If your garage door is getting old, impossible to lift or just generally falling apart, you can select a new one that’s easier to maintain and use. Modern advancements in technology means that garage doors now look better and are more convenient to use than they once were. However, if you have children at home, you need a garage door with adequate safety features, not just one that looks good.
Springs Are Important
Garage doors have springs fitted to them, and there are two types of springs – extension and torsion. Extension springs are cheaper but they can snap, and if you happen to be anywhere near them when they do, they can cause serious injury. If your children are playing outside on the front lawn, they’re the ones most likely to be at risk if this happens.
Most dealers prefer to use torsion springs as they are safer and more reliable. If you do end up having extension springs fitted, then it is vital that they are protected by an extension-spring containment kit.
One of the most appealing features garage doors come with is an automatic door opener. Most modern garage doors will have lifetime warranties on their motors and will usually feature photoelectric safety devices, which will stop the garage from closing and reverse the direction if something is breaking the invisible beam of light that runs across the doorway. This is a great safety feature, particularly if you have young children. They will not get caught or trapped inside the garage if you include this feature in your new garage door.
You can also get garage door openers with miniature transmitters that fit on a keychain, and transmitters that operate with a personal code so nobody else can gain access to your property. This will protect your family and home from burglars and intruders.
Steel Garage Doors
Steel garage doors are the strongest and most secure so they will suit safety-conscious consumers. Thanks to new technologies, steel doors can be embossed with wood grain patterns and durable coatings that can almost rival the look of real wood. This is important to think about if aesthetics are important to you as well as function.
Another benefit of a steel door is that it won’t warp, crack or fall apart in bad weather, and they’re unlikely to rust too if they are properly painted. Consider if there is a room above your garage. If there is, then you will want to have your new garage door insulated to inhibit heat loss, as it’s important to keep your family warm during winter.
Wooden Garage Doors
The reason a lot of people want to buy a wood door is because it is a traditional and high quality material. It requires additional maintenance but looks excellent and complements the design of most homes. A wooden door can be installed either as a tilt up door or a roll-up.
The tilt up door can be built directly on the driveway by applying a skin of plywood to a softwood frame and covering it in a siding that matches your house. A roll-up door will be made in panels, which are like smaller versions of the door described above. Alternatively, you can have solid wood panel inserts, and these need to be stained rather than painted.
Wood which is hypoallergenic is the best choice for families. High quality wooden doors should also be sourced from a trusted supplier, to avoid rough edges that could catch or splinter when you or your children touch them.
There are a lot of decisions to make when buying new garage doors. By calling on an expert for advice where needed, you will be able to get a garage door that has the right balance between technology, safety, and style for your family.
Coastal Contract Hardware is an experienced trustworthy locksmith, including installation and maintenance of garage doors and garage door openers. We service areas in North and South Carolina such as Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Garden City, North Myrtle Beach, Little River, Conway, Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island, and Horry County, SC and other surrounding areas.