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Keeping Your Garage Door Protected: A Must

There are various types of GARAGE DOORS to choose from. The type you choose will all depend on a variety of factors: ease of use, security, cost, durability and aesthetics. An overhead door is one of the more popular choices for both home and commercial garages. It consists of a door that is opened by pulling up from the bottom, and remains over the top of the vehicle when open. Overhead garage doors are space-efficient, making them a good choice for garages with limited space. They come in an assortment of designs and materials. Steel overhead doors are a maintenance free option and heavy duty.

Overhead garage doors are a popular style because of its advantages. It takes up very little room, which makes it appropriate for smaller spaces. The roller type door runs on a streamline track, which does not take up much room. However, an overhead garage door requires enough headspace to accommodate the rolled up door. So be sure you have adequate space over the doorway of your garage if you are considering this particular type of garage door. Also, your overhead garage door should be high enough to clear your vehicle when parking in the garage. If you are planning to install an automatic garage door opener, you will also need to factor in the space that it will take up. Measure your garage space first before investing in an overhead garage door.

With overhead garage doors, you also have the option of insulation or non-insulation. If you live in a place with mild climate, a non-insulated overhead garage door can help you save up. Meanwhile, in hotter or colder climates, protecting your overhead garage door is recommended especially if your garage connects to your living space. Insulating your garage door is a good investment because it will not only make your garage more convenient; it will also make your vehicle guarded from extreme changes in temperature. More importantly, it will keep cold air from entering your room. An insulated overhead garage door may cost more but the benefits will certainly be worth the price.

When it comes to security, you should treat an overhead garage door as an access door that may be most accessible to burglars. Make sure that your overhead garage door is of solid construction with a strong frame that is in good condition. More importantly, make sure that you invest in a good lock for the door. Your garage door should be as safe as all the other external doors in your home for obvious reasons.

To assure full protection for your overhead garage door, you can opt to invest in the latest generation of garage door openers that use rolling code technology burglars will find very difficult to hack. Maintain your garage door’s protection by regularly checking the condition of the door and frame for signs of root and corrosion. Remember that your garage door is only as secure and strong as its weakest point.

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Remember This: When Purchasing A New Garage Door

There are several posts on this site in regards to various things to consider when purchasing a new garage door. So to summarize it all, here’s a review:

1. Choose your “Style”

Is your home traditional-looking? You’ll want to match that with a plain, carriage, or cottage-style door. If you’re more provincial or French, go with a door with windows that accent that look. Take into consideration panels, and color as well as shape, pattern, and whether or not you want windows.

2. Choose your Materials

There are many types of garage doors, and what they can be made out of. If you’re sporting a more modern look, you may want to go for steel. For a more traditional look consider a wood door. Each one has distinct advantages and disadvantages. Think about weather, durability, maintenance, and style.

3. Choose the Door Type

Decide on whether you want a door that rolls up or tilts up.

4. Get a Warranty

For piece of mind, ask for warranty information for your new door and opener. Don’t hesitate to consider an extended warranty, you won’t regret it.

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