Tilt-Up Versus Sectional Garage Doors

When you are deciding which garage doors you prefer, it is important to bear in mind that both tilt-up garage doors and their sectional garage door counterparts have their pros and cons. Tilt-up doors are built as one piece. When the door is lifted, it is first pulled back on a pivot before being lifted along a track inside the garage itself. By contrast, sectional doors consists of many horizontal sections which remain on a track throughout the entire process. Tilt-up doors are usually ordered when someone is trying to match the design of a door on an older property.

First, we will discuss some of the benefits of tilt-up garage doors. Some people consider them more beautiful than their sectional counterparts, but that is clearly a matter of opinion. What is not a matter of opinion is that there are certain materials that can be used in the construction of these doors which cannot be used in that of sectional ones. Not only that, glass windows and pilot doors can also be incorporated into their design. Pilot doors provide an entrance into the garage which can be used without having to lift the main door. One of the most common materials used in the construction of such doors is wood.

Of course, sectional garage doors have their fare share of benefits as well. Otherwise, they wouldn't be as popular as they are. One of those benefits is the fact that they are a great deal more convenient that the more traditional doors we have been discussing. Not only are they easier to install, they are also easier to operate. They also don't need as much clearance space as tilt-up doors, so on certain garages, they may be your only option anyway. One of the most important factors for some people is the fact that sectional doors are usually quite a bit less expensive than tilt-up models, too.

By now, you may already have enough information to decide which of these two types of garage doors is best for you. However, in case you need a little more, let us also point out that you must consider the type of tracking system which is already in place in the garage in which the door will be installed. You can always remove and replace the tracking system if you want to switch door types, but that is going to result in some additional expense.