A garage is a place in your house that serves the dual purpose of protecting your car and home. A garage door, with a steel torsion spring tension system and a roller track, is used to secure your car inside the garage when you are not using it. Most modern garage doors have a safety sensor on the door itself as well as detectors inside the garage. If the garage door should open, an alarm will sound, signaling to the home owner that someone is trying to enter the garage. This way, the garage becomes a double edged sword for security.
You can buy one of several types of garage doors. Steel doors are relatively inexpensive, but they require regular servicing. Wood doors, although slightly more expensive, are far more durable. The wood usually consists of teak, which makes it very resistant to rot, decay, and insects. They are also known to be easier to clean and maintain.
There are also insulated garage doors. These doors are especially good for those homes with limited amounts of space. Although this type of garage door does not provide as much protection as other types of doors, they can save you money in the long run because they cost less to maintain. Most of these doors use a polystyrene foam insulation that prevents the hot air from escaping and the cold air from coming in. They have a tendency to have a cooler temperature on average than traditional wooden garage doors.
The price range for a garage door can vary greatly. Some of them can cost fifty dollars or more. If you can afford one of these, it is certainly worthwhile. However, if you do not have the money, there are still other options available. For example, you can purchase a wood composite door.
Composite doors come from wood fibers and other materials and are known for their durability and strength. They are also resistant to most wood deterioration, and to many kinds of pests and fungus. You have to take special precautions when choosing composite doors. First, you need to make sure the color you select matches the exterior of your home’s siding.
If you do not want to change the exterior color of your home, you will need to choose a different finish for the garage door. Many people prefer a matte satin finish. In order to achieve this, you will have to paint the wood before you install the garage door. Even if you choose to use a painted finish, you will still have to prepare the surface properly. This means cleaning and painting it so that it will be protected against the elements.
Some of the older residents in your home may have painted the garage door incorrectly. This means that it is peeling, chipping, or otherwise damaged. If you decide to refinish the garage door, you should also consider touching up the metalwork near the top and bottom. If you do not touch up these areas, you will risk further damage to the garage door. You should also make sure that any hardware you add to the garage door is securely in place, and that there are no loose screws or hardware.
If you do not feel comfortable doing the installation yourself, there is no reason to fear. There are numerous do-it-yourself kits available at your local Home Depot. All you have to do is read the instructions, follow the directions carefully, and then snap the door into place. Replacing your old garage door with a new one can bring you a great sense of satisfaction, and a boost to your home’s value.