Knowing the Strength of Your Garage Door

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Knowing the Strength of Your Garage Door

We are willing to bet that you don’t just sit around thinking about your garage door. Or how much your garage door does for you, that is until there is something that needs to be repaired, right? It operates every day multiple times a day to make sure you can get in and out of your garage or home, but do you ever consider the strength it needs to do that or how strong your door is?

The Facts

Let’s first take a look at what exactly your garage door can do.

  • A garage door, on average, goes through 25,000 cycles (Open/Close) throughout its lifetime. That would be similar to climbing Mount Everest, which is 29,000 feet, five times over.
  • All year round, no matter the weather conditions, your door gets enough energy in the form of the sun’s ultraviolet rays to cook your Thanksgiving turkey. If you add that energy up over the garage door’s lifetime, it would equal the same amount of energy as 55 barrels of gas.
  • During heavy rain or winter storms with strong winds, it can withstand an amount of force equivalent to the weight of a car.

In general, your garage door can take a lot. That is why it is important to understand the strength of your garage door and the materials and options that can make it stronger and, in the end, more durable.

Therefore, when it comes time to replace your garage door, think of what you need it to accomplish. For some, that means a durable garage door that can hold up against some dings and dents that occur from basketball games, bike accidents or a little bump from your car if you put it in reverse while the door is still down.

Your Options

Now consider the different types of materials available. A few common materials are wood, steel, fiberglass and aluminum.

A wood door is warm, beautiful and customizable for improved architecture of your home. The durability and strength, however, will depend on how much work you put into it to keep it in the best shape it can be.  Typically, a wood door is not a low-maintenance door. This means that every few years, sanding and repainting or staining will need to be done, and if you get behind on maintenance, the door can be susceptible to warping and rot. If you are willing to put in the time for this beautiful door, it does hold up really well against dents and scratches.

A steel door is one of the most common materials for a garage door and is often considered the strongest due to the heavier materials. There is far less maintenance than wood, but a steel door is very prone to scratching and denting. However, with a good outer finish, the scratches and dents are far less visible cosmetically. Addtionally, an insulated steel door, especially one with steel on the inside and has foamed-in-place insulation, will be the strongest steel door. It also helps minimize dings and dents.

An aluminum door shares many of the same characteristics of a steel door, but being a light weight, while still retaining its strength is what sets the aluminum apart from steel. Additionally, with newer technology and models always appearing on the market, these doors can be less likely to get dents and scratches. Just remember that if you do go with a model that is too lightweight, you still have that risk of dents and scratches.

Lastly, you have a fiberglass door option. The beauty of the fiberglass option is that you have more flexibility when used as a material for a garage door. It mimics the finishes of other materials, like wood, without the maintenance of a wood door. However, because the fiberglass is exposed to sunlight over a long period, it can become dull or yellow, and in cold temperatures, it may become brittle and even break.

A garage door is way stronger than many would think, simply because of its lifespan, its exposure to the elements and how often it is used. When it is time to purchase a new door, give us a call or stop into our showroom and we can help you decide which door is best for you.


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