How to Buy a New Garage Door
Shopping for a new garage door? Follow these four steps to help narrow down your search.
1. Select a Style
An upgrade to your garage door is an easy way to enhance your home’s curb appeal. With an array of design options to choose from, you’ll be able to create a one-of-a-kind door that complements your style.
Do you want your garage door to turn heads or blend in with your home’s façade? Is your home a traditional Tudor or a mid-century ranch? These factors will help to determine which panel style is right for you. For traditional homes, rich wood paneling is a classic choice, whereas flush glass panels shine on modern architecture.
While standard white is a common color for garage doors, don’t be afraid to try something different. Opting for a warmer color, such as a shade of red or brown, will add richness to your home, while cooler colors and black will complement a more modern home style.
Windows and Decorative Hardware
Create a custom look for your garage door by adding windows and decorative hardware. Windows will let in natural light to brighten your garage’s interior, while also enhancing your door’s aesthetic. Handles, hinges, and decorative strapping are also an easy way to add character to any style of door.
2. Select a Material
With so many material options to choose from, it can be difficult to determine the right one for you. The material of your garage door can boost the overall aesthetic of your home, but insulation level, maintenance, and durability should also be considered.
Durable, lightweight, and less subject to denting, fiberglass garage doors have become a common choice for homeowners. You can even enjoy the natural beauty and richness of wood without the price tag by customizing your fiberglass door with an authentic-looking wood finish.
Available in a variety of designs including frosted and tinted glass, glass-panelled garage doors are the perfect match for a modern home. These sleek and smooth panels will boost your home’s curb appeal and flood your garage with natural light.
Low maintenance and built to last, steel is the most widely used garage door material and offers a variety of price and style options to suit your needs. When shopping for a steel garage door, ensure the door is made of two layers of galvanized steel for optimal operation and thermal efficiency.
Known for its strength and durability, vinyl is both damage and fade resistant. Although garage doors made of vinyl often can’t be repainted, they can be purchased in a broad range of colors to complement your home.
Ideal for both traditional and contemporary homes, aluminum is easy to maintain and frequently used to frame acrylic and glass panels. For budget-conscious buyers, aluminum garage doors are a reliable solution.
Crafted from solid wood or steel-backed with a wood façade, wood garage doors are available in a variety of stains and panel styles. Although wood requires the most maintenance and tends to be more expensive than other materials, it’s sure to bring warmth and elegance to your home’s exterior.
3. Select an R-Value (Insulation)
Aesthetic appeal is often top-of-mind when shopping for a new garage door, but it’s also important to consider a door’s R-Value as well. The R-value of a garage door indicates how efficient it will be at regulating your garage’s temperature. This is especially important if your garage is heated or if you have a room above your garage as a well-insulated door.
Polystyrene (styrofoam) and polyurethane (spray foam) are the two most commonly-used types of insulation; however, polyurethane has become the preferred choice as it provides a better seal than polystyrene and can be found in most newer models of garage doors.
4. Add Safety Features
Prevent accidents before they happen by adding safety features to your garage door system. Although most garage door manufacturers offer a range of products, the Miller Edge product line is a preferred choice for homeowners. Choose from a selection of top-of-the-line photo optics and sensing edges to prevent your door from closing when a person or object is in its path.