Things to Keep in Mind When Buying a Garage Door

Things to Keep in Mind When Buying a Garage Door

 Buying a new garage door may seem like a daunting process, but if you tackle the process in steps, you could save some time (and possibly your sanity).

Know what size door you need.

Garage doors are available to fit almost any size and shape of opening. Before approaching a professional service to discuss purchasing a new door, be sure to measure yours first.
 
Choose a door thats style matches your home.
 
Garage doors often take up large parts of the exterior of the home, so the overall design of your new door should reflect the aesthetics of the house. Complementary styles will not only look appealing, but can drive up the value of your home. Window and window panels can add a personal touch, and double-paned windows can let in light while keeping the cold out. Different styles of panels can add depth and distinction and provide texture that wasn't present in the original design of the door.

Decide which material your door will be made of.
 
Wood doors may mimic the exterior of an older home, but steel is usually a more economical option. Double or triple layered doors can add insulation or sound proofing to your garage.
 
What will be your garage's main function?
 
How much time do you plan on spending in the garage? Is temperature regulation a factor you need to consider in your purchase? How much soundproofing do you require? If your garage will be a workshop, living area, or simply a place to store your car, the door that protects it will require different features. In moderate to temperate climates, look for an R-value of at least three -- up to 10 if you live in a colder climate. Weather seals are a necessary for our region, and a bottom seal can keep chilly northwest rain from seeping under.
 
To see what your garage door options are, stop by Fireside Home Solutions and schedule a free in-home consultation.