Just like pagers, typewriters and affordable gasoline are long gone, so too is the old wooden tilt-up garage door!
The tilt up doors have been a part of America’s facade for decades. These doors were very popular on homes built in the late 1960’ and early 1970’s. Believe it or not, some of these doors are still in use today! However, as technology and design become more advanced, most of the old garage doors followed suit.
Some major flaws of this type of door lead to its eventual demise. There were some safety and security issues. For one thing, these dinosaurs are referred as “shinbusters” because they bust your shins every time the door tilts out and up. These heavy old doors use two very large springs. If and when one of these spring breaks, the door can slam down with full force, crushing objects or people if they’re in the door’s path.
Old tilt-up wooden doors consisted of a single panel door that pivots out and up, sliding into a section along the ceiling of your garage. Tilt up doors greatly reduces overhead space in your garage. They can even hit your car when the door is opening or closing, if it’s parked too close the doorway.
It’s also difficult to insulate wooden garage doors. They have no additional insulation features. Also, due to the tilt up/out design of older doors, it’s almost impossible to have a good weather seal. Living in a cold state like Colorado it’s very important to have a well-insulated and tightly sealed garage door to keep the elements out!
Wooden tilt up doors can still be installed in your home, but it’s recommended to replace it with a modern sectional door!