All about residential garage doors
The garage door is a part of your home that you likely don't pay much attention to, until you need to repair or replace it. However, the right garage door can add a lot of style to your home. Today, most residential garage doors are sectional, but there are plenty of other variations for you to consider.
Types of Garage Doors
Sectional garage doors are divided into numerous horizontal sections, each of which folds individually when the door is raised. These doors save a lot of space and have built-in places for accentuations like raised or recessed panels.
Roller or roll-up garage doors are perfect if you have a short driveway. These doors use a drum, which is placed above the garage door opening. When you raise roll-up garage doors, they simply wrap themselves around the drum, saving a lot of space.
If you have space to spare and you want a stylish, unique type of door, up-and-over garage doors are an option you may want to consider. These doors open in two phases: first, you swing it out, then you push it up into a recess below the garage ceiling. Because they're not sectioned, these doors allow you the most design freedom of any major style available.
Today, steel garage doors and vinyl garage doors are the most common. However, up-and-over garage doors can be made of wood and, of course, you can always order custom garage doors to conform to whatever unique specifications you prefer.
Installing Garage Doors
Replacing a garage door is not an easy task, particularly if you're also installing automatic garage door openers. If you're going to do the job yourself, don't try to do it alone. Garage doors are heavy, and you're going to need at least one other person's help to ensure it is correctly positioned before you fasten it in place.
If you do choose to install your new garage door yourself, make sure you follow the manufacturer's instructions to the letter. Otherwise, hiring a building contractor is highly recommended. A professional can get the job done in a matter of hours, saving you a lot of labor and the risk of potential injuries or structural damage to your house or garage.