Sidonie Aiglentina. Garage Door. September 26th, 2017.
The first garages were one level heated buildings that resembled an enclosed parking lot. Each parking space could be rented for $15-$20 a month. The building normally housed about 100 parking spaces. The garages were publicly and privately owned. The owner would keep the garage clean for the consumers and it was adequate for what consumers needed. There were problems though, $15-$20 was a lot of money for storage, it wasn't very convenient, and around 1910 there became too many cars for the garage's to accommodate.
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.
The top carriage garage doors manufactures offer wood finish carriage doors as well. The use of a veneer plywood base over standard steel construction gives both the fine look of wood while giving all the benefits of standard construction including polyurethane foam insulated panels that provide a high R-value insulating factor. Top choices for wood veneer or coverings include redwood, cedar and hemlock. Many companies can provide an aged look to the door to further accent its looks. In almost all cases natural wood surfaces will require far more care and maintenance.
Several garage door manufactures have specialized in creating the look of carriage doors using the standard garage door format. Some manufactures use standard rolling panel construction that has a carriage door pattern designed into the garage door. Using modern materials especially steel will make this type of garage door both secure and very durable. The use of solid one piece overhead garage door construction gives the carriage garage doors an authentic look. This older style cantilever door opens outward at the bottom and rotates upward as on solid door. This method of construction works well when using an all wood door construction.
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