Replace Your Garage Door with a New Custom Installation in Today!
All year round, garage doors take a pounding from heavy rains in the springs, blistering heat in the summer, snow and hail during the frozen winter, and even biting winds during the autumn across CA. Due to all of these effects, the garage door color that was bright and colorful can fade, paneling can become twisted and warped, weather seals wear out and allow any number of animals and weather effects in, and various other, nasty effects. If any one, or combination, of these effects is showing or happening to your garage door, then it could be the right time to completely overhaul or replace your commercial or residential garage door. This process is very easy and headache-free if you choose Stanley Garage Door of Albany for all of your garage door needs.
We’ll help you choose the perfect door for your Albany home that can complement any look or style, won’t break the bank, and last decades. In addition to all of these benefits, replacing your garage door will help your home look and feel like new, without mentioning the financial boost you gain when selling it. With a wide variety of materials like steel, wood, or glass, dozens of popular brands and tons of different styles, the possibilities are endless, and you can choose your perfect one. Although choosing the perfect door for your home can be daunting, we’re here to help you every step of the way. The main differences between residential doors are the style and type of section construction , which only vary slightly between manufacturers. Call 1-510-210-3267 to get started with a Free Quote!
Replacing Your Old Garage Door in Albany, San Bernardino, Ventura or Santa Barbara Counties
Between wood, steel, vinyl, glass and composites, there are many different choices when it comes to what your garage door will be made of. All of these have their benefits for each and every location they are installed, which is different, and one door may hold up better than another, even within the same region. Case in point, some colors draw more heat, some designs are heavier than others, insulated doors keep cooler in heat and keep warmer in cold climates, etc. Some of the old doors were one piece designs, some used multiple springs, but in today’s day and age, the most common type of garage door used currently is the sectional overhead door. Just the range of materials and builds, prices come in a wide range, none of which are too costly. With our network of suppliers, the styles and types of garage doors in our inventory can fit any home, style and budget, while being cost-effective and highly serviceable.
Just a few of the many brands we offer to our clients:
- CHI Overhead Garage Doors
- Amarr EntreMatic Garage Doors
- LiftMaster Professional Openers
- Raynor Commercial Garage Doors
- doorLink Manufacturing, Inc.
- Genie Professional Line
A Quick Guide to New Garage Doors
Raised Panel-type Garage Door, Non-Insulated
This type of door is commonly known as an open door, and nearly every single garage door manufacturer who makes steel doors has an overall similar look and design for this kind of door, especially for use in applications where insulation is not needed or is not a significant factor. Although residential-grade parts are the standard for garage doors in homes, there are commercial-grade upgrades available to those clients who seek increased longevity and durability.
The most important factor that affects the effective life of a garage door is the proper and effective operation in its daily use. To be blunt, a poorly working garage door will grind against parts and can literally tear itself to pieces, which is why it is important to incorporate quality components like rollers, hinges and cables that are guaranteed to last.
Raised Paneling, Sandwich-type Garage Door, Insulated
When insulation plays a large factor in the safe and proper use of a garage door, the raised panel sandwich garage door is one of the most effective and affordable doors out there. In instances when the garage itself is kept heated, or at a specific temperature, or attached directly to the main home, then this type of door can make all the difference in the world. This type of garage door is normally made of two layers of steel covering a laminated polystyrene middle. The raised panel design segments the sections to make a noticeable, distinct style that characterizes these doors. Not only are they uniquely styled, but their durable steel construction ensures that they are damage and weather resistant, also.
Another, less common type of insulated garage door includes the foam injected door, which tend to be more expensive than the sandwich type doors, but are just as, if not less, efficient at insulating. Of course, even the most energy efficient garage doors are completely useless if they’re not taken care of or left open, so be sure to take the proper precautions to save your home’s or garage’s heat inside.
With every single door that we install, there is a list of standards and practices that we adhere to, in order to make sure your new garage door is safe use. Installation by our seasoned garage door technicians goes a long way to ensure the quality of our work as well as your relative safety.
Steel garage doors are now the industry standard for a variety of reasons, but before the age of metal garage doors, wood product and wood garage doors were the norm. Decades ago, steel doors were used almost exclusively by commercial entities like self-storage facilities, offices, factories, mills and other commercial real estates. Now, however, steel doors owe their popularity to affordable costs of installation and maintenance, high durability, impact and weather resistance, as well as overall service life.
Since a the majority of sturdy construction lumber is used in homes themselves or exported, many wooden garage doors are now made from what are known as finger jointed wood plies, which do not last as long as steel nor are as resistance to damage. For this reason, among many others, older wood garage doors tend to sag in the center or on the sides, and these sags are known in the industry as “smiling doors” because of the way they look. Although the name may sound cute, most homeowners who experience this phenomenon are not smiling at all. This is why steel garage doors are all the rage: less maintenance, less cost.
Choices For Your New Garage Door
Carriage House Garage Doors
Carriage house doors for garages are luxurious, designer doors that come in both high quality wood as well as high carbon steel, and are fully customizable to be able to match any style of home.
