When you decide to replace your garage door, you're quickly bombarded with dozens of options. Aesthetically, your garage door can make or break your home's curb appeal. Practically, there are a lot of safety, convenience, and budget-related options to consider. We've broken down some of the most important things to consider to help you wade through your garage door options and make the perfect choice for your home.
1. Your Home's Style
If you have a regal colonial home, a sleek aluminum door just isn't going to fit. Evaluate your home's style, then consider door options that fit the design aspects of your home's construction. Carriage-style garage doors often look great on colonial or farmhouse-style homes, while contemporary glass or metal doors can add dramatic flair to a modern or contemporary home style.
2. Windows or No Windows?
Both contemporary and traditional-styled garage doors are available with windows and without, so think about the implications before you decide. Pros: windows add natural light, make your garage's interior feel more open, and tend to be more eye-catching than their solid, windowless counterparts. Cons: anyone in your driveway (including would-be robbers) can see everything you have inside, and depending on the weather where you live, keeping them clean can feel like quite a chore.
3. Material Options
Most garage doors are built from wood, steel, aluminum, or vinyl. Vinyl and aluminum doors are among the most budget-friendly options, though many homeowners love the warmth of real wood garage doors or the endurance and heft of steel. Custom wooden doors are stunning, but they do require a bit more upkeep such as painting or staining every few years. If you live in a harsh climate, you'll also want to consider the R-value of potential doors to keep the weather out during the coldest months of the year.
4. Safety Features
Every new garage door should have a reversal function that immediately stops closing and reverses if it senses movement in the doorway. Other features, like anti-pinch hinges and devices that push fingers away at potential pinch-points, are also smart investments, especially for homes with young children. Ask about the safety features of each door you're considering, and know which ones are deal-breakers for you.
5. Cost and Warranty
Finding the perfect door that fits your home's style and your needs doesn't have to be exhausting. Our specialists at American Garage Door are great at evaluating your current door, listening to your needs and expectations, and finding the right door for you! Each new garage door also includes a warranty against defects, and we stand behind our service and installation, so make sure you ask for details on the door you choose. To get a quote, contact us today!