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We don't have a particularly large garage, and we do anything we can to try and conserve space. The old garage door had quite a wide swinging hinge, which meant there was a large area where we could not store anything. We have recently switched to a slimline garage door, which rolls up overhead and has a much smaller profile overall. Not only do we have more space, but the new garage door also looks great and has made the whole garage look nicer. This blog is all about new options for garage doors with slimline profiles and modern styling.

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Clearing Up Common Misconceptions About Steel Garage Doors

by Tyrone Cooper

A steel garage door is very solid and secure and a good choice for just about any residential garage. However, you may hesitate to invest in a steel door simply because of some misconceptions you have about the material and such a door itself. Note a few of those misconceptions here so you can determine if this is the right choice for your home.

Noise

You might think that steel doors are somehow noisier when they open and close, but noise coming from a garage is usually the fault of the chains and springs that move the door, not the door itself. Any garage door can also shake and rattle when it's not level and even. A properly installed, well-maintained steel garage door should not make any noise when in operation.

Weight

You may assume that steel doors are very heavy, but the weight of a steel door depends on its overall thickness. Many steel doors have a thin layer or skin of steel on the outside with a foam insulating layer behind it, and then some doors might have another layer of steel behind that foam. This makes steel doors more lightweight than you might realise; most will not weigh any more than a standard wood door.

Cold and heat

If you work inside your garage, you may be worried that a steel door will conduct and transfer both cold and heat. This might be true for a door that is just plain steel; however, most steel garage doors have an insulating layer behind them. This keeps the door from transferring heat and cold and will also reduce moisture and humidity that may get trapped in the garage, protecting your car, lawn care equipment, metal tools or anything else stored inside.

Rust and corrosion

The insulating layer mentioned above protects what's inside your garage, but you might assume the steel outer layer will suffer rust and corrosion as it's exposed to rain, snow and summertime humidity. However, steel garage doors are sealed or coated with rust inhibitors to protect them from this damage. They are also typically powder coated, which is a type of paint that is applied in powder form and then given an electrical charge for adhesion. Powder coating protects steel from corrosion, so a high-quality steel door should last for years before you ever see any rust developing. As long as you regularly inspect and maintain your steel garage and door, you shouldn't have any issues with corrosion.

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