Differences Between Single Panel and Sectional Garage Door

If you are buying a new garage door, you have likely been offered a single panel door or a sectional door. You may not know the difference between the two and therefore are unable to make an informed decision about the one that will be best for you. At Pro East Cobb Garage Repair in East Cobb, GA, we are often asked what the differences are and if one is better than the other. One isn’t any better than the other; it is a matter of preference. They are then presented with information about the two types of doors. We feel that it is important to make sure that our customers are well-informed so that they can make a decision that they are happy to live with now and in the future. We also do not want anyone to waste their money on something that they thought was a good idea but once they had the chance to really live with the door; they realize that it doesn’t suit their needs. If you’re interested in knowing more about a single panel garage door and a sectional garage door, continue reading.

Information about a Single Panel Garage Door

This door is made from a single slab, which then slides into position so that it lifts straight up. When the door opens it goes straight up into space just above the garage. It is attached to the top of the door where the door jam is located. Once the door springs have been attached, you are able to open and close your garage door. While both the single and sectional door has about the same amount of space, they operate differently.

Benefits of a Single Panel Door

Both doors offer benefits. The benefits that are presented may or may not be enough to convince you that a single panel door is right for you. It is up to you to weigh the options and determine which is best for your needs. Below we have listed some of the benefits of a single panel garage door.

Easy Installation 

The single panel door does not have as many parts as a sectional door. This means it doesn’t require a lot of time putting it together and installing it. Fewer parts also mean that there is less maintenance required to maintain the condition of your door. The maintenance time is also minimized when you have a single panel door. You will have less expensive service fees whenever you have to have repairs made to your door.

The sectional door, however, has lots of small parts, which makes it a longer process when installing. There is also the chance of the technician leaving something out of the installation process. While this doesn’t often occur, the possibility still exists with so many parts to remember. 


The single panel garage door can be fitted with existing hardware. 


It is less expensive because of the type of materials this type of door is offered in. the cables and springs associated with a single panel door are also less expensive than that of a sectional door. Having fewer parts makes it an inexpensive option over the sectional door.

Various Options 

When you have a single panel door you won’t have to worry about matching up the panels to match the rest of the door. Keep in mind that the installer only has to work with a single slab of material. This also means that you’ll be able to choose from various styles and materials. While the sectional door gives you plenty of options, you’ll need to make sure that every piece matches exactly or else the door may not look as cohesive. In some cases, the piece you are looking for may no longer exist. This means that part of the door will look one way while the other looks completely different. This may not be as obvious to others but you’ll know it isn’t the same and this is enough to drive anyone mad.

Benefits of a Sectional Garage Door 

Saves on Space 

With a sectional door, you don’t have to worry about accidentally banging your door against the car. You are afforded more space to pull in and out of your garage since the sectional door maximizes your interior space. When you have a single panel door, you’ll likely have to move it as far to the back of the garage as possible to avoid hitting it with the garage door. 

Insulation Benefits

You can avoid expensive energy bills since the sectional garage offers homeowners better insulating abilities.


The springs used on a single panel door have been known to break. This is extremely dangerous to anyone using the door while they are using the garage. They may break because of rusted connectors. If the springs break, it is possible that you or someone else; could be harmed by the door. 

Less Expensive Door Repairs

We’ve mentioned that you won’t pay a lot for the repairs to a single panel door because they have fewer pieces. While a sectional door may have more pieces than a single panel, you will pay less if you damage a portion of the door because you’ll only have to have that portion repaired rather than an entire door.

So even if a single panel garage door doesn’t suit your fancy, you may be more interested in what the sectional garage door has to offer based on the information presented above. There is much to consider in terms of which type will be best suited for you and your family’s needs. However, if you are not sure after reading this article, consult with any of our knowledgeable associates. They will be happy to offer you further details of about these types of garage doors in East Cobb and any others that you may be interested in. When you’re making a major investment, you should be presented with all of the facts prior to making your final decision.

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