When it comes to garage doors, there are several different types of options you can pick from. Counterweight doors were very popular back in the day, and many of them are still around. However, there are also a lot of issues with counterweight doors that you won't find in well-built roller doors. If you have a counterweight garage door and are sick of putting up with any of the following issues, then here is a quick rundown of why you won't face that problem with roller doors.
Becoming Stuck More Often
Counterweight doors that are manually opened have a much higher tendency to get stuck in their close position, and this can be tough to try and get around if you don't have the energy to open them. A lot of counterweight doors are made out of wood that can expand and warp due to heat, water damage or just poor construction. Roller doors follow a strict path and are all interconnected, which means there is a very low chance of anything getting stuck, and they are far easier to open and close with a lot less force needed.
Damage Visible From Collisions And Age
Counterweight doors are a single piece of material, either wood or metal, which means that if one part gets damaged, the whole door is structurally unsound. You can't just replace or repair a section of the door, which means that any problem you do have requires a full replacement of your garage door. Roller doors, on the other hand, have individual roller sections that are made out of metal. Not only does having metal parts give you more peace of mind because they won't get easily damaged, but because they are all individual pieces, you can take out and replace damaged ones easier.
Takes Up A Lot Of Room
Counterweight doors have quite a large movement angle which means that you have to be quite far away from them so that you or your property doesn't get hit when you move to swing them open. Roller doors have a much smaller footprint, both when they are in use and when they are stored away. Most of the time, you just need a single housing unit above the inside of your garage and that is it. There won't be any swinging inwards or outwards; there will just be a simple movement up.
Contact a garage door contractor to learn more.