This is one project we decided not to tackle ourselves. The old garage door had a broken spring, so we haven’t been able to open it since we moved in to the new house. Home Depot was a having a special on garage doors, so we decided to take advantage of it. The new door has the following features:
- It opens!
- It closes! (and it seals well)
- It is insulated (steel, then insulation, then more steel)
- It is powder coated, so we shouldn’t have to repaint it for a long time
There are a few quirks as well. It turns out that our garage cement is not quite level. The middle is about 3/4″ higher than the sides. So the installer recommended putting an extra thick rubber seal on the bottom to get a nice tight seal. That seems to be working pretty well. The other oddity is that there used to be an electric garage door opener, but it is broken. But on top of that, it is plugged into an outlet which is controlled by a switch. And the lights in the garage are plugged into the same outlet, meaning that in order to use the electric opener, one would have to keep the lights on all the time, which is obviously stupid. So we decided to get a manual lock on the door for the time being, until we can afford to do some major electrical work in the garage, and put in an electric opener the right way.
Finally, the door is a nice hunter green. We’re planning on getting new siding as well in the next year or two, at which point we plan to get hunter green soffits and shutters as well, so it should look very nice.