off an internal garage from the external environment. The choosing of one style over the other is usually based on personal preference – which style does the homeowner want?
Despite having similar functions, there are a few differences between them to consider when choosing between these two options:
- Available Space,
- Cost (to purchase, and to repair),
- And pre-existing set-up
Appearance is the most influential factor when it comes to deciding between a sectional garage door and a roller door. Sectional garage doors are typically more aesthetically appealing (they look good), and are seen more commonly in residential, suburban areas. Roller doors on the other hand do not look as good but their style better matches industrial and urban settings. As such, sectional garage doors are often the door of choice in residential suburban areas, while roller garage doors are the preference in urban and industrial areas.
Available Space is generally not a concern… if you have it. If you’re lacking space, you may be forced to take one style of garage door over the other. If you’re lacking height and you are concerned about your vehicle’s ability to fit through the garage door opening – in the case you have quite a tall vehicle – then you will want to maximise the amount of headroom you have. To do so, you should select a sectional garage door as they are only require XXmm of head room while roller garage doors require XXmm (these numbers are not exact as every door will change based upon the size, though a roller door will always require more headroom).
Cost is, of course, a big factor to consider. Sectional garage doors tend to be slightly more expensive to purchase initially ~$500 more expensive, but should the sectional door become damaged as a result of an impact, they are actually cheaper to repair. This is because individual sectional door panels can be removed and replaced should they become damaged. A damaged roller door will require a complete replacement of the entire door, resulting in higher repair costs, despite a cheaper initial purchase.
Strength is a consideration for whom safety and security is a great concern. Sectional garage doors are actually stronger than roller garage doors and are more difficult to breach should an intruder or burglar attempt to gain access.
Your pre-existing set-up may determine which type of door you purchase. If you previously had a certain type of garage door which you are simply replacing, having a functional motor for that type of door would lend itself greatly to simply getting a new door of that type. Garage door motors can be several hundred dollars, and if you can re-use your existing motor, you can save a lot of money by sticking with the type of garage door you have had previously.
Sectional garage door colour and style options
Our sectional doors come in a variety of colours to match your home’s colour scheme and style. Our sectional garage doors are available in any Colorbond Colour. But, if you’re looking to have a specific non-standard Colorbond Colour, you have the option to powder-coat your door. Powder-coat is a form of dry-paint applied after-the-fact.
To explore the full range of colours available to you, click on the links below:
To see the different variations and combinations of garage doors and colours, check out our Garage Door visualiser.
Beyond colour, you are able to further customise your sectional garage door by changing up the patterns, insulation, and texture of your door.
Patterns relate to the lines that run along the sectional door panels. Each panel can have anywhere from zero to five horizontal dividing lines.
Insulation is the inclusion of insulating material to the sectional garage door panels. The main purpose of the insulation is to reduce the transfer of heat and noise, but it also strengthens and thickens the sectional garage door panels.
Texture relates to the rectangular or square indentations in the panels.
With access to such a wide range of sectional garage doors and the ability to customise colour, patterns, and texture, you will definitely be able to find a sectional garage door to fit your home, personal preference and budget.
Sectional garage door cost
The cost of sectional garage doors range from $1,000 to around $6,000 depending upon the size of the door.
The cost of the garage door will depend greatly on the size of your required door. To get an accurate quote we recommend giving your local garage door company a call and providing them with the dimensions of the desired door. they will be able to have a chat with you to identify the best sectional garage door model for you and provide you with a quote.
Sectional garage door installation
Sectional garage door installation can be performed by any qualified garage door technician. We do not recommend that anyone other than a qualified garage door technician attempt the installation. The largest sectional doors can weigh hundreds of kilograms, and sometimes need to be installed metres above head-height. To perform this the installer must use either a ladder or an elevated workspace. The combination or working with such a heavy door and at height can prove quite dangerous for someone who is inexperienced or does not have the right to set of skills.
Additionally, to correctly spring the garage door, the sectional garage door spring must be correctly tensioned. Sectional door springs are notorious for being very dangerous. As a sectional garage door can weigh hundreds of kilograms the garage door spring must be incredibly tightly wound to take the strain of the door during the opening and closing phases. This is achieved by winding the springs incredibly tightly as to build up a huge level of elastic force. If this build up of force is suddenly (and accidentally) released, it can cause severe damage to anything it catches. There have been cases where installers have lost fingers and eyes to sectional garage door springs.
Given the danger, we never recommend that you would tend to be DIY installation and will always insist we, or another garage door company, perform the installation for you.
That being said, sectional garage door installations a common skill within a qualified garage door technician’s skill set. To find an installer with the appropriate skillset we recommend reaching out to your local garage door company.
Sectional garage door insulation
Insulation is an option for sectional garage doors. Insulation will reduce the transfer and heat and noise through the door which can be a great benefit if you are looking to use the garage as another “live-in” room, to reduce your dependence on energy-hungry air conditioning, or to reduce the incoming noise from the busy street and noisy neighbours.
Sectional garage door parts
As sectional garage doors are composed of a number of moving parts, over time they will suffer from wear and tear which will eventually result in breakage. Luckily, it is very easy to source spare parts when required. Sectional garage door parts can be supplied by your local garage door company or technician.
The most common part you will likely need to replace on your sectional garage doors are hinges. Hinges connect the panels of your sectional door, effectively allowing the panels to hinge, as they are pulled up through the curved track during the opening of the garage door.
Most sectional garage door hinges cost between $10 and $20.
