Jacqueline and her grandmother, Pearl, had lived in this home as long as this wooden garage door has!
In addition to the garage door not actually working properly, it was also very heavy and beginning to fall apart. There was also no working garage door opener installed, so in order to open or close the door, it had to be done manually. An exhausting task for any door, but even more so when it’s a heavy garage door made out of wood.
It was clear it was time for the door to go!
The pair decided to go with installing a brand new 24 gauge garage door as well as a belt drive garage door opener.
Installing a new door after a wooden door is a big change, which is why we label it a conversion. Older wood doors are usually one solid piece of wood, not a sectional door like modern doors, and run on big brackets and extension springs on each side of the door. Sectional garage doors run on tracks and guides.
So the conversion is really changing out and updating the entire system and functionality of the garage door, not just the look of the door itself.
Belt drive garage door openers are a bit pricier than a regular chain drive, but they are also quieter and require less maintenance. We tend to prefer installing a belt drive opener on a garage door that is attached to the home, since it will be much quieter to those inside the home while it’s operating, especially in the early morning or late night!
Now the door looks GREAT from the inside and the outside, can open automatically with a push of a button, and is overall a huge upgrade for this family!
The new garage door is also insulated. Since their garage faces the Southwest and gets a lot of direct sunlight, we generally will always recommend the homeowner get an insulated door, especially if the garage is attached to the home. The insulated door will keep the garage cooler in the hot summer, and if attached to the home, will also keep the home cooler as well.