What to Look For When Buying a Garage Door
Buying a new garage door and having it installed is a big investment!
You want to make sure you are getting the best deal, buying a good quality door and finding the right one to match your style and the look you want.
The first step in this journey is hiring a garage door installation company to help you. They can measure your door so you know what size you need, offer recommendations of the best manufacturers or what is available locally, and help you stay in budget.
Once you do this, there are a few more things to consider…
Garage Door Material Choices
Depending on your budget, some material options won’t be available. But each material has pros and cons, so you need to determine what is most important.
Garage doors can be made from: wood, steel, aluminium, vinyl, fiberglass, and more.
Wood and wood composite are expensive, but beautiful. They also aren’t very low maintenance as you must refinish them frequently.
Steel garage doors are affordable and durable. They are prone to more dents though and can rust, so you need to maintain them properly. You can get steel doors with a fiberglass overly, which can help prevent the rust and dent issue.
Aluminium doors are light due to the material, so they are great for bigger doors. They dent easily though and they are expensive.
Fiberglass can be molded to the design and texture you love, and are resistant to dents and rust. They are great for coastal areas as well but can break and yellow in colder environments.
lastly you have vinyl, which are VERY hard to dent or break. They are like fiberglass in terms of how they are made, and only require to be washed from time to time for maintenance. The downside is in design, since there are fewer options for customization.
Garage Door Insulation
It isn’t always necessary to insulate your garage door. In fact, insulating the walls in your garage can be more effective! However depending on the climate and what you use your garage door, insulating the door is a consideration.
Insulation with R values are either made from polystyrene or polyurethane. Your garage technician what is the best application for your home.
Choosing an Installer
Check reviews, the website and the details of the installer you choose – including whether they are licensed, bonded and insured and what experience they have. Any good company will happily and quickly provide these details for you!