1. What’s R-value and why is it so important?
The R-value on a garage door tell you how well it insulates. You might think that it isn’t important to insulate your garage, but there are several reasons why it’s necessary. If you happen to spend more time than usual in your garage, like if you have a workshop there, for example, then you’ll definitely be aware of the importance of insulation.
So check the R-value of a garage door before you buy it. The higher the number, the better its insulation properties. For example, if you have a good quality 1-3/8” garage door, the R-value could be as high as 6.5. For a lower-priced door, with a 9/16” thickness, the R-value could be around 4.4.
2. What’s headroom, backroom and side room?
Headroom is the amount of space inside the garage between the top of the garage door and the ceiling. Backroom is the inside length of the garage, from front to back. Side room is the distance between the sides of the garage door and the side walls of the garage.
You need to know these dimensions when you’re installing a garage door because the hardware needs a certain amount of room to operate freely.
3. If I’m replacing my garage door, how do I remove the torsion springs?
Torsion garage door springs are under extreme pressure and, if not handled properly, could release with enough power to kill you! You need specific tools and training. Therefore, it’s highly recommended that you have a professional do this job.
4. How many cycles should the torsion springs be on my overhead garage door?
Torsion spring cycles are figured out mathematically. You take the average number of times your garage door goes up and down every day, multiply by 250 days, and multiply again by 10 years. The reason they use 10 years is because that’s the average life of a garage door.
You have a choice of 4 torsion spring cycles for garage doors: 25,000 cycles, 50,000 cycles, 75,000 cycles or 100,000 cycles. So you just have to know how many times your garage door will be opened and closed every day, and figure it out from there.
5. Can I paint a steel garage door?
You can definitely paint a steel garage door. If you use a good quality latex paint, it’ll last a long time.
6. How can I tell if my garage door is unbalanced?
You should be able to lift your garage door with one hand, no matter what the size. Garage door systems are specifically designed to take the weight off the door. If you can’t lift the door easily, then it’s probably unbalanced, and you need to call a professional garage door installer to fix it.
7. What are the advantages of aluminum garage doors?
Aluminum garage doors are easy on the mechanisms because of their light weight. Therefore, they last longer. However, there isn’t much difference between aluminum and steel garage doors if the door is 12 feet wide or less. And, of course, when the garage door is finally worn out, aluminum is recyclable, which is really good for the environment.
8. How do I find out what high-wind rating I need for my garage door?
You can find out your local standards by contacting the building department of your city or county.
9. Do I need to do anything after my garage door is installed?
After your garage door is installed, that you totally familiarize yourself with the operation and safety guidelines. Your manual will outline the operation and maintenance requirements you’ll need to know to make your garage door last as long as possible. Also, you do need to follow certain guidelines to avoid injuries.