There are at least 200 industry terms that garage door specialists use when installing or repairing a garage door. Although we take the lingo for granted, we can’t expect our clients to know all about garage doors. Therefore, we’ve assembled a list of common and practical garage door components and their function. Having a layman’s knowledge of these terms will help you communicate with your garage door contractor when you begin your next project.
How Do Garage Doors Open?
● Swing Outward.
Hinged to one side and swings outward like a door on a barn.
● Swing Upward.
When activated the door tilts up, swings out, and slides in.
Common in warehouses, factories, and storage units, the door coils when pushed upward.
● Slide Horizontally.
The door slides horizontally on a track to one side of the garage opening
● Opens in Sections.
The door is made up of horizontal sections that bend as the door opens and straighten as it closes.
Different Types of Panels
● Flush Panels.
Clean panels with a smooth surface and no design.
● Long & Short Panels.
Can be used on single or double doors. Two panels can be stacked on a single door, four panels are symmetrically arranged on a double door.
● Raised Panels.
Are located along the top of your garage door frame. Although they are generally rectangular, other shapes can be designed.
● Recessed Panels.
The panels are slightly buried into the door.
● Beadboard Panels.
Intricate designs made up of a combination of rectangles and squares that can be recessed.
Garage Door Openers
There are essentially three main types of garage door openers:
● Chain Drive.
Uses a heavy grade metal chain to open the door. They are the most cost-effective type of opener, but they are also loud.
● Belt Drive.
Uses a heavy grade rubber belt to open the door. They are a bit pricier than chain drives, but they are super quiet and durable.
● Screw Drive.
Rotates a steel rod, which, in turn, activates the trolley that lowers or raises the door. Screw drive openers have less parts; thus, they require less maintenance.
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