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What You Should Know About Garage Door Replacement

It's time to do a garage door replacement. Let's review a some things that might be of interest to you as you venture into this new decision. For the most part, homeowners are likely to replace their doors because the existing old door is becoming an eye sore, a friend or family member backed into it (rookie driver?) or the ever present HOA has revoked your pool pass till it gets replaced.
Let's discus what is involved in this process without getting to complicated! The old door gets removed and the new one goes in its place. There, that was easy.
I have had numerous customers ask me, 'So what gets changed out when you replace garage doors?' Simple answer, 'EVERYTHING'. When a new garage door goes up, the entire system needs to be replaced. That includes the door, track, springs and hardware. The old track system will not always accommodate the new garage door depending on the width of the sections, spring lift system and weight and ceiling height requirements. The spring is gauged for the weight of the garage door and is set depending on the lift requirements. Many older doors have a duel set of springs called extension springs. This lift system pulls the door up from both sides by way of a cable pulley system. Currently, (depending on headroom available) new doors come with torsion springs. Torsion springs are mounted in the center of the opening's header which elevates the garage door from one point of tension which establishes a quiet and smooth lift.
For the do-it-yourselfers, DIYs out there you must use extreme caution. Garage doors require a great deal of precision to install and should be installed by professionals experienced specifically in garage door installation, but if you think you have the necessary skills you must follow the manufacturers' directions explicitly or you risk more than just an unsightly door. I have heard of severe injury caused by people who elect to do the installation on their own. This is the largest moving object on your house and the spring tension can be very dangerous especially if you don't have experience with such projects. If the cables are not set at the same tension prior to winding the springs, the cables can jump off the drums and potentially jackknife the door in the opening.
The most satisfying aspect of the entire process is picking out the new door. This is where you can have fun playing with a host of various styles you think will look great on the house. The garage door is typically 1/3 of your homes facade so it should be addressed accordingly. A new garage door can add beauty, value and functionality to your house if done right. Doors come in all kinds of styles and many custom designs to accommodate any house and any budget.
Go outside and look at your house. Write down aspects of your house you would like to repeat on the new garage door. For example, if you have grids in your existing home's windows; you may want to repeat that style in the new garage door.
Some companies such as Fairfax Garage Door can even show you all the different styles of garage doors on your house using digital imaging to make sure the style and color fits right with your house.
When it comes to choosing the door garage or garage door as most people would say, be sure you are getting a quality product. Doors are available at many different price ranges and materials, but remember that the least expensive door (or company) is not always the best choice. You get what you pay for in terms of the product and the company doing the installation.
Make sure you look at the best value, not just the price. Insulated three layer doors can provide energy saving throughout the years while giving you a well-made, functional addition to your house by changing out the entire system, your new garage door will be installed properly from the start. The old, creaking, wobbling door will be a faint memory, and your quiet new system will run smoothly for years to come, when you make smart decisions when replacing garage doors.

By: Carolyn Thompson

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