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Overhead Door - profiles, thoughts, and so on11/6
This is a bit of an off the wall situation in that I am in the very very early stages of planning a face lift to the exterior of my commercial building. I own the property outright, land and building. The building is pole barn construction, walled in, insulated, and so on. 120' face to the main street in town. Currently on that face there are 4 overhead doors, a man door, and a window. Two of the overhead doors have never been opened since Ive owned the place. The other two are used regularly. Building exterior is vertical metal panels (roof tin). I planning to remove the metal, wall-up and insulate the two doors that are never used, and trying to come up with an exterior that would of course look better, and perhaps be somewhat of an advert as well. I was thinking about a wainscott and dryvit combo on the walls but then I come to the doors. One of the doors is a 14' tall steel insulated door thats in decent shape. The other is a typical panel style with hardboard panels and wood rails and stiles. I am planning to leave the steel door but by now you may be guessing my thoughts on the panel door.
The door is 12x10 and I have for years been kicking around the idea of making the replacement. Of course Ive never built an overhead door, nor do I ever plan to entertain building one for a customer (Im sure after I built one, the price I'd charge would take care of that).
Anyone have any rough thoughts? The door lives 99% of its life in the close position. What type of profile and weatherstripping is common between the panels? Is it possible the existing track would handle the weight of the new door? Its south facing which is a nightmare. Minimal overhangs due to height. Panels I was thinking wood exterior, foam, then perhaps something smooth/paint on the shop side? They currently have two single pane glass panels in each door.
Thanks for any input,.. my gut is telling me what I think the answer is...
You might want to look at this web site.
The option is to buy a cost effective steel insulated door or build a door on my personal time (read devalue my labor to a negative value).
The door in the space at the moment (that has been there for 20 years) has no joinery, is likely dowel construction, with applied molding (1/4 round) inside and out.
Barring neglect, the door would still be functioning today and for many years to come.
All the doors you see on his web site are an steel insulated Wayne Dalton door with wood applied to the face. He uses Eastern White Cedar a lot because it is light. The faces are glued on with PUR glue.
One of the biggest hurdles, among many, with these doors is they can't sag when in the open position. If they do the doors will bind at the joint and not close properly.
I hope some of this information is useful and good luck with your project.