Garage Door Basics Every Homeowner Needs to Know

Garage Door Basics

Most homeowners will replace their residential garage doors one to two times while living in their current homes. If you have never replaced a garage door before, it is essential to know garage door basics to make shopping for your new door easier.

Not to mention, garage door basics can help you decide when it is better to repair and when it is better to replace your garage door.

Garage Door Features

All garage doors will have different features you need to know. Some of the more common ones include:
  • Garage doors are made from different materials, such as wood, vinyl, and galvanized steel.
  • Garage doors can be insulated or uninsulated.
  • Garage doors can open overhead or outwards.
  • Garage doors are available with or without windows.
  • Garage doors are available in different colors.
  • Garage doors can have simple or more intricate designs.
  • Insulated garage doors are better suited for cold and hot climates.
  • The higher the insulation R-value on the garage door, the better it insulates.
  • Garage doors in several different types, such as carriage house doors and traditional overhead sectional doors.

Garage Door Hardware

There are several components and parts that are part of the garage door, such as:
  • Garage Door Opener: The opener is the hardware needed to make the garage door open and close automatically.
  • Door Tracks – The door tracks help keep the door in place as it opens or closes.
  • Door Hinges – Sectional doors will have hinges in between each section to help keep them aligned correctly. Ideally, you want a
  • double-hinged door if you are getting a sectional door.
  • Door Rollers – Garage doors have small wheels on the sides that move in the door tracks when the door is opened or closed.
  • Door Springs – Depending on the type of garage door, it could have one or two huge springs. The springs work as a counterweight to
  • make the door seem lighter when opening and closing it. For heavier garage doors, secondary door springs are common.
  • Door Cables – The door cables are attached to the door springs and serve as another part of the counterweight system.
  • Weather-Stripping – Weather-stripping is a must-have on garage doors. It helps keep the door sealed to block out the elements and
  • prevent air leaks to keep hot and cold air out of the garage.

Steel Garage Door Gauges

All steel garage doors have a gauge rating. The gauge rating determines the thickness of the steel. Many people get confused about the gauge rating because they assume a larger rating is better.

However, with steel gauges, as the number increases, the thinner the steel becomes. So, a 12- gauge rating is going to be thicker than a 16-gauge rating.

We hope these garage door basics help you when it is time to get a new garage door. To find the perfect garage door for your home contact a local dealer today through Raynor’s U.S. and Canadian dealer locator!

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