Choosing the right garage door
November 24, 2020
Unless you’re a builder by trade, buying and installing a new garage door can be overwhelming. Hydro will assist you in finding a solution that’s best for your home.
For most people, a new garage door is an infrequent purchase influenced by factors such as usage, style, features, material and budget. At Hydro, we want to make sure that you make the right decision, and outfit your home with a garage door that’s reliable, durable and in keeping with your property’s aesthetic.

Every home is different, so your starting point should always be getting an expert opinion from a reputable company. Hydro’s team of expert product specialist can evaluate the condition and requirements of your garage door, and offer solutions and quotations accordingly.

Installing a garage door can also be complex, so once you’ve decided on the right one for you, consider enlisting the help of a garage door installation expert. They’ll get it done quickly – and because their work is covered by a warranty, they’ll do it right.

Garage doors are available in various operational options, from sectional overhead to roll-up and tip-up, and in styles that range from contemporary to traditional. If you’re working with a reputable company, they will advise you on what’s available.

Garage doors are typically made from materials such as wood, steel, aluminium and glass. Your selection will be influenced by factors such as budget, the location of your home, and aesthetic considerations.

View our garage door range

Cape Town aluminium garage doors
1. Aluminium garage doors
Aluminium doors offer the following benefits:

  • Low cost – great solution for the budget-conscious
  • Easy and quick installation – perfect for DIY
  • Cost-effective installation if you go the expert route
  • Easy operation of the opening/closing mechanism
  • Reduced strain on the garage door opener, torsion spring and other components
  • Simple manual operation in the event of a power outage
  • Low maintenance requirements
  • Corrosion resistance – ideal for coastal areas
  • Eco-friendly – aluminium can be recycled
  • Increased energy efficiency with the correct insulation
  • A variety of styles, designs and colours – suitable for all types of homes, offices and complexes

Wooden garage doors
2. Wooden garage doors
Wooden garage doors offer the following benefits:

  • Customisable – single or double doors in two kinds of timber, in either raw wood or pre-sealed Imbuia or Teak finish
  • Eco-friendly – wood is a renewable resource
  • Cost-efficient and easy to maintain – if a portion of the door gets damaged, that portion can be replaced (rather than the entire door)
  • Timeless aesthetic
  • Available in Raised-and-Fielded and Slatted styles
  • Strength – nearly impossible to crack or dent
  • Flexibility of purchase – Hydro wooden garage doors can be bought separately or as part of a full kit (door, hardware and motor)

steel garage doors
3. Steel garage doors
Steel garage doors offer the following benefits:

  • Affordability – great value for money
  • Durability and longevity
  • Resistance to dents, scratches and other minor mishaps
  • Easy operation of the opening/closing mechanism
  • Corrosion resistance
  • A variety of styles, designs and colours – suitable for all types of homes
  • Extended repair and replacement warranties
Steel doors are available as sectional or roll-up doors.

Cape Town garage doors
1. Hydro Roll-up doors

  • Enclosed back of door roll for smooth operation and a longer lifespan
  • A secure double-action lock with strong tubular locking bars
  • An integrated wind lock on the track for increased resistance to high wind loads
  • The correct edge shape and positive set on the end of the curtain to eliminate scratching of the inner panel during operation
  • Long-life, high-quality springs, manufactured in-house
  • A heavy-duty aluminium bottom rail for added security
  • Top-quality hardware and fixing components, designed for long-lasting durability
  • Deeper corrugation for increased strength and wind resistance
  • Adjustable side-guide fixing brackets for the selection of the best fixing point, and simple track replacement in the event of damage

Cape Town steel garage doors
2. Hydro Sectional Single-skin doors

  • True anti-pinch door and hinge technology
  • High-quality AZ150 steel panels
  • Top-quality hinges and hardware, designed for long-lasting durability
  • Superior spring design and manufacture (with a minimum lifespan of 10 000 cycles)
  • Pre-punched mounting holes for simple assembly
  • Custom sizes and colours

Foam filled garage doors
3. Hydro Sectional Foam-filled doors

  • Double skin for added strength and increased security
  • Thermal efficiency for cooler interiors in summer and warmer interiors in winter
  • Vibration absorption for quieter operation and noise reduction
  • Proprietary hinge technology to ensure durability and longevity
  • Aesthetic appeal and ease of maintenance