New Year, New Garage Door?

New Year, New Garage Door?

New Year, New Garage Door?

Did you know your garage door is the largest moving object on your home? Our team of experts at RCS Carolina does and want to make sure you are most informed about how to purchase your new garage door. Since a garage door isn’t something homeowners buy very often, you may not know how to approach the process.

Here are a few tips and pointers to keep in mind while shopping for your new garage door:

1. How much do garage doors cost?

Compliment the character of your home, while enhancing your curb appeal, with a new garage door.

Are you looking for a more contemporary look, or a classic look? Rustic even? Knowing your home’s style will help focus your search and options. Once you figure this out, you’ll want to evaluate the popular garage door styles and determine what fits your budget.

Aluminum garage door (Expl. Avante Collection): Rust-resistant aluminum and glass garage doors provide your home with a more modern appearance. The average cost of a 16 x 7 double garage door: $3,600 to $5,600.

Steel garage door (Expl. Premium Series): Steel garage doors give you the broadest range of color, insulation and price options. Options varying from an entry level, single-layer, non-insulated door to a premium 3-layer, 2-inch polyurethane insulated door. The average cost for a 16-by-7 double garage door: $920 – $2,200.

Wood garage door (Expl. Reserve Collection): All wood garage doors made from moisture resistant cedar, redwood or hemlock and offer a vast variety of design options. Unlike aluminum and steel garage doors, wood garage doors are dent-proof and are highly durable. The average cost for a 16-by-7 double garage door: $3,800 to $7,600.

Composite wood garage door (Expl. Canyon Ridge Collection):  Composite wood garage doors use a durable and low-maintenance material that looks like real wood. They are moisture-resistant which eliminates the potential of rotting, shrinking, separating or cracking that you may get from a wood garage door. These garage doors are insulated and can be painted or stained. The average cost for a 16-by-7 double garage door: $7,200 to $8,900.

2. Should you purchase an insulated garage door?

If your garage is like most, it is not heated. With that being said, your home’s energy efficiency is impacted by the weather outside. Over the last 10 years or so, the installation technology for garage doors has improved significantly.

If your garage is attached to the home, it is highly suggested to purchase an insulated garage door. This is most important when there is a room above the garage. The insulation will assist with noise reduction along with utility bills.

While shopping for a new garage door, be sure to take into consideration what direction your garage door faces, and what time of day the sun hits it directly. Having a garage door that is insulated will better regulate the temperature.

3. What are the safety factors for the garage door?

If you are in a high wind or hurricane prone area, ensure your garage door can withstand the elements. Living in these areas, your garage door must have additional bracing, heavier gauge tracking and other hardware that are necessary to keep it in place under extreme winds.

Since garage doors are so large, they are more susceptible to wind damage than any other opening on your house.

While looking for your new garage door, keep an eye out for “storm ready” models with built-in passive reinforcement systems. These doors do not require set-up prior to a storm since the reinforcement is built into the door and is engaged simply by locking the door.

4. Is there anything else I should know prior to buying a new garage door?

There are many misconceptions when it comes to buying a new garage door. Some of them are:

  1. When you shop for a new garage door, know that the garage door opener is a separate purchase and is not included in the price of the door. However, most garage door companies also sell openers.
  2. If you have found a carriage-style garage door that you love, but don’t have the space for the doors that swing open, no worries! Carriage-house style doors only appear as if they swing open. They really move up and down on a track, just like every other door.
  3. When pricing out your new garage door, verify if the price includes installation or not. Most times, it will. Having the garage door company install your new door is just as important as the product itself. 

RCS Carolina is happy to assist you in your buying process. Contact us today for more information.

Weather Stripping for Your Garage

Weather Stripping for Your Garage

Is your garage ready for winter? We suggest adding the frequently overlooked garage door to your winter preparations. Being the largest opening in many homes, the garage can be a leading source of heat loss.

Does your garage door need weather stripping?

Equipping your garage door with weather stripping can lower your heating and cooling costs, prevent damage to the door and guard against unwanted moisture. Is the seal around your garage door beginning to break down, crack or sag? Not only should you check the weather stripping along the bottom of the garage door, be sure you examine the top and sides of the door. Looking in all places will help you improve overall insulation and gain additional benefits.

Benefits of weather stripping

If you see a gap between the garage door and the ground, you are allowing excess dirt to blow into your garage. Your valuable possessions and tools could potentially be ruined during bad weather such as rain, snow and ice that gets into the garage under the door. Also, rodents and insects only need small gaps to make their way into the garage and nest, creating an infestation problem.

Weather stripping seals out dampness, cool or hot air and undesirable animals, making a more mild, agreeable environment inside the garage. You will have the capacity to securely store valuable tools without agonizing over rust, and you can store food without a concern of scavenging rodents.

While it is prudent to seal the door connecting the garage to the primary living area of the house also, properly installed weather stripping around the outside garage door can enormously lessen the danger of lost vitality. Also, the base of the garage door won’t rub against the concrete or asphalt, preventing untimely wear of both the door and the floor. The cost of installing or supplanting weather stripping is low, particularly when contrasted with the long haul benefits it gives.

Types of weather stripping

A standout amongst the most well-known sorts of seal for the top and sides of a garage door is PVC stop molding. Preferably, a garage door would line up perfectly inside the wood casing and leave no crevices when completely shut. In all actuality, the entryway is not generally flush with the whole blueprint of the edge. PVC stop molding is installed on the edges of the casing and it overcomes any issues between the entryway and the wood, finishing the seal in the walled in area. Different items give similar advantages, for example, vinyl flaps installed on the sides and top of the garage door.

Most garage doors are furnished with aluminum retaining tracks on the base which allow rubber, brush or vinyl strips to slide into place and sometimes are fully attached with screws. Homeowners can detach and slide the strips out when a replacement is required. Still different sorts of seals are nailed specifically into the base of the door as a more permanent fixture.

Replacing the Seals

Good garage weatherstrippingA wide range of seals can wear out after some time, particularly on the off chance that you live in an atmosphere with overwhelming precipitation and temperature extremes. While some garage door weather stripping allows for you to replace seals on your own, it is best to get a professional opinion before making modifications to your current set of seals.

Talk to the professionals at RCS – Carolinas to schedule a free evaluation of your current garage door weather stripping and find out more information about which products can best protect against moisture, extreme temperatures and invading creatures.