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How To Add Value To Your Home With The Best Garage Door

Aug 17, 2007
The most usual types of garage doors popularly used in residential and commercial garages are the retractable, canopy, the side hinged, and the sectional retractable doors.

Compared to old-fashioned garage doors, modern garage doors are much more enduring, comfortable and safe.

Residential garage doors are designed to look handsome and offer high-tech features like automatic door openers and built-in safety features. Canopy garage doors are great alternatives to automatic doors, and can be uncomplicated to use when kept in good condition.

If a traditional look is important to your house, the side-hinged, double doors are an attractive option.

Where limited driveway space is a difficulty, sectional garage doors are the right choice as they open and close vertically, allowing cars to park within inches of the door without curtailing operation.

Custom made garage doors can be created to your own specifications.

Look Over Different Garage Door Plans

Free garage door plans are available online from most big name manufacturers. Design a custom garage plan that encompasses everything you want in your garage, be it a heated garage or imaginative window alternatives; there's nothing you can't incorporate into your plan.

The most useful part about planning your own garage door system is the option of installing it yourself. However, if you design the opening and door size to a standard size this will make it less expensive and easier to install. Also, free garage plans are a great method to troubleshoot for difficulties before they arise.

When designing a garage plan, first determine what your family needs.

Can I Install a New Garage Door Myself?

The installation of an updated garage door, whether as a replacement or a renovation to your property, is straightforward. Doors come in a factory fitted steel frame ready for quick and simple on-site installation.

All adjustable fixings are provided. Read through the installation instructions for carefully. Garage doors are large and ungainly and are therefore ideally handled by two people, which makes positioning and fixing much easier and safer.

However, the installation of a residential garage door can be technical, and probably it is not acceptable as a do-it-yourself project for the less experienced handyperson.

Ensure the Long Life of Your Investment

Getting hit by vehicles and the lack of maintenance are the leading causes of garage door damage and the need for replacement. To properly maintain your garage door you should wash painted steel surfaces several times a year. You also need to paint or refinish wood surfaces as necessary, lubricate the rollers, bearings, pulleys, and springs once a year, and make proper adjustments to all systems. Consult the installation manual for your model.

Each of the three typical garage door materials has its own benefits.

Wood doors are well insulated and have an appealing look. The downside is that wood expands and contracts and can warp or crack as it weathers. You will find that it needs re-painting or refinishing every couple of years.

Steel doors are very robust and give great value for your money. Today's steel doors have the look of wood without the maintenance. They come in several quality grades so you can pick the one that suits your budget and location.

Fiberglass, (or GRP), garage doors are also very low maintenance and can offer a timber effect without the maintenance of real wood. This type of door is both light and resiliant.

To clean steel and fiberglass garage doors wash both the exterior and interior twice a year using water mixed with a half cup of mild laundry detergent.

Remember that garage doors are often the largest visible part of your house, other than the siding. A clean and well maintained garage door will help keep the 'curb appeal' of your house, as well as it's value!

Garage doors are now offered by manufacturers in a variety of styles that go far beyond the traditional paneled look. That makes replacing your garage doors are an effortless and cost effective way to add to your home's value and improve your homes look.
About the Author
Steve Dolan is a homeowner and DIY enthusiast. Click Garage Door and Garage Door Repair for articles and resources for all your garage door needs. For more on home improvements visit Home Improvements and DIY
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