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Consider these when buying a new garage door

Consider these when buying a new garage door

As expert suppliers of custom garage doors in Sydney, we thought we’d share some hints on what to look out for when buying a new garage door.

Meet the installer face to face

Ordering over the phone or internet is risky business. Every garage is a little different, and a knowledgeable consultant will know what to look for and help you make the right decisions.

Wood Doors do come with extra care

Real wood doors look fantastic when they're new. But unless you're willing to devote time and money to maintenance, they won't look good for long. Natural finishes last a few years before they need recoating. And if you wait too long, you'll have to sand off all the finish and start over to get your door looking new again.

Pay a Little More for Better Springs

Springs are what help your garage door go up easily and come down slowly. Most garage doors use torsion springs. You can usually see these coiled torsion springs above the door. Standard torsion springs are rated for about 10,000 cycles. That may sound like a lot, but if you open and close your door six times a day, which is pretty average, you'll reach 10,000 cycles in less than five years. Spending a little extra gets you a higher rating and twice the lifetime out of your springs.

Buy a New Opener at the Same Time

The same person who installs your new door can also install a new garage door opener. Your opener will fail eventually, so if it's showing its age or you just want a quieter opener or one with more features, this is the time to replace it.

Don’t attempt a self-install

Yep, you might save a few bucks, but this is one DIY project that isn’t likely to end well. There’s a huge number of parts, and putting all of them together is very time consuming. Spring winding requires special tools, and is fairly dangerous. If you hire a pro to install the door, the new door will be delivered and the old one hauled away, and the job will be done in a reasonably quick timeframe.

Choose Windows Wisely

You might be surprised how much better a garage door looks with the right windows. And beyond adding style, windows can supply much needed light to the garage interior. Here are a few tips for choosing glass:

- If your garage is heated, upgrade to insulated glass.
- For extra privacy and security, install the glass in the top panel.
- Match the glass style to your house windows if possible.
- If your garage door opening has angled rather than square corners, don't install glass that goes behind them. It might look awkward.

If you’re looking for custom garage doors in Sydney or advice on a garage door that will suit your house our friendly team are ready to have a chat.