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All About Garage Doors

Author: Amitava Sarkar
by Amitava Sarkar
Posted: Mar 09, 2015

Garage doors take a beating, don’t they? From the daily grind of getting yanked and pulled and slammed and slammed into and abused in other less than savory ways, we simply expect them to keep going and work without a hitch, even when you put a trailer hitch through it. They are the front door to a great many man caves, especially if you are a NASCAR fan and in the back of your mind you still dream of trading paint with Dale Jr, no matter what you do now. Like it or not they are a key component to your home. The first door many people see first when they are looking at a house that they want to buy is not the front door but the garage door. A house exudes personality like it or not and a key part of that personality is your garage door. That garage door is clearly more than just a place to hide your man crush on Kevin Harvick and all things Chevrolet. So let’s talk about that

garage door.


Are you living in a harsh climate with really cold winters or brutally hot summers? You might just want to go with a Thermacore insulated door. These guys do a great deal more than garage doors, they also provide thermal solutions for the F-35 lightning, so they must know what they’re doing. And I don’t know about you, but if it’s good enough for the jets protecting our skies, it’s probably good enough for protect my Kevin Harvick themed man cave. Plus they can even do oak stain finishes. But hey, maybe that just isn’t you. Maybe the Thermacore garage doors clash with your Kevin Harvick themed man cave (note I said your.) Maybe it’s just too expensive or maybe your wife (or husband) doesn’t like it. Fair enough.


Maybe wood is your thing. Detailing on wood can make a garage door look more beautiful, make your whole house look more elegant. With wood you can stain as you like or paint if you wish, rather than having to live with paneling and not be able to change colors like you would have to with vinyl or fiberglass. I do prefer wood myself. Call me old fashioned but I prefer wood. Not just because I like the look but because…well. I’ve always had wooden doors since I was a kid. My pop had wooden doors on his and they worked great and looked great and we never had problems with them. Not until I backed into it when I was 17, but that is another story entirely.


By the way, if you are getting a new garage door, do yourself a favor. Get a garage door opener. Whether it’s a screw drive, a belt or a chain drive, you will thank me. Then, later when you are pulling into your driveway and it’s 10 below zero, and or 115 degrees and the last thing you want to do is get out of your car. No one wants to freeze in the winter or bake in the summer. So don’t do it. Just reach for that remote and hit that button and you can stay in your car, the one with the number four Kevin Harvick Sprint car inspired paint job and not have to worry about freezing during the winter or burning to a crisp in the summer. And just to say it, I prefer the belt drives, they’re the quietest ones out there, and that’s kind of a thing for me. I prefer my 1969 Chevelle SS 396 hardtop coupe to make the noise in my garage, but that’s just me!

About the Author: Thomas M. Bird is a contributing author and recently retired interior designer, with a specialty in green construction, remodeling and family friendly design on a budget. He often recommends clients looking find a garage door specialist check out as Overhead Door they have the best selection, prices and experience. He trusts their tradition of outstanding service, quality, value and customer care.

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Author: Amitava Sarkar

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