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3 Popular Styles for Overhead Commercial Garage Doors


Thinking of installing a commercial garage door? Your first question should be what is its primary function? Is this a door for people to enjoy your restaurant, coffee shop or brewery, or is it meant for vehicles or deliveries? Is it a storefront door or one that will be accessed from the back of the business? These are factors that will determine the style, type, and design of the overhead door that’s perfect for your business. Here are a few of the common options for commercial doors, including style considerations and storage options.

Overhead Garage Doors

Overhead garage doors are by far the most popular type of commercial door. These doors open by running along rail tracks that pull them up until the door is in a position horizontal with the ceiling. These are commonly used for vehicles, though they have become trendy storefront doors as well for bars, breweries and coffee shops.

Roll Up Doors

Roll up doors are ideal for tighter environments that don’t allow room for rails such as warehouses or mall storefronts. You’ll commonly find these doors in loading areas that allow for the passage of large vehicles, semis, forklifts, as well as the delivery of large materials. Typically, the lifting apparatus is an inside wall next to the door opening. These doors are usually made narrow slats that make them flexible and can roll up into a confined space.

Aluminum Storefront Doors

Aluminum storefront doors have become a very trendy option for commercial overhead doors. These doors usually contain glass windows that provide ample natural lighting and serve to brighten up a storefront with sunshine. The beauty of these doors is that they can easily be opened to allow the outdoors so that guests can enjoy the beautiful weather.

Preventative Maintenance for Your Overhead Garage Door

Many repair issues with an overhead garage door can be avoided with a little preventative maintenance. Examine the rollers and tracks on your garage door. Clean the tracks with a metal brush and be sure to lubricate all rollers and axles. Look for any signs of wear and tear; replace if necessary. Tighten up any loose hardware. Make sure the tracks are well secured to the wall and in a straight vertical line. Take a look at your cables and pulleys. Look for any signs of fraying, rust or wear. If you notice a problem, have a garage door repair professional and replace if necessary. Occasionally, test your door’s balance. If there’s a problem, you could have a spring that’s wearing out. Contact a professional for assistance.