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4 Non-Residential Ways to Use a Garage Door

It has become popular to use garage doors recently outside of a traditional residential application.

Many restaurants and businesses are using gargae doors as part of the overall design and structure. One reason is because garage doors are inexpensive as compared to other building materials. They are also easy to use and install. Plus, garage doors provide the industrial vibe many places are going for.

Below are 4 ways to use garage doors for non-residential and commercial use.

Many businesses can now enjoy the same benefits homeowners enjoy with their garage doors, like insulation, easy maintenance, security, and style.

Insulation

Insulation helps to regulate temperature in a space, and can lower cooling and heating bills.

Offices enjoy the benefits of an insulated door at a lower price!

Easy Maintenance

Garage doors are easy to maintain. Plus, there are special companies that deal specifically with garage doors, so it’s easy to find a tech who can help with any issues.

Garage doors don’t need to be painted regularly, which is a must in office spaces. Plus all the parts on a door, unless subjected to extreme weather conditions, are not prone to rust or denting.

Garage doors are also a fun way to divide up a space or a room. Garage doors can provide privacy for a conference room or for parties. Garage doors are built to have soundproofing as well, so it doesn’t require padding and other expensive soundproofing features.

Security

Normal doors or those big stainless steel pull down doors, don’t provide as much security as a garage door can.

Garage doors are built with strong nuts and bolts, so breaking in is harder on regular doors. Garage doors are also made with much stronger materials than a regular door, and even a stainless steel gate. Garage door materials are typically steel, aluminum, PVC and fiberglass.

Additionally, new garage door models have many security features built in, including CCTV cameras and locking mechanisms to control with your smartphone. This is great for businesses to watch over their property if they are away.

Garage doors can also be installed with alarm systems, which work like it would in your home. If a break-in is detected, the police will be notified.

Modern Design

While design doesn’t impact security or function, it’s an important consideration for a lot of people. Industrial spaces or any office or business looking for a fun and quirky modern feel can enjoy a garage door for both style and function!

 

Garage Doors Are Not Just For Your Garage

Garage doors can serve many purposes, not just to hide your car from the street! They provide security, are cost-effective, low maintenance and are stylish.

Any garage door company is qualified to install garage doors. Ask them about commercial applications!

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The Latest When It Comes to Garage Doors

Garage doors have truly come a long way from being creaky and rusty doors that house dirty garages and even dirtier cars. Before, it was simply a design afterthought versus the living room, bedrooms, roofs, and gardens. Today, garage doors are considered not just for their function, but also for their aesthetic qualities. Designers, architects, and interior designers are taking these to the next level. Garage doors finish the great exterior of houses and even the interiors as it is steadily being incorporated in layouts as walls and dividers in a much more unconventionally chic way to spruce up the space.

Because of its industrial feel, garage doors lend a quick quirky and unique feel to any space. It is not as imposing as a wall and not as formal as a proper door and because of this, retail spaces, creative offices, and even homes are lining up to find the perfect garage doors for their properties.

However, it still pays to know the latest when it comes to installing garage doors. After all, these are still primarily for security purposes and are quite costly. Read on to learn more about the latest when it comes to garage doors:

  1. Insulation is better

These days, garage doors don’t just keep the intruders and wild animals out. It also keeps the heat or cold in the house to help in managing utility bills. Garage doors are much more insulated to help in making the home more comfortable and with no extra charges on electricity. When installing a new door or fixing an old one, insulation must be carefully looked into.

  1. They are not as noisy

Gone are the days of screeching noises as the garage door goes down or up as the family car is placed inside. However, this may be a good and a bad thing. The noise signals to the homeowners inside that someone is about to enter the house while the noiseless opening helps burglars come in without warning.  So aside from a great door, a good garage door provider should also be able to give options on how to better secure the home with sensors, locks, or CCTV cameras to be installed by the door and can be viewed from inside the house.

  1. They have built-in batteries

Thanks to technology, garage doors are now electricity connected and can quickly be opened with the help of a remote. However, what happens when the electricity suddenly shuts off during emergencies? It is better and more advisable to have garage doors with built in batteries.

  1. Carriage house-style garage doors are the rage

Among all the types of garage doors, this type is the most fashionable among all and has the stamp of approval of most architects and designers. It is not as expensive to produce and is highly customizable. It is also easy to install for those quick projects especially for rented spaces for business. Today, manufacturers have found a way to improve it from 21-inch panels to 28-inch ones making it all the more design-friendly.

  1. Technology has gone a long way with MyQ Technology

This capability helps in keeping tabs on the door even while on vacation. Gone are the days of telling the neighbors to take a look at the house every day when one is away overseas. With this technology, homeowners can access their garage doors with the help of a smartphone or computer. Internet connection is all it needs.

If you are in the process of building or renovating your home and you want a garage door installed, consider the latest features above. Consult your designer and your trusted garage door company for their recommendations when it comes to the best garage door type for your home.

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How to Choose Garage Door Insulation Material

Big garage with gray doors, brick wall and asphalt drivewayAn insulated garage door makes the temperature in your garage more comfortable, acts as a buffer against street noise and can help reduce energy bills. If your garage door isn’t insulated, you might be happy to know you can actually insulate it yourself. Installing garage door insulation isn’t difficult and doesn’t take long. Before you install though, you need to decide which material you want to use.

There are essentially three types of garage door insulation you can use:

  • Reflective foil
  • Polystyrene foam
  • A Fiberglass or foam DIY Panel Kit

As with everything, each type of insulation has its pros and cons. The toughest part of your DIY project will probably be choosing the material. To help you make the decision, here’s a brief overview of the three options.

Reflective Foil

Reflective foil insulation is sold on rolls. The total thickness of the material is around an inch and a half. You can purchase either single foil or double foil insulation for your garage door. The material consists of a layer of polyethylene foam sandwiched between two layers of aluminum foil. Double foil insulation has two layers of foam. This material insulates well, it’s only drawback being that it’s not very attractive visually.

Polystyrene Foam

Polystyrene foam insulation is sold in large sheets which will need to be cut to fit in the panels of your garage door. It’s a little tougher to work with than foil because of its rigidity. It is however, a better insulator than reflective foil.

Panel Kits

These kits come with about 8 pre-cut panels which fit inside the channels of your garage door frame. The panels can either be made of fiberglass or plastic laminated polystyrene. Of the two materials, polystyrene offers the higher insulation. Fiberglass panels are more resistant to water and mold. Both types of panels look good and installation is easy and fast. You should be able to insulate your garage door with a panel kit in around an hour. This is probably the best option if aesthetics are important to you.

Things to Consider When Choosing

There are a few things you should think about when deciding upon garage door insulation material. In particular, the weight of insulation is something to be mindful of. The extra weight may affect the operation of your garage door. You may need to contact a garage door technician to rebalance the springs after you install the insulation.

Another thing to consider is something called R-value. This is the rating given to a material according to its insulating effectiveness. Ideally you should obtain material of the highest R-value that you can fit inside your garage door panels.

Under no circumstances should you use spray-in insulation or fiberglass batt insulation. Neither of these insulating materials is suitable for use in garage doors. Also, don’t try to place insulation over the springs of your garage door. Doing so may affect your ability to open or close the door.

Once you have decided upon the right insulation material, the remainder of your garage door installation project should be a piece of cake. After an hour or so of labor, you’ll have a cozier, more energy efficient garage to show for your efforts.

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