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TRA­DI­TION COMES IN QUAL­ITY MA­TE­RI­ALS, AND WITH CON­TEM­PO­RARY OP­TIONS.

Old House Journal - - Contents -

THE GARAGE DOOR IS KEY

Plain or fancy, the doors have to look right, be­cause they take up most of the wall. Many peo­ple thought­lessly choose two-bay over­head doors in vinyl with a plas­tic sheen. Too of­ten, the doors are painted in high-con­trast white.

Wood re­quires main­te­nance, but it of­fers the most op­tions when new and will age grace­fully. Com­pos­ite wood fiber/poly­mer ma­te­rial, steel, alu­minum, and more are avail­able now, too, in au­then­tic styles and cred­i­ble fin­ishes. Cir­cum­stances and fire codes may sug­gest good rea­sons to opt for a wood al­ter­na­tive.

Sev­eral garage-door mak­ers of­fer tra­di­tional doors that ac­tu­ally swing out, slide, or fold to open and close. Wicket doors—a per­son­size door within the large garage door—are also an op­tion. Most of the mod­ern garage doors, how­ever, even one that looks like a cross­braced barn door or car­riage door, have hor­i­zon­tal breaks that al­low them to re­tract over­head. Some de­signs are nearly seam­less.

Com­pany web­sites ex­plain op­tions in ma­te­rial, style de­tails, fin­ish and color, in­su­la­tion and sound­proof­ing, glass, hard­ware, and opener mech­a­nism, as well as cus­tomiza­tion.

< CLINGERMAN pro­vided the car­riage-house doors— quite suit­able for a res­i­den­tial con­ver­sion.

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