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.
The door of your home's garage protects everything inside the garage from potential theft, as well as damage due to heat, humidity, and cold; the door is also typically very visible from the street, so it can enhance or detract from your home's curb appeal. This is why you want to keep that garage door in good repair and ensure it looks good, and will also want to replace that door when needed. However, before you decide to call a repair person or start shopping for a new door, note a few common misconceptions about different door materials and repairs they may need.
Heavier doors are louder
If a garage door makes scraping sounds or is otherwise loud when in operation, this is usually the fault of the chains or springs that operate the door. If these get rusty or worn so that they lose tension, they may become noisy as they move. A door might also make noise if the track it runs along gets rusty or bent.
While a heavier door may put added stress on those chains and spring, a high-quality brand of garage door will have thick, heavy-duty pieces that are meant to support that added weight. Also, if the chains and springs are rusted, even a lightweight door will make noise when in operation. Don't let the fear of noise keep you from buying a thick door, but simply be prepared to check these components for needed maintenance over the years.
Steel is best for security
Steel doors may be difficult to cut through or pry open, but PVC and vinyl doors are virtually impenetrable. These materials are thick and dense, so it's almost impossible for a potential thief to bend them with a pry bar or cut through them with a handsaw. If you need maximum security for your garage, don't assume that steel is your only option.
All metal doors rust
Aluminium is naturally resistant to rust, so it's a good choice in tropical areas, for a home near the coast, or if you're worried about excessive humidity for any reason. Steel does rust, but the steel used for garage doors is typically coated with a layer of zinc, which protects it from the risk of corrosion. Garage doors are also typically powder coated, which is a colouring applied in powder form and attached with an electrical charge, and this coating also provides a layer of protection against rust and corrosion. If you're worried about rust, consider an aluminium door or check the coating and protection added to a steel door you're considering.Share