A garage door is a huge part of the face of your home. As one of the most noticeable parts of your homes exterior, a well-chosen door can transform your home from a run of the mill neighborhood house to something truly spectacular. There are so many options to choose from; garage doors come in all different styles and materials and insulation values. The material dictates the amount of maintenance required which is a huge factor in deciding what door is best for you.
The style of your door is integral to tying together the exterior of your home. Choosing a residential garage door that matches with the mood of your house can be difficult based on the many style options that are out there.
A good place to start is to decide what you don’t like, and choose from the options left. For instance, if you are upgrading your rambler into a mid century style, you may want to look at a modern door with sleek lines and plain windows.
However, of you are adding to the roof line with gables and dormer windows, you might want to look at a traditional carriage house styled door like a Coachman (from Clopay).
If you are having trouble visualizing the right door for your home, Hung Right Doors LLC has a great program that allows us to superimpose different doors onto your home. Giving you a very close idea of what your new door might look like!
Another huge part of choosing the right door for you is determining the amount of maintenance that you are willing to do on a garage door.
The most common material being used today for garage doors is painted steel. These doors typically require the least maintenance; some companies only require an occasional wash and wax. Other doors such as wood or aluminum and glass may require more frequent service and washing. Wood doors need to be stained frequently to maintain the condition of the wood.
Once you’ve decided on how much maintenance you are willing to do, and what style you are going with you are ready to think about insulation!
Different types of doors will have different insulation options to offer. Insulation is particularly important if you use your garage as the primary entrance to your home, and the garage is attached to your house.
Insulated doors offer quietness, strength and of course, temperature control.
Depending on the collection, Clopay offers insulation in R values from 6.5 to 20.4. These door panels are a 6.5, and a 12.9.
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Insulated doors have also been shown to positively effect heating bills. Since garage doors are typically the size of almost an entire wall of the garage, having an un-insulated door is just like having an entire wall of the house without insulation.
Having an insulated door cuts down on the amount of energy that your heating system has to exert in order to keep your house your favorite temperature.
There are so many options for garage doors but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming to choose! Using these few key elements can make the process painless and even fun!
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