Sectional Door or Rolling Door: Which Is Right for You?

Do you need to install some large doors in your facility? Are they for a truck bay, a garage opening, or maybe to close off sections of your building? Most commercial door dealers carry two types of doors for these tasks: sectional and rolling. From the outside, sectional doors and rolling doors may look the same. While they may serve similar purposes, there are some unique differences between the doors. Choosing the right type depends on your needs and your budget. Here are some of the primary differences between the two types:

Sectional Doors

Sectional doors are much like the traditional garage door you'll find in most homes. They are attached to a track that lines the side of the door and extends along the roof. The door itself is broken down into multiple horizontal sections. When you open the door, the door bends at each section as the door moves up the track. When the door is fully open, it's parallel with the floor.

The primary benefit to a sectional door is convenience. They're usually opened and closed by an overhead motor, so you and your crew can quickly open and close the door with a wall-mounted door opener. That may come in handy if you're installing the door on a truck bay or some other exterior opening. You can quickly open the door when a truck approaches and then close it when the truck is loaded or unloaded.

Sectional doors often cost more than rolling doors because they require a more complicated track and opening system. However, the convenience and ease of use may end up being worth the additional cost.

Rolling doors

From the outside, rolling doors look very much like sectional doors. However, there's a big difference in the way the door opens and closes. Rolling doors have horizontal sections, but these sections are much thinner than the sections on a sectional door. That allows the door to roll up when it is opened, much as it's name implies.

This rolling action can be a space saver because most rolling doors don't require a track that extends onto the roof. Instead, the track simply outlines the door opening. When opened, the door is rolled up just above the opening.

Rolling doors are cost-effective solutions because they don't require a track and overhead opener. However, they do usually have to be manually opened and closed. You may find that inconvenient, but if the door is sparingly opened and closed, then a rolling door could be a good solution. These are also good solutions for things like service counters, where you may need to close an opening after business hours and a sectional door may be a little too heavy duty.

For more information, talk to your commercial door dealer. They can help you find the best door for your needs.