Side Hinged Garage Doors – A Buyer’s Guide

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Side hinged garage doors are more frequently searched for than any other type, and are by far our best selling product.

It’s easy to see why. A dwindling number of garages are actually used for cars these days. Much more often, they’re used to store belongings. With many garages now used as gyms, offices and workshops, these items are often of a high value.

Benefits of side hinged garage doors

Side hinged garage doors give easy on foot access to your garage, without having all your gym equipment or expensive computer on show to the whole street, for instance.

Are you sick of opening the whole garage door when it’s chucking it down and you’re only nipping in for one thing? We’re telling you, a side hinged door is the answer!

Aside from these more obvious advantages, there are many other good reasons to go with this option from Select Garage Doors.

  • Easy to operate
  • Excellent security
  • Easy pedestrian access
  • Made to measure
  • Much better for your back as there’s no need to bend
  • Minimal maintenance due to no complex mechanisms
  • No internal tracking and mechanisms taking up your garage space

Steel Side Hinged Garage Doors

Whilst timber is a more traditional choice for side hinged garage doors, we choose to manufacture only steel doors. This is because we find that they are very stable and practical, as well as being more affordable for our customers.

If you’re looking to buy a new side hinged garage door, here are some things to consider:

What size garage door do I need?

We make all our garage doors to measure. They range from 5 feet to 8 feet in height, and can be as wide as 10 feet. Just fill in the form for a quote, and a local professional installer will come and measure up for you.

Left or right-hand door

All our side hinged garage doors come with an option to have the door on the left or the right-hand side. Have a think about your access needs, and which option would be best for you.

Inward or outward opening side hinged garage doors

Often, outward opening is better, as you won’t need to worry about space in your garage. If you’re anything like me, it’ll be jam-packed and if the door opens inwards you’ll struggle to open it. If, on the other hand, you’re a more organised type, you may prefer to have the door opening inwards so that the wind doesn’t catch it!

Choose a colour

You might like to match your garage door to the rest of the paintwork on your property. Matching the colour to either the external doors of your property, or to the colour of your drainpipes and guttering can look very smart.

Choose your handles and hinges

All of our garage doors come with a choice of handles and hinges, in either brass, black or brushed steel. Again, you might like to match these to the external doors of your property.


Investing in a quality side hinged garage door from Select Garage Doors will give you increased security, kerb appeal and are far more practical for most people than other options.

Get a free, no-obligation quote today using our enquiry form. We can then put you in touch with a professional installer in the Lancashire area, who will arrange a free survey.