Curb appeal is an important factor in your home. From the landscaping to
the design and color of your front doors, creating an attractive
first impression is essential to maintain value in your home. The
is an important element in this equation and can make an enormous
difference when installed and furnished.
When considering a new
door, it is encouraged to think beyond the aesthetics, taking into
account your daily lifestyle and intended use of the garage, which
will play a huge role in determining which door mechanisms, openings
and security features are best suited to your home or business.
Here at homify, you will
find a guide of reliable information on the wide range of garage door
available to you. From standard dimensions to the vast array of
contemporary styles to suit all types of houses, we’ve got it
1. Measurement is
homeowner knows it is of the essence to know what measurements are
suitable for your planned garage construction. You have to be wise about purchasing a garage and make
sure it fits all the mechanisms that need space in your garage, or
else you’ll end up hitting your vehicle every now and then. To help
you get to grips with the varying door sizes and how it will affect
you purchasing a new garage door, or repairing a current model, we’ve
put together a guide of everything you need to know.
Single garage door
A garage door for a
single, regular sized car can be readily bought in measurements up to
10 x 7 feet, 9 x 7 feet and 8 x 7 feet all around and will provide
adequate space for the vehicle to fit into the garage unhindered. It
is also worth noting that there are special RV garage doors available
with the increased door span of 16 feet width and 8 feet height.
These measurements are
common with most door manufacturers in the Philippines, but there is
likely to be some discrepancies with some manufacturers so always
ensure you ask the precise measurements of your chosen door before
you make your purchase.
Double garage sizes
Double garage door sizes
are typically 16 x 7 feet, 14 x 7 feet and 12 x 7 feet, and depending
on the size of your vehicles, should hold two cars comfortably, or
house one large vehicle. When dealing with double garages, it is
recommended that you measure the length and width of your vehicles
before you make a purchase as this can influence the style of door
you buy – if you are tight on space, you would be best to opt for a
roller door as this is the style of door that requires the least
internal space to function, so will free up some extra space within
2. Consider various
As much as garage door
sizes are essential to any garage construction, door styles are as
important as well. Overhead garage doors are by far the most popular type of garage door available to
homeowners, and they are affordable
with good prices. There are a number of styles out there, as
we’ve provided a short list of your options and some other things
to consider, so that you can be best informed in choosing the best
door for you.
Retractable doors form a
large proportion of the door that swings outwards as it opens and
then slides away into the ceiling of your garage. Pivot points are
located at the top of the door; consequently, you are unable to park
too close to the garage door. These doors are fairly easy to install
with spring assemblies being fitted to the side frames and tracks to
the top which support the top of the door, the latter being secured a
couple of meters into your garage. They are also the easiest type of
door to automate with any electric opener being suitable.
Sectional garage doors
Sectional doors, which are
made up of several separate horizontally hinged panels, fit to the
rear surface of the front brickwork of your garage, and as such need
a small amount of clear brickwork to the sides and top of your
opening. The entire door rises vertically upwards and then backwards
into the ceiling space. No door frame is required which increases
the available drive-through width. Furthermore, this type of garage
door has good security and good protection against the weather with
sealing all around the door.
Roller garage doors
Roller shutters have
maintained a position as one of the market leaders, through
continuous development and innovation. Manufactured from tough twin
walled slats with an insulating core, the curtain is held in place
with high performance webbing that is unaffected by extremes of
Hinged garage doors
Side hinge doors open
outwards and therefore need good clearance when being opened, so it
may not be convenient if you have a short driveway or open directly
onto a public area. Also, security is good if you have overlapping
leaves and use bolts at the top and bottom of the door.
3. Sturdy materials are
of the essence.
doors are available in several different materials, each of which has
merits and shortcomings. Below are five different garage door
materials to help you choose the right one to fit your budget and
Wood offers a charm and authenticity that other materials merely
mimic. Wood doors can be made locally in whatever size you need
though they tend to require frequent repainting or refinishing.
doors range from mid price to very expensive and the lowest-cost
option is painted wood with flat hardboard panels. Stain-grade wood
doors cost more, but offer the warmth of natural wood that can make a
big difference in the curb appeal of a house.
Metal is a better choice than wood if you don’t want a lot of
maintenance. Steel leads the pack because it is relatively
inexpensive yet tough. Bare steel rusts, so you need to touch up
scratches promptly, and steel also dents. To minimize this risk, a
steel door with a fiberglass overlay, which resists dents and doesn’t
rust is advisable. In addition, high-quality steel doors may have
lifetime warranties on the hardware, laminations between the steel
and any insulation, and factory-applied paint. Budget doors tend to
have shorter warranties on some components, such as paint and
Aluminum doors share many of the characteristics of steel, with
optional faux wood texturing and long-lasting finishes. Aluminum is
lighter and less expensive than steel, but it is more likely to dent.
Most aluminum doors have aluminum frames and panels made of other
materials, such as high-density polyethylene. Because of its light
weight, aluminum is a good choice if you have an extra-wide double
door; it won’t put as much strain on the operating mechanism.
Fiberglass garage doors represent a small segment of the market. The
panels, which are encased in aluminum frames, can be painted and
offer greater resistance to dents than thin steel. Furthermore,
fiberglass is very light, a poor insulator, and can fade from weather
exposure, yet it is more resistant to salt-water corrosion than other
garage door materials, which makes it a good choice for coastal
locations in the Philippines.
to some of the other styles of garage doors, vinyl is considered to
be a more affordable option. Additionally,
vinyl has strong durability as its advantage. Depending on your
lifestyle, this dent proof material can be a true benefit when it
comes to saving you time, money and energy. Vinyl garage doors truly
can provide a great lifetime value and often come with a lifetime
4. How much does a
garage door cost?
question is -- What is a typical price for a garage door anyway? The
answer depends on various factors. There is an incredibly broad range
of styles and qualities of garage doors, so prices are all over the
place. From an approximate P20,000 for a low-end wood composite door
that you must install yourself to a P450,000 fully loaded high-end
door with installation, the prices are all in between!
On the average, expect
to pay P40,000 to P75,000 for a mid-range 16-by-7-foot door,
installed. Upscale garage doors average about P135,000.
If you’ll want an
automatic door opener, add P10,000 to P15,000, if you have it
installed at the same time as the door. These figures don’t include
tax or the cost of oversight by a general contractor if the job is
being done as part of a bigger building project. The only way to
really pin down a price is to figure out what you want and have a
contractor advise you with costing. As with most consumer products,
it really pays to shop around and compare garage door costs..
5. Installing your
Installation of a garage
door usually happens when homeowners plan on replacing and
refurbishing their 20-year old garage door. A contractor is best
hired when considering a professional, but these steps make it easy
to follow when installing your new garage door.
need to release the tension in the torsion spring before you begin
working on the garage door. Start by clamping adjustable locking
pliers onto the torsion spring shaft and wedging the pliers against
the header wall above the door
the tension has been released, disconnect the existing garage-door
opener from the door. Begin removing the door panels then unscrew the
installing your new door by attaching hinges to each panel. Begin
installing the track by attaching brackets to the vertical track
pieces. Check your instruction manual to be sure you're installing
the brackets in the correct places.
the tracks together by drilling a hole through the horizontal track
to line up with the vertical track. Install the springs, then install
the torsion rod and pulleys.
the steel rods to tighten the spring by reversing the loosening
procedure you used on the old door. Check your owner's manual to
determine how many turns are required to tighten the spring. Look at
the chalk line to confirm how many turns you've made.
you reach the appropriate tension, tighten the bolts in the anchor to
lock it in place, and remove the pliers from the torsion rod.