Do you want a door that swings out, swings in or will you be happy with whatever door you get just so it goes up? Schweiss Doors shares the differences in each door style.
Hydraulic one-piece doors swing outward from your building forming a canopy when wide open. When parking in front of a hydraulic door it can come in contact with things left some distance from the door. To make sure that nothing is in the way you should install one or more windows in the door to see outside and paint a visible line or mark your outside concrete to make sure you never park too close to the building.
A hydraulic door is preferably not meant to be a snowplow. If you get a lot of snow, you should clear it away from the front of the door before opening it. Trusses on hydraulic doors are typically located on the exterior of the doorframe near the bottom to add strength to the doorframe.
Bifold doors have two sections, a top and a bottom, that lift vertically upward to form a smaller canopy on the outside of your building when fully open. You can park fairly close in front of a bifold door without worry because it lifts up instead of swinging out.
Typically snow is not an issue with a bifold door, you will still be able to open it because it lifts up. Trusses on a bifold door are on the inside of the building, there’s no chance of metal rusting, they are free from snow, dirt, leaves or other debris to collect on and where a snowplow will not make contact with the door.
An interior truss makes cladding easy and is maintenance free. The automatic latch system provides a weathertight seal around the entire door opening.
There are many different designs of multi-sectional doors or overhead one-piece doors on the market. One model you seldom see swings halfway inward taking up headroom and can block inside lights or get in the way of overhead rails.
Roll up doors lose headroom and protrude back into the building. Overhead doors have a hard time keeping rainwater out and are harder to get a good seal. Track or sliding doors are a hassle to open and close, especially in winter.
No matter which door style you choose, your building should be engineered for the added weight load each door will deliver. Your door manufacturer should give you those important specifications.