Are you wondering why you should buy strong and sturdy residential hardware for your home’s new garage door? Here are a few reasons why:
- If, on average, you use your garage door between 3 to 57nbsp;times a day, this translates to at least 40,000 operations over a 25 year period.
- Your garage door, especially if it’s double (16 ft. / 4.9 m), is the largest moving part of your home. For your safety and that of your loved ones, the more you use your garage door, the more important it is for you to have a strong garage door that is built to last a long time.
- If you live in an area where there are strong winds, it’s comforting to know that your garage door hardware can easily stand up to them.
How is strong and sturdy hardware judged or measured?
- Reinforced horizontal tracks: if you have a double door (over 14 ft. / 4.3 m wide), it is important that the tracks are reinforced with a horizontal steel angle (2″ x 2″, 13 gauge) along the track so that it doesn’t bend under the weight of the door.
- Torsion springs: these springs are placed over the door opening. Most manufacturers provide 10,000-cycle springs (1 cycle = one complete opening and closing) that last between 5 and 6 years. Requesting 20,000 to 25,000-cycle springs will double the lifespan of your springs.
- Lift cables: located on each side of the door, lift cables are used to raise the door. It is important they are galvanized and have a diameter of 1/8″ (3 mm).
- Hinges: another critical part that allows the door sections to retract smoothly to the ceiling. These should be full hinges, not half, and should be 14 gauge (0.073″ / 1.9 mm). If your door is 14′ / 4.3 m wide or over, double hinges at the ends of the door are important.
- Reinforcement struts: these stiffen the sections and strengthen the garage door (over 14’ / 4.3 m) when it is in its open position. A double door should be equipped with 3 reinforcement struts.
- Rollers: preferably, they should be steel or covered in nylon to make them quieter, but either way, with at least 10 ball bearings.
- Tracks: the vertical track as much as the horizontal track should have a thickness of 14 gauge (0.073” / 1.9 mm). This thickness is equal to that of light duty commercial hardware.
- Anchoring plates: wall anchoring plates for vertical tracks should be not only bolted, but welded to the tracks.
The Dura+TM hardware system by Garaga ensures your door operates with a maximum efficiency for many years. This hardware system equates to light-duty commercial hardware components and will actually double the lifespan of your garage door. Contact a garage door specialist located in your area. That company knows garage doors inside and out.