The Best Shed Door Designs on the Market
Thinking to yourself about investing in a new shed or freestanding garage? There’s a lot top consider. You’ve gotta think about size, access, clearance, storage, ventilation, council rules, safety—the list goes on!
But one thing people tend to neglect spending enough time thinking about, is what door plans would best suit your shed situation.
In this article, we cover the best shed door designs, options and manufacturers on the market today—what they are, where to get them and what they’re best used for.
Read on for inspiration, information and some ideas you might not have thought of before!
Domestic & Industrial Roller Doors
Roller doors are the most common garage and shed doors available on the market today. While there are other options available, be sure to choose Australian owned, quality doors such as those from B&D. These doors are designed to be tough and durable, withstanding even the harshest of WA climates, and are available in a huge range of colours to suit your shed.
Roller Doors Are a Popular Choice for:
- Single door, double door, and triple door garages
- Free-standing garages/sheds
- Skillion sheds
- Horizontal clad garages, and
- Big G light industrial sheds
How a Roller Door Works:
Roller doors have a corrugated steel curtain that rolls up into a bundle when lifted. They work via torsion springs found inside the roll, allowing the corrugations to flex around causing the steel curtain to roll up on itself. Roller doors tend to be manually operated by hand, with a chain and pulley, or with an electric motor—allowing you to open and close the door by remote control – saving you time and energy getting in and out of your car!
- Centre lift lock for increased security and safety
- Wide range of colours, such as ColorBond and more
- Maximum space with a convenient roller mechanism
- Dual-sides nylon webbing ensuring a smooth operation
- Balanced and easy to use, with a spring-loaded to assist in lifting
Personal Access Doors
Personal access doors are quite simply an ideal access door in and out of your shed, garage, or storage unit. They save time and are much more convenient than opening the roller door if you don’t need to, and can be a great way to guarantee security by allowing you to lock your roller door from the inside. However, make sure you opt for a quality, secure door or they’re not keeping anyone out.
Personal access doors really should be an included option in every shed build, but there are different styles of personal access suitable for different applications.
At Spinifex, we use some of the best personal access doors available in Australia, from a quality Australian-owned company, Larnec, and recommend you do too.
Some of Their Options Include;
- Standard Steel Doors
- Commercial doors
- Fire-rated doors
- Cyclonic-rated doors
- Double width doors
- Disability access doors.
Choosing the right personal access door for your home or business helps provide a safe, secure, and accessible working environment for you and your family or colleagues. So, it’s important to choose door plans that suit your situation and work best for your needs.
Browsing door options because you’re building a brand new shed or free standing garage and want it done right? Well, we might just be able to help. We’re a Perth-based shed builder offering quality sheds, full customizability and the easiest, most pain-free process around.
Steel Sliding Doors
A popular option for industrial sheds, where the portal size is simply too big to realistically opt for a roller door, steel sliding doors can be made from the same material as your shed itself. In the case of a quality, Australian-made Ranbuild Shed, we can supply and install steel sliding doors made from the same BlueScope Steel and in the same great ColourBond colourways.
The main advantage of sliding doors is that they allow for a bigger opening, which is why generally we only install them on industrial and commercial builds. When it comes to a backyard shed roller doors really are the better option, and only take up a tiny bit more vertical space.
Finally, it’s important to note that steel sliding doors cannot be motorised, however they can be opened only slightly—meaning they’re a little more flexible than a roller door if you only need to pop in.
Steel Sliding Doors Are a Popular Choice for:
- Mechanical Workshops
- Industrial Facilities
- Oversize Vehicle Storage
- Farming and Agriculture
Steel sliding doors can be customised to your preferred requirements in single, double, or triple sliding options with your choice of Colourbond finish.
Mini Storage-Warehouse Roller Doors
Custom designed for your traditional bulk storage facility, where you can rent a small space, mini roller doors are starting to be more popular with general residential and commercial builds. This is because they’re designed to effectively maximise your available space, meaning a facility can get more doors in—and more doors means for rental spaces. For you, that means you can fit a roller door in tight spots, and even in small shed builds.
Available in a variety of different colours, finishes and styles, mini roller doors are worth considering. It’s worth noting however, that while these are solid options and more than weather-proof, they’re not the most secure option on the market. For areas where potential crime risk is high, consider a heavier-duty personal access door instead.
Cyclonic Rated Doors
Designed to withstand the toughest of Australian climatic conditions, cyclonic-rated doors provide extra security and protection during harsh cyclonic events. They are designed to meet the required Australian standards for any cyclonic building and can withstand winds of up to 120 – 220km an hour.
If you live in the North-West of Australia, up in the Pilbara or the Kimberley, it’s probably a good idea to ensure your doors are cyclone-rated.
These areas are prone to frequent severe tropical cyclones that can potentially cause extensive environmental and commercial damage. Quality cyclonic rated doors are specifically designed to withstand category 2 and 3 cyclonic weather conditions and protect your shed or garage from the brunt of the storm.
Cyclonic-rated Doors Are a Popular Choice for:
- Sheds/garages in high-risk areas (strong winds)
- Mine sites
- Gas and LNG plants
- Ammunition storage facilities
Some of the more high-risk facilities in WA invest in a cyclonic-rated shed door to keep their belongings safe. So, if it is good for them, it’s surely got to be a good idea for you.
At Spinifex we build fully customisable sheds to fit your needs. It’s more than just a shed to us, it’s a passion – and we are passionate about helping you find the right shed to suit your situation. We offer the complete package – start to finish so you don’t have to raise a sweat.
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