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Old 08-13-2013, 06:25 PM   #1
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Keep my old wood garage doors or upgrade? (2 year live-in "flip" home)


Hello,

I'm trying to add value to my home and think that I need to upgrade my garage doors. This is something I know next to nothing about, but am learning.

The doors are wood and I've been told that makes them more valuable, but am not for certain on that.

Right now the doors are lifted by a single motor and are connected together by a wooden bracket (highlighted in red).

What should I do? Measure wheels, go buy new rails and a motor? (Then what about springs? Already had one blow up on me, very happy I wasn't standing next to it.) Hire someone? I'm pretty technically inclined and have remodeled 2 bedrooms and a bathroom so far in the house. In short, I'm cheap, and can learn.

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There's sure nothing special about those old doors.
And there for sure not increasing the value of the home. Just more mantaince with a wooden door.
If there not rotten or falling apart I'd leave them.
Someone Micky moused that door opener.
No way would I want both of my doors opening at the same time like that, each door should have it's own opener.

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No way would I want both of my doors opening at the same time like that, each door should have it's own opener.
I was wondering that too, but what are your reasons for that?
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Opener breaks and you loose both doors, if I was trying to heat or cool the garage I'd loose all the air.
A wooden door weighs a whole lot more then a steel or wooden door so you would have to have a bigger opener.
That has to be stressing the whole rail and roller system and the whole door frame by just lifting on one side like that
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Man I can't believe just how Mickey Mouse this is....
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Those springs are rated for each side of ONE door (when getting a replacement- notice weight/size/material involved), call someone or research it more. That 1/2 hp motor is straining lifting both as it is designed to lift a single. Also add a horizontal 2x6 on top the bottom cord of the trusses supporting the door back-hang brackets, 1/2 the weight of both doors is on one/two trusses.... in the weakest middle-span area between webs.

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If the doors are balanced properly then the weight does not matter. The springs take the load. As for the broken spring, you need safety cables threaded thru them.

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