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What Matters When Selecting Your New Garage Door

Posted by Meagan Steinberg on Jan 10, 2019 11:10:15 AM


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Whether you’re in the middle of making a lot of decisions with building a new home, or simply ready to replace your existing garage door, it can be difficult to sift through the jargon and truly understand what to look for before you purchase. We hope these following tips will help!

Material Your Garage Door Is Made Of
Some homeowners want a traditional wood door, some want a door that looks like it’s made of wood, without the upkeep. Some homeowners want their garage door to be made of steel, but still have a designer look that compliments the style of their home. The material you choose impacts its insulation ability, performance, and overall life. 

A properly insulated garage door keeps the warm air, which you’ve already paid for, from escaping outside. There are differences in the types of insulated garage and overhead doors that are available and on the market today. The differences are not only in the types of insulation that are used, but also in how the door is constructed.   

One technical term you might hear from a garage door dealer when referring to your overhead door, is the R-Value. By definition, the R-value is a measure of resistance to heat flow through a given thickness of material. The higher the R-value, the greater the resistance. You want a high R-value when looking for a quality insulated door. 

When deciding how what level of an insulated door you need, consider a few things.  Is your garage attached to your house?  What is the space or area used for?  As we all know, garages, shops, sheds and separate buildings are often times used for more than parking cars.  We continue to see homeowners transform their garages into additional living spaces, game rooms, man caves, home gyms and so on.  Since your garage door is the largest moving object in your home, it’s important to consider insulation when choosing your garage door.

Whether your home is classic or modern, garage doors come in a variety of styles and features to best complement your home’s overall design.  If you have a traditional design to your home, you might be interested in a garage door style that is elegant, yet classic. Carriage house garage doors have become popular and have the appearance of wood carriage style swing doors, but these doors can actually be made of steel, which is much easier to maintain. There is a wide variety of garage door styles on the market. Be sure to ask your sales person what your options are!

Of course price matters to you. You need to know that you are investing in a garage door that is going to fulfill your daily needs—and let’s face it—if you can get it a reasonable price, that’s awesome! Prices are generally determined by the size of your garage door (do you have a single stall or a double stall?), what material your garage door is made of, overall insulation and more. Factors that can increase your price include any custom work that might be required. This can be anything from ordering a unique size to choosing a unique color of garage door, etc. 

If we can be of assistance as you choose your new garage door, call The Door People at 641-424-4114 or stop into our garage door showroom at 225 18th St. SE in Mason City.    

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