We know that buying a new garage door isn’t always easy, especially when you must decide if you should repair your current door or buy a new one. Since buying a garage door isn’t an everyday occurrence, we’ve prepared the following questions and answers; they can help you make a more informed choice.
What is your home’s architectural style?
- Bungalow? Country-style? Victorian? Whatever the style of your home, there’s a garage door to complement the design: classic, rustic or even all glass.
- Available in wood or metal, each material has its advantages and disadvantages. Looking for a maintenance-free garage door that is stylish? It does exist! Keep in mind that the most important factor is the design of your home. Since your garage door occupies 30 to 40 per cent of the frontage of your home, it is important that both elements are harmonious in design.
How much insulation do you need?
- Is your garage used only for parking your car? Is it also used for storage? Or is it more of a living space? The more you use your garage to do other activities (ex. crafting, game room), the more important it is to have the best possible insulation and seals for your garage door and its components.
What is your budget?
- Your budget is a very important consideration. Fortunately, it’s possible to replace a garage door for less than $1,000.
- If you foresee adding a row of windows or a door opener to your new garage door, plan for additional costs.
Is a door opener useful?
- Today’s door openers are on the cutting edge of technology. They even allow you to open and close your garage door with your smart phone.
- It is always helpful to have a door opener, especially on a rainy day!
Do I need windows?
- It may be a good idea to add windows to your new door, especially if there are none in your garage.
- 3rd or 4th section? It’s a matter of personal taste, but consider how you use your garage.
- You can use our online Design Centre to learn more about our various window styles.
- Remember to coordinate your new garage door with your home’s front door. If your front door has windows, adding some to your garage door may be more visually pleasing.
What size will my garage door be?
- Do you have a single door (9’ x 7’) or a double door (16’ x 7’)? If your home is a new construction, you can choose the style and size you prefer. If you are replacing existing doors, make sure to take accurate measurements before ordering.
- Is your current door frame a non-standard size? Most manufacturers produce garage doors in one inch increments to best fit any frame width.
Contact a garage door expert in order to better understand your specific needs. They will help you make the best possible choice as they will take into account your budget and your style.