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Types of Garage Doors in Chicago

Hey there, Chicago area homeowners! Let’s talk about something cool – your garage door. Yes, that big door that’s a huge part of what people see when they look at your house. It’s like your home’s big smile, so you want to make sure it looks awesome, right?

In addition, at Absolute Garage Builders, we know a garage door isn’t just a door; it’s a complex mechanism with over 300 parts! And here’s a secret – upgrading your garage door can make your house worth more money. It’s like a magic trick for your home’s value.

Fixing up your garage door is one of the top ways to get more bang for your buck if you ever decide to sell your house. A study even showed that getting a new garage door has almost the best return on investment compared to other home projects – it’s a superstar in making your home’s value shoot up!

Now, let’s talk about the heroes behind your garage door – Absolute Garage Builders. We’ve been the go-to garage gurus in Chicago for the last 11 years. We’ve installed thousands of garage doors, so we believe we know our stuff stuff.

If you’re thinking about getting a new garage door, at Absoute Garage Builders, we’re the garage door wizards, ready to make your garage door dreams come true.

Our Types of Garage Doors in Chicago

There are different garage door types available on the market, and we recommend that you take a minute to learn about the different door types to help you make the garage choice that’s best for you.

  • Canopy Doors

    — This type of door folds up into the ceiling of your garage. It stays straight and is one of the less expensive types of garage doors on the market. A disadvantage of the canopy door is that the up-swing arc of the door occurs partially outside the garage. Consequently, you must stop your vehicle several feet in front of the door to avoid being hit by the garage door when you open it.

  • Roll-up Doors

    — Roll-up (roller) doors are ideal for garages with space problems or houses with short and narrow driveways. The doors are made of narrow strips of aluminum that wrap around a drum positioned above the opening of the door. These doors do not have any overhang, swing, or reduction in width. You normally control these doors with a remote, meaning you do not need to leave your car to open the garage door.

  • Sectional Doors

    — Imagine a garage door that’s like a cool puzzle – that’s what sectional garage doors are all about! These doors are made of big pieces that fit together, stretching across the whole door. When you open it, the pieces move up and tuck away neatly under your garage’s ceiling.

    The best part? It doesn’t matter how big or small your driveway is because this door slides up without taking any extra space outside.

    A sectional garage door usually comes in six to eight panels. It’s like watching a magic trick as it folds neatly and disappears into the ceiling. Not only does it save space, but it also looks super sleek and tidy.

  • Retractable Doors

    — Retractable garage doors are one-piece overhead doors that swing out and up, resting entirely inside the garage when opened. They are perfect for houses with large garage space, but they require a large amount of space when opened. That means the space directly in front of the door must be clear before opening. In addition, retractable garage doors don’t insulate as well and aren’t as secure as other options

  • Side-hinged Doors

    — These doors open like a normal door and are hinged to the opening of the garage; therefore, they are often called side-hinged garage doors. Side-hinged doors require space in front of the garage to open the door, so they’re not suitable for narrow or short driveways.

Garage Door Styles in Chicago

In addition to door type, style is also an important consideration, especially when looking for a door that will enhance the curb appeal and value of your home.

With hundreds of possible combinations of panels, windows, and hardware to choose from it’s not an easy decision. This is where Absolute Garage Builders can show one of our strengths and help you.

We have 11 years of experience working with garage doors and matching different styles to homes. So, we urge you to ask us for your FREE ESTIMATE so we can ensure you that all options have been considered before you make that garage door purchase.

We offer the following styles and design options at Absolute Garage Builders.

  • Contemporary Doors

    — Clean lines and classic functional details are the hallmarks of several garage door styles from Clopay®, one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of superior-quality doors. These doofs are well-suited for the modern home. Designs are available in a variety of materials including aluminum and glass, steel, and wood.

  • Traditional Doors

    — Clopay’s traditional garage doors are manufactured in either steel or natural wood. Customize your garage door by selecting from a variety of panel styles available in long or short designs, a unique assortment of decorative window designs, and up to eight factory-finished paint colors. Stain-grade wood is also an option.

  • Carriage House Doors

    — Carriage House garage doors bring a unique and innovative flair to homes in the Chicagoland area. These doors, inspired by traditional carriage house designs, are offered by us with a modern twist: they open with cutting-edge overhead technology. Available in a wide range of window styles, panel designs, finishes, and decorative details like wrought iron hardware, these doors can be customized to fit any home’s aesthetic.

