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Residential Garage Doors 101

Garage Door Fundamentals
Knowing the basics of a garage door and what your needs are is important before making a purchase.

Wood, Steel or Glass?
The range of building materials used in the manufacture of attractive, durable garage doors and gates has grown considerably. Many can be combined in creative ways.

Steel Doors
Can be provided with a finish and texture that simulates real wood with striking realism. 3-layer polyurethane-insulated sectional doors will help keep your garage cool in the summer and warm in the winter, and will recoup the modest extra cost with energy savings. They’ll also muffle the street noise in multi-use garages. Steel doors are lighter weight than solid wood doors, and generally more economical to install.

Wood Doors
Offer a classic look of natural beauty that remains a perennial favorite. Whether a traditional carriage style or an elegant contemporary door, wood doors and matching side gates provide enduring value and enhanced ambience. They can be built with inset windows or frosted glass panels that provide functional beauty.

Glass Doors
Are highly popular alternatives to traditional materials. Colored, clear, frosted or smoked glasses, with aluminum, steel or wood framing, give a lustrous interface to the inside/outside function of modern garages. They sculpt your garage environment with diffuse light that gives a unique look and “color” to your home … and are surprisingly affordable.

What Kind of Opener Meets Your Needs?
Consider remotes and keypads that will re-code every time they are used, for maximum security … also, many openers can be operated with a smart phone. You can check on the status of your garage door from long distance. We’ll help you select a “smart door” system that is right for your needs.

Garage Door Materials
Insulation for sound and temperature and the steel gauge of a door is important. If you plan on spending a lot of time in your garage, have a room above or adjacent to your garage, or have a lot of activity, such as children playing in front of the doors, then you want to consider the R-Value and the thickness of the steel. The higher the R-Value the better insulated the door. If there is the chance of basketballs hitting the outside of the door, you need to consider a heavier gauge steel, such as a 24 gauge. Remember, the lower the number, the stronger the steel.