Is 25 gauge steel thicker than 24 gauge?
Why should I choose an insulated door if my garage is uninsulated?
A garage door opening is a very huge hole in your garage.
Insulated doors will help to reduce the amount of outside
temperatures that enters your garage, thus keeping it more
comfortable for you.
important for a number of reasons:
your garage is attached to your home, any air in the garage can
travel through the doorway to your living area.
2. If you
use your garage as a workshop, your comfort will be a top
your garage is below another room in your home, air can travel
through the ceiling of the garage into the floor of the room
An insulated door will
keep temperatures in the garage fairly stable to reduce the
temperature fluctuation in the room.
insulated door is generally quieter and has a more attractive
interior than an un-insulated door.
What are the benefits of a steel door or a wood door?
doors are low maintenance. Typically a wood door needs to be
painted as frequently as the wood trim on your home due to
doors have longer warranties than wood doors and can be
insulated, making them far more energy efficient than wood.
What is required for installing an electric operator?
Can I paint the door once it's installed?
My garage has very little space (headroom) above the door,
What is the minimum headroom required to operate a sectional
headroom applications require 12" to 18" of space between the
bottom of the opening header and the unobstructed ceiling.
However, Pro-Tech Doors Specializes
in custom-built applications. A variety of special track
options are available and make it possible for many unusual
garages to be fitted with doors. For example
by using low-headroom track, it is possible to install a door in
an area that has as little as 6 ½" of headroom.
I've been comparing R-values of various doors and am surprised
at the variance among them. Can you explain this?
Many manufactures use R-Values to
show the energy efficiency of their product. This number is
arrived at through a calculation that looks at the thickness of
the insulation and its chemical properties. Therefore, most of
the R-Value numbers you see reflect only the R-Value of the
section not of the installed door. A door’s insulating
capabilities can be greatly affected by the door’s construction.
Do I need to lock my garage door?
If an electric opener has been
installed on your door, it may not be necessary to have a lock.
Newer electric openers function as the lock, making it
improbable that an intruder would be able to lift your door from the outside.
If you have an older opener, check to see if your door can be
lifted from the outside.
What type of spring is better… extension or torsion?
There are two
types of springs used on garage doors today…extension and
torsion. Most people are more familiar with extension springs.
These are the springs that are attached on either side of the
door and Stretch along the horizontal part of the track when the
door is closed. Torsion springs are typically located just
above the top section of the door and are mounted to the
header. They are wound springs and do not expand or contract when the door
is moved. A torsion spring is a superior spring, primarily
because it offers more safety to the homeowner and better
balances the door to provide smoother operation. Single car
doors are equipped with extension springs as part of the
standard hardware, but torsion springs are available by
request. All double car doors are equipped with torsion
What type of care and maintenance is necessary for my steel door and
We recommend that you wash your
steel door a minimum of one time per year with: One cup of Tide
dissolved into five gallons of warm water or one cup of
household ammonia dissolved into five gallons of water (room
temperature). The garage door may be washed with either
solution and use of a well soaked cloth, sponge, brush (with
very soft bristles) or low pressure spray washer are
recommended. Once door is washed, thoroughly rinse with clean
water to eliminate the possibility of residue. In
addition, lubrication is recommended on a yearly basis for the
following hardware: pulleys, rollers, hinges and springs. CARE
SHOULD BE TAKEN WHEN LUBRICATING SPRINGS AS THEY ARE UNDER HIGH
TENSION. WHEN APPLYING LUBRICANT AVOID ANY CONTACT WITH THE
SPRING. Visually inspect springs and cable for wear and binding
once each year and contact Pro-Tech Doors if damage is