Sidonie Aiglentina Garage Door December 04, 2017 08:51:57
In the past little attention was given to the aesthetic appeal of the garage. It was there merely to keep the family car safe from harsh elements outside. A simple attachment to the house that looked like a box was enough to be called a garage. However homeowners have come to realize that keeping the costs low when constructing a garage can greatly affect the overall visual appeal of the house. Besides a big garage that serves multiple purposes can put the extra space on the property to good use.
Garage doors can be operated manually (by hand) as well as automatically (by power assisted motor). In both cases the proper operation of the garage door is determined by the proper balancing of the garage door weight springs and related component hardware. An automatic power assisted motor cannot overcome an improperly balanced garage door. The weight of all garage doors is normally deceptive. Due to the fact that a properly functioning door appears easy to open and close many users do not realize the combined overall weight until springs fail to assist the door in its operation. In all cases regardless of the type of garage door the entire system of hinges track hardware and door opener work as a team. Problems with misalignment shifting or jamming can lead to problematic operation of a door. Counter forces imparted to a garage door not engineered into the components can lead to injury. Inappropriate maintenance or complete lack of maintenance has lead to severe bodily injuries. Forcing the operation of a garage door when one or more components have become damaged or broken has lead to serious bodily injuries. In all cases maintenance is a crucial and important aspect of proper operation of all door systems.
The unique climate of the region brings stress to houses in Dallas-Fort Worth and all of the cities around. Dallas homeowners are not strangers to fence and roof problems due to weather as well as landscaping anxiety and lost windows due to hail. They also know that their garage doors undergo a lot of pressure. Their doors must be lasting enough to withstand possible hail damage on the surface of the garage door and the overhead door fixtures and hardware warping due to extreme wind gusts and UV exposure and parts malfunction from the high temperature fluctuations. If Dallas was voted as the city with the most weather hazards then Dallas residents need the garage door with the most quality. This means that residents need to use special care when choosing which overhead door to acquire and which garage door company will be granted the installation job. If they don t order an overhead door that will endure the meteorological punishment of North Texas they will soon regret it. Likewise if they buy an overhead door of the highest quality but use a new company that is unqualified and inexperienced to install the door they may find their high quality door blown off broken or split during the next wind storm. Improperly installed garage doors that come loose off the track during wind storms have been known to crash down on automobiles or fly into neighbor s yards and cause property damage.
Some manufacturers tout the insulation value of garage doors. Most people question this concern since the garage in most homes is neither heated nor cooled. If insulation is a concern to you lightweight polystyrene foam insulation can be added to most doors. Insulated doors will help to reduce the amount of outside temperatures that enters your garage thus keeping it more comfortable for you. An insulated door is generally quieter and has a more attractive interior than an uninsulated door.
In response to the inherently dangerous old style garage spring issues as above a newer and safer system for opening the overhead garage door was created. The idea was to transfer the load or weight of the door via a cable and pulley system to a vertical rod now equipped with a torsion (twisted) spring. This type of spring is installed with specialty hardware and bolts to a fixed plate at one end while the entire spring is installed around a horizontal pipe. This load balancing device is normally installed directly over the header of the garage opening. Using appropriate cables connectors and pulleys the weight of the garage door is transferred into the torsion spring system. The difference between the old style stretched spring and the newer torsion spring is the way that the spring energy is stored. With the old style stretched spring the energy is stored and released by pulling on the spring or returning the spring to its un-stretched condition. With a torsion type of spring the energy is imparted or removed by rotating the spring clockwise or counter clockwise depending upon the direction of usage. With professional installation the complete loading of the torsion spring is controlled by the garage installer and is determined by the weight and size of the garage door that it is operating. When this type of torsion spring fails it remains attached and intact to the location on the horizontal control rod where it was mounted. I have not heard of or seen any torsion spring fly across a garage creating injury from failed components as with the stretched older style garage door springs. This is not to say that injuries have not occurred with the torsion style spring. The installation of this type of spring is generally safe when left to a trained garage door installation professional. Severe and serious injuries have occurred when untrained unqualified individuals have attempted to install or service this type of spring. In most installations a warning tag is left attached adjacent to the torsion spring when the garage door is installed. This tag warns of the danger associated with the stored energy of this spring and alerts untrained individuals to not attempt any repair adjustment or to even touch the spring and associated hardware. When the label that should be attached to this spring becomes damaged is removed or tampered with it is important that a new warning label be reattached immediately to show the dangers of this spring tension
In 1912 an architect created "a new type of outbuilding". The garage which comes from the French word garer- to shelter or protect was invented. The first garage door was essentially a barn door. It was a double door attached to the garage with strap hinges that opened outward. They had the appearance of a basic shed and were subjected to heavy wear and tear. The hinges got rusty and squeaked and the screws would bend and eventually fall out. Snow made it difficult to open and close the doors as well.