A Helpful Lift with Garage Doors

A Helpful Lift with Garage Doors

By placing them on the sides of our homes or even in the rear off of an alley, they are hidden by any means possible by home designers. There is nothing that provides such an important function in our homes, yet is treated as an obstacle to good design, than is the lowly garage door.

According to a newspaper article I recently read, in the nascent years of the automobile, garages were set apart from the home because this new machinery had the undesirable tendency to catch fire. No need to burn the house down along with the car and garage.

Eventually automobile manufacturers figured out ways to prevent that nasty occurrence from happening, most of the time, and that allowed home designers and builders to have confidence that garages could safely be conveniently attached to the owner’s home.

The side-effect of attaching garages to the home was that, from a design point of view, it negatively impacted the home’s exterior appeal with the big featureless space that was the garage door. This was especially true with the evolution from one-car garages to spaces for two or more cars and the resultant double-wide door.

Seemingly just in the past number of years things have been changing quickly in the design and manufacturing of garage doors. Instead of being offered a choice between flush or raised panel doors in white or brown, the consumer now has many styles to select from in an increasing palette of colors.

Insulated steel garage doors are still the most popular choice for today’s consumer but doors manufactured from stainable fiberglass are gaining in popularity as well. There also remains a segment of the market that is loyal to the all wood offerings when choosing their garage door.

Insulating values are another consideration one should take into account when selecting a door. Most door companies offer different levels of insulating effectiveness for their most popular styles. If you plan on heating your garage at any level, it may make sense to include a more energy efficient door.

If the door you have selected includes windows, the type of glass for those windows will likely be, by default, single pane clear glass. If you are choosing a high efficiency door, it would make sense to ask the company representative if there are better insulating options for the glass as well. Most companies offer an assortment of window grills and some offer art glass for those who want to further customize their new door.

Once you have completed the task of selecting the perfect garage door for your new home, you can then turn your attention to choosing a garage door operator. As is the case in the door selection process, you will find there are many options to consider for your operator as well. We will explore those in a future article.

About the Author:

Lynn Delagrange Inc. was formed in 1985 as L.D. Construction Inc. d.b.a. Chateaus by Delagrange. Louis Delagrange was the company’s first president and Lynn Delagrange served as vice-president for the organization. Prior to the company’s formation Louis and Lynn ( Louis’ nephew ) had worked together on several residential project with Louis as the builder and Lynn as a freelance supervisor. In 2000, Lynn purchased Louis’ portion of the company and is its president and sole owner. The name of the company was changed to Lynn Delagrange, Inc. at the time ownership had changed. Lynn began his career in construction, at the age of 13, working summers on his father’s ( A. D. Delagrange ) building company. He has spent the entirety of his time since, involved in every aspect of the construction industry. Lynn has been married to his wife Sue since 1988 and together they have two grown children. Lynn and Sue attend Pathway Church regularly and he relies on his faith as guidance in the way the company is managed. He enjoys playing golf, spectator sports and reading. Ron Schrock has been superintendent for the company for over 20 years and visits each project on a daily basis to ensure things are progressing as expected and to expedite the project in any way necessary. Ron and his wife Patty are kept busy evenings and on the weekends enjoying their riding horses. Wanda Goneau is our administrative assistant, in charge of all of the office duties. She will be the pleasant voice answering the phone when you callus as well. Wanda is devoted to her four grandchildren and loves attending their many activities. Now that you know a little bit about us, we would love to get to know you!