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Garage Door Types: Three Most Popular Operating Mechanisms

Oct 28th 2015 at 9:06 AM

Canopy Up and Over

The most common type of residential garage doors is up and over garage door gear for doors which are frequently up to 2 meters 438 mm wide, they are also called canopy. Canopy is actually about a third of the whole door (the whole panel height) which protrudes out from the framework when open forming a ‘canopy’. There is also a torsion spring which is situated above this type of  residential garage door panel in order to lift the door with steel cables and conical drums that are attached to each end of the spring. Doors over the described height are too heavy for the canopy mentioned mechanism in terms of safely this is why with heavier garage doors experts advise to use retractable gear.

Canopy doors are perfect for residential uses because they are quick and easy to install and can perfectly provide you with the full drive through width while open unlike the retractable mechanism. Moreover, this type of residential garage doors can be made with remote control but be ready that it requires additional equipment and the motor itself which means that they become more expensive to convert.

Retractable Up and Over

Rectangular up and over garage doors are frequently used for residential needs. They can be very easily converted to remote control and which is more important – they are very reliable. There are no cables used in the door panel for lifting operation, for the same purpose there are side mounted lifting arms installed with special tension springs. These springs in their turn are attached to the door panel whilst the door panel itself opens into the garage on horizontal steel runners with the help of rollers at each corner of the door panel in order to support it. All one piece residential garage doors use retractable gear which is standard larger arms and springs that can cope with any heavy door panels unlike the canopy gear.

Here it is important to note that the drive through width is significantly reduced when the door is in the open position as the lifting arms are positioned inside the sub frame. If the width of your garage doors is limited you need to beware of this reduction in calculations.

Retractable PLUS Up and Over

This is actually the same type of residential garage doors as the retractable gear except the fact that lifting arms are positioned higher on the door panel and theses doors also have a frame in order to provide you with full drive through width for wing mirrors on the majority of cars. With no doubt, this is not the best option if you have a 4 x 4 or van because the wing mirrors are usually positioned higher than a car.

Britta Weeks acts as a content developer for a big array of online content hubs, who shares opinion on a mix of themes about the house improvements exemplified by residential garage doors types and other related areas. A committed explorer of digital community and an influential figure in all things related to the house issues.

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