Aurelien Voletta. Garage Door. December 10th, 2017.
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.
There is a wide range as well when it comes to choosing the material of the garage door. You can choose any one from Steel, fiberglass, plain old wood or polyethylene base don your requirements. Steel doors are the strongest and most durable, whereas high density polyethylene doors never dent, rust or fade and do not require to be repainted. Fiberglass doors can also be an option if you want some natural light to pass through as these materials are translucent and also maintenance free. Conventional wooden doors would well fit into your budget and requirements but the low initial cost might be deceiving as the maintenance cost is relatively higher than the other options; wooden doors require regular check ups for warps and rotting.
While planning for a garage door, the first thing that comes to your mind is its building material. Customers are spoiled for choice as far as the building materials and designs are concerned. Wood and steel are the commonest building material. For each kind of garage gate material, you can get multiple options for its exterior look and feel. You can decide upon decorative windows, hardware, and insulation as per your requirements.
As a door expert witness, I am called upon many times a year to evaluate garage door injuries. Garage doors come in many shapes and sizes. Their functions range from basic security of an area to cosmetic concealment. Most doors can be broken down into a few basic styles or categories. Typical modern garage doors for residential applications tend to be predominantly of the overhead sectional variety. That style of door comes in many configurations, materials, levels of insulation, and a wide range of appearance possibilities. They are available as a prefabricated kit, or built as a custom design to complement the dacor of any building. Commercial warehouse type installations often dictate higher security requirements. A good choice for this security type of door is the "roll-up" style that resembles a roll top desk type of door. This door can be manufactured with a variety of materials that can be as strong as the adjacent walls, making forced entry through this opening very difficult. Other common commercial installations include light weight aluminum single or sectional panel doors. These doors function more for closing off an already secured area than for assuring point security.
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