While price drives the process, there are other important factors that contribute to finding the right door for you. Here's what to keep in mind during your next trip to a NationServe location or while designing your own door using our interactive tool.
1. Select a Style
When shopping for a new garage or overhead door, remember to consider curb appeal. Whether you want to complement your home or add character, make sure your new door's style stands out.
Panels From classic carriage house to flush or contemporary designs, choose a style that complements your vision. For older or Victorian-style homes, opt for wood to enhance your home's character or go for glass to add sophistication to modern architecture.
Plain white garage doors are on the way out. Now, color options are limitless and allow you to find the ideal look for your property. Consider complementing your window trim with your new door color to achieve a consistent look or add flair with a bolder shade instead.
Windows and Decorative Hardware
Get customizing. By choosing to add windows, you'll let natural light in and lighten up your property's interior. For more of a French country charm or elegant look, opt for decorative strapping, hinges or handles.
2. Choose a Material
Combining function with style, garage and overhead door materials can make all the difference. In addition to improving curb appeal, you should also choose a material with the right insulation, durability, and maintenance for you.
Get the benefit of low-maintenance with long-lasting operation when you purchase a steel door. To find the best one, look for steel doors with two layers of galvanized steel and ones that offer style and price options for you to choose from. Be aware that steel is easy to dent.
As a lighter weight option to steel, aluminum is also low-maintenance and often used to frame glass and acrylic panels. Choose from a number of colors and finishes that work for both conventional and contemporary doors. If budget is a concern, aluminum is a very affordable option.
Glass paneled doors provide a modern look and bring natural light into your home. You can select a unique design like tinted and frosted glass, which are both durable and aesthetically pleasing. Price will vary depending on the design.
Fiberglass can be made to look like nearly any material and is less subject to dents or cracks. It's also durable and affordable. If you want the natural beauty of a wood door without the maintenance, fiberglass garage doors are available with an realistic-looking wood finish.
Vinyl is family friendly and highly durable. It's also one of the most affordable options. Be aware that vinyl doors typically can't be re-painted but can be purchased in several different colors to suit your style.
As one of the most popular garage door materials, wood can add a striking feature to the front of your home. Choose from solid wood or a steel-backed door with a wood façade. This type of material requires the most maintenance and is often more expensive than other materials.
3. Determine an Insulation Level
Insulation is an important factor in the garage door buying process. You can find out a door's insulation level by looking at its R-value: a measurement that tells you how well the door will keep your garage's internal temperature consistent during the warmer and colder months of the year.
The most commonly used insulation materials are:
- Polystyrene (styrofoam)
- Polyurethane (spray foam)
Polyurethane is prefered by buyers because it provides a better seal than polystyrene and it increases the structural integrity of your door.
4. Add Safety Features
Photo optics and sensing edges improve the safety of your garage door and the people who use it. These sensing solutions stop and reverse your door if there's anything in its path before an accident happens.