The Benefits of Side Hinged Garage Doors
Despite garage door mechanisms being more advanced and technologically driven than ever, the old school, traditional side hinged doors remain a popular choice, with demand even rising in recent years. Side hinged doors operate in a very basic way, and the main mechanism – a pair of side hinged panels in a sub frame – has always remained the same, with no advancements made to enhance them. They are nonetheless one of the most beneficial on the market, and their popularity looks set to continue to rise. Here are just some of their advantages.
Easy access and convenience
They make accessing the contents of your garage easy, and you can even get into it by just opening the garage door a third, or half, of the way. This is ideal when trying to access it on foot, saves time waiting for the whole thing to open and then close, and means you can quickly get in and out when need be.
They look great
Appearance isn’t everything, but it helps. Side hinged doors look very sleek and are versatile, meaning they come in various different designs, finishes, colours and materials to suit the aesthetics of your house or property. They can be as subtle and plain or bright and eye-catching as you like.
They fit any size garage
Whatever size the garage in question is, side hinged doors can easily be adapted to fit it, as they are generally made to measure and there are no restrictions on height and width.
They are quiet
Nothing is worse than a garage door that makes an absolute racket when you go to open it, especially if you live in a quiet neighbourhood or need to access it at night or early in the morning and don’t want to disturb those nearby or even those in your own house. Luckily, as they have hinges as opposed to a complicated mechanism, side hinged doors are one of the quietest available, making virtually no noise whatsoever.
Lots of materials to choose from
As demand for hinged doors has grown, so too has the range available, and you can now find them in all kinds of materials, including metal, timber, and uPVC, each offering additional benefits in relation to security, durability and insulation.
They can easily be automated
If you decide you would like your garage door to be automatic, a side hinged garage door can easily be automated, allowing you to operate it remotely. This is particularly useful if you use it to store a vehicle, as you won’t have to get out every time you need to drive in.
There are some downsides of side hinged doors, however, and it is important to be aware of these before making purchasing decisions to avoid any disappointment later on. They tend to be heavier than other garage door options, which can sometimes make them a difficult to operate manually, and you can’t park near the door and open it. Another disadvantage is that if you have a sloping driveway, you won’t be able to open the garage door outwards. So they are not recommended for everyone, but for many they are certainly one of the best choices on the market.