Garage doors come in many shapes and sizes and can be built using a variety of materials. Choose the right one and it can add aesthetics and increase property value.
But how do you choose the right one?
First, a look at the various types of garage doors.
Automatic garage door
A more convenient option than a manual door, automatic doors have been fitted with motors and other mechanisms that make going in and out of the garage easier than ever.
With measures added to counteract the safety risks that many people were concerned about, many are now starting to appreciate the benefits of automatic doors.
Insulated garage doors
Climate is a major consideration when choosing a garage door. If you live in an area with a very cold or very warm climate, an insulated garage door is the best choice. Protect your car against extreme temperatures. And if your garage doubles as a shed where you work, insulation becomes even more important.
Roller garage doors
These doors operate vertically up and down, rolling up and around self into a cylinder shape. The one steel ribbed profile design and cost-effectiveness make these doors a popular choice.
Sectional garage doors
The doors operate similar to a roller door but are made of several jointed panels. The door either rolls above the doorway or rolls up on tracks across the garage ceiling. These doors are available in many designs and looks and in electronic operation.
As the name suggests, these garage doors tilt when they open via a tilting mechanism. Unlike other types, these are pretty standard. Best used if you have enough clearance for the door to tilt.
What factors should you consider when choosing a garage door?
How wide and tall should the garage door be? You can call in professional installers to take measurements or do it yourself.
If it’s the latter, make sure to measure the opening width and height of the garage door. You should also measure the headspace or space between the ceiling and the top of the door opening, the backspace or the distance between the back wall of the garage and the door opening.
- Steel is the most popular and is available in various styles, paint options, window designs, and installation. It can withstand high winds and areas with high levels of security concerns.
- Natural wood offers a beautiful and rustic appearance but is high maintenance because it is prone to cracking and splitting.
- Fiberglass is highly durable and is resistant to cracking, denting, rust, and splitting. It also offers a high level of insulation which explains its high price.
- Aluminium and glass are rust- and corrosion-resistant, making them long-lasting.
- Vinyl is rust-resistant, durable, low-maintenance, and with customised styles.
- Modern homes need garage doors with a modern and contemporary style.
- Traditional homes are a perfect match for a garage door made of wood.
- Craftsman or mission-style homes look best with a carriage-house garage door.
- Historical homes are best paired with a custom garage door.
How much are you willing to spend on a garage door? With all the features that can be added, from insulation to mechanised controls, it is important to set a budget so you don’t overspend.
Now that you know the factors to consider and types of garage doors available, time to pick the right one.