    Whether made from real wood, sturdy steel, or convincing faux wood, they’re designed to stand out, but these garage doors aren’t just about looks; they’re fully customizable to match your home perfectly, from color to style.

    Unsure of what fits best? We’re here to guide you to the ideal choice for your home’s design. Once you’ve picked the perfect door, our expert installation team in Chicago is on standby to finish your home’s transformation.

  • Wooden Garage Doors

    — Unlike steel and composite (plastic) garage doors that attempt to mimic the real wood garage door look, our wood garage doors are manufactured using natural materials that add to the richness and warmth of the home. There is no substitute for the authentic appeal of real wood. We assure you that your garage door will be built with real wood, providing instant curb appeal.

    Every project is unique, therefore, Absolute Garage Builders offers a full range of custom wooden garage doors to address the needs of our customers in the Chicago area. So whether your deciding factor is design, weather, or budget—or perhaps all three—Absolute Garage Builders has the door that’s perfect for you.

  • Steel Garage Doors

    — Steel garage doors are the most commonly installed type of doors. Their lower costs, low maintenance, and a variety of available designs make them the obvious choice for most homeowners. No painting is required, although the doors can be painted, and most manufacturers offer different finishing warranties on their garage doors.

    Styles include, but are not limited to, raised panel designs, flush panels, and various carriage house designs. Most have insulation options, as well. Because most garages share an interior wall of the home, insulation inside your garage door can help conserve heating and cooling costs.

  • Vinyl Garage Doors

    — Vinyl garage doors are beginning to make a larger impression on the market. These doors won’t rust and are more resistant to dings and scratches than steel doors. Prepare to pay substantially more for these types of garage doors. They usually look like steel doors as far as exterior styles are concerned. Vinyl garage doors also have similar insulation options as steel garage doors.

  • Composite Garage Doors

    — Composite doors are made with recycled wood fibers. They offer the strength of steel, with the looks and texture of wood and they can be painted or stained. Composite doors are superior to solid wood in resisting rotting and splitting, along with old-world looks, and new-world performance and durability.

    Unlike solid wood garage doors, which may require regular maintenance to preserve their look, composite recycled wood garage doors require minimal upkeep thanks to today’s innovative technology.

  • Thermacore Insulated Garage Doors

    — A Thermacore insulated steel door is the ideal choice for premium construction and maximum thermal efficiency, Most models feature our sandwich construction of steel-polyurethane-steel and between-section seals with thermal breaks for reduced air infiltration.

  • Modern Aluminum Garage Doors

    — The Modern Classic is made with an all-aluminum construction. Panel widths and heights can be configured to meet your requirements. Choose from glass or aluminum panels, painted or anodized finish. Regardless of your choice, the Modern Classic’s beauty will last a lifetime and is virtually maintenance-free. It is a perfect match for the modern house.

    Our collection of aluminum garage doors can be coupled with designer glass to blend with contemporary designs.

Another Consideration – R-value Insulation Number

In addition to type and style, insulation for your garage door is also important, especially if your garage shares a wall with the interior of your home. Briefly stated, the higher the R-value number of a garage door, the more insulation the door will provide, protecting the interior of your home from winter blasts and summer heat.

You can go here to find more information on insulated doors from Cloplay®.

Garage Door Window Inserts

An inexpensive option that will give your new garage door that extra touch is the addition of a window insert. Decorative inserts bring natural light into the garage while adding an uncompromising look to your home.

We have a wide variety of garage door window inserts to suit every taste, along with an experienced sales crew ready to help you make an informed choice. Garage door window inserts can be ordered in single-pane glass, plexiglas, or obscure glass for extra privacy.

So, for garage door installation in Chicago, Absolute Garage Builders is the garage door company to call. Give us a call, and one of our installation specialists will be glad to answer any of your questions and schedule a free, no-obligation estimate.

For the finest choice of Chicago garage doors or garage construction, contact Absolute Garage Builders today!

Questions? Contact Us Today!

    Absolute Garage Builders

    3050 W Irving Park Rd
    Chicago, IL 60618


    (773) 583-8800 (847) 769-8877