The Ultimate Garage Door Buyer’s Guide for Homeowners

We get it: choosing the right garage door is a crucial decision that impacts not just the aesthetics of your home but also its security, energy efficiency, and value. Garage doors are a significant investment, so it’s essential to get your choice right the first time around. Here’s your comprehensive guide to selecting the perfect garage door for your home.


Understanding different types of Garage Doors

Choosing the right garage door is crucial not only for the security of your home but also for enhancing its aesthetic appeal and functionality. With lots of types of garage doors out there, each offering distinct advantages and styles, it’s important to understand your options before making a decision. 

This guide will walk you through the different types of garage doors, helping you determine which one best meets your needs and complements your home’s vibe. From traditional up-and-over doors to space-saving sectional and roller designs, let’s explore what each type has to offer…


  1. Up and Over Doors

These doors are quite popular (especially here in the UK) due to their simplicity and ease of operation. They come in two main types: canopy and retractable. Canopy doors swing outwards as they open and then slide upwards into the garage ceiling, whereas retractable doors fully retract into the garage.



  1. Sectional Garage Doors


Sectional garage door


These doors are made from multiple panels that fold up into the ceiling of your garage as the door opens. They are extremely space-efficient because they don’t swing outwards and are available in a variety of materials and finishes.



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  1. Roller Garage Doors


Roller garage door



These doors roll up vertically into a cassette installed at the top of the door opening. Roller garage doors are ideal for garages that face directly onto the street or homes with a short driveway.



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  1. Side-Hinged Doors


These traditional-style doors open outward like conventional doors and are often chosen for their aesthetic appeal and ease of access.



Key features to consider

Selecting the ideal garage door involves more than just choosing a style. Several key features must be considered to ensure that your choice not only looks good but also performs optimally for years to come. Here, we delve into the essential features to evaluate when considering a new garage door,  such as the various materials available; because understanding these factors will help you make an informed decision that meets your practical needs and design preferences.


When selecting a garage door, the material you choose plays a big role in determining the door’s durability, maintenance requirements, and overall appearance. Each material offers unique benefits and challenges, from the robustness of steel to the natural beauty of wood. 



If your garage is attached to your house or you use it as a workspace, insulation is a key feature to consider. Well-insulated doors help maintain temperature control and reduce energy costs.


Features like built-in alarms, high-quality locking mechanisms, and sturdy materials enhance the security of your garage door. Remember, a garage door is often a primary entry point to the home and should be secured accordingly.


Choose a style and colour that complements your home’s exterior. AMO Group offers a range of finishes from modern minimalistic to traditional wood effects, ensuring you don’t have to compromise on style.

Maintenance and Longevity

Regular maintenance ensures your garage door operates smoothly and lasts longer. Check the manufacturer’s guidelines on maintenance, and consider a service contract if available. Look for doors with weather-resistant features, especially if you live in an area with harsh weather conditions.


Professional installation is crucial. A poorly installed garage door not only poses a safety risk but can also lead to increased maintenance issues down the line. AMO Group provides expert installation services, ensuring your garage door is installed with precision and care.


Budget is always an important consideration. The cost will vary based on the size, material, and features of the door. While it might be tempting to go for the cheapest option, consider the long-term benefits of a more robust and energy-efficient model that could save you money on maintenance and energy bills.

Why Choose AMO Group?

AMO Group is a UK leader in bespoke outdoor living solutions, and with our “May makeover” promotion, there’s never been a better time to invest in a new garage door! 


We’re offering free servicing worth up to £200 on all garage door installations placed between 16th-31st May


Plus, with over three decades of expertise, we ensure that each client receives a product tailored to their needs and expectations.


“Your garage door is more than just a barrier; it’s an integral part of your home’s security and curb appeal. Choose wisely, and feel confident that your investment will enhance your home for years to come!”


For more information you can browse our extensive range of garage doors online, download our brochure or contact us directly. Your perfect garage door awaits!

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