Auberta Tempeste. Garage Door. December 02nd, 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.
Traditional carriage garage doors are not really very good at keeping the elements out of any structure. In addition it is very hard to adequately secure the doors from forced entry. With the invention of the over head door the use of the traditional carriage garage doors design essentially ended. However the architectural appearance and design is very appealing to the eye. Many of the top garage door manufactures have designed over head doors that give the appearance of carriage garage doors but with all the benefits of a modern garage door.
Garage remodeling is simply one of the least expensive, fastest and simplest ways to conjure up space in many homes is rivals traditional house extensions as a primary home improvement strategy. Many potential buyers will almost certainly consider the potential that a garage offers beyond simply storing cars and gardening equipment. One of the few factors available to estimate the useful of any garage is, guess what, that bit that takes up one entire side of the space - the garage doors. And even if a prospective buyer actually intends to keep the garage for its original purpose and park their cars in it, a surprising result from a recent survey of homeowners revealed that for many the garage door is used in preference to the main entrance as the exterior door of choice. The reasons given cited superior security and ease of operation (many modern garage doors are of course equipped with remote control openers).
In the past, the biggest concern with operating an overhead garage door was the potential risks associated with the springs used for balancing the door weight. Pre mid 1960's garage door installations typically relied upon a pair of stretched (tensioned) springs to assist the operation of the garage door pivoting hinges. These springs became loaded (tensioned) as the door was moved into the closed position. Unloading (releasing) of the stored spring energy occurred as the door was opened to the horizontal overhead position. One of the most dangerous aspects of these spring systems was that after a period of time, often without any maintenance or inspection, the points of attachment of these springs would rust or become weak. This weakening of the springs or points of attachment would often lead to an inadvertent explosive failure flinging the broken spring components across the garage, embedding the spring or steel components into the garage walls, cars or other items in the path of travel. Unfortunately, sometimes people were in the path of travel of these explosive occurrences. As these springs failed, as an attempted safeguard, some manufacturers devised a "caging" system for the springs. These cages were retrofitted onto the stretched springs in an attempt to capture the parts that would release if a failure occurred. While these caging devices were helpful, they were not completely effective. Some of these spring devices are still in use today. Whenever this condition exists or the quality of garage components are questionable, a qualified professional service technician should be consulted.
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