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Garage doors 101: What you need to know about Australia’s most common garage doors

You may not know it, but the garage door is one of the most important features of the exterior of your home. Knowing what type of garage door you have is essential when it comes time to replace, upgrade or install a new garage door opener, as it will affect which openers you should consider.

Here is the low-down on the three major types of residential garage doors.


Sectional doors are the most common type residential garage door in Australia. Aside from being an option that is appealing to the eye, sectional garage doors are also a space saving choice. As it opens and closes vertically, users are not only able to park the car but also have storage closer to the door than other garage door types.
Sectional doors are made from a number of rigid panels that move along the garage ceiling when the door opens. With each panel having its own connection to the garage door track, the sectional garage door is one of the most reliable and durable options.
If anything ever does go wrong, you should in most situations also be able to repair individual panels without needing to replace the entire door.
The Chamberlain Powerlift Plus is a great automatic opener option for sectional garage doors, with ultra-quiet operation and a safety reversal system to ensure it will automatically reverse if it ever comes into contact with an obstruction.


The roller garage door is a low maintenance and low-cost option, without compromising on safety.
Roller doors use hinges to ensure the door rolls smoothly above the door opening. Roller garage doors don’t need clearance along the ceiling in the garage, but rather need it at the head of the garage opening.
The Chamberlain HandyLift myQ is the perfect option for existing double or single roller doors. Plus its myQ technology allows you to monitor and operate the door remotely.


A tilt garage door is made from one solid tilting panel and pivoting arms. The door opens when the pivoting arms raise the tilting panel upwards and outwards until it rests horizontally against the garage ceiling. A tilt garage door is perfect if you don’t have much head room, as it can be operated within as little as 2.5cm space between the door opening and the ceiling.

If you have any other questions or need support, contact Chamberlain Customer Service on 1800 665 438.