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Best garage door to suit your home’s style

Today’s most popular door type by far is the sectional overhead door, which usually comprises four or five horizontally hinged sections that roll up into the garage ceiling on a curving track.

There’s little doubt that this is the most easily operated garage door design since the Victorian biparting door — a fact that explains its wide use as a replacement for older types.

First, a quick rundown on sizes: Single-bay doors are typically 8 or 9 feet wide by 7 feet high, while double-bay doors are typically 16 feet wide (occasionally 18) by 7 feet high. Double-bay doors are mainly found on broadly proportioned home styles such as California ranchers.

As for choosing a door design to suit your home’s architecture: Although the current fashion in sectional doors is for very showy and elaborate designs with raised or recessed panels, ornate windows and the like, these aren’t necessarily the best choice for your home. Ranch-style houses, for example, typically look best with very simple and unrelieved doors, and anything more ornamental can look overwrought, drawing attention away from the front entrance.

On the other hand, a bland, unadorned garage door will look very strange on a traditional home style. The best approach is to reflect the same general level of detail that’s found on your home: If you have a traditional-style house with lots of exterior moldings and trim, then a moderately ornate garage door will probably look fine. However, if it’s a relatively clean Mid-century home style, you’re better off choosing a simpler door with a plain plywood finish.

Pre-Depression-era homes, which were originally fitted with either biparting or bypassing garage doors, present a special case. The horizontal proportions found on most stock sectional doors, whether plain of fancy, look foreign on houses of this era. Door manufacturers do offer super-high-end designs that attempt to hide the sectional door’s telltale horizontal joints, mimicking old-fashioned doors. But the prices of these doors can be astronomical, sometimes ranging into five figures.

Lastly, a word about windows: Most sectional door manufacturers offer optional glass lites for their doors, as well as a whole array of divider patterns to fit over them. Although additional light in the garage is always welcome, choose these window designs carefully. The now over-familiar sunburst pattern, for example, is very well suited to Colonial-style houses, but not to much else. Likewise, arch-topped windows are probably not the thing for a California rancher.

Take your time choosing the right style of garage door for your home. After all, it’s the biggest door you’ve got.

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Anatomy of a Garage Door

Here’s the inside look of a sectional door:

1. Torsion Spring
Counterbalances door’s weight so that it can be lifted easily. 

2. Track
Guides door up to ceiling and back.

3. Roller
Rides inside track. Steel ones are noisy; nylon is quieter.

4. Hinge
Connects horizontal sections.

5. Section

6. Lock Bar
Engages with track to prevent door from opening.

7. Weatherstripping
Seals door edges against air infiltration.

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You’ve Come A Long Way, Garage Door

Garage doors have come a long way since they were first invented. In the early days of garage doors, they were made from heavy wood and were difficult to open and close. These doors were large and awkward and were much more difficult to use than today’s counterparts.

Sectional garage doors became popular in the early 1990s and the they had widespread acceptance because they offered convenience and affordability to the average person. Some of the things that the modern garage offers are efficiency, ease of installation, and affordability.

The first thing that a good garage door should offer is efficiency. The most important thing that a garage does for you is store things. Many people choose to store their cars in their garages, but there are others that keep other contents in there as well and you need to keep the contents of the garage safe from both intruders and the elements. Since people keep to many things in their garages it is important that the garage door take up as little space as possible. The roller garage is perfect for this because it takes up a very small space and allows for the storage of other items.

When looking for garage doors you need to make sure that the model you choose meets all of the requirements that you and your family have. Make sure you look at different vendors in your area so you are able to get the best quality garage door for the hard earned money you will be spending.

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Maintaining the Garage Door

Whether you have a traditional garage door, or a sectional garage door, you will need to do regular maintenance to keep it working at its best.

Below are some of the ways you can keep your garage door working in great condition.

Check the Operation of the Door

One of the first things you will want to check each time you do maintenance on your garage door, is the actual operation of the garage door itself. Of course, each day you pull in and out of your garage, using your garage door opener, you know that it is working. It goes up and down, as it is supposed to, so it may never occur to you that there still may be a problem or a coming problem at that.

To check the operation properly, you actually want to disable your garage door opener, and check the door manually to see if it is operating appropriately.

Clean Everything

If you need to straighten anything, you want to do that first, but at the same time, you can clean anything that may look like it needs cleaning. Even if you don’t see any visible debris or dirt, it is a good habit to clean the tracks.

Try using an automotive degreaser to get all the dust, grime, and grease that will most likely be present on the tracks themselves. The thing you do want to watch out for is using too much degreaser which in turn will rid of the lubrication the door needs.

After you’ve done a good job cleaning the tracks, you will want to clean the bearings as well. After you have completely cleaned the bearings, using some lubrication to lubricate the wheel bearings. Use a good amount of lubrication while doing this, because this is what lets the door work properly.

Test The Safety Extras

The safety extras are something that should also be checked on a regular basis. One of the most common safety extras on garage doors is the reverse safety. See if any adjustments need to be made to anything in regards to the reverse safety. Simply open the door and set a fairly sizable object, such as a 2×4 in the center of the opening. Push the button to lower the door. If the door stops, and starts going back up at a certain point, your reverse safety should be in good shape, with no adjusting needed. However, if the door continues to shut on, or even close to the object, then that means you will need to do some adjusting to the reverse safety mechanism in your garage door opener.

Above are just some of the routine maintenance that should be done on your garage door. Whether you own a traditional or secitonal garage door, these rules and techniques should be followed to ensure that you have a garage door that opens and shuts appropriately, as well as lasts for a long time.

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Uniqueness of Steel Garage Doors

There are many unique types of garage doors that could be appealing to a homeowner. Depending on the architecture of the house, there are other kinds that are somewhat unique to the common eye.

The most popular is that of the various steel doors that are available. Unlike wooden garage doors, a steel type of garage door doesn’t develop cracks, it won’t warp or contract in any weather. These steel garage doors are made of galvanized steel, which prevents it from rusting even after several years. Also, this low-maintenance garage door will save you from repainting costs unlike the wooden one.

Another appealing factor of steel garage doors is that with its extensive styles and design, you can choose the one that has a wooden effect, if your house demands that you should install a wooden door. Compared to a wooden door, with its almost maintenance free and affordability features, the steel door is the winner.

You’ll find that steel garage doors have various styles, features and benefits. You just have to take into consideration what door works best for you and your budget.

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Door Prize

A garage door’s worth in increasing home values

 

If you look at the history of building over the last 20 years, there has been too much similarity in basic rooflines and elevations from community to community. From coast to coast, city officials are demanding changes on the design of the elevations in new projects. Home Builders, who faced the competing demands of limited lot sizes and buyers who wanted spacious garages, were left in a bind.

Once designed for function only, garage doors today can turn a dull expanse into an architectural statement. Working actively to create strong curb appeal and diversity, builders, architects and municipalities are aggressively specifying steel carriage doors for their projects. In fact, architects are designing more and more communities in the neotraditional style using nostalgic elements creating strong curb appeal. The character of a carriage house door fits the style which also enhances the home’s appearance. If the garage is going to cover a large percentage of the house, why not have something better-looking?

Today’s carriage house doors look attractively retro, helping us to recall the charm of that turn-of-the-century swinging barn-door style, but open overhead like any other modern sectional garage door. The door has created true excitement in the building community. With a reputation for their beauty, functionality and durability, their worth in increasing home values is the ultimate “door prize”.

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