Garage Door Frequently Asked Questions
A. Yes! They do all look alike, but looks aren’t everything. It is because they all look the same that people should be extra cautious and check the features and quality. Features like thicker steel, reinforcement, and finishing all play a vital role in the longevity of the garage door. A well-built garage door can last for thousands of cycles without dents, wrapping or signs of wear. Also, the use of quality springs means that the door will not require repairs for the next few years.
A. Well, your door could be exhibiting two of the most common problems. The first being that the opener is spoilt and the second being that the door spring is broken. If it is the opener pull the emergency release and lift the door open by hand.
If it is a broken spring, then lifting the door will be impossible. We advise you don’t use too much force but instead call us to fix the door.
A. Well, the apparent reason is that steel is stronger and requires far less maintenance compared to wood. Steel doors can also be insulated with higher R-rated materials. Also, steel is impervious to the changing weather which compared to wood will absorb moisture resulting in bloating.
A. No, you can’t without compromising safety. If you are purchasing a new door, then it makes sense to replace all parts. Also, there is a slim chance that the new door will fit the old track owing to the thickness of the door. Plus, if the door slipped off the rails, it will void its warranty and so certainly not worth the risk.
A. The R-Value is a measurement of the amount of heat a material can conduct. Factors such as the type of material, thickness, and temperature variations are accounted for when measuring values. Also factored in are the various measuring methods used by garage door manufacturers.
Then there are installed R-Values which too vary depending on how the door is installed. Many factors are out of the control of a manufacturer like a door jamb, weatherstrip, and installation techniques.
A. The best way to check is to measure the area from the top of the door to the closest obstruction in the garage’s ceiling. Also, check for obstacles that may be in the middle of the garage that may cause the door to stop opening midway. Keep in mind that headroom requirements will vary depending on if your property is commercial or residential. If headroom is limited try a track configuration.
A. Torsion Springs provide excellent balance across the door, along with added safety. Also, if the spring fails, it does not result in a disaster for either you or your property.