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What are the advantages of an overhead garage door?
Overhead garage doors have significant advantages. When made of sturdy materials like steel, these doors can protect your home from intruders. Many overhead doors are customizable, allowing you to make design choices that can improve the look of your home and enhance property values. Also, choosing an overhead garage door that's insulated can reduce your home's monthly energy bill.
Can overhead doors be insulated?
Overhead doors can be insulated using materials such as polystyrene and polyurethane. Insulated overhead doors can save energy, reducing home heating costs in the winter and lowering cooling costs in the summer. Insulated doors are also more durable, and they're less likely to dent. Finally, insulation can have a noise-dampening effect, making them quieter than other doors when opening and closing.
How much does an overhead door cost?
Overhead doors range in cost from $500-$1,300 or more. One variable that impacts a door's cost is size. Overhead doors can be 9- or 18-feet wide; the larger the door, the more expensive it is.. Premium doors with perks like insulation, glass panels, and motorized openers tend to be the most expensive.
What is the most common problem with overhead doors?
The most common problem with overhead doors is failure to open or close. Garage door transmitters need adequate power to function. If the doors stop working, it might be due to dead transmitter batteries. It could also be the photo eye. Automatic overhead doors have a photo eye that detects if an object is blocking the path of the door as it closes. If this photo eye is dirty or misaligned, the door might fail to open or close.
Can automatic door openers be added to manual overhead doors?
Automatic door openers can be added to manual overhead doors, which can help simplify access to a garage. You can choose between automatic door openers that are chain driven or belt driven. Belt-driven door openers are quieter. Installing an automatic door opener can take anywhere from 30 minutes to a couple of hours.
How much does it cost to install an overhead door?
Expect to pay roughly $500 to get an overhead door installed. Overhead doors are heavy and cumbersome to work with, and setting one up in a garage requires a certain amount of electrical work. For these reasons, many people choose to have the installation handled by a trained professional.
Can overhead garage doors be painted?
Overhead garage doors can be painted, and this upgrade can go a long way toward improving the look of your garage. But before painting, it's important to know which materials the door is made of. Overhead doors are constructed from steel, wood, and/or vinyl. Once you know what the door is made of, you'll be able to choose the type of paint that is most compatible with that material.