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Old 10-22-2008, 03:45 PM   #1
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I have this long range project for a 'back door' for my garage. It's framed to 6' w X 7' H opening. I would like a roll up type but wonder about its fitment. Can they be made to keep snow out? I could build swing out but once again there is the fitment and sealing trouble. What would do?

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Doors are framed for specific door units. You won't find a standard door to fit an arbitrary opening.
Keeping the weather out is a matter of weatherstripping the door once it's installed. The design of the door doesn't really matter in most cases. Severe weather locations might dictate one design over another.
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The hole was framed for a roll up but a regular garage door can get perched 6' wide Have you used rool up doors and got them weather proof.
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I'm not aware of a good insulated roll-up on the market as far a R value. American Garage Door Supply Inc. (Google them) and others do make them. They are not popular here and that may be due to the availability of manufacturers locally that make standard, well insulated doors. Every manufacturer will custom make to your opening within reason, and up to 3" thick foam insulation for a standard overhead door.

Regardless of the type, the seal around the edge will be the biggest issue for heat loss. Snow shouldn't be a problem. Condensation that freezes on the door could be. I've never seen that here in zone 5/6 but it is a possiblity.

I'd use an insulated, standerd overhead door. Buy the heavy rubber edged weather stripping for around the opening. The doors come with a rubber seal on the bottom edge. Get the better of the two they offer. They all "squish" to seal when the door is closed on the floor. The better stuff is a larger diameter and heavier material. Makes a tight seal.

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