A Garage Door F.A.Q.
Q: Should I use a professional garage door company to install my garage door?
A garage door is the largest moving object in your home – it can weigh up to 400 pounds. Also, the installation can be very technical. Connecting the springs can be particularly dangerous since the spring store a great amount of energy and can be very dangerous; proper installation is critical to the performance of your door. A professional company, such as Aaron’s Garage Doors here in Nashville, can also dispose of you old door.
Q: Is 25-gauge steel thicker than 24-gauge steel?
No. When comparing strengths of steel, remember, the lower the gauge number, the thicker (and stronger) the steel is.
Q: Why does a garage door fail?
The leading causes of garage door failure are lack of maintenance and being hit by vehicles.
Q: Do I need an insulated garage door?
The winters here in Nashville can be cold. An insulated door will provide greater comfort for you, especially if your garage is multi-purpose. If your garage is insulated you really should consider an insulated door so as not to waste the garage’s construction, and to get tax credits.
Q: How durable is an automated garage door?
A garage door opener springs have a cycle (one open and one close) rating. A ten thousand cycle rating is generally the industry standard minimum. Upgrades are available to about 100,000 cycles. Normally, a spring breaks about every 7 to 12 years with average usage.
Q: What about garage door safety?
The door is not a toy. Monitor children’s behavior. Although newer doors have improved safety features, never race the door. This can result in serious injury or death. Know how to use the emergency release. Always use door handles – beware of getting ‘pinched’.
Q: My garage has very little space (headroom) above the door. What is the minimum headroom required to operate a sectional door?
Standard headroom applications require 12″ to 18″ of space between the bottom of the opening header and the unobstructed ceiling. Customized applications can be found for most applications.