Roller Garage Door Vs. Sectional

when wopuld one choose a roller garage door over a sectional garage door

If you are planning to buy a new garage door, you’ll have the option of either a roller garage door or a sectional garage door. Most of us can’t distinguish between the two. This article will shed light on the differences between the 2 types of garage door and also help you understand their advantages and drawbacks.

Let’s compare the main differences between Roller Garage Doors and Sectional Garage Doors.

Roller door has a compact door design that fits into any and every shape of garage opening either inside, in front or in between. While Roller Garage doors need adequate space for accommodating the roll, a sectional garage door on the other hand needs space within the garage for the horizontal tracks to run. Both roller garage doors and sectional garage doors open and close vertically.

Sectional garage doors offer a higher level of security. If it is installed properly, it provides maximum levels of protection if forced entry is attempted.  Though sectional garage doors are secure their only drawback is that they are not suitable for every opening as they require clear horizontal space along the ceiling and to the back of your garage.

The design and mechanism of Sectional Doors make them highly secure. They have door panels fixed behind a strong steel structure. Usually it is five to six rollers on each side on a standard door that provides lateral resistance.

Roller Garage Doors basically have only one design of horizontal lines but they come in a wide array of Colorbond surface finishes to choose from.

Sectional garage doors are very trendy. They have several designs and come in variety of colours too along with modern steel, aluminium or woodgrain timber finishes.

Roller garage doors generally have a maximum width of approximately 5.5 metres and 5 metres high while sectional doors formed in steel panels can be manufactured to a maximum width of 7 metres and a height of 4 meters.

Roller garage doors are spring assisted for manual operation. They are also operated electrically with the help of a garage door opener placed within the drum which requires a minimum of 125mm side room.

The sectional garage door is mainly manufactured as a automatic door due to the weight of the door. It uses a torsion or tension spring mechanism to lift the door panels effortlessly throughout the operation. The springs are installed at the top front of the door.

Both Roller Garage Doors and Sectional Garage Doors have their own unique advantages as well as few disadvantages. A summary of specifications is listed below to help you chose the right garage door for your site.

Technical Specs

Sectional door Roller door
Minimum head room 230mm 400mm
Minimum side room 125mm 100mm
Automated Yes Yes
Manual lock Yes Yes
Wood colours Yes No
Min width 1700mm 900mm
Min height 1850mm 1000mm
Max width 7000mm 5500mm
Max height 4000mm 5000mm
Security rating Best Low
Price comparison 10% more than rollers 10% less than sectionals
Installation difficulty/time Medium/3 hours Low/45 minutes


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