The Pros And Cons Of Side Sliding Sectional Garage Doors

If your garage door is rusted or in poor condition, servicing it alone may not be enough. It may need to be replaced altogether. If you are in the market for a new garage door, you may be looking at current trends to help you decide what to get. One of the newest trends is a side sliding sectional garage door. Instead of lifting upward, a garage door composed of different sections or panels slides horizontally into the garage. Due to the unique nature of this type of garage door, you may find yourself wondering what the advantages and disadvantages to a side sliding sectional garage door are. Read on to find out. 

The Cons of Side Sliding Sectional Garage Doors

  • They Can Be Costly

One of the downsides to side sliding sectional garage doors is that they can be costly. The garage door industry works on a supply and demand basis. If demand is high for a particular type of door, they can mass produce it, which helps to reduce costs. While this type of door uses many of the same materials as an aluminum vertical-opening sectional garage door, the cost is higher as it is not being mass produced at this time. 

  • Cold Temperatures Can Cause Issues

The second disadvantage to this type of garage door is that freezing temperatures, snow and ice can affect the bottom track that helps guide the door. If you live in an area with cold winters, you may have to have a heating cable installed in the track to keep it from freezing shut. This increases your installation costs and the costs to operate the garage door. 

The Pros of Side Sliding Sectional Garage Doors

  • They Do Not Disturb People Above the Garage

One of the biggest benefits to a side sliding sectional garage door is that they do not disturb anyone who may be in a room or space that is housed over the garage. Many homes now have bedrooms, offices or loft space placed above the garage. When a vertical garage is rolled open or shut, this room may shake or vibrate due to the electric motor and the motion of the door. But this is not the case with sliding sectional garage doors, which are quiet and ideal for homes that have living space above the garage. 

  • The Panels Makes Repairs and Replacement Easier

A side sliding garage door has to be made out of multiple panels. This helps the door turn the corner into your garage. But another benefit to this is that it makes repairs or replacement by a garage door service easier. If one panel is damaged, that panel can be replaced, rather than your whole garage door needing to be replaced. And if repairs are needed, only the panel that needs repairs has to be moved, ensuring the entire garage door does not have to come down. 

If you are interested in learning more about a side sliding sectional garage door or to find out if your garage is a candidate for one, contact your preferred garage door service and installation company. They can help you learn more about this unique type of door and provide you with an estimate if your garage meets the installation requirements.