Rollup Garage Doors, More Practical than Attractive
Garage door styles have changed drastically over the past 50 years. In many neighborhoods, you can manage to find examples from each era, highlighting how the designs have progressed.
From Manual to Automatic
Even though the first automatic garage door opener was invented in 1926, the majority of the older doors were manually operated. There would be a handle on both sides of the door which you would lift upwards. The door had hinges in the corners allowing it to lift upward. As the designs evolved, automatic systems and rollers emerged.
The average residential garage door is now much more streamlined than the previous method of operation. Long runners or tracks are installed on the roof of the garage and down each side of the door. The door is equipped with small wheels that fit in the tracks, allowing the garage door to slide smoothly upward and out of the way.
Rollup Doors, Both Manual or Motorized
Rollup garage doors are heavy metal doors that roll upward. These doors are more practical than attractive and are normally used in more industrial or commercial applications. If you have ever rented a storage unit, it probably has a good example of a rollup door.
As demonstrated in this specifications sheet provided by Wayne-Dalton Doors, rollup doors are made out of varying gauges of steel or aluminum. They roll up using a cable system, and can be operated both manually or with a durable motor. Different gauges of steel can be selected, depending on the intended purpose for the door. Even though these doors are intended for more practical purposes, they still are offered in a number of different colors to allow them to be as attractive as possible. Ordinarily, these doors will not include decorative hardware or glass patterns.
If you are interested in installing one of these durable doors on your building, then request free estimates from skilled garage door installers in your area.
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