A few things to consider before selecting the perfect garage door for your home.
Garage Door Components
Familiarize yourself with the basic components of a garage door before making a purchase.
Garage Door Materials
Garage door insulation and steel gauge are important factors in determining the durability, energy efficiency and quiet operation of your door. If you spend a lot of time in your garage, have a room above or adjacent to your garage, or have children playing in front of the garage doors, then you want to choose a heavy gauge, multi-layer insulated door with a high R-Value. R-Value is a measurement of the thermal efficiency of a door. The higher the R-Value, the better insulated the door. To help reduce dents and dings, consider a heavier gauge steel, such as a 24-gauge. Remember, the lower the number, the stronger the steel.
Garage Door Safety You can count on Clopay to bring you the safest and most reliable garage doors in the industry. The truth is, very few injuries occur each year resulting directly from garage doors, and we aim to keep it that way. But there are some things you can do right now to further ensure the safety of your family.
Garage Door Insulation
What does insulation do and what are the options?
How-To-Measure for your New Residential Garage Doors:
Use the drawing and instructions below to measure your current garage door. Then, take the measurements to your local retailer to purchase the garage door that is right for you.
Step #1 Measure the width and height of your door opening in feet and inches. This determines the size garage door needed. The rough opening should be the same size as the door.
Step #2 Measure for "sideroom" - 3-3/4" is required on each side for installation of the vertical track for standard extension springs, standard torsion springs and EZ-SET® Torsion Spring Systems, 5-1/2" for EZ-SET Extension Spring System.
Step #3 Measure area labeled "headroom" – distance between the top of the door opening ("jamb header") and the ceiling (or floor joist). A minimum of 10" is required for the standard extension spring or EZ-SET Extension Spring System, while 12" is required for standard torsion spring and EZ-SET Torsion Spring System. If you have restricted headroom, special hardware is available. Additional headroom is required for installation of an automatic garage door opener. NOTE: If the garage door height extends above the opening, the headroom measurement should be adjusted proportionately.
Step #4 Measure area labeled "backroom" – distance is measured from the garage door opening toward the back wall of the garage. Door height plus 18" is required. Additional backroom may be required for installation of an automatic garage door opener.