Shopping for a Garage Door
For Raleigh, NC homeowners, shopping for a garage door can be an uphill battle given the numerous styles, colors and sizes available in the market today. It does not help that this is not something you buy every other day so you most likely know little if anything about garage doors and what options are best suited for your home. That said shopping for a door for your garage can be fun and with good planning and a bit of research you can get a garage door that will serve you right and also considerably enhance your curb appeal. Below are some of the factors to consider when looking for a new garage door for your home.
There are four main types of garage doors. You can opt for a garage door that will swing out or up or choose one that slides to the side. There is also the more common roll up garage door. The type of door to buy will to a large extent depend on the style of your home. Swing out and sliding barn doors work well with traditional styles while roll up doors work best with contemporary styles.
Garage doors come with numerous add-on features that not only affect their appearance but also their functionality. For example, some doors come with a real sturdy frame and panels while others do not. Doors with a real frame are usually sturdier that those with only a decorative frame. Other garage doors come with glass panels that are visually attractive and at the same time allow natural light to get into the garage. Different types of hinges and handles are also used to create a variety of designs to match different homeowners’ style and preferences as far as garage doors are concerned.
The door color is also a major factor to consider. Some doors can be painted to match your home’s architecture while other doors come in just the right colors to work with already existing infrastructure. All in all with all the designs and colors available you are guaranteed of getting a garage door in a style that will compliment your home.
Both contemporary and traditional style doors come in a variety of materials that include wood, aluminum and steel. Different materials come with different features and you need to consider the material that would work best for your home depending on your location, home style and the overall look that you want to achieve.
Steel garage doors are generally considered economically smart since they are strong and durable, require minimal maintenance and will look as good as new even after 20 years of continuous use. Wooden doors are quite authentic and even though they require regular maintenance they are also durable and they come in a variety of interesting colors and designs. Aluminum doors are not as common though they are an ideal choice especially if you want a light garage door.
Safety is another key factor to consider when buying a garage door. Fortunately garage door sellers are only too happy to share safety information regarding the different doors they stock. If you live in an area prone to hurricanes and strong winds it would be advisable to choose doors that are strong and can withstand these weather elements. Some doors designed for these areas come with built in reinforcement to further safeguard your safety.
Doors that come with polyurethane insulation are generally considered to be safer as the insulation works to reduce the amount of flames and smoke in the event of a fire. Modern doors with the spring system encased within a steel tube are also considered to be safer than those with exposed springs as these springs can be dangerous especially if the springs break when the door is in use.
Given that you are going to use your garage door on a regular basis it is important to also consider other safety measures put in place to ensure that you and your family are safeguarded against injuries when using garage doors. A pinch resistant door is a great choice because no one fancies getting their fingers caught in the door panels when trying to close the door. Generally an ideal door should be made with your safety in mind and care should be taken to ensure that are parts are generally safe and cause minimal if any injuries.
Insulation is also an important factor to consider when shopping for a garage door and considering the ever rising cost of energy an energy efficient door is a great choice for most people. An insulated door however only works if the garage is attached to the conditioned part of the house.
Insulated doors tend to be sturdier and durable given that there is an additional layer sandwiched between at least two other layers. The thickness of the door does not however determine its thermal insulation property and you should check each door’s R-value if you are particularly keen on insulation.
If you are working with a tight budget, you have to find a garage door that falls squarely within your budget. You also need to consider durability in order to ensure that the garage door you settle for is worth its cost. An easy way of doing this would be to check the garage door warranty. You may have to spend more to get a quality fiberglass or steel garage door that comes with a longer warranty but in the long run this will be a better choice than a low grade steel or wooden door with a low initial cost but will only serve you for a few years. A quality garage door will also increase the value of your home making it a worthy investment if you are looking to sell your home in the near future.
These are some of the main factors to consider when shopping for a garage door. Whatever your choice, the important thing is that you get a garage door that functions well and brings out the best in your home’s look. To make your work easier, get in touch with a garage door company and see if what they are offering is anything close to what you are looking for. You can also go a step further and request for a customized garage door that is built to suit your unique style and perfectly fit into your home.