As cars have grown more important to our lives, they have gained equal prominence in residential floor plans. You’d probably be hard-pressed to find a single-family house built in the last 30 years where the first thing you noticed wasn’t the garage door. In the day-to-day life of today’s home, the garage is so central that many people use it as the primary entrance!
Over the last decade or so, advancements in technology have enabled garage door manufacturers and architects to improve the curb appeal as well as the durability of this entrance—all of which benefits the homeowner who is looking to boost his or home’s value. Sometimes it seems that faux wooden carriage-style doors are now to home exteriors what granite countertops are to kitchens! From high-end to budget-friendly, there are plenty of decidedly attractive options to consider for this prominent facade feature.
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First, decide on the type of garage door construction.
A sectional door is the most common option in the US, which has several horizontal panels hinged together and fitted with rollers.
The entire assembly rides in two parallel tracks. A heavy-duty torsion spring, which is in turn wrapped around a torsion bar, serves to counterbalance the weight of the door. Homeowners are able to lift the door either manually or by switching on a motorized garage door opener. The actual lifting may be chain-, belt-, screw- or…