Frequently Asked Questions
Why would I choose a steel garage door?
Steel garage doors offer strength, security, energy efficiency and the best value. Steel garage doors are less costly than other types of garage doors and are offered in a variety of designs and colors to enhance your home’s curb appeal. In comparison to wooden doors, steel doors prove to be more durable and a better value, due to the increased maintenance costs of wooden doors, which have poor R-Values and must be maintained/repaired anually. Our steel doors can provide the look and feel of wood while remaining maintenance-free.
Steel garage doors are pre-painted in a variety of colors, providing homeowners peace of mind protection with multi-year to lifetime paint finish warranties.
Can I replace a section of my door, or do I need to replace the whole door?
Yes, replacing only a section of your garage door is possible in some cases; however, depending upon the damage involved, the entire door may need to be replaced.
Why should I choose an insulated door?
A garage door opening is very large. Insulated doors will help to reduce the transfer of heat or cold air into your garage. This is important for a number of reasons:
- If your garage is attached to your home, air in the garage can travel through the doorway to your living area. An insulated garage door will reduce the transfer of air from the outside to the inside. If you use your garage as a workshop, your comfort will be a top priority. An insulated garage door will help keep the temperature in the garage within a narrower temperature range as compared to the extreme range of the outside temperature.
- If your garage is below another room in your home, air can travel through the ceiling of the garage into the floor of the room above. An insulated door will keep temperatures in the garage fairly stable to reduce the temperature fluctuation in the room above.
- An insulated garage door is generally quieter and has a more attractive interior than a non-insulated door.
What is R-value, and how does it benefit me?
R-Value is a measure of thermal efficiency, the higher the R-value the greater the insulating properties of the door. We have several door styles to meet your insulated door needs for both residential and commercial applications ranging from R-8 to R-26
What type of spring is better…extension or torsion?
The two types of springs used on garage doors today are extension and torsion springs. Extension springs are attached on either side of the door and stretch along the horizontal track when the door is closed. Torsion springs are typically located just above the top section of the door and are mounted to the header. They are wound springs and do not expand or contract when the door is moved. Torsion springs are a better choice because they balance the weight of the door better than extension springs for smoother operation and safety.
Torsion springs, due to their reliance on torque rather than the expansion and extension of the springs, not only last longer than extension springs, but also the mechanisms involved in its use allow for a much safer, more user-friendly experience. As safety is a top priority, we at Capital Doors recommend utilizing torsion springs in your installation.