have you had your old garage door? If you’ve had it for more than a decade or so, it is probably time to get something new. Even if the door is newer, there could be a host of reasons that you might want to get a new garage door for your home. You have probably been doing some research on the types of garage doors. If so, then you have probably discovered just how confusing it can be. It doesn’t have to be. You can distill your needs into four basic factors in most cases.
When you factor these into your buying decision, you will find that it becomes much easier to make a quality choice. Let’s get a better look at the things you need to think about when choosing your next garage door.
Make Sure You Have the Right Style
First things first. You need to think about the look of the garage door. After all, it is going to take up a lot of space on the outside of your home. It needs to look great and it needs to work with the style of home you already have. Do you have a home that would be considered a traditional style? Perhaps you have a home that would be more contemporary or modern instead. Do you think a carriage-house style might work better for you?
At Garaga, we have 23 styles from which you can choose. So, how do you know what is right for you? You need to think about the style of the rest of your home. Those who have a bungalow type home, which has a low-pitched overhanging roof, and that typically is one and a half stories high, want to have a garage door that has a similar look and feel. These bungalow homes might have wood siding, or they could have stone or brick. Think about the look of your property and then consider the look of the door to find something that matches well.
If you have a home that is very modern and sleek, you will certainly want to look at the doors that have this sensibility. This typically means a door with clean lines and very few details. Windows might be possible, but they tend to be more understated with these garage doors. A garage door that is fully windowed might be a good solution for you as well.
Those who have a country style house might want to consider choosing a garage door with a similar look. For example, the arched carriage doors that were popular in the 1950s could be a desirable choice.
The options on the market today are very impressive, and you are sure to find some great choices that will look wonderful for your home. The designs have become more interesting and varied in recent years, as customers have many different tastes that need to be satisfied. Just look at these decorative windows and you can see just how different a door can look. They are no longer just something you need. They can really add to the look of your home. You could even get a custom garage door today.
Weather Seals and Insulation
Many people today are spending quite a bit of time out in their garage. It is no longer just a place to store the car. In fact, many people today are using their garage as an extension of the home. They might be using the garage as a workspace, an office, or playroom, or any other number of things.
However, if you have a garage door that has poor insulation and poor weather stripping, there is a very good chance that it will be too cold for anything other than storing the vehicle. Even then, it could be almost as cold as going outside. Instead, of having a garage that’s too cold, you should make sure that you choose one that is insulated and weatherproof. You can keep the garage between 10 and 20 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than if you had no insulation or poor insulation.
Consider the Maintenance
One of the other factors to consider when you are buying your garage door is the amount of maintenance that it will require. You want to have a door that requires as little maintenance as possible, of course. Wood doors might look great, but they tend to require more painting – every couple of years – to stay looking great. Metal doors have baked-on paint that can stay looking great for a long time.
You also need to think about the other components that make up the door. Make sure it utilizes quality materials and that everything in the door is built to last for a long time. Ideally, you will have a garage door that will last you for at least 20 years. When you are getting a door, make sure the company explains everything about the door, including all of the components.
See What It Looks Like Before Buying
Wouldn’t you like to get a real idea of what the garage door would look like before you invest in a door? Fortunately, with today’s advanced technology, that is possible. There is a virtual tool on the Design Centre, and you can design the door that you like based on the size you need and choose the model and windows. You can choose a home model that looks similar to your home and see what the door looks like. You can even upload a photo of your own home and then superimpose the garage door to see what it will look like.
You can use the virtual designs to try out some of the different options and see which one works best. Make sure you also check out the image gallery.
Get in Touch
Now that you have a much better idea of the things you need to consider when you are choosing your garage doors, it is time to get in touch with us. You can contact us at 207-784-0622. You could also check out the showroom, talk with us, and get an online quotation.