Choosing The Right Garage Door

Choosing The Right Garage Door For Your Needs

At Garage Door Utah, we realize that choosing the right garage door can be daunting. To assist in the decision, we offer some useful tips  for you to consider when looking at a garage door that will suit your needs best.

Garage Door Style

 When it comes to design, there are many choices. There are traditional panel designs, raised or recessed panels in various lengths. Additionally, there are window options to enhance your garage door. Another choice is Carriage House steel garage doors. With these, the doors appear to swing open but in actuality they move up and down like a traditional door.

From a modern perspective, there are aluminum garage doors with full-view glass. They are relatively maintenance-free. However, they lack insulation for areas with extreme temperatures which is something to consider. The aluminum frames are offered in many different colors and finishes.

Don’t overlook fiberglass garage doors with a steel frame. They have the beauty of a wooden door without any maintenance.  Vinyl doors last longer in harsh weather conditions, and are more resistant to dents, are rust-free and never need paint.

The beauty and craftsmanship of wood doors are appealing.  Although wood doors require painting or staining occasionally, they are absolutely worth it.

Colors are a very important aspect. The color can be customized to match shutters, trim or siding as well your home’s architecture.

In regards to costs, premium wood garage doors are the most expensive, and then fiberglass doors, steel doors with and without vinyl, and then un-insulated, single sheet steel doors and lastly lower grade wood garage doors.

Garage door insulation is important. The thermal property is expressed as an R-value. A higher value reduces outside noise and the door operates quieter. Many insulated doors use polystyrene or polyurethane foam. It also makes the door strong and lessens noise while operating the door.

Consider Garage Door Safety And Security

Next, the garage door should have safety features. Pinch-resistant doors pushes fingers out of harm’s way should they be placed close to a closing door. Tamper resistant bottom brackets reduce the risk of injury from garage door components under tension.

Next, you should consider spring design. Counterbalance springs lift and close a garage door.  The springs are wound tightly when your door is closed. As the door moves up, the springs unwind providing the force to lift the door. As the door closes, the weight of the door winds the springs back up until it closes. At this point the springs have their full tension. A counterbalance system encases garage door springs inside a steel tube. If the spring should break, it will do so safely inside the tube.

Typically, a manufacturer offers a one year warranty. However, some have 10 years while others have Lifetime Limited warranties.  Warranties offer peace of mind with your purchase of a garage door that will fit your needs.

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