How to Select a Garage Door
It’s big! It’s often front facing. It’s a necessity. It’s your garage door and when you want to improve the curb appeal of your home, you have to take it into consideration. But, there’s good news. Today’s garage doors offer you a choice of materials, styles and safety features that will make your garage door both more attractive and safer.
Start with a Budget. Know what you can spend. Your budget may dictate what type of garage door you can buy. Aluminum is usually the least expensive option and today’s aluminum garage doors may have panels made of other materials such as high density polyethylene. Steel is another popular choice. It is durable and easy to maintain. Wood garage doors can add a beautiful touch to your home, but they may be the most expensive and they will require upkeep. You’re going to find a variety of styles in every material.
Choose a Style. The least expensive options are going to be typical paneled garage door, but it’s not that costly to add some features that will enhance the curb appeal of your home. Take a drive through your neighborhood. What garage doors stand out as stylish additions to their homes? Take some pictures or make a list of the feature you want. Something as simple as windows may make a big difference in the overall good looks of a garage door. You can match the style of your home with the style of the garage door. For example, aluminum frames with frosted glass panels give a modern home even more pizazz. Carriage styled doors are a perfect addition to a home that has a classical appeal. Take your time and explore the options.
What Color? Most garage doors are subdued with a color that compliments the home or blends into the home’s overall color scheme. On the other hand, some homeowners choose a pop of bright color. It may match the color of the front door or the trim of the house. Just remember your garage door is big – really big – so be sure that the color you choose won’t overwhelm the appeal of your home. Again, take a trip around several neighborhoods and see how color works with a variety of different homes and styles.
Choose the Garage Door Opener and its Extras. It’s the law – your new garage door will have an automatic reversal feature when it and the opener are installed, but that’s just the beginning. Your new garage opener can come with features like a rolling code so that a thief cannot use an illegal device to open the door and break into your home. Want more? How about a garage door opener that communicates with you through a smart phone so you know when it’s opened or if it’s been left open. You can even open the door with the phone if needed. Your garage door opener can turn on the lights or attach to your key ring for added security. Check with your garage door replacement company and explore all the new safety features!
Choosing a new garage door should be an exciting and fun process. You’ll give your home new curb appeal while you give yourself new safety and convenience features. However, when it comes to the installation, it is not a DIY project. You want a proven garage door contractor to install the door correctly to insure the safety of you, your family, your home and everything in it.