Sidonie Aiglentina Garage Door December 29, 2017 09:37:48
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.
I have been involved in numerous garage door lawsuits where many different reasons for an injury have occurred. Having been retained as expert witness for both plaintiff and defense several common factors have been observed. In many cases unqualified individuals have attempted to repair or install garage doors. They have lacked the knowledge skills or even the basic required tools to perform the work safely and properly. I have been hired as an expert by garage door manufacturers and installers to defend claims that they are not responsible for alleged product defects. In most cases the components that failed failed as a result of abuse or improper installation on the part of the end user. As stated above the installation of many garage doors is not appropriate for an untrained person. An exception to this relates to "do it yourself" garage door kits that are sold at local home centers. A homeowner could install the door because these kits do not come with a professional quality package of hardware that should or would require special knowledge for the installation. These kits do not typically employ torsion springs that would require special knowledge proper tools and working skills to install. The doors are typically for light duty use. Professional installation services are often available through a home center to assist a homeowner in need of a specialized installation. As with most trade specific tasks years of experience working as a professional installer qualifies tradesmen for their contracting license. The average homeowner watching a few television shows that give rough explanations of how to install garage doors is not usually qualified to install his or her own door. These "how to" television shows are no substitute for the many skills acquired after working in the field.
As a door expert witness I am called upon many times a year to evaluate garage door injuries. Garage doors come in many shapes and sizes. Their functions range from basic security of an area to cosmetic concealment. Most doors can be broken down into a few basic styles or categories. Typical modern garage doors for residential applications tend to be predominantly of the overhead sectional variety. That style of door comes in many configurations materials levels of insulation and a wide range of appearance possibilities. They are available as a prefabricated kit or built as a custom design to complement the dacor of any building. Commercial warehouse type installations often dictate higher security requirements. A good choice for this security type of door is the "roll-up" style that resembles a roll top desk type of door. This door can be manufactured with a variety of materials that can be as strong as the adjacent walls making forced entry through this opening very difficult. Other common commercial installations include light weight aluminum single or sectional panel doors. These doors function more for closing off an already secured area than for assuring point security.
You may be used to installing doors in your house but garage doors whether they are automatic or manual are a far more difficult task. Installing a garage could be dangerous as well so it is strongly suggested to get a professional repairman to do your installation. These professionals will tell you that manual door installation is simpler compared to automatic door installation. It all depends on your preference. If you want heavy garage doors this would require automatic operations as they would necessitate enormous strength to lift. Manually operated garages are a lot lighter.
There are a wide range of options out there. You don t have to buy a white garage door with a lot of squares any more. In fact some manufacturers can give you a door with no squares at all. Pattern and design options are multitude for most major manufacturers. Most manufacturers have two or three colors but some offer the flexibility of dozens of factory baked-on colors. What will look best with your home and bring out the features you think are important? Those are the key issues to ask.
Sectional Doors: The sectional is made up of numerous separate panels which are hinged horizontally. They fit to the rear surface of your garage brickwork. When opened it rises upwards vertically and then backwards into the space of ceiling. Sectional Doors provide better security and protection against weather. Many of them are provided with insulation. These are typically manufactured in steel. Most of these doors can be assembled in 4 hours by a professional as they come in the form of a kit.