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Best garage door to suit your home’s style

Today’s most popular door type by far is the sectional overhead door, which usually comprises four or five horizontally hinged sections that roll up into the garage ceiling on a curving track.

There’s little doubt that this is the most easily operated garage door design since the Victorian biparting door — a fact that explains its wide use as a replacement for older types.

First, a quick rundown on sizes: Single-bay doors are typically 8 or 9 feet wide by 7 feet high, while double-bay doors are typically 16 feet wide (occasionally 18) by 7 feet high. Double-bay doors are mainly found on broadly proportioned home styles such as California ranchers.

As for choosing a door design to suit your home’s architecture: Although the current fashion in sectional doors is for very showy and elaborate designs with raised or recessed panels, ornate windows and the like, these aren’t necessarily the best choice for your home. Ranch-style houses, for example, typically look best with very simple and unrelieved doors, and anything more ornamental can look overwrought, drawing attention away from the front entrance.

On the other hand, a bland, unadorned garage door will look very strange on a traditional home style. The best approach is to reflect the [more]

Anatomy of a Garage Door

Here’s the inside look of a sectional door:

1. Torsion Spring

Counterbalances door’s weight so that it can be lifted easily. 

2. Track

Guides door up to ceiling and back.

3. Roller

Rides inside track. Steel ones are noisy; nylon is quieter.

4. Hinge

Connects horizontal sections.

5. Section

6. Lock Bar

Engages with track to prevent door from opening.

7. Weatherstripping

Seals door edges against air infiltration.

You’ve Come A Long Way, Garage Door

Garage doors have come a long way since they were first invented. In the early days of garage doors, they were made from heavy wood and were difficult to open and close. These doors were large and awkward and were much more difficult to use than today’s counterparts.

Sectional garage doors became popular in the early 1990s and the they had widespread acceptance because they offered convenience and affordability to the average person. Some of the things that the modern garage offers are efficiency, ease of installation, and affordability.

The first thing that a good garage door should offer is efficiency. The most important thing that a garage does for you is store things. Many people choose to store their cars in their garages, but there are others that keep other contents in there as well and you need to keep the contents of the garage safe from both intruders and the elements. Since people keep to many things in their garages it is important that the garage door take up as little space as possible. The roller garage is perfect for this because it takes up a very small space and allows for the storage of other items.

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