Today’s garage door manufacturers offer a huge range or material, colors and styles to choose from. Read on to learn more about the options available to you.
What Will Your Garage Be Used For?Before you start to look into your options, be clear about your garage and what you plan to use it for. How many cars will you park there? Do you need space for a workshop? Will you install storage shelves or cupboards? Will you store bikes, boats or kayaks? Will your kids play in the garage or keep large toys there? Do you have pets that will need an easy way in and out? Is the weather cold, warm or moderate? These considerations will determine the size, the need for insulation and the design of the panels.
How Much Maintenance Can You Handle?Another important factor to consider is the ongoing maintenance requirements. Some models are made of more durable material and others require additional ongoing tinkering. Some enjoy this, while others would prefer as much of a hassle free system as possible.
Which Material To Go For?Depending on the above considerations, an important decision you will have to make is regarding the material of your new door - wood, steel, aluminum, fiberglass or vinyl. Steel and aluminum doors are the most common. They can be customized in styles and colors, can be insulated before or after construction and require minimum care. Wood is becoming popular again, especially for custom-built houses due to its durability, natural look and special structure. Fiberglass doors are versatile, light and resistant to salt damage and maintenance free. Vinyl doors offer protection from exterior noise, dents and rust and offer excellent insulation.
Polyurethane and polystyrene insulation can be added to all for a bit of extra noise and climate control.
The Style Of The HouseBecause your garage door is such a visible part of your property, one of the most important factors you need to consider is the style and architecture of your new design. Depending on your budget, the options are unlimited. You might choose a carriage door if your home is fairly traditional or a steel minimalistic design if your home is more contemporary. Many aim for their garage door to be a natural extension of the rest of their property. With any style you choose, the range of color and texture is often unlimited and the decision will ultimately be up to you.
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