What Kind of Garage Door Should I Buy?

Professional garage door repair

As the family prepared to leave on an early flight the next morning, the mom made one more trip to the store late in the evening. Although she was thorough in her planning, she was not careful about getting the garage door shut. Rushing into the house, she did not realize the garage door got stuck on something on the way down and automatically reopened itself. Although the problem had occurred before, the family had never taken the time to schedule a garage door repair and see what the problem was. Unfortunately, the night before their scheduled departure the open garage door allowed the three inches of new snow that fell during the night to drift into the garage. Scooping the snow out before leaving for the airport was an unexpected delay.
A malfunctioning garage door can cause problems when you least expect it. Garage door springs that malfunction or break can cause a heavy door to fall off its track, damaging vehicles, or worse yet hurting people. Proper garage door repair and maintenance can help keep a small problem from becoming an overhead disaster.
Are You Building a New Home?
While new owners make many choices for their house, garage door choices are often not on the list of priorities. Left to the builder’s decision, a brand new home may have an older garage door model that was simply something extra the builder had on hand. While new owners may spend hours discussing the kind of front door they want, they may spend absolutely no time making a garage door decision.
Like anything else, you get what you pay for when you purchase a garage. In a three car garage, for example, the inexpensive garage doors may be thin and provide almost no insulation and the garage door opener may be loud enough to hear inside the house.
Instead of leaving garage door selection up to a builder who may be trying to cut his costs, it makes more sense to do your own research and find the kind of garage and garage door that will work well in your home. If, for example, your garage is directly below the master bedroom and bathroom, it makes sense to spend a little more money on an opener that has a higher sound quality rating.
Garage design can be selected to match the style of a home. A ranch in the country, for instance, might look great with a carriage house style that includes wooden details that match the rest of the exterior. In a suburb, on the other hand, a metal door that can be painted the same color as the house might be a good choice. Residential garage doors are an important part of the street appeal of a home. A trip to a garage door showroom or a visit to a website can give home owners ideas about possible designs.
Garage door insulation is also an important consideration. Selecting a garage door with a thicker insulation will help reduce energy costs. Keeping the heat out in the summer or the cold out in the winter, an insulated garage door will always be a great investment. In fact, research indicates that most garage door purchases or upgrades bring a nearly 85% return on investment.
Garage doors are only as good as the installed opener. Like other appliances inside a house, garage door openers come with sound ratings. Depending on the location of a garage door, an investment in an opener that is known for operating quietly is wise. Because garage doors depend on moving parts, it is important to get an opener that can efficiently handle the weight of the door itself. In addition to the track, rails, and moving mechanisms, the most important part of any garage door is the large spring or springs that actually do the lifting. Some of the more expensive models with the highest ratings actually have springs enclosed in a metal tube so they do not fly off when broken or damaged.
Garage door service and garage door repair are important parts of any garage door warranty. A squeaky garage door can be more than an annoying sound. It can also be a sign that a garage door repair is needed before a major problem occurs.

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