Buying a garage door is a big decision, and we want to help you make the best decision possible for your budget and dwelling. Here is some information on the types of garage doors you can purchase:
An aluminum door, with four to five panels is the most basic, cost-effective and low maintenance choice for your garage. They are easy to install and can be insulated for a slight increase in cost. While aluminum doors are not the best aesthetic choice, they can be expected to have a lifespan of up to 10 years. Because of weather patterns in the the Mid-Atlantic area, we recommend insulation. You can always upgrade to a better quality and design of garage door as time goes by, but it's an excellent choice for a starter door.
Wood garage doors have grown in popularity in the D.C., Maryland, and Northern Virginia area, due to the large number of historical homes. A wooden door will add to the beauty of your home, as well as the value. However, you must be prepared to maintain the door with regular painting or staining every 2 to 3 years. Wooden doors are a great investment, long-lasting, and provide ample insulation from cold and street noise, but be prepared to pay more for a premium wooden door.
While metal or steel garage doors are often used for commercial purposes, they can also be a durable, high quality alternative to wood or aluminum in a residence.They are low-maintenance, but are heavy, so the hardware will require special springs and safety cables. If you are looking for a secure, tough door that requires little care, this is the door for you.
There are three basic types of garage doors: aluminum, wood, and steel. An aluminum door, with four to five panels is the most basic, cost-effective, and low maintenance choice for your garage. It is easy to install, can be insulated for a slight increase in price, and will last about 10 years. Wood garage doors have grown in popularity due to the large number of historical homes. A wooden door will add to the beauty and value of your home, as well as providing increased insulation. However, you must be prepared to maintain the door with regular painting or staining every 2 to 3 years. Steel garage doors are often used for commercial purposes, but they can also be a durable, high quality alternative to wood or aluminum in a residence.They are low-maintenance, but are heavy, so the hardware will require special springs and safety cables. If you are looking for a secure, tough door that requires little care, this is the door for you.
A garage door repair can range from a simple loose screw or bolt to a badly broken panel or track. Sometimes the door can be repaired, but if damage is extensive it can be more cost-effective to just replace the whole door. If you are skilled with tools, you can likely handle minor repairs, but with a major repair or replacement you may want to consult a professional instead. Garage doors are operated by heavy springs that can be potentially dangerous, or even deadly. Use your common sense and don't let your ego run the show and put you or your family at risk. Just call a pro instead.
To maintain your garage, you will need to periodically check it for loose screws and bolts and lightly oil any metal parts. Check the tracks and rollers to make sure they are operating smoothly. Consult your owner's manual for any further maintenance suggestions. You may also want to consider having periodic maintenance by a garage door specialist. It will keep your garage door operating safely and in good repair and lengthen the life of your garage door.
Garage doors can enjoy a lifespan of a decade for an inexpensive aluminum door to decades for a wooden or steel door. However, if your garage door is not properly maintained or falls into disrepair, its lifespan can be significantly shortened. It is recommended to have your garage door checked annually for maintenance and any needed minor repairs to ensure a full lifetime of use. Minor dents are merely a cosmetic issue, but the repair of a broken panel or crooked track may be expensive enough that replacement is a more economical option.
While you can find plenty of DIY garage door installation advice, don't be fooled by oversimplification of a very complex process. Garage doors are heavy to begin with and involve heavy-duty springs that can be potentially harmful or deadly. It's far more likely that an amateur will install a garage door that is unsafe to operate. Unless you are an expert with tools and have a strong assistant, you are better to leave this job to a professional specialist.
For more information on garage door repair, check out the Gate and Garage Services website or call 800-681-8819. We offer quick response, a fleet of well-equipped trucks, and trained professionals. Contact us today for a no-obligation quote on your garage door repair or replacement.