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Have you noticed any difference between the garage doors of a residential building and a commercial building?

Unless you are a professional, you won’t be able to tell the difference. Both types vary significantly in terms of appearance, size, functionality, warranty, and materials used, even though they look the same.

These differences become even more significant if you are thinking about replacing or repairing your commercial or residential garage door. Therefore, we give you a low-down on the five major points of differences between the two types.


Residential garage doors focus more on aesthetics, and they should add to your house’s exterior and architecture. Commercial garage doors, meanwhile, concern more with functionality and sturdiness. These are mostly plain and less ornate. But that does not mean that commercial doors can’t be fancy. You can customize them the way you want.


Size is one of the most prominent differences between the two. A standard residential garage door usually has a height of 7 feet, and its width ranges between 8 to 9 feet. Meanwhile, commercial garage doors have varied sizes depending on where they are used and the size of vehicles. 

Materials used

Residential garage doors are made with various materials such as steel, wood, vinyl, and fiberglass. Homeowners can choose these according to their curb appeal, cost, durability, finish, and preferred color palettes. All the materials have their pros and cons. Therefore, you should be careful while choosing them.

Meanwhile, commercial owners mostly prefer aluminum and galvanized steel, mainly because these metals offer strength, durability, security, and superior resistance against corrosion.

Opening capacity and accessibility

Another significant difference between residential and commercial garage doors is their opening capacity. Commercial garage doors are opened frequently, unlike residential doors.

The lifespan of a garage door depends on how many times you open them. So commercial garage doors are designed to serve for more yearly cycles. As per engineering terminology, a complete cycle means one lift and one lower. 

The sizes of commercial garage doors also vary according to the type of business. Sometimes, these doors are designed in sections to allow partial accessibility, reducing power consumption.

Cost of the door

One of the major differences between these two types of garage doors is the cost involved. A commercial garage door is costlier than a residential door because it is designed to offer additional security, functionality, and durability. But residential doors offer more variety compared to commercial garage doors.

About Unique Garage Door Services

Unique Garage Door Services offers the best in class commercial and residential garage door installation and repair services. We ensure that you don’t face any issues with your door once we are done with it. To know more, you can call us at (954) 703-4054 or (305) 459-390. Or you can also fill our online contact form, and we’ll get in touch with you.

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