We are getting ready to replace the doors on our 2-car garage. They are the sliding type. (Note to the purists: we will only do if we can replace with something that looks the same and w Eichler siding. Right now, we plan to have some tilt up style ones custom made--one for each side...)
I am writing to see if anyone would be intersted in the original doors when they are ready. They are in good condition. We are in San Jose.
Still trying to find the right vendor to build the new doors for us. As soon as we do, I will let you know.
While they are being installed, consider insulating the old sliders.
Mine are and keeps it cooler during the summer (ours faces south/west, so full sun) and warmer during the winter.
1 inch thick foam insulation boards comes in 4'x8' sheets. Styrofoam or whatever they have on sale. I bought damaged sheets, so over 70% off. Mixture of white styrofoam and black whatever it is foam board with alumimum layer.
Cut to fit between the framing slats of the slider door. There were no canned spray cans on the market when I did this, but if doing it today, would foam the above cut sections in place instead of the glue I used.
Then cover the inside surface with any thin material. I found some interior door covering sheets. about 1/8" thick and fire sale at Home Depot (no one knew what it was, so wasn't selling). Can't remember what I paid, but not much.
Gives the interior door a finished look and the insulation makes a huge difference.
Use screws that are self counter sinking so it's flush when done.
Plus the refrigerator door gasketing at both sides where the doors close onto the wall and the gasketing along the bottom seals most of the draftiness out.
Change in plans. (Yes, Marty was right, as much as I hate to admit it...)
Found a company down here (Campbell) with experience intalling the side-to-side automatic openers on Eichler double garages. Got an estimate today and the work is being done next Monday. The guy also indiatcated that our rollers and other hardware were in "Excellent" condition and did not need anything but some cleaning up with WD-40.
Yeh. We get to keep our original doors, which on our model, make up the entire front of the house. Life is good.
Work completed and well done IMHO. It is wonderful to have automatic garage door openers on our original doors. We so hated the thought of replacing them with those roll up things.
Contractor stated that our hardware was in the best shape he had ever seen (he has done about 2 dozen Eichlers) and that if it had not been, the job would have been much more difficult, due to the difficulties in getting replacement parts. So far, the doors work great and include all of the standard safety features.
Could you let me know the name of the company who did the work. I have been wanting to have this done since we moved in, but trying to get someone in this area to do the work has been difficult. Hopefully our hardware is still in as good a shape as yours. E-mail me directly at eichlerfan AT yahoo DOT com
Good to hear that you were able to use your original doors!
Would you email the company and phone number, too?