Aluminum Garage Doors
While garage doors have been made of metal almost since their inception, aluminum garage doors are relatively new in the garage game. With lightweight construction that is just as durable, if not more, than steel, aluminum garage doors are a great addition to any home looking for both style and function.
Door Options Galore
Garage doors themselves are as plenty and different as the homes they cover, which is why a multitude of options are available like windows, panel styles, insulation, and many more. Each additional accessory to a garage door adds not only to its price, but there are other factors to consider, as the inclusion of a window may look perfect, but this leaves the garage somewhat exposed and easier to break into.
Door Operators and Motors
Although your current garage door operator and motor may still be fully functional and operates well, it is highly recommended that a replacement of the operator is done, both for safety concerns as well as operational efficiency. New openers are better equipped to handle the increase in load than older motors, and this boosted weight and heavy use may cause it to wear it out faster, and as such, a new model will handle the loads much more efficiently with as few problems as possible.
Low Head Garage Tracks
Certain garages are built under specific height tolerances, and some situations, result in much lower than normal overhead clearance. The accepted requirement for normal clearance is at least one foot, or twelve inches, above the tallest obstruction. Anything less than this standard height is considered to be a low head track, which is a double track garage system that allows garage door installation in smaller than average spaces. The advantage to this type of track is the possible installation of one-piece doors, or slabs, with a tolerance of only one inch, allowing larger doors for smaller garages.
Garage Frame Requirements
Sectional garage doors are made and designed in such a way that when they are closed, the garage is completely sealed. This efficient sealing is provided by the way the garage is framed, with the door coming into position directly behind the doorframe and stopping once it reaches the doorjamb. In order to achieve this level of sophistication, the door frame must be installed in such a way that it must be flat, or flush, against the inside all the way around the door opening, which itself necessitates enough materials and metal in place to be able to attach the track sets as well as the cable and torsion assemblies.
Normal Door Frame Builds
To begin with, the inner door measurements of the door frame must exactly match those of the door itself, with very little, if any, wiggle room. As an example of this proportionate building, a door that is 96 inches wide and 84 inches tall would need the door frame that is also 96 inches wide and 84 inches tall. Of course, there are certain exceptions that would require the measurements to be somewhat different, but not too different, as headroom requirements may differ between frames and doors. Headroom requirements can be anywhere from 12 to 15 inches for normal clearance doors with a 12 inch radius track set, while low head tracks need a lower headroom of 5 to 11 inches. If the total headroom space available is less than 5 inches, then special modifications must be made to frame down the garage to a height that will allow the necessary clearance.
Proper trimming of the garage door improves all aspects of the garage. There are a variety of trims we use, with vinyl or wood being two of the most used. The trim is simply a flap that rests against the door, sealing the inside from the outside. It is typically connected to the metal or wood around the garage opening, up the sides and on the very top.
Colors, Hues and Tones
Unfinished and stock garage doors always come in a glossy white, dark brown, tan or almond, or a sandblock tone. Any other color or hue must be specially ordered or finished on-site, as manufacturers generally do not stock garage doors in other colors. The reason that garage doors usually come in glossy white is that this color meshes better than most other colors with any home. While several clients choose the stock color, they can always be painted or finished in any color they ask for.
Garage Doors As An Investment
In accordance with several real estate and interior design publications, garage door replacements and installations have an average of 88.4 percent ROI, which is incredibly high for any home improvement addition or project. ROI is a term used to describe the amount of money a client invests as opposed to how much money they can charge to sell a home, and in this case, almost 90% of the money invested can be reclaimed in the sale of the home in question, making garage door replacement one of the best values for homeowners looking into resale-related improvements. As well as resale value, garage doors can potentially cut down on energy costs for both cooling and heating, as well as protecting valuables stored inside. Even client that do not seek to sell their home find their interest renewed in it all over again thanks to the boost in curb appeal.
The Installation and Replacement Process
If it’s time to replace your old garage door, or even install one if you didn’t already have one, it’s always important to consider the entire structure for any possible improvements or safety hazards. Our tried and true installation process has served many of our clients in the past, and it can serve you well, too. Our process is simple, with various stages for inspection, modification and overall assessment.
- Measurement and Inspection: For any garage door installation project in Albany to be successful, careful inspection must be carried out to first identify any inherent deficiencies and defects in the underlying structure, as well as to better understand and plan the installation. Proper measurements are taken not only to ensure a snug fit and seal, but also to reduce the total amount of raw and processed materials used, saving money on wastage and lowering overall costs for us and the client.
- Options Available: Our experienced garage door technicians will assist you in any and every choice you have to make, from the color to any accessories added. The vast array of colors, styles, builds, accessories, component quality, door material and other options are just a sampling of what is available to our clients.
- Installation, Modification and Testing: Before, during and after the entire process, we are there every step of the way to answer any doubts or assist you in whatever we can. With our methods, your garage will be installed in as little time as possible, with little to no total downtime. Once the installation is complete, the entire system is intensely tested and inspected to ensure proper working order as well as 100% safety for the client.