Overhead doors are popular types of doors for garages or storage rooms. When purchasing a garage door, consider the best type of material, style, lifting and opener system for your application. Here are some of the many terms you might come across when installing an overhead door:
Steel Raised Panel - A style of garage door that is composed of two sheets of steel and is known to be very durable. Raised panel doors can be purchased painted white or other colors.
Rolling Sheet Doors - A door that is commonly found in commercial garages and delivery store rooms. It is composed of a metal that coils when opened and rolls straight down when closed.
Manual Overhead Doors - Garage doors that use human power to open and close. These types of overhead doors are usually composed of a lighter material, such as wood, and tend to be a cheaper option. They offer an increased level of safety since they use manual locks and can't be accessed electronically.
Remote Controls - Allows a garage owner to conveniently open and close the door from a remote location with the press of a button. Battery-powered wireless remote controls can be operated from various ranges.
Keypads - Provide remote access to the overhead garage with keyed entry code.
Door Openers - The machinery that powers the opening mechanism for the door, using belts, chains or screw drive systems. Some systems incorporate a laser sensor and will stop the door from closing if an object is detected on the surface. Backup battery power options ensure the opener will function during power outages.
C. G. Johnson created the overhead door in 1921. A few years later, he added the electric opener to his list of accomplishments. For years, the invention went ignored until WWII ended. Suddenly people started adding these handy devices to their homes. They protected valuable vehicles inside your storage area or carport. It also added security by keeping breezeways and mudrooms sealed off from intruders lacking entry key. These handy units reduced muscle strain from manually lifting the heavy steel panels.
Today, electric openers were operated via wireless remote control instead of a key. Refer to your remote control manual to find ranges and for trouble shooting. Some use access panels where you type in a code that allows access to the carport or vehicle parking area. Friends and family access your carport without a key with the type-pad entry. Millions of homes use them to easily open and close the entrance to their residential or commercial garage. The rolling panels lift using counterweights and tension. The system should have a protective “eye” that keeps the unit from closing if someone walks under it as it's moving. This prevents injury to children and pets.
Purchase your garage door and opener from a discount company. The cheaper costs allow you to hire a contractor to handle installation. If you need repairs, many retailers will recommend the name of a contractor who specializes in repairs and maintenance. If you're remodeling your home, or are building a customized structure, look into metal and steel overhead doors.