How to Choose the Right Garage Door for Your Home

By Samantha Millers
Samantha Millers
Samantha Millers
November 1, 2014 Updated: April 23, 2016

It’s not something that we tend to think about much, but a garage door can make or break the look of your home. There are several different styles to choose from, and you may be wondering which type is best for your home. Here are some tips to help you make the best decision:

  • Door Type – There are different types of doors, stock, semi-custom, and custom. Stock doors are already made and ready to install. Semi-custom garage doors have some preassembled parts, but you can choose from additional features, such as windows and different types of opening mechanisms. Custom doors are just that, customized to your exact requirements.
  • Hardware – The type of hardware used in the installation is extremely important. For instance, a top-loaded door needs heavy springs to counteract the weight of the door so it is easy to lift and lower. There should be at least two counter springs in each setup, and if you have to buy the extra spring, do it. It’s definitely worth it.
  • Measurements – If the garage door you choose doesn’t fit, you will have to adjust the garage door frame to accommodate one of the various garage door sizes. To avoid this, simply make sure that you have all of the correct measurements, including measurements for any hardware that will be installed.
  • Insulation – If your garage is attached to your home, it needs to be insulated. Otherwise, the air inside will be cold, and that cold air will get into your home. You will spend more for an insulated garage door, but you will save money on your energy bills in the long run.
  • Insects – You may want to go with another building material besides wood for your garage door. Unless it is properly treated, wood can be a lovely home for termites and other pests.
  • Home Owners Associations – If you live in a neighborhood that has a home owner’s association, you may be restricted to the type of garage door you can have as per association regulations. Always check with the association to find out what type of doors you can have on your home.
  • Warranty – It is imperative that you get a garage door that has a good warranty. The mechanisms can fail, and there can be other issues which warrant repairs or replacements. Without a warranty, you will be responsible for these costs.
  • Property Taxes and Legal Issues – Keep in mind that any upgrades done to your home, including new garage doors, could increase the amount you pay in property taxes. You may also need building permits before you can install the new garage door. If you do need a permit, expect to find an assessor at your door later to assess whether or not it will increase your taxes.
  • Weather Conditions – You need to take the area you live in into consideration when buying garage doors. For instance, if you live in an area where there is a lot of snow or wet weather, you want a door that is going to be able to withstand that weather and not warp, rot, or rust.
  • Security – You need to have a solid garage door that is going to provide your home and family with protection. A flimsy door can easily be pried open, and burglars can then steal items from your garage. If the garage is connected to your home, they can then get inside to steal more items.
  • Suppliers – Not all suppliers carry all types of garage doors. You may have to shop around in order to find exactly what you are looking for. This is especially true if you want a semi-custom garage door.

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