Do you have a garage door question? Today we are taking a moment to answer a few of the commonly asked garage door questions. Don’t see your question on the list? No problem; contact us today, and we will help you find your answers and solutions.
What Types of Garage Doors are Available?
There are six main types of garage doors available:
– Sectional garage doors
– Slide to side garage doors
– Roll-up garage doors
– Tilt-up garage doors
– Tilt-up retractable garage doors
– Side-hinged garage doors
For more information on the different types, check out this article we wrote about it HERE.
What are the Standard Sizes for Residential Garage Doors?
The standard sizes for door widths include, : 8′, 9′, 10′, 12′, 15′, 16′, 18′, and 20′. Of course, doors can be custom made, and there are some series designed outside of the standard specifics. We recommend checking with your Overhead Door distributor about the availability of specific sizes or custom width doors.
What Size Garage Door Motor Do I Need?
When speaking about garage door motors, they are referenced according to their measure of power. There are two types of electrical currents that motors can use, AC (alternating current) or DC (direct current), which determine their power type. AC motors use “HP” (horsepower), and DC motors use “N” (Newton force). For residential garage doors, you will likely need only 1/3 HP to 1/2 HP, or 500 N. Commerical garage doors may need more power. If you are unsure what level of power you need for your garage door, please contact a specialist.
How Long Do Garage Door Springs Last?
Typically, garage door springs’ lifespan is around 10,000 cycles, with a cycle being one open and one close of the door. To get the most out of your garage door springs, they should be properly maintained. You can read more about garage door spring maintenance HERE.
Can I Use My Garage Door During a Power Outage?
Unless you have a battery backup system for your garage door, you will not be able to open the door using the remote. However, almost all garage doors come with the ability to open them manually. Please check your user manual on how to manually open your garage door before trying it.
Should I Use a Professional Garage Door Installer?
Yes! Garage doors can be incredibly dangerous to install due to weight, tension, and moving parts. A mistake could cause severe bodily harm or death. A professional garage door installer is highly trained and will install your door safely and efficiently.
The same concept applies to garage door repairs. Most repairs involve specialized knowledge that the average individual is unaware of. Unlike other home DIY repairs, garage door repairs should always be tended to by a specialist to ensure the safety of yourself, your family, and your garage door.