Aurelien Voletta. Garage Door. December 11th, 2017.
The Bigger the Better - In the '70s, a large number of American homes had one-car garages. After three decades, the trend shifted, making room for two-car garages. Now, garages keep getting bigger to accommodate larger vehicles like SUVs, pickups, and RVs. Garages that are large enough for four to five vehicles seem to be the minimal standard in high-end villages. Even real estate agents will affirm that big garages are great assets with good selling point.
Retractable Doors: This type of garage door swings outwards, up and back into the ceiling of your garage. The pivot points of the doors are located at the top and this makes you unable to park your vehicle close to it. You should always ensure enough room is available on your driveway. The installation is easy. These types of doors are the easiest ones to be automated with a suitable electric opener. They provide good security to your vehicles and they are fitted with four latches. They're available in timber, GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic), steel and ABS. One point to note though is that this door provides you with a reduced drive-through width, due to side spring assemblies.
Some manufacturers tout the insulation value of garage doors. Most people question this concern, since the garage in most homes is neither heated nor cooled. If insulation is a concern to you, lightweight polystyrene foam insulation can be added to most doors. Insulated doors will help to reduce the amount of outside temperatures that enters your garage, thus keeping it more comfortable for you. An insulated door is generally quieter and has a more attractive interior than an uninsulated door.
I have been involved in numerous garage door lawsuits where many different reasons for an injury have occurred. Having been retained as expert witness for both plaintiff and defense, several common factors have been observed. In many cases, unqualified individuals have attempted to repair or install garage doors. They have lacked the knowledge, skills or even the basic required tools to perform the work safely and properly. I have been hired as an expert by garage door manufacturers and installers to defend claims that they are not responsible for alleged product defects. In most cases, the components that failed, failed as a result of abuse or improper installation on the part of the end user. As stated above, the installation of many garage doors is not appropriate for an untrained person. An exception to this relates to "do it yourself" garage door kits that are sold at local home centers. A homeowner could install the door because these kits do not come with a professional quality package of hardware that should or would require special knowledge for the installation. These kits do not typically employ torsion springs that would require special knowledge, proper tools, and working skills to install. The doors are typically for light duty use. Professional installation services are often available through a home center to assist a homeowner in need of a specialized installation. As with most trade specific tasks, years of experience working as a professional installer qualifies tradesmen for their contracting license. The average homeowner watching a few television shows that give rough explanations of how to install garage doors is not usually qualified to install his or her own door. These "how to" television shows are no substitute for the many skills acquired after working in the field.
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