How To Choose The Right Garage Door For You

March 15, 2016

The home improvement project that will give you and your home the greatest bang for your buck is a fresh, new garage door. Perhaps the most noticeable part of your home's facade, replacing that old garage door will give your curb appeal a huge boost. The cost of a new garage door is a sound investment and one of the more inexpensive projects you can undertake. The best part about beginning your search is the amazing selection now available. But as with most home improvement projects, knowledge is king, so here are some of the more important things to keep in mind when shopping for your replacement garage door.

Types of Material

Aluminum

  • Light weight, easy to manually operate and gentle on automatic openers

  • Inexpensive with many style options

  • Will not rust, perfect for humid environments

  • Low maintenance

  • Unlike steel, dents easily

Steel

  • Strong, sturdy and durable

  • Large variety of styles

  • Can rust if damaged

Wood

  • Requires regular maintenance

  • Beautiful customizable options

  • Can be stained to match your home

Fiberglass

  • Can be made to look like wood

  • Cheaper than wood but more low maintenance

  • Can crack

Once you've decided on a material, you can focus on style and details. With all the selections available, you should be able to find something that will help to accentuate the style of your home. Windows can mimic the architecture of your home and will add continuity to the all around look of your home. Decorative hardware and handles add finishing touches that make your home your own.

Insulation

An important factor to consider when choosing your door is it's R value, or how well the door is insulated. An uninsulated garage has a major effect on the entire home, not to mention many people use their garages for much more than parking their cars these days. When shopping, look for a higher R values as opposed to just a thicker door.

We hope you have fun shopping for your new door and for help in your decision making or with anything pertaining to garage doors, please give our specialist here at Precision Door San Diego a call!

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