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.
If you are going to heat or cool your garage or will include a workshop in your garage then you should consider one of Missions energy efficient doors. Foam is sandwiched between two steel plates on each panel providing an R-Value of 14.5. These panels are designed with shiplap joints to keep the outside weather outside. A heated or cooled garage will add value to your home by providing additional year around comfort. Metal garage doors are also provide a relatively low maintenance option. Strong galvanized panels will resist wind loads and sagging. Losing your garage door during any type of storm places the entire home at risk for losing its roof. A strong door is important in providing protection to your family and your homes contents.
The Vintage Plus line of Delden Garage Doors is a very popular and affordable carriage door. The 25 gauge steel pre-painted doors are 2 inches thick insulated with polystyrene with a vinyl backing. They are reported to have an R-value of at least 6. Obviously these doors are not meant to be used in areas that have tough winters or where you are going to heat or cool your garage. One of the problems with using polystyrene insulated panels is that this type insulation leaves gaps which reduce the effectiveness of the insulation.
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