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Garage Doors The Next Generation

When it comes to garage doors, it is not very often that you are buying a new one. But today, there are some amazing doors out on the market. Choosing the correct type, color, insulation, hardware and more can sometimes be tricky.

This article from the “This Old House” had a great article on the next generation garage doors, and I thought that I would share parts of it here so you can see what is out there today.

Click the links to learn more about the different parts of the garage door.

It’s not every day that you’re in the market for a new garage door. So if you think you know what to expect when shopping for a new one or feel that current models are the same as your 15-year-old door, you’re in for a surprise. Today’s doors are stronger, more secure and better insulated, and they require much less maintenance than their predecessors. And you’ve never before had such a range of choice in materials, styles, colors and window treatments.

Selecting a material. Most new garage doors are made of steel backed by rigid-foam insulation. Panels made of 24-ga. steel are the strongest (26- and 28-ga. steel is also used); most are produced with an embossed wood-grain pattern or with a smooth finish. Read more…

Knowing the material that you are going to need can make a big difference in a lot of things. Cost being a big one, so everything depends on what you choose.

There is all different types of finishes, metal, wood grain and much more. Again that decision will be yours to make to go with your home.

When it comes to what the door is made of, there are all types, but having an insulated garage door can be important feature. Can cost a bit more, but will be well worth it.


If you live in a three- or four-season climate and your garage is attached to your home, or if there’s finished space like a guest room over your garage, an insulated door makes sense. Not only does it cut down on cold but it also dampens noise and makes the door skin less vulnerable to denting. A steel-door “sandwich” made of thick-gauge steel outer skin, a core of insulation adhered to this skin and a light-gauge backing material of steel or plastic make a very strong but lightweight door. Learn more…

The thickness of the insulation can vary and that will determine the R-Factor. The higher this factor the better the

door will insulate. The higher you go up with the R-Factor the more the door is going to cost you. If you live in area that has the 4 season’s you will be very glad that you have an insulated garage door.

You also need to seal the bottom and top of the door as well as the sides to make it completely sealed.

Trying to figure out the cost of a door can sometimes be quite difficult. With so many different combinations of color, type, insulated or not and many other variables it can at times be tough to say exactly what a garage door will cost.

But here is some more information that will help you with pricing.

Costs, Safety

Because there are almost limitless ways doors can differ—size, decorative treatments and insulating qualities are just a few of the variables—it’s difficult to make accurate price comparisons between types. Generally, steel doors are the most budget-friendly, with wood and plastic models more expensive. Custom work can cost twice as much. Safety features. On many doors, the joints between door sections now come with shaped edges that push fingers out of the cracks as they close; they’re a must for families with kids. More here…

Steel doors with be the least expensive with wood and plastic be more expensive.

There has been significant advancements in the hinges of a garage door. Making these hinges pinch proof has been a big safety feature. We cant count how many times people have pinched their hands in the hinges.

So having these changes has made a big difference when it comes to safety.

Now that you have choose the door that you want, now it is time to select the hardware and the insulation. There are many things to choose here when it comes to the hardware. Here is where you can learn more about this.

Hardware, Insulation

When you buy a door, you’ll need to select spring and track systems as well. There are two kinds of spring systems. Extension springs are simpler to install. They function in pairs, stretching along either side of the door, parallel to the ceiling. They need about 10 in. of headroom. Torsion springs go over the opening of the door. They work by winding and unwinding in place when the door is raised or lowered. The torsion spring distributes the weight of a door more evenly than do extension springs, making them better suited for extra-heavy or wide doors.  Read more…

Choosing the best type of hardware can make the door run for many years to come. Having better bearings, springs, rollers, tracks and more is a must and dont start to save money when it comes to these things.

This is what is going to make your door go up and down nice and quite, so don’t be cheap here.

Maintenance and Painting Tips

Tom Wadsworth, of Raynor Garage Doors, suggests the following to keep a steel door and hardware in good condition:

  • Two times a year, oil torsion springs with a lightweight motor oil. Apply a pencil-thin line of oil across the top of the springs, stopping 2 in. from each end. Extension springs don’t need oiling.
  • Lubricate the radius sections of the tracks (the curving segments) every six months. Don’t use grease—it attracts dirt that will clog the tracks and rollers.
  • Wash the exterior of the door with soapy water to prevent corrosive substances from seeping into tiny cracks.

When it comes to maintenance you should get someone who know how to tune up your door.  That is where Echo Garage Doors or Albuquerque comes in. They can make that door purr and you won’t even hear it when they are done.  Give them a call when you are in need of service 24 hours a day.

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