Top Six Questions about Garage Doors

Many garages these days take on more roles than just storage for a car. Some are used as workshops, while others may act as another room. However you use your garage, your garage door is important. Without it, your belongings or your vehicle would be open to anyone and everyone. So, there are some things you need to know about them and our top six garage door questions will help to reveal those things.

  1. What’s R-value and why is it so important?

The R-value on a garage door tells you how well it insulates. If you happen to spend more time than usual in your garage for example, if you have a workshop or hang out space, then you’ll certainly be aware of the importance of insulation. There are several reasons why insulation may be necessary.

If your garage isn’t attached to your house, you can get a garage door with a low R-value, or even no insulation at all. Times when you may want to consider a higher R-value is if your garage door is connected to the rest of your house and more specifically if you have a room above it.

Check the R-value of a garage door before you buy it. The higher the number, the better its insulation. For example, if you have a 1-3/8” garage door, the R-value could be as high as 6.5. For a lower-priced door, with a 9/16” thickness, the R-value could be around 4.4.

  1. How many cycles should the torsion springs be on my overhead garage door?

Torsion spring cycles can be figured out mathematically. You take the average number of times your garage door goes up and down every day, multiply by 250 days, and then multiply again by 10 years. Ten years is used as a constant due to the estimated average life of a garage door.

Once you have a configured your usage there are four spring options to choose from based on the cycles: 25,000 cycles, 50,000 cycles, 75,000 cycles or 100,000 cycles.

  1. How can I tell if my garage door is unbalanced?

We typically tell people that you should be able to lift your garage door with one hand, no matter what the size. Garage door systems are specifically designed to take the weight off the door. If you can’t lift the door easily, then it’s probably unbalanced, give us a call today and let us do the dirty work for you. 512-693-4848

  1. What are the advantages of aluminum garage doors?

Aluminum garage doors are easy on the moving parts in the system because of their light weight. Therefore, these doors are great for a longer lasting system. Aluminum is also recyclable, which is really good for the environment.

  1. Can I paint a steel garage door?

You can absolutely paint a steel garage door. You will want to be sure to use a good quality latex paint as opposed to an oil-base paint to ensure bubbling and peeling won’t occur.

You can also paint other garage doors. Wood garage doors for instance, look great when painted or stained. Fiberglass garage doors as well. The great thing about painting a garage door is that it allows you the flexibility to match the panels to the rest of your house.

  1. What’s the best kind of garage door opener to buy?

There are many garage door openers on the market today. Some of the more popular ones are LiftMaster and Marantec garage door openers. Which opener is best for you depends on personal preference. But some ideas that may help you in the decision making process would be to consider what the garage space is used for. For example, is there a room above the area and do you use your system often? Call us today to get set up with a new motor today. 512-693-4848

In Conclusion

We understand that there are many things to think about when it comes to your garage doors. We are equipped with knowledgeable staff to help you at every stage of your process and stocked with everyday inventory to ensure your work is completed in a timely manner.