They’re our means of entry and exit. They provide ventilation. They give us the power to protect our possessions. However, garage doors often go unnoticed in our daily lives. Even when they’re securing your vehicles, equipment, and valuables from the weather, elements, and potential intruders, we give them minimal thought.
Today, we’re going to change that and show you everything you need to know about metal garage doors. Whether you’re the new owner of a metal garage or still in the design phase, we’ll give you the information you need to choose the right door option for your steel structure.
So, if you’re in the market for a metal building and want to learn more about the available metal garage door options, keep reading!
While it may seem redundant, many kinds of garage doors exist for metal buildings. They come in various shapes and sizes and feature varying capabilities. Let’s look at just a few of them:
Roll-up doors are a common choice for metal garages. They consist of metal slats that roll up and store in a coil above the opening. These doors are space-efficient as they don’t require a lot of clearance inside or outside the garage. Roll-up doors are durable, secure and can be operated manually or with a motorized opener.
Sectional doors are constructed from multiple panels that are hinged together. They open vertically and then curve along tracks, ultimately resting horizontally under your garage ceiling. Sectional doors are versatile and can be customized to fit various garage sizes. They provide excellent insulation, security and can be equipped with windows or decorative inserts.
Bifold doors are an excellent choice for larger steel garages or buildings that require wide access. These doors consist of sections that fold vertically or horizontally to create an opening. Vertical bifold doors fold upward, while horizontal bifold doors fold to the sides. Bifold doors are sturdy, offer ample clearance, and can be insulated for energy efficiency.
Sliding doors are a practical option for metal garages with limited headroom or space constraints. These doors operate by sliding horizontally along tracks. Sliding doors are known for their smooth operation, durability, and security. They can be designed with single or multiple panels, allowing easy access and customization.
Side-hinged doors provide a traditional and charming aesthetic. These doors swing open from hinges on the sides and are available as single or double doors. Side-hinged doors are often made of metal and can be customized with various designs, windows, or decorative elements. They offer easy pedestrian access and can be operated manually or with automatic openers.
While not technically garage doors, walk-in doors are essential for easy pedestrian access to metal garages. These doors are typically single-panel doors with a standard door handle and lock. Walk-in doors can be placed within the garage door itself or as a separate entrance. They are available in different sizes, designs and come in standard and premium versions.
So, what’s the best option for you? Well, that depends on several factors. For one, you’ll need to take measurements of any vehicle you intend to protect to ensure your door can accommodate them. And if you own larger vehicles such as RVs, buses, or motorhomes, you’ll need to pick a door option that will work well.
But it’s not just the door size that makes a difference. You’ll need to assess the level of functionality you’ll require in your metal garage. Will you need a simple passive doorway, or would you like something remotely operated? Making the right decision now can save you tremendously in terms of time and money.
And then we come to future expansions. How much room will you need in the future, and will your doors be able to accommodate larger vehicles? Having a comprehensive grasp on this element will play a significant role in what door you’ll need.
And, finally, we have aesthetics. What door type will best fit your metal garage’s overall look and feel? Are you going for a more traditional look, or are you hoping to add a touch of modernity to your building? This factor will also be important in your door-buying decisions.
Whether you’re looking for small metal garage kits for storage or an enormous steel garage for your vehicles, Steel Carports has the expertise and dedication to deliver durable and long-lasting solutions. We utilize advanced engineering techniques and high-quality components to design a building that will last and take on almost anything.
So, if you’re looking to start a metal building project or want to learn more about custom metal garage doors, call the experts at Steel Carports. We’ll happily walk you through your journey from conception to installation. Call us at (833) 647-8335 and let the metal building experts handle the rest.