Are you wondering why you should buy a stronger and sturdy ironwork for your residential garage door? Well here are some good reasons:
- If you use your garage door on average between 3 to 5 times a day, this represents, over a period of 25 years, at least 40,000 operations.
- Your garage door, especially if it’s double (16ft / 4.9m), is the most important moving part of your home. The more you use it, the more important it is for your safety and that of your loved ones that it is built to last a long time.
- If you live in an area with strong winds, you probably want to know that the ironwork of your garage door can cope with it easily.
How is a robust ironwork seen or measured?
- Reinforced Horizontal Rails : If you have a double door (over 14 ft / 4.3 m wide), it is important that the horizontal rails be reinforced with a metal angle iron (2 X 2 “, 13 gauge) along the rail so that they do not bend under the weight of the door.
- “Twist” springs: These springs are placed above the head of the door. Most manufacturers offer springs of 10,000 cycles (1 cycle = 1 opening + 1 closure) which last on average between 5 and 6 years. Ask for springs from 20,000 to 25,000 cycles, which will double the life of your springs.
- Lifting Cables : Lifting cables are placed on either side of the door to lift the door. It is important that they are galvanized and have a diameter of 1/8 “(3 mm).
- Hinges : other important pieces that allow the door to swing to the ceiling. These hinges should be complete (not cut) and should have a gauge thickness of 14 (0.073 in / 1.9 mm). If you have a 14 ‘/ 4.3m door and more, having double hinges at the ends of the door is important.
- Reinforcement Bars : They support the garage door (more than 14 ft / 4.3 m) when in the open position. Your double door should have 3 reinforcement bars.
- Casters : Preferably, they should be made of steel or covered with a stiff nylon to make them quieter with a bearing containing at least 10 balls.
- Rails : Both the vertical and horizontal rails should have a gauge thickness of 14 (0.073 in / 1.9 mm). It is a rail thickness equivalent to a light commercial ironwork.
- Wall anchoring: Anchors to the walls of vertical rails should be welded to the rails, not just bolted.
The Dura + TM hardware and iron system as manufactured by Garaga ensures optimal door operation for many years to come. In fact, the components literally double the life of your garage door. Contact a garage door specialist in your area, he knows garage doors better than anyone.