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Offline 9Fingers

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Garage door vs Carriage doors
« on: September 20, 2016, 09:49 AM »
I'm working out some of the final details for my shop build and wanted to throw the question out there for anyone that has considered using both rollup garage doors and carriage doors.
I have two concerns, one is insulation as I live in Ontario, Canada and the other is the weather seal. I'm looking for what you ended up choosing and why and would you do it the same again?
Thanks for your time and help.

Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Garage door vs Carriage doors
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2016, 11:41 AM »
I have not had the chance to choose but if I did I'd go with carriage doors with a smaller human sized door inset to one of them. Maybe even a Dutch door.

Offline Owego

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Re: Garage door vs Carriage doors
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2016, 01:22 PM »
Have you considered sliders?  I installed two 10'x8'.  Weather sealing is an issue but manageable and they require clear wall space on either side, but I'm happy with them.  They're also easy to open when than's 18" of snow on the ground (very convenient when I need to get at my snow thrower).  Track and rolling hardware were affordable.  I assembled them myself but needed help raising them.  I'll send pics if you like.


Offline TSO Products

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Re: Garage door vs Carriage doors
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2016, 01:58 PM »
...and then there are also one-piece hydraulic tilt up doors that create a nice shade and a rain protection "awning" when open. They take up no interior or exterior space in closed or open position. They are also unaffected by snow and frost so long as you have effective frost footings under your door opening.
Walk-in personnel door either separate or inset is a must. A separate door can allow you to wheel barrow things in and out. Inset doors will have a pretty big step creating somewhat of a hindrance. Getting rid of overhead garage door tracks has be a help.

One of the shops I built and used in Minnesota winters had an insulated overhead door. By adding clamping provisions along the sides I could reduce air infiltration along the door seal to negligible levels - a big improvement that can be retrofitted just about anywhere using DeStaCo clamps or similar means of drawing the door tight against the seals. It does make opening and closing something that you probably don't want to do every other hour.


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