The Garage Door

The selection of a new or replacement garage door is most important. It must be remembered that, in the case of an attached garage, for example, the garage door may be 20 to 30 percent of your home’s face. Therefore, it must be as beautiful as possible.

The “garage door decor” possibilities are nearly limitless—in both ready-made styles and creative designs of your own. For instance, you can choose from a multitude of standard quality wood panel doors to match a wide variety of architectural styles or gain a rich looking custom-crafted effect by installing any of four stock patterns of can ed door. Or, perhaps your home would benefit from a smooth-surface flush panel door to which you can apply painted designs, moldings, windows, and trimwork to suit your taste. Even standard wood panel doors gain distinction with the addition of stock carved rosette plaques. All “door clecor” takes is some care in matching your architectural style with the right door. Be picky; don’t leave garage door selection to afterthoughts. It’s more than just the largest moving part of your home; it’s also part of your home’s appearance, personality, and character.
Proper garage door decor can add beauty to a house. Select the design that best fits the architectural style of your home (Courtesy of Clopay Corp. and Frantz Mfg. Co.).
GARAGE DOOR TYPES AND STYLES. Basically, there are three types of garage doors: (1) hinge or swing-out; (2) swing-up; and (3) roll-up. However, in recent years, thanks to the perfection of garage door hardware and counterbalancing equipment, the two latter types have all but replaced old-fashioned swinging doors.

Swing-up doors. Various types of counterbalancing devices are employed to offset the weight of the garage door. With the swing-up arrangement, a one-piece, rigid door is tilted or swung up and down. Either of two types of hardware are used: (1) jamb and (2) pivot. With either type, a swing-out space of about 3 to 4 feet is required.

Operating on the leverage principle, the jamb hardware is attached to the two upright wood members (the jambs) that form the sides of the garage door opening. This hardware arrangement requires an overhead track at both ends of the garage door.

The four major types of overhead garage doors.

Pivot hardware, which requires no track of any kind, is bolted to the side of the garage building and works the door by swinging it up and down. The installation of pivot hardware is not recommended when the garage building is much wider than the door opening.

Roll-up doors. The roll-up type, which uses a three or four section door, is the most popular of all overhead types. It is available with either two extension springs—one at each side of the door—or a single torsion spring that extends across the top of the door opening. The torsion spring and its mechanism is somewhat more expensive, but generally provides a smoother anc’ more consistent action.

The garage door hardware and counterbalancing devices should be selected to suit the door. Most jamb and pivot hardware, as well as the two extension spring roll-up type, is good for doors under 150 pounds. For doors over this weight, the torsion spring roll-up type is usually recommended.

Door materials. Overhead garage doors are available that are made of wood, fiberglass, aluminum, and steel. Each material has its own advantages and disadvantages.

Wood. Wood panel garage doors are the most popular choice for residential use. They are available in price ranges to match any wallet and in a wide choice of sectional designs. Wood doors are often fitted with glass inserts to provide interior natural light. (Placement of the windows in the top section adds an additional degree of privacy while still admitting a flood of light.) Wood doors are also made with a polyfoam core which provides an insulating R-value of better than 5. Such insulated doors are highly recommended for heated or attached garages.

Wood garage doors must receive the same treatment as other exterior wood parts of your house. They must be painted or stained regularly, especially the bottom edge, to keep up their appearance and to protect them from the weather.

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  1. I love my coop! Functional, adorable, green & unique! I am so happy!

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