Garage doors come in many shapes and styles and depending on the type of door you choose, it can be made from several different types of materials. It’s also worth noting that some can slide from side to side, while others open from the center and swing outward. A third type is an overhead system. Simply stated, an overhead door is a type of garage door. If you’re interested in replacing the one you have, or you’re wanting to replace a barn-style garage door system with an overhead system, read on. Different types The most common type of overhead door is a sectional system. These are made from several horizontal panels (most have three sets) and the panels are attached to a hinge-system that’s located on the ceiling. When the garage door opens, each panel will move upward, and roll up. Sectional garage doors can be made from a number of materials, including wood, wood-like, aluminum and in some cases, steel. Some include windows while others do not. Swing-up systems This type of overhead door does not have sections and instead, it consists of one large piece. While carriage-style doors are designed to swing outward, a swing-up system, well, opens upward. This type of system is not nearly as common as a sectional system. How to choose between a garage door and an overhead door One of the most important considerations with regard to replacing your current system relates to the style of your house and what you’ll be using your garage for. For example, a swing-up system tends to be more common on garages that are used for storage. Sectional systems are far more common for people who want to be able to get their vehicles in and out of their garage with ease. If you’re in the market for a garage door replacement and you’re wondering which type of system will work best for you home, the best thing to do is to contact a local garage door installation company to ask them to provide you with a consultation. The installer / repairman will come to your home and evaluate what you currently have. They can help you understand the pros and cons of various systems and they’ll be able to provide you with a thoughtful recommendation. Experts you can trust Above the Rest Garage Door Repair has been helping Northern Colorado homeowners with all of their garage door repair and replacement needs for years. We’re licensed and insured, and we have experience in working with all types of systems and we know how to get a job done right, the first time. We’re also happy to provide our clients with references, upon request. When it comes to choosing a garage door company, we understand that you have lots of options to choose from. However, when you choose Above the Rest Garage Door repair, you can rest assured that you’ll be choosing the best. For more information on the difference between a garage door and an overhead door, call us today to speak with a local expert you can trust.