Garage doors see great variety depending on the structure, design, and location of homes. The wide range of choices allows homeowners to coordinate their garage doors to the home, its other entry points, and the garage itself. By installing a garage door that fulfils all relevant functions, homes can make their largest door also their most useful.
With three layering configurations, homeowners can fine-tune their garage door’s insulation capability. Single-layer garage doors consist of the chosen material, and nothing else. This type is suitable for warmer areas, since a garage would only require privacy and security. Keeping heat in is not a concern, and there is no reason to spend money on attempting to do so. Double layer and triple layer are the ones with polyurethane or polystyrene insulation, with the latter sandwiched between the garage door materials.
For homeowners eyeing double- or triple-layer garage doors, it is important to note that there is a distinction between polyurethane and polystyrene insulation. Unlike polyurethane, polystyrene is less rigid once hardened, and cannot ensure complete coverage. Polystyrene is the same material found in coffee cups — the bane of environmentalists while polyurethane serves as the spray-on alternative with better insulation and sustainability. Since manufacturers inject expanding polyurethane into door panels, coverage is more consistent.
In addition to the three layering configurations, there are also three types of garage door openers. The chain drive, which uses a chain and trolley system, is the least expensive yet loudest option. Belt-drive garage openers are quieter, since they use fiberglass, polyurethane, or steel-reinforced rubber. But, they come at a higher cost.
Jackshaft garage openers are the least noisy of the bunch, with their mechanisms mounted along the wall and beside the garage door itself, saving overhead space. Of course, all garage door-opening mechanisms require regular garage door maintenance and repair for homeowners to avoid outright replacement.
Installing a garage door requires far more than desired colours and dimensions. Taking full advantage of the garage door’s full capabilities requires knowledge of what is inside them, or in some cases, what is not.