garage doors

I'm having a 2 car garage built in the next month,( from a new pole barn, 2 story), and am looking into the many options in garage doors. Do any of you have any suggestions on what type of door is best, sectional, roller, up and over etc., and can you recommend any certain brand, or any brand to stay away from? I've got some time to decide and I don't want to make a mistake, hence the reason for this message. I am thinking about buying the doors myself and having a friend install them with me. The Amish are building the barn, and they will cut the openings for me, I will be installing the doors. As it stands now, I am leaning towards Wayne Dalton insulated sectional doors purchased from our local Lowes hardware store, but the more I look into this the more I like the idea of the rolling door type, no overhead track to deal with. Has anyone had any experience with them? Thanks, Snyde
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Rolling doors like at the mini storage are not intended for daily use. We have the rolling doors at work with motors on them. They work great. Not insulated however. Sure glad I did not have to pay for them...
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I was wondering how durable and secure they were. I guess I'll stick with sectional doors then. Thanks, Snyde
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I installed a 12' wide rolling door in my shop a year and a half ago, because I didn't want the restricted headroom caused by a standard garage sectional door when open. It's opened/closed 3-4 times a day with no problems whatsoever over the last 18 months. I bought the insulated version, with manual chain hoist, from Dalton. Installed it myself.
Charlie

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Most auto shops have rolling doors. They're often opened and closed many times each day. I doubt they would use them if they weren't reliable.

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Look at places other than Lowes. I had my door installed by Overhead Door Company and the were very competitive and,IMO, a better quality door. Some of the better brands and styles are carried by the local dealers.
The only rolling doors I'm familiar with are rather industrial looking, but then, I've probably not seen every door available either. They work, they tend to be noisy. Ed
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See if there is a Wayne Dalton store near you and check their price on the door and installation. I bet it is cheaper then Lowes by a lot. Excellent doors in any case and check out their IDrive openers that go right above the door.

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Wayne Dalton are the doors I saw at Lowes. I'm thinking now about biting the bullet and paying a garage door company to do the doors. The guy I talked to, after I originally wrote this message, was saying that they should be "framed in" using 4x4s and to make sure the opening was cut correctly. I'm thinking now I'll just have a door company do it. I don't want to screw anything up.
Thanks, Snyde

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Definitely get a price from a Wayne Dalton store if there is one near you.

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On Mon, 18 Jul 2005 20:21:53 GMT, "Snydley"

because I restore cars (as a hobby) and have a couple of lifts ...with the roll up doors I do not have any problems with opening or closing the doors when a car is UP on a lift...
Gosh the doors have been in use for a good 10 years....absolutely no problem with them... They are not insulated however....which is really not a problem for me since that garage is not kept heated...
In Short I really like them... and someday plan on replacing the 2 regular sectional doors in my orther garage with roll up doors...
Lots of luck....
Bob Griffiths
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Snydley wrote:

depends on numerous factors: WIDTH and HEIGHT of door (or doors) you desire? is zoning an issue? maybe "the Amish" can build you some doors of matching material that're either suspended from tracks, or roll (sideways, OR outward from the center) on wheels...
sectional, roller, up and

you never stated opening size: height OR width...strikes me as 'having the Amish cut an opening' is silly. normally, such large opening<s> should've been 'planned for' at the onset, dimensionally, and pole spacing/opening sizes 'planned for' before construction undertaken, in the building framing...

insulated doors are 'swell', but is the BUILDING insulated? if not, why bother?

your main consideration is looks? price? strength? insulation? size of the opening?
this question is a "little on the too broad side" to answer directly...
good luck
toolie
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Sorry I was so general before. I am thinking about a 8'x7' doors or maybe taller, depending on price. I just want 2 doors that are functional, with openers, nothing fancy just standard doors. I'm more interested in functionality and dependability than fancy looks. The barn is being "planned", it's a 28'x40' barn, poles are laid out according to the size of the barn. It will have 10' high 1st floor walls. Alot of barns are built by the Amish around here, they are less expensive than an outside contractor, and will work well for what I need. They build them all the time, and I'm leaving the details to them. I'm going to insulate it eventually, hence insulated doors. More and more I'm thinking about having a garage door company do them. That way they can frame them in and make everything right. I'm leaning toward Raynor doors. Heard anything good, or bad about them? The dealer I talked to will frame them in, install them with torsion springs and openers for $900+ a piece.
Snyde
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