Next time you yourself whether you want your garage door to open upwards or outwards, remember that often it is not up to you! Sorry to break such bad news to you, but the truth is that your garage space will take this decision. You might fall in love with some great replicas of carriage doors, but will require sufficient space in the driveway. The difference among garage doors lies in the way they open. So, it is only reasonable that you must have the necessary space for it.
Will overhead sectional doors work for you?
Do you think it's accidental that everyone talks about good garage measurement? It's actually necessary. In fact, you must know exactly the length of the ceiling towards the rear part of the garage, how many inches are from the door opening to the wall on both sides, and the exact measurement of the headroom. Is the ceiling lower at certain parts? You must take that into account especially before ordering the new garage door opener. If the ceiling is too low or there is no space for it, you can get wall mount openers.
Although overhead doors usually fit in most places, still you need to have enough space for it to open all the way back and along the ceiling. There must be enough headroom for the springs and enough space for the vertical garage door tracks. If you want up-and-over doors, you still need space in the driveway; perhaps not as much as swing doors but still you want some space to stop the car and let the door open properly. Lately, Amarr has made great two panel sectional doors, which just fold and hardly occupy any space. For those without space, roll up doors are also ideal. Once the door opening is ensured, think about aesthetics.