Even if you have lived in your home for many years, buying a garage door is something you may not have ever done or have only needed to do once in the past. If you are building a new home, your contractor will install a garage door that is builder grade, but does not represent your personal style. So before you go from store to store or get the run around from a contractor, there are some basic questions to ask yourself to narrow down the type of door you want and need for your home.
What Garage Door Style Do You Want?
Because your home has its own character and design, you can highlight it with a garage door to match and enhance its look. Does your home have a contemporary look, classic look, or historic look? By determining the style of your home, it will help you focus and narrow down your garage door style options. Some of the most popular style options include:
Aluminum– An aluminum garage door resists rust and is ideal for humid regions. They come in multiple color options, panel design options, and window options to match your home even better.
Steel– Steel garage doors offer the most options of metal doors. They are available in insulated or non-insulated, single-layer, premium 3-layer, or 2-inch polyurethane insulation; they also offer the most color options of all garage doors.
Custom Wood– Custom wood garage doors offer the most for custom designs; you can choose cedar, redwood, cypress, and many other durable woods that can be stained any shade to match your home.
Should You Buy an Insulated Garage Door?
Depending on how you use your garage space will help you decide if your want an insulated door. In most cases, garages are not heated or cooled; therefore, if you plan to use your garage for more than just storing vehicles and yard equipment, you would benefit from buying an insulated garage door. If your garage is attached to your home, it is well worth getting an insulated door as well. During hot Texas summers your garage will stay cooler, and during the colder months your garage won’t be so cold when you’re working on a car or project.
Additional Tips for Buying a Garage Door
If this is your first time buying a new garage door for your home, don’t be misled by some common misconceptions.
- When you purchase your new garage door, you will also need to purchase a garage door opener. The automatic opener does not typically come with the new garage door, but your Dallas garage door company will sell openers and will be able to match you with the best one for your new door.
- If you decide to go with a custom garage door, like a carriage house door, you do not have to have the room for it to swing open. The newer carriage house garage doors appear to swing open, but they actually open like a regular door.
- When you are deciding on the new garage door for your home, ask about the installation costs. In some cases the garage door installation is part of the new door price, but if you are unfamiliar with their pricing you may need to ask before you get too far into the process.
At Nation Overhead Door, you can have our Dallas garage door installation experts come to your home to go over all the details. We will provide you with a free, no-obligation quote for your new garage door; we can help you choose the best door style and options to match the character and aesthetic of your home.