The Haas American Tradition Series shown in this article trans- lates the beauty of a wooden carriage-house door into a wood- grain-embossed surface made of powder-coated aluminum that provides a stronger barrier to the elements than actual wood. Notably, Haas has a handy online tool at www.haascreate.com where homeowners can upload a photo of their home and then digi- tally “create” a door design from the site’s array of design options. The app provides a visual repre- sentation of how your style of choice will look on your house.
SPRING OPTIONS Any professional door installer is going to recommend torsion springs over extension springs. A torsion spring is usually mounted to the wall along the top of the closed door. Extensions springs are intended to work in tandem at the sides of the door and are mounted parallel to the ceiling tracks. Whereas extension springs fully expand and contract when operating an overhead door, the torsion springs turn. Torsion springs may cost more but they’re a better investment because they
last much longer— 15,000 to 20,000 cycles compared to 10,000 cycles with extension springs. Plus, torsion springs perform much better. Torsion springs operate with a controlled, steady motion as the garage door opens and closes, which keeps your door in proper balance. Extension springs can result in that ram- bling, noisy, jerking motion that you’ve probably encountered at some point in life. And, although they might provide a lot of tension when you first open the door, once the tension releases, the door can travel up much faster, and all the jerky imbalance from the springs can cause your door to misalign, leading to wear and damage to other parts of the system. Although torsion springs are the preferred choice for a new garage door, installing them can be very dangerous for anyone who isn’t properly trained and experi- enced. Torsion springs are under extreme tension, and installing them requires solid steel winding bars (which most of us don’t have in our toolbox). In fact, the Haas operation and maintenance manual warns that people who attempt to work on a torsion spring assembly “without proper training or tools may result in an uncontrolled release of spring forces, which can cause serious or fatal injury.” For this reason, the EHT staff suggests you leave this type of garage door installa- tion to the professionals. A pro installer will also be familiar with how to assemble the various components of the complicated track-and-motor system, which ensures that your new door is a smooth operator. TEAMWORK A new garage door system has a lot going on, from the electric garage opener and the slotted angles (which support everything from the ceiling) to the tracks, springs, wire, trim and door panels. The team at Precision Overhead Door Service divided the work between themselves for a multi-pronged attack that knocked out the project in short order, whereas a would-be DIY’er would probably be left scratching their head for days. The installers first inventoried all the various components and