Why Opt for a Roller Garage Door for Your Home?

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Why Opt for a Roller Garage Door for Your Home?

19 September 2017
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Many residential homes have swing-out garage doors installed, as these are easy to manufacture and very affordable. While these doors may be functional and practical, there are some very good reasons to consider a roller garage door, meaning one that actually rolls or curls up into an overhead  housing unit that is placed just above the garage doorframe. While you may associate these types of doors with industrial buildings or commercial garages, note some reasons why you might want to have such a door installed at your own home's garage.

Ease of opening

A swing-out door is very difficult to open manually, as you need to lift out and then push up the entire weight of the door, all the way onto the track mounted on the garage ceiling. A sectional door may be a bit easier, as each sections folds onto that track, reducing the weight of the door as it opens. However, you still need to push and lift the weight of all the remaining sections as you open a sectional door.

A roller door is much easier to open manually, as it begins to roll up as soon as you begin to lift it. You also don't need to push a roller door around the curve of the garage ceiling and all the way into the opposite end of the garage. This means far less physical exertion is needed to manually open a roller door.

Automation

If you plan on having an automatic garage door opener installed, note that a heavier door that is more difficult to open will put more wear and tear on the springs or chains that actually open the door itself. A heavy swing-out door or sectional door may wear out those pieces much sooner than a roller door, so that you need to have the garage door opener replaced or repaired more often over time.

Insulation

Because a roller door needs a track along the garage door frame, it will provide a tight seal around the frame, unlike a swing-out door that is installed without this track. Roller doors will also have a rubber seal at the bottom, to keep them from slamming onto the ground when opened. This rubber seal also helps to close that gap between the garage door and the ground. This can mean better insulation inside the garage against heat, cold, rain, and snow; in turn, a roller door can provide better protection for your car, lawnmower, and tools against rust and corrosion.