Unlike in the past there are a variety of options available in terms of materials and designs when it comes to garage doors. It is very important to choose wisely when selecting your door as the right material and design will contribute significantly to the over-all appearance of your home, the lifespan of the product and ultimately to the value of your investment.
If price is your only consideration when deciding on your new garage door you are in dangerous territory. Here are some facts to consider.
As the garage door is usually the largest moving object in the home, it has the potential to be hazardous or even life threatening if inferior materials are used and if the door is not mechanically maintained regularly. This is why it is important to consider the quality of the materials used and the maintenance requirements before you make a decision.
Typically there are three main elements to a garage door.
First is the door itself. Secondly and most important is the hardware for e.g. tracks, pulleys cables springs and hinges etc. The hardware is the operating system which includes all the parts that holds the door together and facilitates the opening and closing motion of the door.
For the door to operate safely and smoothly the hardware must be of a high standard. Beware of unscrupulous suppliers who will install inferior quality (usually imported) hardware which can cause a door to fail and even fall out causing damage to your vehicle or even physical harm to a person not to mention the security risk of not being able to secure your home at night.
The third element is the door operator. As with hardware it is important to choose a reliable, preferably locally manufactured, motor to insure after sales service and availability of spare parts to avoid having to replace the entire operator due to the unavailability of spare parts. Make sure it adheres to all the necessary safety standards as the downward force of a garage door can be life threatening if a person is trapped under a door with an inferior safety function.
Meranti wood is the most popular wood used because it is the most affordable and suitable for our weather conditions. Bear in mind though that the quality of meranti wood may vary considerably. Good quality meranti is heavier and denser than seligna or pine which makes it more stable and less susceptible to warping and cracking.
Make sure that your door was manufactured in a reputable factory which will be more likely to employ proper carpentry principles with less likelihood of nasty surprises like separation of joints etc.
The advantage of wood is that nothing will beat the warmth and the natural appearance of a high quality wooden garage door. It is also available in a wider variety of designs and can be personalised with carved designs and ornaments.
From a maintenance point of view it is important to oil the door regularly with a good quality exterior oil and to service your door regularly. The intervals will depend on sun and moisture exposure and how often the door is used.
Although a wooden door requires regular maintenance it is relatively easy and involves little effort. Just adding a coat of oil once every 3 to 6 months and having it serviced once a year is a small price to pay for preserving the beauty of a natural product that will last for as long as you care for it.
The advantage of aluzinc is its affordability, light weight, low maintenance and the modern minimalist appearance it offers.
Beware of cheap imports though. You may have a problem with finding replacement parts if the importer stopped importing your specific product and cheaper versions may not last as long as you would expect. A high quality aluzinc door will have a more luxurious finish and will stand the test of time for much longer, especially in coastal areas where the elements are more challenging.
An original aluzinc door will need very little maintenance. The high resistance to the elements of the aluzinc protection will ensure UV protection and resistance to rust etc. All you have to do is to give it a wash from time to time. In coastal areas, especially with properties facing the sea, more regular rinsing of salt deposits will be necessary. Mechanically we recommend a service at least once a year if the door is used regularly.
Aluminium garage doors has all the advantages of aluzinc with added advantages. They are made from extruded sections which are thicker and sturdier than aluzinc. The sections are anodised or can be epoxy coated to almost any colour and in general it is a much higher quality product. Bear in mind that although reasonably affordable aluminium will be quite a bit more expensive than aluzinc.
Maintaining your aluminium door will be more or less the same as with the aluzinc door.
These doors are generally used in the single door option as a budget garage door for domestic use, in complex developments and in storage units. It has the same advantages of aluzinc although not as sturdy and is only available in one design. Chromadek Rol-up doors are also used in situations where continuous headroom space is not possible or where overhead fixing is not viable. It can also be very effective as a double option in which case a thicker material is used. This door is sturdier and is known as a light industrial door.
There are various manufacturers of chromadek roll-up doors varying in levels of quality. Make sure that your door is fully automatable, has a strong locking mechanism and that the guide rails are sturdy and galvanised.
Tip-up garage doors are available in wood, aluzinc and fibre glass. This mechanism is effective with low headroom applications but limits your drive-through space as it swings through the opening with the door partially outside in the open position.
We hope that this information has been useful in the process of selecting your garage door. For more information or assistance please call our offices at 012-817 2065.
Just measure your opening and contact us with your requirements. Our steel garage doors are immensely strong, immaculate in appearance and maintenance free. They will keep their superior look for years without the need for painting. Our doors are a perfect fit for your door needs. They are also perfect for your new construction, renovating or remodeling projects. Steel garage doors do not need staining or finishing, thus making it maintenance free. They are also weather tight and secure. Composite garage doors are built to perform reliably while enhancing a home's visual appeal.
The mechanical part of your garage door should however be maintained. The hardware and springs of garage doors are important parts to maintain so your garage door keeps working for years to come. Always leave garage door installation and repairs to a professional. Garage door springs must be adjusted by professionals before you install your opener. Garage door springs do most of the work of lifting your garage door. By keeping up with the maintenance of your garage door on a monthly basis, your door and automatic garage door opener will have a better chance of not breaking down.
Get the right garage door opener for your doors. There are different mechanical systems and different types for different garage door opener applications. If you want the best garage door opener security, you need to get electronic door openers that have encrypted or changeable coding.
Roller doors are also popular with a lot of home owners. Roller shutters are fitted on the rear face of the garage opening, maximising width and removing the need for a timber frame. Not all garages have the room for a roller. Because the roller garage door is fitted behind the brickwork, it has full height steel guides and dual locking bars. It provides a good level of security fencing.
Windows into the garage allow natural light but obscure the view in. If your garage door faces the street, it offers you an opportunity to make a dramatic fashion statement. But more important than fashion is garage door security. When purchasing new garage doors, make sure to contact a professional. Always read your manual, ensure that parts are lubricated and balanced and be safe around your garage. You, or your garage door opener give the springs the start they need to do.