A Guide on Choosing a Garage Door

If you walk down any suburban street, you will see how much garage doors play a part in the façade of the home.

Therefore, it is important to get the right one so it complements the house rather than clashing with the overall style. Because it is such a prominent feature of the façade, if you choose wisely, you can add to the curb appeal of your home, which can increase the value of your property.

What door is best for you is depends on a range of factors, which will be explored in this blog.

Climate

The climate is something many people do not consider when buying a home, but they should if they are looking for longevity. Depending on what sort of weather your area experiences may determine the material you use.

Metal and fibreglass are obvious much better dealing with different sorts of weather conditions than wood is, but at the end of the day you also have to adhere to your personal preference.

If you live near the coast, you might want to reconsider a metal door because the salty air will cause it to rust if it gets a dent in it. However, you can always seal it with a protective coating.

If you’re not sure what sort of garage door to get for your climate, perhaps you need to speak to one of our experts.

Budget

Wood is the most expensive and hardest to maintain out of the range of materials you can use for a garage door. It is also the more luxurious, offering the home owner a sense of grandeur that you can’t get from steel or fibreglass.

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If wood is not for you, you’re next best pricing option is fibreglass/PVC overlay. Fibreglass doors comes in a wide range of colours and styles – you could even get a wood overlay to get the look of wood for a cheaper price. It’s more durable than both wood and steel, but can crack under stress.

Even more affordable, are steel and aluminium. While aluminium is both cheaper, requires less maintenance and is rust proof, it is less sturdy than steel and dents very easily.

Space

If space is an issue on your property, you will want to stay clear of wooden garage doors because they take up a lot of room. Two options you have are roller doors and sectional doors.

Roller Doors – These doors are made up of thin material that wrap around a cylinder when it opens. They are extremely space efficient because they take up very little ceiling room, making them ideal for people who have small garages.

Sectional doors – When these doors are opened, the panels slide onto a metal track and are moved along the roof of the garage. They are not as space efficient as roller doors, but are a popular choice because they are more durable and cheaper than other types of garage door.

Style of your home

As it was previously mentioned, you want your garage to blend into the structure of your home rather than contrast it. The best way you can do this, besides the style, is with colour. Make sure you choose a colour that balances with the exterior of the home.

An easy way to create a continuity between the garage door and the home is to colour match it with your window trim.

We hope these tips have helped you in your journey on buying a garage door. If you follow these suggestions, we are confident that you will well on the way on choosing the right one for your home.