Screens, Springs and Doors

The screen, springs and door are the most common garage door hardware parts. The door itself can be a regular tilt-up, which is cheaper, or a roll-up, which is more expensive but is safer because it cannot be pried from the sides, allows more headroom.

They come in different styles such as ranch, raised panel, flush design, recessed panel, glass or decorative inserts to better match the style of the house.

They can also come with a garage door opener which allows you to open or close the door without you getting out of the car. You should also know that metal doors are more durable than wooden ones, but you should inspect them periodically for dents, scratches or rust. Wooden doors do not cope well in a humid environment and they should be annually varnished.

Screens help you keep the garage door clean and they also help keep away flies and pests. They usually have a hook and loop fastening strips, but you could use screws and anchors to make the arrangement permanent and simply roll it up or down as needed. You could also go for the automatic sliding screen with a “block and tackle” system so it closes itself if you forget to.

As for springs, there are two types: torsion or extension springs. The two torsion springs are attached above the door and if one breaks the other one soon follows. Changing them should be done by a professional because of the high tension in the parts.

Extension springs are placed along the edges of the door and the top and they extend and stretch powering the movement of the door. Working on them is less dangerous but remember the amount of weight they are built to support.

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