Alita. Garage Doors. October 11th , 2017.
As a door expert witness, I am called upon many times a year to evaluate garage door injuries. Garage doors come in many shapes and sizes. Their functions range from basic security of an area to cosmetic concealment. Most doors can be broken down into a few basic styles or categories. Typical modern garage doors for residential applications tend to be predominantly of the overhead sectional variety. That style of door comes in many configurations, materials, levels of insulation, and a wide range of appearance possibilities.
This story was published in the "Far North Dallas Advocate" magazine in the March 2011 issue. It had a happy ending, but how easily it could have turned tragic. What if the wife had not awakened during the night? What if the husband did not have a rifle? What if the robber struggled with the husband and took his rifle away? A simple robbery could have easily turned into a homicide. Now ask yourself this: "What if that had been your home and your family that were threatened?"
If you are going to heat or cool your garage or will include a workshop in your garage then you should consider one of Missions energy efficient doors. Foam is sandwiched between two steel plates on each panel providing an R-Value of 14.5. These panels are designed with shiplap joints to keep the outside weather outside. A heated or cooled garage will add value to your home by providing additional year around comfort. Metal garage doors are also provide a relatively low maintenance option. Strong galvanized panels will resist wind loads and sagging. Losing your garage door during any type of storm places the entire home at risk for losing its roof. A strong door is important in providing protection to your family and your homes contents.
In the past, the biggest concern with operating an overhead garage door was the potential risks associated with the springs used for balancing the door weight. Pre mid 1960s garage door installations typically relied upon a pair of stretched (tensioned) springs to assist the operation of the garage door pivoting hinges. These springs became loaded (tensioned) as the door was moved into the closed position. Unloading (releasing) of the stored spring energy occurred as the door was opened to the horizontal overhead position. One of the most dangerous aspects of these spring systems was that after a period of time, often without any maintenance or inspection, the points of attachment of these springs would rust or become weak.
You can select form a wide range of doors, so be sure to choose one based on sturdiness requirements. Depending on your sturdiness needs, you can select from a wide range or doors. The door you choose will provide the insulation to keep your garage cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. The door also secures the garage from intruders, and from strong wind and other extreme weather conditions. There is also an additional safety advantage of an automatic roller garage over a manual garage door. Most are equipped with an infrared sensor that detects any type of movement when the garage is closing. When the obstruction is identified, the garage stops moving downward and reverses up. This feature is great if you have young children or pets.
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