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Curry Bros. offers many types of door materials, styles, colors and even custom designs to further enhance the beauty and value of your home. You can trust us to make sure that even the most difficult jobs are installed to last. Here are some answers to commonly asked questions about garage doors. Please feel free to also CONTACT us for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions About Garage Doors:

Q. What are the differences between a steel door and a wood door?

A. Steel doors are low maintenance. A wood door needs to be painted or varnished as frequently as the wood trim on your home due to weathering. Wood doors are often considered more beautiful and luxurious, however, steel doors will often have longer warranties than wood doors. Steel doors can be insulated, making them more energy efficient than wood. Wood doors are unfinished or primed, both of which need to be finish painted upon installation. Wood doors can be customized more easily, however both come in a wide variety of styles.Q. Is 25 gauge steel thicker than 24 gauge steel?

A. No. When comparing strengths of steel, remember, the lower the gauge number, the thicker (and stronger) the steel is.

Q. Why should I choose an insulated door if my garage is not insulated?

A. A garage door opening is a very large hole in your garage. This is important for a number of reasons:

  • Insulation provides impact resistance. An insulated door is generally quieter due to increased weight in the track so the door does not shift around during operation and it has a more attractive interior than an uninsulated door.Insulated doors will help to reduce the amount of outside temperatures that enters your garage, thus keeping it more comfortable for you. If your garage is attached to your home, any air in the garage can travel through the doorway to your living area.If you use your garage as a workshop, your comfort will be a top priority.
  • 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.

Q. I want to replace my old door, but don't know how to dispose of my old one. Will my Curry Bros. take care of that?

A. Yes, we will dispose of the old door and leave your property neat and clean after our work is done.

Q. I have a one-piece door now. Can I replace it with a sectional door?

A. Yes, we can install a sectional door for you by installing track and springs to accommodate a sectional door. Depending on the construction of your garage, other modifications might be necessary. Q. My garage has very little space (headroom) above the door. What is the minimum headroom required to operate a sectional door?
A. For some, a sectional door is an absolute must, however, headroom can be an issue. At Curry Bros. we go to the extremes, turning sectionals in virtually zero clearance. Standard headroom applications require 12" to 18" of space between the bottom of the opening header and the unobstructed ceiling. However, we specialize in custom-built applications. A variety of special track options are available and make it possible for many unusual garages to be fitted with doors. By using low-headroom track, it is possible to install a door in an area that has as little as 3 1/2" of headroom. Q. Do I need a lock on my garage door?

A. If an electric garage door opener has already been installed on your door, it may not be necessary to have a lock. Newer electric openers function as the lock, making it improbable that an intruder would be able to lift your door from the outside. If you have an older opener, check to see if your door can be lifted from the outside. DASMA, the trade association for the garage door industry, discourages homeowners from attaching a lock when an opener has been installed, because too frequently, a child or other family member will accidentally lock the door. If someone then tries to open the door using the electric opener, the opener will pull against the lock causing the door to be damaged. If no opener is installed on your door, you should certainly have a lock installed.Q. What is a carriage house door?

A. There are 3 types of carriage house doors:

  • Wood faced doors are quite beautiful and offer the most flexible design options. However they are the highest priced type of door, they must be painted or stained, and they are typically heavier than most doors.Steel and Vinyl faced doors are usually a flush steel door that uses some combination of glue and screws to attach vinyl overlays to the flush sections. While the price is lower, the design combinations are fewer. The vinyl cannot be painted dark colors, there can be fit and finish issues, and fading may occur with the vinyl.
  • Steel faced doors utilize a unique stamping process to create a beautiful look without the hassle of painting, heavy weight or overlays. It has no overlays and they come in wide variety of designs. All doors come in a prepainted white, but can be painted to match a home's exterior.