Sectional garage doors are composed of individual horizontal panels. Should one panel become damaged it can be replaced individually without having to replace the entire door.
Sectional garage door panels cost between $650 and $950
Sectional garage door dimensions
Sectional garage doors are designed for use in residential homes. As such, they range from 3 – 6 meters in width and from 1.5 – 5 meters in height.
Despite being classed as a typical ‘residential garage door’, regardless of the purpose for which you will use the door, if the required door fits within these dimensions, a sectional garage door should work for you.
Sectional garage door manufacturers
At Eden Roc, we source our doors from the major Australian garage door manufacturers, including:
- Centurion Garage Doors
- Steel-Line Garage Doors (formerly Perth Windsor Garage Doors)
- Gliderol Garage Doors
- B&D Garage Doors
- Garage Door Industries and,
- Danmar Garage Doors
We source our doors from a range of manufacturers to give our customers the widest selection available.
The sectional garage doors we supply are made from Colorbond Steel. Colorbond Steel is “Australian made to endure the Australian climate”. It is durable and strong, as well as being the first choice for West Australian builders.
What other options are available?
If you’re not sold on a sectional garage door, there are some other options that are available to you:
Roller Garage Doors are a great, reliable option. They have a completely different aesthetic and are more common in urban and industrial settings.
Timber-look garage doors are a great option; while they are technically sectional garage doors as well they have the appearance as if they are made of wood or timber.
Insulated garage doors are also another type of sectional garage door. These doors offer additional protection from the elements, keeping heat out in the summer and in during the winter.
Custom-made Cedar doors, unlike Timber-look garage doors, are made from wood or timber.
Sectional garage door repair and maintenance
Many homeowners who have a sectional garage door do not maintain their door and only pay attention to it when a problem arises… which is usually when the door is no longer working.
Sectional garage doors are relatively cheap and easy to repair. This is because sectional garage doors are made from a number of interchangeable panels. These panels can be replaced individually if they become damaged without the need to replace the entire door.
These panels are connected to each other garage door hinges. These hinges are moving parts which also bear the weight of the panels which hang below them. Hinges are the most common part to break and require replacement.
Sectional garage doors can weigh over XXX kilos for single garage doors and over XXX kgs for double garage doors. This is a huge weight which needs to be managed carefully. Additionally, a major component of sectional garage doors is the torsion spring. Torsion springs are designed to take the strain of the garage door weight. When these springs are installed and tensioned as to take the strain of the door’s weight, the springs are very tightly wound. A huge amount of force is contained within the tensioned spring which can lead to serious injury to whoever or whatever is caught by the spring should that force be released.
For these reasons, it is not recommended that garage door repair and maintenance be carried out by anyone other than a qualified garage door technician.
How often should you service your sectional garage door?
It is recommended that sectional garage doors are serviced every 2 years. Doing so will prevent issues from arising, and ensure that small problems do not escalate and become larger, costly, and inconvenient issues down the line.
If you are uncertain when your next garage door service is due, Check the inside of your door. It is very likely that when the garage door was installed the technician left a sticker to tell you when the door’s next service is due.
Sectional garage door motors?
Most people do not want to open and close their sectional garage door by hand and would rather open and close the garage door simply by pressing button on a remote connected to a garage door motor. Garage door Motors do the heavy lifting for you.
sectional garage door Motors are Motors designed specifically for use on sectional doors. Motors that are designed for sectional garage doors cannot be used on other types of garage doors in the same way that motors for other doors can be used on sectional doors.
There are a large number of section garage door motors on the market today.
The manufacturers of these motors include:
- Merlin, and
Which is the ‘best’ sectional garage door motor?
There are some great garage door Motors on the market, and almost every manufacturer provides a motor that will be suitable for your typical residential garage door.
Our preference is the Merlin Commander Elite. This garage door motor is powerful enough to move a double sectional garage door (designed for a double-car garage), it comes with a 7-year warranty and can connect with your mobile phone.
Why choose a sectional garage door?
Sectional garage doors are an ideal choice for residential, suburban homes. They have great curb appeal and with such a wide array of colour and style combinations, they can be paired well with any home, regardless of colour scheme and style.
Sectional garage doors are also an ideal choice but those people who are concerned about the cost of repair should the garage door become damaged. A sectional garage door should also be considered by those who are looking to potentially insulate the garage and use their garage as a ‘live-in’ area of the home.
Sectional garage door optional extras
Sectional garage doors Can be purchased as a stand-alone door, but are usually (and we recommend) sold with an accompanying garage door motor. The motor will come with remotes and a wall button as standard.
In addition to the motor, remotes, and wall buttons, sectional garage doors can also be fitted with keypads and safety beams.
Keypads work as an external wall button which require a 4-digit code (sometimes 6-digits) to be entered to operate the garage door. Keypads are great as they offer an added level of security and do not require you to have a remote.
Safety Beams project a lazer between to points placed at about shin-height across the opening to the garage door. If the lazer is interrupted during the door’s closing phase, such as when someone walks beneath the door, the garage door will instead reverse. This works to prevent the garage door from crushing whoever or whatever might be caught beneath the door’s opening.
Garage door Motors are also known as openers. a remote control is used to control the motor as to open and close the door. Motors have to be paired correctly today corresponding remote is not every remote is compatible with every motor. the Motors will always come with the appropriate remote but if the remote our last stone or break they may need to be replaced. Be sure that when you are replacing a garage door remote that you let the provider of the remote know which motor model you have so they can pair the correct remote with your motor.