Garage doors can be an access to your workshop,
storeroom or a shed for your automobile, but they hold a higher
significance as they are a visible part of the house and at some point
of time would be assessed to count value of your abode. Spending an
extra buck for a suitable garage door wouldn’t be enumerated as
undesirable luxury. In fact it is wise to spend initially, than to
regret later because of the high maintenance charges.
The first and foremost thing to know when you plan to install a garage door is to understand the space it is going to require. Sectional, roller, side-hung, and up-and-over doors are the styles available. Roller garage doors are the way to go if driveway space is a problem for you. Up-and-over and sectional garage doors require space to open up and therefore are not the top choice but still the way to go. Swing hung are the plain old traditional type of doors but with them you can stop worrying about car or worse children being threatened by automatically closing garage door. The installation totally depends on your requirements and dimensions of the garage.
There are many options when it comes to choosing the material of the door. The ideal material for a garage door is expected to be strong, durable, aesthetically pleasant and weather proof. It should also be something that doesn’t require high maintenance. Steel and aluminum doors provide a great option as do fiberglass and vinyl synthetics. Wood is no longer the only choice you have if you want a classic look for your garage door. Other options can give you the same benefit with an added advantage of strength, security and low maintenance. Wooden doors are somewhat cheaper when initially bought but need high maintenance and they don’t stand a chance against high tech burglaries. In addition to traditional locks you can accessorize your garage door with an automatic operator. Today almost all the garage doors are automatically operable. Also not to forget, the garage door should have proper R value to ensure that it insulates the garage from the heat seeping in. This is something that you can keep in mind when choosing the material for the door.
Safety is an aspect that can never take a backseat. It holds true for garage doors too. They can be fatal when left un-maintained. Children and pets are most prone to garage door accidents. It is advised that you install some photoelectric safety devices that will stop the closing door and reverse it to open position if an invisible light beam is broken by an obstruction. Maintenance of garage door is something that would need to be done at regular intervals. Failures like broken spring can be detected only after a careful inspection. You can begin your garage door from inspecting springs. Squeaky noise can be eliminated with a spray-on lubricant but if it persists or other damage is apparent may be it's time to call in a professional. These large springs are under high tension and can be dangerous. Hence it should not be handled by amateurs. You should also check the weather stripping at the bottom of your garage door. Cracks and holes can lead to inefficient temperature control, as well as allow insects into your garage. Replace the weather stripping if necessary to ensure a good seal on your garage door. Giving just five or ten minutes to your garage door can prove beneficial in the long run and prove to be a good investment and your car would never feel vulnerable again.