All About Garage Doors
Who would have thought of it but the history of garage doors dates back to 450 B.C when chariots were stored in gatehouses. In America evidence of the first upward lifting garage doors can be found near about 1906 when Cornell Iron Works published pictorial catalogs featuring a float over door. The development of the first one-piece over head wood door in the US can be credited to Leno Martin who made this development in 1936.
If you are looking for a garage door there are several types of garage doors you can choose from depending upon your requirements and the location where the door is supposed to be installed. A typical overhead garage door is made up of several panels connected together that roll on a system of tracks that is guided by rollers. A torsion spring system or a pair of extension springs balances the weight of the door. Garage doors can be made out of many materials. The most popular materials are: steel, aluminum, wood, cooper, glass and vinyl.
Single panel doors are constructed from one huge panel. So when closing or opening the door a single big chunk of wood would actually be sliding up and overhead on rails or the other way around. There is a slight disadvantage of using a single panel door and that is when you open or close the door you will have to keep your vehicle at a marked distance because in single panel doors a fair amount of door tends to hang out of the garage while moving and this piece can hit and damage your vehicle.
Constructed usually out of six to eight panels, Sectional doors usually slide up and overhead. Interestingly these doors occupy exactly the same amount of internal garage space as a Single panel door but they have a couple of advantages over single panel garage doors. The first being, sectional doors do not require any space outside the garage to open therefore the chances of a sectional door hitting your vehicle is zero and secondly each panel of a sectional door has its own connection to the door track which significantly enhances the reliability of sectional doors in comparison to single panel doors which have only a couple of track connections for the whole panel.
Rolling doors are considered the most economical and the safest of garage doors in this entire range. They are generally constructed out of corrugated steel and can stand considerable impacts. In some cases where resistance against a strong impact is not required these doors are also constructed out of transparent corrugated fiber glass. These doors typically have a spring inside the rolling mechanism which reduces the effort required to open the door. On large roller doors generally utilized at commercial premises a manual pulley or a motorized gear system is used to lift or lower the door. The rolling doors provide better security in terms of external breaches because of the corrugated material that is utilized in the doors.
A garage door can cost you from $ 1000 to $ 10,000 depending upon the style, design & the dimensions of the door that you want installed at your home. Customized designs that are available can cost you even more. It is important to understand that investing more in a better door which has better springs installed is better than in a door that costs lesser but comes with low quality springs. Most garage door manufacturers and dealers produce and sell garage doors fitted with torsion springs that have a minimum of 10,000 – 15,000 cycles which are estimated to last between 3 to 7 years. Some manufacturers offer a 30,000 cycle spring so spend wisely while choosing your garage door.