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Old 07-16-2006, 12:55 PM   #1
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Default Attractive Residential Rollup Garage Doors

My new house has an attached garage with 11 foot high ceilings.
The depth is 21 feet and the width is also 21 feet.
It currently has 2 small garage doors, 8 feet wide and 7 feet high.
I am looking into the possibility of getting 1 large 18 foot wide by 8-10 foot high door.
I would also like a rollup type door to take advantage of the ceiling height in the future, possibly for a lift or some kind of hoist, etc.
Is anyone familiar with a large rollup door like this that is attractive enough to put on front of a house?
I don't want to end up with a big ugly orange door like a storage facility.
Thanks for any advice.
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Old 07-16-2006, 05:13 PM   #2
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Your biggest problem is going to be the massive header you will have to put in to accomodate the 18 ft clear span opening.

You won't find a rollup door that looks fancy, you can get them almost any color, but they will either be sheet type (corrugated) or slat type, and in either case, rather plain looking, not ugly, but not fancy either.

I suspect you could go to a 10 ft high opening and install a regular garage door, close to the ceiling. probably your best bet.

Do some searches here, there has been quite a bit of discussion on this kind of thing.

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Old 07-16-2006, 10:42 PM   #3
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I just put a roll up on my shop. I bought if from US door. I will try to get
some pics for you this week. THey have a bunch of colors there were probably at least 20 to choose from
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Old 07-19-2006, 02:28 PM   #4
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My door is from 'Overhead Door'. It is an insulated rollup, 18' wide. It required a MASSIVE header above; something like 6x18" pre-laminated 2-by stock. Don't understand why they didn't use steel, but hey, whatever. The door cost a small fortune; I don't know the exact price since it was rolled into the whole bid. Guessing around $5K. Works like a charm and everyone loves the look. The only thing I modified is the bottom edge on the inside. Since it's a commercial-duty door it wasn't designed to fit the lip on the edge of residential garage floors; it had angle iron on both sides, and the inner one rested on the lip, preventing a good seal. One 20' piece of 3x1/4" flat stock fixed that; unbolted the angle iron and bolted on the flat stock after drilling the proper holes. Good seal now.

'Overhead Door' is expensive but seems to be a first-class product.

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Old 07-24-2006, 10:38 PM   #5
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I just put a roll up on my shop. I bought if from US door. I will try to get
some pics for you this week. THey have a bunch of colors there were probably at least 20 to choose from
Here is a pic of that door.



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Old 07-25-2006, 01:08 AM   #6
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Wow. Looks pretty nice. I guess the only downside is the price.
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Old 07-25-2006, 05:53 AM   #7
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I like it!
I'm gonna get one.
Thanks for the info.
I'll post pictures of my garage in a couple months after I finish with the sheetrock, new door, benches, shelves, etc.
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Old 07-25-2006, 12:00 PM   #8
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AZ Glen,
What do you think of the quality versus a traditional garage door?
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Old 07-25-2006, 02:20 PM   #9
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What do you think of the quality versus a traditional garage door?
The quality is excellent. There is a disadvantage in the sealing around the sides where the guides are mounted to the door frame. It is a good seal, but not as tight as a normal residential roll up door. Since I am in Arizona and have AC in the shop that was a concern. The exterior coating is nice and the insulation on the inside reduces noise and insulates.

I plan to add another seal to the exterior, I have no doubts I can get it sealed well and still look clean.

I got the door thru a discounted rate, but i believe retail was less than $1500.00
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Old 07-25-2006, 07:39 PM   #10
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AZ Glen

I noticed in the exterior photo of your door that it appeared to have 3-4 slight peaks/troughs in it. I am not talking about the corrugated design but the overall door.

Is that from the door being stored "rolled up" for so long until you installed it? If so, I would expect that over time -- with the door now down (straight) much more often than up (rolled up) -- the door would lose that wavy appearance.

Or -- is it the case that a slight adjustment in the closing point would have the door present a "straighter" appearance?

Minor point, I know -- just curious.

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Old 07-25-2006, 07:51 PM   #11
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I noticed in the exterior photo of your door that it appeared to have 3-4 slight peaks/troughs in it.
Yes, I saw that too. To be honest I went back out and looked at the door after transferring the pics to the web. I believe it is the total of all the lines in that door confusing my cheesy digital camera. The peaks or waves are not visible in person, after seeing them on the net I can barely recognize them in person.
I also know I just rolled the door down and didnt secure it which left it loosely hanging there.
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The quality is excellent. There is a disadvantage in the sealing around the sides where the guides are mounted to the door frame. It is a good seal, but not as tight as a normal residential roll up door. Since I am in Arizona and have AC in the shop that was a concern. The exterior coating is nice and the insulation on the inside reduces noise and insulates.

I plan to add another seal to the exterior, I have no doubts I can get it sealed well and still look clean.

I got the door thru a discounted rate, but i believe retail was less than $1500.00
Would you happen to have any pictures of the track it slides in?
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Would you happen to have any pictures of the track it slides in?
I will take some pics tomorrow evening. Door up and down, inside and out, should give you a good idea.
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Old 07-26-2006, 05:52 AM   #14
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The waves in the door are caused by the weight of the curtain. When its completly closed all the weight pushing down causes some of the slats to move inside the tracks so some will be pushed in or out slightly. If you take the pressure off the door by rolling it up slightly (not enough for the bottom to lift off the ground) you will see what I mean. All roll up doors Ive ever installed do the same thing. Photos do make it slightly more noticeable.
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Old 07-26-2006, 07:27 AM   #15
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I will take some pics tomorrow evening. Door up and down, inside and out, should give you a good idea.
Thanks, I appreciate it.
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This pic is difficult to read, the black line is the seal, the grey area to the left of that line is the track or pocket area where the door rides in. if you compare that to my door facing you can see we tucked that back in behind the face to hide it and keep out rain/weather.



this pic might make more sense of that pocket area



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Sweet pics.

I am putting a rolling door in my garage addition as well (the term "rolling door" is the only way I can find these types of roll-up doors on a google search). I've seen motor options in lieu of the chain pull, but are there remote openers out there as well? I'd like to be able to open the door as I drive up, just as you would on a regular garage door.
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Sweet pics.

I am putting a rolling door in my garage addition as well (the term "rolling door" is the only way I can find these types of roll-up doors on a google search). I've seen motor options in lieu of the chain pull, but are there remote openers out there as well? I'd like to be able to open the door as I drive up, just as you would on a regular garage door.

Roll-up doors or sheet doors use a commercial jackshaft operator. You can add an external receiver to it and use as many remotes/ keypads that you want. Not a big deal.

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AZ Glen, thanks for the pictures.
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I put up a fully stainless steel roll up door a few years ago that thing was sweet. I forget how much the guy paid but it was arround 20k after duty etc. You can see his house in the movie "Into the Deep" in the party scene.
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