Aug 28, 2020

How To Choose the Right Garage Door

Every part of our home has its purpose and importance, and even though the garage often seems to be at the end of the list somehow, it is a very important section of any house. Garage doors play a great role when it comes to the safety of your home, but also when it comes to insulation, and last but not least, the aesthetics. Not to mention the convenience of having just the right type of garage door which perfectly suits your needs when it comes to the rest of your house, your yard, as well as your car(s).

According to garage door installation and repair experts, these are the things you should pay attention to when choosing the door for your garage, whether it is newly built, or you are planning to replace the old one.

Garage Door Construction

The first step you need to define is the type of door construction. There are a few options which are more or less popular.

The most widespread garage door construction is the sectional door. This type is made of a number of horizontal panels which move vertically upwards. The panels are hinged together and when opening, they eventually move back towards the ceiling. They are really good if you want to maximize the space in the garage, as well as in front of it.

Roller garage doors are quite similar to the sectional doors, only they roll up, instead of having the internal tracks. They are perfect if you need free space in the upper part of the garage and wish to leave the ceiling free.

Swing style garage doors are a more old school choice which is good for you if energy efficiency is an important item on your list since they seal really well. However, they require much more space to operate, and, unlike the first two types, are much more expensive to automate.

If you use your garage as an on-foot exit and entrance very often, especially to take out things such as your bike, you might consider a slide garage door. They are also a good option if you cannot spare any space in the upper parts and the ceiling because of the storage space.

Garage Door Material

Besides the construction model of the garage door, the material it is made of also plays an important role when it comes to safety, insulation, and of course aesthetics. Like any other door, the garage door can be made of steel, wood, aluminum, fiberglass, vinyl, and some other materials.

Steel doors are quite safe and can provide good insulation, especially if they have two layers of galvanized steel. They can be easily painted to match the overall image of your home. They are, however, quite prone to denting, as well as corrosion, so this is something to keep in mind, especially if you live in humid areas, or near the ocean, where the salty air will make corrosion worse.

If your house is more traditional in style, the wood door might be a good option for you, even though nowadays wood can easily be painted to fit in perfectly into a more modern design.

Unlike the steel option, aluminum framed doors are not subject to corrosion, but on the other hand, they are quite easy to dent. In terms of design, they offer quite a lot of variety coming with different finishes and in many different colors. It is most commonly used for roller doors with double insulation.

In terms of indentation and rusting, fiberglass seems like a perfect option as it is not prone to either. It is, however, more easily broken upon impact, so it is a good idea to get some reinforcement in the form of a steel frame, as well as steel caps.

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