Answering Your Questions About Residential Garage Doors


A home's garage door should always be in good repair so that it's easy to operate and doesn't get stuck while opening or closing. While a garage door is primarily meant to secure items inside, it should also enhance the home's overall curb appeal, or at least not detract from it. Note a few questions you might have about residential garage doors so you can ensure you have the right type for your home and are maintaining it as needed.

What is the difference between a sectional and a roller door?

A sectional garage door is a set of sections that are each hinged in the back; when you open this door, it slides along a track on the garage ceiling, with each section folding on its hinge as it moves over the curve between the doorframe and the ceiling. A roller door actually rolls into a drum that sits above the doorframe. These doors are both easy to open and don't need clearance in front of the garage, but roller doors also don't need that track along the garage ceiling, opening up that space for storage.

Will a new door need a new remote?

The remote to your garage door is connected to a control unit in the motor that operates the chains or springs of the door. If you get a new door that needs a new motor, it may need a new remote control. However, if the motor is in good condition and doesn't need replacing, you may be able to use the same remote.

Can a manual door be motorized?

Typically you can have an automatic garage door opener attached to any type of door. The opener will need a motor that will support the weight of the door, but you don't necessarily need an entirely new door to have it motorized.

Should a garage door be washed?

It's usually good to hose off the garage door springs, hinges, chains, and other such hardware, to remove dust, oil, and debris. Hosing off the front of the door will also ensure it doesn't get etched or damaged from built-up dust and dirt. However, be cautious about using detergents and cleansers, especially on a wood door, as these may not rinse away cleanly and may also dry the door's material, causing it to become brittle and crack. Your garage door manufacturer or installer can tell you the best way to maintain your home's garage door and to keep it looking its best.


23 October 2017

How to Choose a New Garage Door

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