Tracked Garage Doors Explained

What is a Tracked Garage Door?

An up & over open­ing style is the most com­mon way garage doors open in the UK, but the tracked mech­a­nism gives an up & over door that lit­tle some­thing extra. It keeps the pop­u­lar open from the bot­tom’ approach but pre­vents the door from pro­trud­ing out of the garage open­ing when ful­ly retracted.

Instead, the door moves back­wards on tracks which allow it to fit snug­gly inside the garage itself, lying flush to the ceil­ing. The lift­ing arms are posi­tioned at the bot­tom of the door and sup­port it when it’s slid­ing along the tracks. These are strong and can cope with larg­er and heav­ier doors with ease, how­ev­er, they do slight­ly reduce the dri­ve-through width.

The tracked up & over door can be eas­i­ly con­vert­ed to sup­port elec­tron­ic auto­mat­ic open­ing and can pro­vide the user with a smoother open­ing motion. This type of door is also thought to be eas­i­er to open than oth­er mech­a­nisms, so it may be bet­ter for those who strug­gle with oth­er types of garage doors. Check out our full range to see what’s avail­able to you.


  • Neat design – the door retracts ful­ly inside the garage when open
  • Easy to use and smooth to operate
  • Can eas­i­ly be con­vert­ed to sup­port elec­tron­ic opening
  • British Stan­dard & insur­ance approved
  • Secured by Design cer­ti­fied doors avail­able (the Garador Guardian range)


  • Lift­ing the arms with­in the frame means a reduced dri­ve-through width
  • Door takes up a lot of space inside the top of the garage when
    ful­ly open
  • Door pro­trudes out of the door­way when opening
tracked garage door opening guide

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