We don’t buy a new garage door very often, so it’s important to make the right choice when you do decide to install a new one. There’s a lot to consider, including visual appeal, function, and cost. Here are 5 questions to ask yourself before installing a new garage door.
Why Are You Purchasing a New Garage Door?
Once you understand your motivation, you can narrow the selection as to what meets your needs. Was it malfunctioning? Does it look old and degraded? Are you looking for a more insulated model? Does it require too much maintenance such as painting and weather sealant?
What Are Your Priorities for a New Garage Door?
You’ve generally got 3 criteria when it comes to choosing a new garage door: function, aesthetics, and budget. Function can vary according to how durable it is, how insulated the door is, how resistant to weather it is, and how it opens. Aesthetics can vary according to the type of material you use and how well that will fit the architectural style of your home. Budget can vary. There are ways to make a garage door more affordable such as not using insulation, using cheaper materials such as steel or aluminum, and installing it yourself.
What Type of Material Do You Want?
When it comes to installing a new garage door, you’ve got three categories to choose from: wood, metal, and aluminum.
Wood can vary in quality, but the more quality doors can also be quite expensive. Wood has a great natural appearance, but needs to be repainted from time to time as well as weather sealed to protect it from the elements.
Metal doors can vary depending on if they are insulated or uninsulated, as well as how thick they are.
Aluminum tend to be the most expensive. They don’t require as much care as wood, but they do tend to dent easily.
What Are Your Plans for Your Garage Door?
How will you be using the garage door? Will you store vehicles in your garage, or just use it as a storage space for tools, extra clothes and equipment? Do you want to convert the garage into a comfortable living space?
If you plan to store your car in the garage, make sure to also install a garage door opener. If you plan to use the garage space as a living area, insulation is a must.
How Important is Appearance?
If you are looking to improve how your home looks, aesthetics should be a primary consideration. A good-looking garage door can improve the value of your home through curb appeal. Make sure to match the style, color, and trim to your front door and perhaps the siding of any windows. Choose a material such as wood that has a charming natural look.