The new generation of garage doors is reasonably priced, safe and easy to install and they are no longer a convenience for only a select few. You should consider changing your garage door if it is too old or if it has an old motor or pulley system. There are a number of styles to choose from when choosing a garage door for you remodeling or new construction project. Your local contractor will answer any questions you may have on the styles available to you.
Type of Drive System for Garage Door
One of the garage door options is selecting the type of drive system they use. Screw-drive systems, chain drive systems, and a computer controlled system are among the options you have. The screw drive system is mounted to your garage ceiling that moves a steel rod with a lifting mechanism that is mounted in your garage door. The chain drive system is made of a chain that moves the door along a pair of tracks. This is the most common and affordable system but also has the disadvantage of being extremely noisy. The computer drive mechanism doesn’t use any screws or chains; the system’s body is mounted above the door.
Garage Door Speed and Type of Power
The speed and the type of power are other factors used in selecting a new garage door. A faster door means a more expensive one. A faster door also reduces the waiting time in your driveway. Even though it opens quickly a garage door usually closes slowly for safety. The power of the motor is important in choosing a door because it has to have enough power to raise the door. The material your garage door is constructed will have a huge determining factor in the door weight. A larger motor is likely to last longer because it will be under less stress during operation. Also consider how quietly your door operates.
Garage Door Security Features
Enhanced security features can be found in a newer generation door that uses random codes. A new random code is generated each time the remote control is used to open the garage door. This security code prevents you from opening another garage and vice versa. The remote control may be found in several models with a different number of buttons. A multiple button remote control is the best choice for someone who has several garages. The fixed controller is mounted on the wall either inside or outside, near the garage door and it allows the garage door to open without a remote controller. The keypad allows to close the door for a specific period of time and it provides enough time to exit the garage without running.
Garage Door Safety Features
Safety features are present on every garage door. These features prevent the door from crushing objects or people by reversing the direction if it hits something. This safety feature is triggered by an electronic beam and it is mandated by law. A computer-controlled mechanism can detect or compensate for varying conditions, for example if the door is coming in contact with an obstruction or is closing too fast.
Be sure to check with your garage door professional to have your door properly installed.