Finding the Right Garage Door for You

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Raised panel garage door in Cypress TexasIt goes without saying that there are many types of garage doors out there, and choosing the right one takes some consideration. Keep in mind that your garage door is the largest part of the architecture of your home, so choosing one that gives you the maximum curb appeal is something you should take seriously. The first thing you should do it shop around and have a look at what is available. Go to your favorite home supply stores. In many cases their floor models will even allow you to test them out to see how they feel.

Naturally you will want to go with a garage door that is harmonious with the aesthetics of the house’s architecture. If your home has windows and doors in natural unpainted wood, then your garage door should match. Wood garage doors are beautiful, but they are not always the best choice. In some cases–homes in a modern architectural design–may do better to have an aluminum doors. You will need to decide whether you want a flush panel, a short raised panel, a long raised panel, or a painted raised panel. Flush panels are perfectly flat and appeals to with a taste for the simple. Raised panels come in varying heights depending on how much texture and depth you are looking for. Generally speaking, the more raised the panel, the more it will catch people’s attention.

The look of your door is important, but there are other things to consider. For instance, garage doors are somewhat heavy, and they get a lot of use, which means that having it properly installed should be a top priority. As a rule you should not try to install your own garage door, even if you are a ‘handy’ type of guy who likes working around the house. A garage door is heavy, and one wrong move can mean an injury that will take a long time to recover from. Additionally, the spring mechanisms, which provide counterbalance for the heaviness of the door, can injure you if they should slip when you are installing.

Safety cables unravel when door is almost open

A client came to me with a peculiar problem: His garage door would only close about 75% before the safety cables would become loose. This is not a particularly common problem, but when he told me what it was I knew what was wrong. The client was a do it yourselfer, and had started the …

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Do I have to replace both garage door springs if one breaks?

A client called me with this problem: He lives in a split level house and his living room is practically over his garage. But  he doesn’t use his garage for  his car, but uses it for storage. Since he rarely opens and closes the door, he has never bothered to buy an automatic door opener …

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