Garage doors have almost become an accessory to a house with the garage facing the street. The options on garage door styles have flourished, leaving homeowners with the ability to buy a garage door that fits their needs and their tastes. What is more, these beautiful new door styles are also durable, efficient, and safe. But how do you decide on which is right for you?
Budget and Type
How much money you are willing to invest in a new garage door will be the leading factor into what type of garage door you will install. For those who are looking to save as much money as possible, a single-layer construction that offers steel, wood, or fiberglass skin without insulation is your best bet. Next on the totem pole is a double-layer construction that adds a layer of polystyrene board and a thin back cover. This type of insulation increases the energy efficiency of the door, as well as soundproof and overall structure.
If you want the best of the best, and are willing to invest, then you’ll want the triple-layer. This has a layer of insulation between two pieces of wood, steel, or fiberglass, depending on what you prefer. This has the ultimate structural integrity and soundproofing, and is of course energy efficient.
Once you know your budget, and have decided on the construction type of your new garage door, you’ll need to decide what’s the right material for you. The most popular choice is fiberglass that is molded to look like wood. They are easy to clean and you can get them in any size and color.
Next, you can always go with real wood, but keep in mind you’ll have to regularly stain and paint the wood to touch it up. Steel doors are also an option, as they require little to no maintenance, and are usually inexpensive.
Last you’ll need to decide whether or not to insulate your garage door. If the garage is attached to your house, it might be a good idea to get insulation to reduce the noise and the effect of the outside temperatures permeating that side of the house. If it’s not attached to your house, you’ll be fine without insulation.
Now that you’ve decided exactly what type of door is right for you, it’s time to call the experts for an estimate and installation. This is definitely not something you want to try on your own, since you can be harmed in the process. To make sure you get your perfect garage door installed without a hitch, give us a call and we’d be happy to help.
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