Up & Over garage doors are available with 2 different operating mechanisms; Canopy & Retractable.
A canopy gear up and over garage door is the most cost-effective and cost-efficient garage door on the market. It is simple in design and easy to use which makes it one of the more popular garage doors. A canopy gear up and over garage door is not usually recommended when requesting electric operation due to the way the door opens. If you wish to add electric remote control operation to an up and over garage door, a bow arm converter is required which allows for a somewhat smooth opening cycle.
A retractable gear up and over garage door is seen as the most practical up and over garage door. Costing slightly in excess of the canopy gear, a retractable gear provides additional strength meaning it can cope with door sizes anywhere over 8 metres in width. All double size up and over garage doors are supplied with retractable gear. A retractable gear up and over garage door is recommended for electric operation due to their
smooth opening qualities and full retraction into the garage.
If space is a problem choose a 'Side Hung' garage door
Traditional Steel, Timber, Fibre Glass and ABS used when space inside a garage may be a problem. Making side hinged garage doors electrically operated is relatively easy but only if the door panels themselves are properly constructed and not a cheap and flimsy construction.
In most cases over the years this has not been a problem providing the doors open outwards. We would recommend one of two makes of operators that are suitable to fitting to side hinged garage doors with the addition of swing arm conversion kit.
Types of Garage Doors (Click each image to see full selection)
A range of sectional garage doors & insulated sectional garage doors. Eelegant automatic sectional doors open vertically, meaning you have more space both inside and in front of the garage.