Additional Things to Consider When Purchasing a New Garage Door

Jan 12, 2010
Lifestyle. If you have children or use the garage as a workshop, opt for an insulated, heave gauge steel door that isn’t going to dent every time a ball or bike hits it. This type of door will also help keep the space a comfortable temperature.

Upkeep. Maintenance is another consideration. Every door needs regular check-ups to maximize its life and reliability. Steel doors are very durable and virtually maintenance free, but some people prefer the warmth and character of wood and the limitless design options. Depending on the climate and exposure, wood doors will need to be painted or stained every few years.

“Green Factor.”
 Sustainability is a key element of green building, and, with a life cycle of between 15 and 20 years, an investment in a durable garage door that can withstand the rigors of daily use is money well spent for a home and the environment.

Look for galvanized torsion springs, which look better and last 50% longer than the industry’s standard oil-tempered springs, heavy gauge steel to ensure a quality appearance, dent resistance and quiet operation, a hot dipped galvanized coating topped with a baked-on paint finish that resists fading and peeling, and environmentally safe, CFC-free insulation that is bonded on both sides of the door panel for improved strength and energy efficiency.

Building Code Requirements.
 If you live in a coastal region or high wind area you may need a reinforced door as specified by the local building code authority.

Because of their size, garage doors are more susceptible to wind damage than other exterior openings- especially two-car garage doors. Unless you have a tested, reinforced door installed, high winds can force it out of the opening, putting your home and property at risk.

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