Garage doors are a utilitarian feature that also plays an important role in the overall aesthetic of your home. They’re one of the first things that people notice, but at the same time, if it doesn’t work properly and suit your needs, it will become a daily hassle. For that reason, it is important to find one that both works well and looks great.
There is a lot to consider when you’re in the market for a new garage door. Let’s simplify it by following this useful guide.
Figure Out the Basics
The first thing that you need to do when shopping for a new garage door is find out the dimensions of your opening. That way, you can accurately take price into consideration as you look.
Speaking of price, set a budget right from the outset. To do this, balance the expense with the value that it can add to your home and decide on your upper limit.
Finally, think about how you want to use your garage space. Is it going to be a traditional garage used for parking and storage only, or might you need some insulation to use it as a workspace in adverse weather? Hint: the R-value measures the door’s insulation; the higher R-value, the more it will keep cool/warm air in during the summer/winter.
Choose Your Style Preference
There are a few different styles to choose from when you’re buying a new garage door. The first is garage roller doors or raised panel doors. This is the most common style and the one that typically comes to mind when people think about garage doors. Garage roller doors have metal tracks that run along the perimeter. Wheels on the track pull the door open and closed.
Since garage roller doors are so common, they come in a variety of materials and designs. One of the most popular brands is B&D Garage Doors, which also services them to keep them operating well.
Another style is carriage style, which looks like an old-fashioned barn or carriage door. Some are on rollers, while others swing out, mimicking the original design.
Finally, there are also contemporary or modern garage doors. Many of these feature glass panels or are made of steel. Let’s look at some other materials for garage doors next.
Choose Your Material
One of the most common materials is wood: timber garage doors in Adelaide are popular, as they are everywhere. They are also very customisable, able to suit just about any style of home. That said, as with wood flooring, they can be expensive.
Another popular option is steel. Steel is very durable (obviously), which makes it a great material for your garage if it will get a lot of wear and tear. Unlike timber, they also require very little maintenance. They look great on contemporary or mid-century modern homes, but can also be customised to fit any style or overall look. Typically, steel garage doors also have high R-values.
Finally, if wood is too expensive or you don’t want the maintenance but you don’t like the look of steel, consider faux wood. B&D Garage Doors sells many faux wood models. They can also be customised to fit the overall aesthetic of your home, and often look strikingly similar to real timber.
Lastly, consider whether you want your door to have windows. They can add to the costs, but they also provide natural light inside the garage and look beautiful on the outside.
Have the Door Professionally Installed and Enjoy Your New Garage Door
There are many options to choose from: one of the many garage roller doors or a less common style such as timber garage doors in Adelaide, or steel, or faux wood. Browse online before calling B&D Garage Doors to get a sense of what you want. You definitely need professionals to both install and service your garage door regularly to ensure that it runs properly and to protect your investment.
The most important thing is that you like the design and that it contributes in a positive way to the look of the exterior of your home.