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.
- 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.
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.
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.