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Garage Door Greetings: Let the Sight of a Stunning Garage Door Welcome You Home

From its cracking, splitting and sagging to its unsightly chipped paint, an uncared for garage door can be a major eyesore for the overall look of your home. Here are some ideas to keep your garage in harmony with the rest of your home.

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Have you ever seen the outside of a building, one with an exterior that looks dilapidated and practically unlivable only to find that the interior is this exquisite, picturesque scene that belongs in a magazine? Ye-ah . . . well, that only works for high-rise lofts in the city. For the rest of us who live in residential neighborhoods, the exterior of our house must match the interior. No one forgives our ratty garage door upon pulling into our driveway with expectations of finding magnificent decor inside. We either get it right on the outside too, or we can forget about receiving any kudos for the designer.

A good way to 'get it right' is to make sure our garage is in harmony with the rest of our home. Your garage can refresh and renew your home’s appearance. Over time, weather, climate and everyday wear and tear will do damage to the garage door. It is important to keep it looking good by applying paint or stain to the worn out garage door.

You should keep it working properly too. A garage door should provide safety and security as well as aesthetics. And if the garage door is too far-gone, you should consider replacing the door altogether with a brand new one. Just remember, before you choose the method in which you plan to fix up your garage door figure out your budget, what style of door will best suit your home, and the needs of your family.


Garage Doors Types

Garage doors come in two types: tilt-ups and rolling sectional doors. The tilt-up type is a single panel that pivots out and upward. The entire panel door unit lifts upward and, depending on which tilt door type you have, projects outside the garage door opening when it is in the open position, or the door is retracted fully into a spot above the garage space by counterweights.

The pro side of purchasing tilt-up doors is that they are less expensive than rolling sectional doors. However, the fact that the space in front of the door must remain clear in order for the door to function could be a con. This means you have to make sure that your cars, bicycles, tools, even people are not positioned too close to the garage door! And because a tilt-up door will need a certain amount of space in front of it to operate properly, installing a tilt-up door in environments where snow and ice are a factor may not be a practical idea.

A rolling sectional door is made of four or more horizontal sections that joined together by hinges, mounted onto roller tracks at either side of the door. To open, the sectional door bends at each hinged section in order to roll straight up and back; similarly to how a breadbox or a roll-top desk opens. These doors are more expensive than the tilt-up garage doors, but the rolling sectional style is easier to use and more secure since you cannot pry it open from the sides.

Additionally, because rolling sectionals do not swing out but rather are pulled in they are not hindered by weather conditions. This means rolling sectionals can be opened even when a car is parked directly in front of it, and allows significantly more headroom in the garage.

Garage Door Materials

Garage doors are commonly made from wood, steel, aluminum and fiberglass. Despite the fact that every one of these materials has its benefits, wood and steel garage doors are undoubtedly the most popular choices.

Wood Garage Doors are the popular choice because of their natural appearance and affordability. And because tilt-up garage doors are one solid board, they are simplest style to construct from wood. But wood garage doors are not particularly known for their durability. For example, since wood expands and contracts, wood doors may crack, warp and become uneven as they are exposed to environmental elements. The result is: wood doors are usually difficult to care for, and you will need to provide regular maintenance such as repainting and refinishing them every few years.

Steel garage doors are much stronger, durable, and more secure than wood, aluminum, or fiberglass doors. Steel offers great insulation. Steel will not warp or bend, or rust, and normally the paint lasts a very long time. This means maintenance for steel doors is pretty minimal. But steel can be easily dented, which is often difficult to repair. However with new technological advancements, the steel doors of today can have wood textures applied to it to create that wooden look without having to deal with all of the hassles of a wooden door’s upkeep.

Aluminum garage doors have most of the same great design qualities as steel. But unlike steel, aluminum is extremely lightweight, is not susceptible to rust, and is rather inexpensive. Aluminum costs about half as much as steel does. The bad news? Aluminum dents a lot easier than steel does too.

Fiberglass garage doors actually have an aluminum frame with fiberglass panes. And a fiberglass door is similar to an aluminum door in weight. Other rewards of fiberglass consist of its translucency and resistance to salt air corrosion. The downside of fiberglass is that is a poor insulator. Plus, fiberglass can wear away as time passes and even spilt apart, particularly whilst in cold weather conditions.


Styles

Popular garage doors styles are often recessed panel, raised panel, ranch, or flush panel designs. Though raised and flush styles are the most popular. Flush panels are made by securing a plywood panel over a wooden frame. Flush panels are flat and slightly textured. Raised panels are a number of separate, rectangular panels put into a wooden frame.

Raised panels come in two styles: long and short. Long raised panel are more distinct and lend depth to your garage door. Short raised panels also provide depth and are great to use on colonial, Victorian, and Tudor style homes. Homeowners can even order grooved or smooth panels.

Essentially, you should think of your garage door as an expression of your personal style that ought to correspond with the style of your home. A great way to add your own individual style to a garage door is with the use of windows and window panels. For example, double-paned windows are beautiful accents as well as wonderful for permitting in natural light but keeping out intense seasonal temperatures. You can even customize the look of your garage door with standard glass inserts, decorative inserts, or some impressive architectural designs.

The Door Measurements

Measure the width and the height of the door opening in feet and inches. This will determine what size door you will need. The rough opening should be the same size as the door. An average single garage door will be 9-feet wide by 7-feet tall. For a two-car garage door, the door measurements will be 16-feet by 7-feet, or up to 20-feet wide and 8-feet tall.

After you have figured out the size of the door you will use, consider what you will do with the area behind the garage door. If your garage’s intended use is primarily to do workshop projects, the space behind the door should be insulated in order to control noise output. Also, as stated previously, insulating your garage will help protect your home and garage from intense (cold or hot) seasonal temperatures.

If you plan to use your garage chiefly for storage then thermal insulation is a good idea. Why? Because those who live either above or alongside the garage will benefit greatly from the thermal insulation provided as well as the noise protection some extra insulation will deliver.

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