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Different Types of Garage Doors

The two distinct types of garage doors are up-and-over styles or side-hinged. Read on to learn the general differences so you can decide which type of garage door is best for you.

Select Side Hinged

With a side-hinged garage door, you can gain easy access to your garage without having to expose the full opening.

Available as centre or off centre split depending on size. The lead access door has a night latch as standard and can be positioned to either side of the garage door. Both doors open out as standard but can be manufactured to open inwards if desired. Door stays are available to hold the doors in the open position.

Take a look at a side-hinged garage door in operation in this video.

Other optional extras include Euro lock with steel lock bars, Brass or Satin steel Hinges, Bi-fold for one side.


Retractable garage doors have an up-and-over mechanism and so are ideal if you keep your car in the garage.

Retractable gear gives smooth operation and balance and is ideal for electric automation. Manual doors have multipoint locking with secure Euro-profile cylinder and user-friendly T Handle.

Retractable garage doors have lifting arms and springs to either side and horizontal tracks running into the garage to support the door when open. An integral pedestrian door known as a wicket door is available for the Rivington design.

Take a quick look at a retractable door operating in this video.


Canopy garage doors also work with an up-and-over function for easy access for cars.

Canopy gear operates with overhead torsion spring and vertical tracks fixed directly to the frame. Therefore there are no tracks suspended from the ceiling and full drive through clearance is gained between the frame.

Multipoint locking with secure Euro – profile cylinder and user-friendly T Handle is centred in the top third of the door.

Take a look at a canopy door operating in this video

Select Frame Detail

Select garage doors up to 9’0(2743) wide are available with a pre-fitted steel frame. Steel frames are powder coat finished.

Frame dimension-
Sides- 60mm (2.3/8′) wide
Head – 56mm (2.1/4′) deep.

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