How to Choose the Best Garage Doors


garage-doorA home’s garage doors is an important feature, though often taken for granted until it stops functioning. Usually the largest movable object in a house it also plays a large role in a home’s exterior appearance. For these reasons it is important to give plenty of consideration into a garage door purchase should you find yourself in the market for one.

Appearance

Before you start meeting with product salespeople, try to develop a good idea of what style would best suit your home. Drive around local neighborhoods to see what has been used on houses of a similar size and look. Peruse catalogs and vendor sites on the internet to look into what new design options are available. Once you have this visual in your head, a salesperson can put it into the right language and help you choose the right material and other aesthetic features such as windows and paneling.

Functionality

While not the most inexpensive option available, automatic, sectional gates are becoming the standard for homeowners who want to ensure the best resale value. This option requires professional installation and regular maintenance.

Garage doors can be made of a variety of material including wood, steel, aluminum, polyethylene or fiberglass. Wood doors have long been a popular option given their natural look and customization options even though they tend to require the most maintenance. However, steel doors are overtaking them, become increasingly popular for their strength and durability.

Steel doors can be painted and are available in a variety of finishes and designs. Vinyl and fiberglass doors are more expensive but won’t rust and are resistant to dents. Your local garage gate salesperson can help you choose the right door that will give you the look you want but also be suitable for your family’s lifestyle and the local weather conditions.

Other features

Depending on how the garage is used, it may be important to consider the R-value of a door – or the resistance to heat flow, which can affect fuel usage. The construction material and weight of the door will affect the R-value as will features such as windows and insulation.

When upgrading them, you will want to know whether you’ll be able to keep your existing opener or whether a new one will be required. It’s important to work with a business that offers a warranty both on the product and the installation service. They should also hold a contractor’s license within the state in which they operate.

Common Problems
If you don’t provide the necessary maintenance for your doors, you may end up spending a lot more money for repair expenses and worse, purchasing a new door. There are several parts that need to be checked periodically. Once you spot any glitches or minor problems, you should seek help from a professional garage repair company to avoid worsening the problem. Select a reliable company that can offer you excellent services at reasonable prices. They should be able to keep your car in excellent condition and lengthen the lifespan of your garage doors.

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