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Folding Garage Doors: How They Work, Pros and Cons.

While not new, sliding or folding garage doors are coming back in vogue. This style has a distinct appearance, and most homeowners tend to love them or hate them. Read on for the pros and cons of folding garage doors.

Pros of Folding Garage Doors

The top advantages for these doors include:

  • Controlled Opening – Most garage doors either open or close. There’s no halfway with a door that opens vertically. Folding garage doors move horizontally, which means you can control the amount the doors open. This is ideal if you want to limit access to the garage or when space is limited.
  • Curb Appeal – The right garage door can make your home look unique, capturing a desired vibe or mood. Folding stainless steel garage doors add modern flair to contemporary homes, while wooden folding doors enhance the classic appeal of older homes. No matter what style home you have, you can find a unique folding garage door to complement it.
  • Improved security – Some homeowners feel that folding garage doors offer greater security. These doors cannot be lifted out of their hinges, like a typical garage door. If you store valuable automobiles in your garage or are concerned about theft, you would do well to consider a folding garage door.
  • Easy to automate – You might worry these doors would be impractical, since you would need to manually push them back to access the garage. This is a myth, as folding garage doors automate easily, so you don’t have to lift a finger (except to touch the remote)!

Cons of Folding Garage Doors

Not everyone likes these garage doors. Common complaints include:

  • Poor Weatherproofing – Due to the structure, folding garage doors do not offer great weatherproofing. If you frequently experience snow and rain, or if your garage floods due to slope these doors will only make your problems worse. You would be better off considering a traditional garage door, which provides superior weatherproofing.
  • Heavy – Folding garage doors tend to be heavier than their rolling counterparts. The downside of this is that they can be tricky to operate, notably in bad weather.
  • Level Ground – Is the driveway in front of your garage level? If it is not perfectly level, then folding garage doors will not operate well. Thus, you will have to invest in paving services to level the grade before you install this style door. For many homeowners, it’s not a worthwhile expense.
  • Cost – Folding garage doors tend to cost more than standard garage doors, and budget is a concern for some customers. While homeowners replacing their garage doors do tend to recoup their costs at the time of sale, making garage doors a great investment, that folding doors may be cost-prohibitive for some homeowners.

Replacing your garage door is a high-value home upgrade. You’ll see and feel the difference immediately. Whether you’d like to add folding garage doors or another style, look to us to get the job done right.

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Kristen Mangum
Kristen Mangum
Friendly customer service. Bought a hard to find remote for an old garage door opener. Opener has 3 buttons so I can program both doors to it. Easy to find location right off 29th St.
Robert Ballinger
Robert Ballinger
Great people
Betsy Chronister
Betsy Chronister
I was given a very fair quote. A week later a tech came and installed. Then came back to install lock. Tech was very professional and polite. Spen time with me making adjustments to my liking. I totally recommend Overhead door to my fellow Okies.
Hendrix Morrow
Hendrix Morrow
Overhead Door did a great job. They got me on the schedule the next day and fixed my spring in 30 minutes or less. Joe was great, professional, and courteous. Awesome service, and he didn't tell me I needed extra materials like the previous garage door people that quoted me $575. Overhead Door told me a price over the phone and it didn't change. I'd recommend them every time.
Sandy Molleda Molleda
Sandy Molleda Molleda
A very good place for a new garage door and a new remote.
John Ehrhardt
John Ehrhardt
Pleased with their services. Coil spring broke and door stopped working. Spoke to Ron, and less than 24 hrs later the technician had us up n running again. These guys did exactly what they promised to do, with no nonsense. I like that.

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