Four garage door types in South Africa

One would think that choosing a garage door is an easy task but with so many types of garage doors for sale, each with their own pros and cons, how do you proceed? Garage doors in South Africa fall normally in three categories that are readily available to you; from steel garage doors for those who love the industrial look, wooden ones for your more traditional feel or aluminium garage doors for those who prefer a more sleek look.

Sectional Garage Door

Sectional garage doors are a more complex and sturdy alternative to the traditional garage door types. A sectional garage door is made up of panels that are connected with hinges. As the doors open and close, wheels on each panel roll inside a track at either side of the opening.

This door opens vertically, with the panels that slide upwards in the rails that curves parallel to the roof and stores the panels perpendicular to the floor. Sectional garage doors offer all of the benefits of an tip up garage door but less intrusive and offering more clearance to get larger vehicles in your garage.

Repairs to a sectional garage door tends to be more cost effective as you can replace panels rather than the replacing the whole garage door as with a tip up or roll up door in the event that the garage door requires repairs.

Sectional garage doors are available in a range of materials, from wood to glass panels, and have many design options to help you get the perfect garage door. Aluzinc garage doors is a firm favorite due it being the most cost effective in the range and will give you years of good service.

Roll Up Garage Door

Roll up doors are the most versatile type of garage door, they open vertically and curl up into a roll above the opening. This type of garage is particular popular due to the low maintenance required, versatility of use and above all being cost effective.

A lot of garage door manufacturers imitate this design because of its versatility – be sure you know what company you are buying from as all roll up doors are not made equal.

Roll up garage doors are typically available in aluzinc in a variaty of colours, but some vendors do offer custom finishes.

Tip Up Garage Door

The tip up garage door is the probably on of the most recognisable garage doors in South Africa, having been around for many years. The one-piece panel design opens through the garage door opening, and then tilts back through the fulcrum to be stored perpendicular to the floor.

If you’re looking for something that will get your car into or out of your garage then this could be on top of your list! That being said, in recent years tip up garage doors have fell a bit out of favor, so speak to a reputable service provider to weigh up your options.

Tip up garage doors are mainly manufactured from wood, aluzinc or aluminium. Fiberglass garage doors was a popular option at a point, especially for coastal properties, but has fallen out of favor in recent years.

Roller Shutter Door

Roller Shutters Door are typically used in industrial and commercial settings, but there has been a recent shift towards using them in domestic applications. It is for that reason that we will touch briefly on this garage door type as an option.

Roller shutter doors, which can be made of heavy-duty aluminium or steel slats, are well built for a diverse range of environments, offering protection from vandalism and break-ins. They function very much the same way a roll up door, in that the roll up above the opening, the whole assembly is just bulkier. Roller shutter doors can also be designed and manufactured to resist fires and chemicals.


This is not comprehensive list of the different types of garage doors in South Africa available to you, but covers the typical garage door you would come across. We hope you found this article helpful and that it will help you determine which type best fits your needs!

Let us know if you have any questions about these garage doors or would like more information on a particular service – we are happy to answer them all!

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Cape Town: 078 949 8130

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