Garage doors are no longer a convenience for only a few, the new generation of garage door is reasonably priced, safe and simple to install.
GARAGE DOOR MATERIAL
Steel doors are low on maintenance.
Steel doors can be insulated, making them far more energy efficient than wood.
Steel doors have longer warranties than wood doors.
A wood door needs to be painted as frequently as the wood trim on your home due to weathering and hence needs more maintenance or replacement.
GARAGE DOOR TYPES
Automatic Garage doors are of the following types.
The screw-drive system has a lifting apparatus that moves the length of a steel rod. The system requires little maintenance due to the very few moving parts. The system body is mounted in the garage ceiling.
The chain-drive system has a metal chain lifting the garage door up or down along a set of tracks. The chain-drive system is the most common and usually the most affordable system.
On the downside, the chain drive system makes more noise than the screw-drive system. The chain drive system is mounted in the garage ceiling.
This is the most popular and affordable opening device.
The computer-controlled drive system uses no screws or chain. The body of the system is mounted directly above the door. Having the system mounted above the door helps in garages that have low headroom. Also, it provides more ceiling space which can be used for storage.
GARAGE DOOR FEATURES
A garage door opening is a very large hole in your garage. Insulated doors will help to reduce the amount of outside temperatures that enters your garage, thus keeping it more comfortable for you. This is important for a number of reasons:
If your garage is attached to your home, any air in the garage can travel through the doorway to your living area.
If you use your garage as a workshop, your comfort will be a top priority.
If your garage is below another room in your home, air can travel through the ceiling of the garage into the floor of the room above. An insulated door will keep temperatures in the garage fairly stable to reduce the temperature fluctuation in the room.
An insulated door is generally quieter and has a more attractive interior than an uninsulated door.
You should also check the pros and cons of Polystyrene and Polyurethane for insulation.
Select a motor with enough power to raise your door. Have at least a motor with ½ hp if you have a double door. A large motor is likely to last longer. Try to find a motor with a soft start and stop. It operates more quietly and minimizes the wear and tear.
The more expensive garage door opens much faster, cutting down the waiting time on your driveway. The quicker opening model still closes at a slower speed for safety. Consider how much you are willing to spend for the quicker models.
All garage doors have a safety feature that prevents the door from pinning objects. The door reverses in direction if they hit something. The safety feature is mandated by federal law. The safety feature is triggered by an electronic beam.
The computer-controlled mechanism measures the optimal operating time and speed of the door. It can detect and compensate for varying conditions - like if the door is coming in to contact with an obstruction or closing too fast.
The newer generation of garage doors use random codes for enhancing security. Each time the remote is used to open the garage door, a new random code is generated. The security feature prevents you from opening your neighbor’s garage door and vice versa. The random code prevents code theft.
If the power is out, all garage doors have a manual that will open the door. A few high-end models have a function that allows the door to open just a little bit so that your dog or cat can get out.
Several models use a single-button remote control, while others use a remote with multiple buttons that can open multiple garage doors. The multiple button remote control is the best choice for people with several garages, each with its own door.
The fixed controller is mounted to the wall either inside or outside near the garage door. The fixed controller allows the door to be opened without a remote controller. The fixed controller usually does not come with the standard kit, it is usually an accessory.
The keypad provides you a means to lock the door for a specified amount of time, like when you are away on a trip. Another function is delayed closing, a brief pause between pushing the button and the closing of the door. The keypad provides a lot of time to exit on foot without running, dodging the electronic beam and the garage door.
Many garage doors have a security light that turns on as you turn on the system. The light stays on just long enough for you to step out of your vehicle and get into the house. Most remotes have buttons that turns on the light without opening the door.
There are two types of springs used on garage doors today...extension and torsion. Most people are more familiar with extension springs. These are the springs that are attached on either side of the door and stretch along the horizontal part of the track when the door is closed. Torsion springs are typically located just above the top section of the door and are mounted to the header. They are wound springs and do not expand or contract when the door is moved.
A torsion spring is a superior spring, primarily because it offers more safety to the homeowner and better balances the door to provide smoother operation. Overhead Gargage Doors single-car doors are equipped with extension springs as part of the standard hardware, torsion springs are available by request. All double-car doors are equipped with torsion springs.