With the garage as an integral part of many American homes, the garage door is important to consider both functionally and in terms of curb appeal. So, it’s safe to say there are many things to consider when it comes to installing a new garage door.
If you’re looking to replace your current garage door, don’t let the decision making process overwhelm you. Our team of garage door experts put together this important overview of the top things you should be considering when it comes to buying a new garage door.
Likely the first criterion for most homeowners, the choice of garage door material affects many of the following decisions. While some manufacturers use higher-quality materials in general, no one material is the universal best choice.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the top selling types of materials that are out there.
- Wood doors are visually outstanding in any hue or design. Wood is sturdy but can often require more maintenance, especially in wetter climates where it can warp.
- Steel doors are highly durable, provided you don’t settle for a cheap model. Overlays can be used to mimic the appearance of wood.
- Aluminum resists rust and corrosion and offers a sleek contemporary look. However, they can be susceptible to denting.
- Vinyl doors are also durable, as well as highly weather resistant – however, can make for poor insulation and can’t easily be repainted.
Typically, garage doors come in short or long panel designs. Choosing between the two is largely a matter of preference, and the options in those categories can vary greatly. Broadly, you want something that complements the house’s appearance.
For a less typical look, some options are:
- Carriage house style doors, which function as any overhead garage door but are modeled to look like they swing open with a pair of handles in the middle for a more rustic style.
- Full-view aluminum doors, featuring glass panes that complement a modern home.
- Wrought iron doors, a classical style complete with ornamentation and glass panels for a finishing touch.
Security and Safety
A sturdy garage door needs security features to complete it. Motion-activated lights are a common burglar deterrent. A physical lock for manual doors can be a smart investment, too. For automatic doors, openers often use rolling code systems, changing the signal to open the door with each use.
Since the early 90s, all automatic doors feature safety sensors that reverse the door’s motors if something is in the way while it closes. If that doesn’t work and someone is trapped, a mechanical release allows manual opening.
Hurricane-prone regions have building codes mandating wind resistance for garage doors in homes. While a bracing kit can be set up ahead of time when a hurricane is inbound, if you’re buying a new door, you may as well choose one that’s rated for hurricane safety. Check the manufacturer’s specifications for more info if you’re unsure.
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