Most people never stop to think about just how strong their garage door needs to be or the amount of work that it does, just to keep things safe. To be considered a worthy garage door, they need to go through certain performance challenges first. We’ve checked out a variety of these challenges, including many that most owners would never even think about. When you learn some of the things that your garage door goes through, you will never look at it the same way again, and you will realize just why it is so important to make sure you have a high‑quality garage door for your home.
What does your garage door face?
The garage door puts in far more work than many people realize. Take a moment to think about just some of the things your door deals with over the course of the year. It is hit by tennis balls, soccer balls, basketballs, branches, and more. It works to keep the garage warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer with quality insulation. It acts as an element of protection, making sure that criminals cannot get into your home. Think about the weather, too. When you are nice and warm inside, your garage door is being battered by the rain, wind, snow and ice.
What do you ask of your garage?
Over the course of owning your garage door, you will have it perform an open and close cycle about 25,000 times. That is a substantial number of openings and closings. In fact, it’s about the same as climbing up and down Mount Everest…five times.
Now, think about the sun and the effect that could have on your garage door over time. The ultraviolet rays of the sun are strong and can be very damaging to lesser doors. The amount of energy bombarding the door is shocking. You need to have a garage door that can stand up to those rays and still manage to look great doing it. A good door with proper insulation can also help to keep the garage cooler in the summer months.
What about during the cold months of the year? When it gets down into the single digit temperatures, or even into the negative, it can take a toll on poor quality garage doors. Doors that have a thermal insulation value of R‑16, though, will have protection against the cold that is similar to wearing three insulated winter coats.
The garage door can do an excellent job of standing up to the wind, as well. If you have winds that are 90mph, the force of that wind when it hits a 12’ x’ 8’ garage door is equal to the weight of a car. Your door needs to be very strong if it hopes to handle that type of pressure.
How does your garage door stack up?
Now, you can see that your garage door does quite a bit more than just look good. When you have a quality door with polyurethane insulation, it offers great performance and protection from extreme heat and cold. It can also keep out exterior noise and remain strong and intact thanks to the high bending resistance.
If you need a new garage door, contact us at 519-942-1956 or visit our showroom. We can let you know everything you need and we can send you an online quotation. Take some time to check out the Design Centre and image gallery so you can create exactly what you need.