How To Choose The Right Garage Door For You
Selection To Satisfy Every Need
Congratulations on making the decision to install a new garage door. What should you do next?
If you’re like most people, you may feel somewhat overwhelmed by the choices in front of you. Which material is best? Which style will work best for your home’s exterior? Which doors need the most maintenance?
Before dealing with specifics, pay attention to the common features for all garage doors:
- For convenience, today’s doors either roll up or swing up. If your garage has adequate head space (measurement from top lintel to ceiling) you may be able to use either type.
- No matter which door you choose, you need to plan for strong suspension springs. This is especially critical for heavier doors.
- Watch for safety features first. Ask for pinch-resistant doors and tamper-resistant features that stop any likelihood of accidents or forced entry.
- Pay attention to your local climate. If you live in a very windy zone, you may want to purchase a steel door instead of aluminum.
- Most modern garage doors need once-annual maintenance. Ask your Garage Door Company expert if your doors need extra maintenance.
Materials and Styles
The next step is to know the benefits and potential disadvantages of each type of garage door. Here are a few tips.
Aluminum Garage Doors
Aluminum garage doors are light, strong, rustproof, and easy to insulate. Fitting them with glass panels adds a contemporary look and natural light access. They are easy to care for, but can be dented during accidents or storms.
Steel Garage Doors
Steel garage doors are heavier than aluminum, so they resist dents, offer impressive durability, and come in multiple finishes and designs (some even imitate wood). Their solidity keeps your garage secure from would-be intruders while insulating you from the elements.
Potential disadvantages? Because of their weight, steel doors can be harder on springs. Painted steel needs periodic maintenance and paint touch-ups during its lifespan. However, most homeowners agree that the benefits of a steel garage door outweigh the potential disadvantages.
Wood Garage Doors
For a style and feel that’s closest to nature, wood garage doors are distinctive above other types and styles. The potential disadvantages are increased maintenance (paint, stain, and so forth) over time; however, gentle weathering can add to their charm.
Carriage House Garage Doors
Carriage style imitates the gracious look of old-fashioned carriage houses, and as such, works well for stately, historic-style homes. Carriage house doors may come in wood or steel, depending on your preferences.
Most of these doors are crafted to look like old-fashioned ‘swing out’ doors even though they feature overhead operation. They offer additional options like wrought iron hardware and special finishes.
We hope you find the best garage door that fits your wants and needs. For more tips on choosing a garage door, or if you just need your current garage door repaired contact the experts at The Garage Door Company Ltd in Calgary today!