Glass Garage Doors
More and more home owner are considering glass for their garage doors. Most all garage doors will require replacement at some point and time, especially if the family spends several decades in the home. Many home owners replace their garage doors to simply give their homes a fresh, new look. There is a wide range of options to consider when garage door shopping in today’s market.
Glass for garage doors has many advantages and, of course, it has a few disadvantages. A garage door specialist is best qualified to provide your family with these as well as all of your exciting options. Remember that a new garage door is an extremely important home investment which should be carefully weighed before making any commitment.
Glass Door Advantages
As mentioned, glass for garage doors offers several benefits. For example, glass lends a sophisticated appeal to the entire home. This increases the value of the home and the property for resale. It can also be beneficial, if there are strict zoning regulations for curb appeal. Consider some of these other benefits.
- Home owners have the choice to coordinate the windows in their new garage door with their home’s windows offering it a bit of personalization and customization.
- Smaller glass windows along the upper portion of the garage door can allow natural light to enter the garage. This is especially beneficial, if the garage doubles as a home office, rec room, or workshop. Natura light will immediately banish the dark and gloom that often plagues garages.
- Glass offers many stylish options because of the variety of sizes and shapes. It is also possible to find stained or tinted options as well, if the family wants to retain the shade in the garage area.
- Professionally installed glass garage doors are made of sturdy and durable materials. They generally only require simple, minimal routine maintenance. Rust is not generally an issue for these types of doors either.
Disadvantages of Glass Garage Doors
All decisions, purchases, and investments have at least a few disadvantages. The goal should be to weigh the pro against he cons in order to decide which suits your family and home best. For example, home owners often find that glass for the garage door, while absolutely gorgeous, is also one of the more expensive options. Opting for glass can increase the cost by anywhere from $200 to over $500.
- Many home owners decide against glass for security and safety reasons. Glass makes it easier for criminals to not only see into the home, but to gain entrance.
- Though insulated glass is available it is not generally air tight like those with no glass.
- The insulated type glass is also more expensive.
- Installation of the glass may take a bit longer than standard garage doors.
- Glass is much more fragile and is susceptible to stray ball or storm ravaged tree limb.
Contact One of Our Pros
The crew at Perfect Solutions is made of caring professionals who are at your disposal. Call one of our highly trained garage door techs today to discuss the installation of your brand new garage door complete with beautiful glass windows. We offer an extremely wide array of comprehensive garage doors services and would be delighted to start your project today.
Two-Spring Systems are better than one
Some of the common questions among homeowners concerns one spring system garage doors vs two springs. The two spring system is better for a number of reasons. When the spring of a single system breaks the door becomes jammed in most cases. This means vehicles are trapped inside the garage until the spring is repaired. For those who lead busy lives this may mean missing an important business meeting or, at the very least, being late for work. There are a few garage door openers on the market which enable owners with broken spring systems to open the door, but most will not.
Reasons to Upgrade
A couple of other reasons it is a good idea to upgrade to a two spring garage door system is cost and longevity. Two springs reduce the pressure as well as wear and tear on the system to less than half of only one. Two springs systems do not wear out as quickly and therefore do not need to be repaired or replaced as often. Spring replacement can become expensive, especially if it is necessary to hire a garage door specialist. It is not just the mechanisms of the garage door that must withstand the abuse of only having one spring to perform all of the work. This is also hard on the opener and it too will need to be replaced sooner. That, of course, is yet another future repair cost.
It is important to understand the dangers involved in making any repairs or adjustments to garage door springs. These components are under intense pressure and one slip could result in expensive property damage, severe bodily injury, or even death. It is always best for those with no prior experience to hire a professional technician. The same should be said for those without the proper tools to perform these types of adjustments and repairs.
Both springs should be replaced even if only one of them breaks for safety reasons. Most professional garage door companies will only guarantee springs for one year; two at the most. Be sure to check, or ask the specialist to inspect, all of the other garage door components to be sure that they are in good shape. All parts must be in peak condition and functioning at optimal levels for the safety of the entire family. For example, it may be a good idea to go ahead and replace the safety cables, if they have become frayed or worn. Any tracks which are rusted, torn, or bent should be replaced as well.
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A Quick Guide to Garage Door Cleaning
Imagine taking a friend of yours to your garage to see some of your collection and a dirty garage door greets both of you. What an embarrassment! Of course you would try to explain it away sheepishly, but your friend knows that you have just been too lazy to clean your garage door. Yes, your garage door needs cleaning too especially because it is exposed to dust and other pollutants. A dirty garage door is an unhealthy garage door and soon, you may have to spend money to repair it.
Garage door cleaning is an essential part of maintenance and won’t take so much of your time. Here are the steps to quick and effective garage door cleaning:
Step 1: Get your tools
Prepare your tools for the job—bucket, mild detergent/dishwashing soap, hose and some rag or scrub brush. If you are using a scrub brush, you have to make sure that it is not very hard or it will scratch the finish of your garage door. You can use any mild detergent that you have at home, never use a strong detergent or your garage door will look awful in the end.
- Mild detergent or dishwashing soap
- Rag or scrub brush
Step 2: Wash and clean
- Fill the bucket with water and dissolve some mild detergent or dishwashing soap, not too much though or it will ruin the finish. You have to ensure that all the detergent is thoroughly dissolved in water. You have to check the bottom for soap powder that has not dissolved yet.
- After preparing your soap solution, attach the hose to the faucet and let the water flow. Wet the garage door using your hose. Make sure every part of the garage door is really wet so that you can proceed to the next stage without any problems.
- After wetting your garage door with water, get the rag or scrub brush and wet it with the soap solution you have just made, and scrub every part of your garage door. Don’t scrub it too hard though. Just be gentle but firm. To make sure that every part of the garage door is scrubbed, start from the upper left and scrub down to the bottom. After completing one part, move the next area. Make sure it’s organized.
- After scrubbing, rinse the garage door using the hose.
- Let the garage door dry naturally.
Step 3: Inspect your garage door
- Check for peeling paint or warped paint. If you have a metal garage door, areas where paint peeled off are susceptible to rusting.
- Dust the tracks of the garage door. Stones or other debris there could affect how the garage door closes and cause many problems.
- Check the mechanisms of the garage doors to see if they have problems.
- You can also apply wax to metal doors to maintain the luster of the metal.
Clean your garage doors and check for problems at least once a month. If you spot areas that need repair work, call your trusted garage door company. Doing so will help you maximize and extend the life of your door.