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FAQ’s About Residential Garage Doors

Slide door systems are complex and as such, you might probably be looking for uncomplicated solutions for your residential garage door needs. Industry trends, weather differences, style differences and maintenance requirements are some of the main concerns for most homeowners. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about residential garage doors with answers.

How do garage door springs work?

Most residential garage doors use torsion springs. These coiled springs are powerful and wind or unwind depending on whether you are trying to close or open a garage door. Fixing a garage door on your own is not advisable because these springs contain adequate potential energy to move a garage door weighing hundreds of pounds. Thus, trying to replace one on your own could be very risky.

How much will it cost to set up a new garage door?

It is not possible to put a price on a garage door installation without knowing the type of door you want. Different doors cost differently and the size of your garage as well as other factors will determine the price of installing a new garage door.

What should I do if I hit my garage door with my car?

The first thing you should do is to call in a professional to evaluate the damage. If your garage door is composite or steel, damage to your panels may be easy to repair. However, extensive damage or damage to carriage-house or wooden style doors, may require replacement.

How fast can I get my door repaired or installed?

Most companies pride themselves in fast and friendly services. Some offer round the clock emergency services as well as same day services. Usually a standard repair or installation takes only a few hours with little interruption to your daily schedule.

Should I use a professional installer?

Of course, a garage door installation is not something that you should do on your own. This is because a garage door is probably the largest moving object in your home and because of the large number of small parts, its installation is highly mechanical.

Professional installers can usually set up a door in a few hours and will ensure your safety. If you decide to install your garage door on your own, it can take several days and cause great frustration. Additionally, improper installation can help you avoid certain warranties.


What are the benefits of a steel door over a wooden door?

  • Steel doors require less maintenance. Normally, a wooden door requires painting as frequently as the wood trim in your home due to weathering.
  • Steel doors have longer warranties than wooden doors.
  • You can have a steel door insulated to make it more energy efficient than a wooden door.

What type of spring is better torsion or extension?

These are the two types of springs used on garage doors today. A torsion spring is better because it offers you as a homeowner more safety and balances your garage door better to provide smoother operation. Single-car doors are equipped with extension springs as part of the hardware, but torsion springs are available upon request.