Three Things to Consider When Choosing a Replacement Garage Door

Having a new garage door fitted isn’t an everyday job, so when the time comes to have yours replaced, you’d be forgiven for feeling a bit lost.

Whether you’re having a new garage built or if your current door is looking a little bit worse for wear, here are three things to bear in mind when choosing a new one.

Opening mechanism

The garage door opening mechanism that you’re probably most familiar with the ‘canopy’ style, where the door is pulled outwards and upwards, and then sits in the ceiling space of the garage while open.

Retractable garage doors are similar to canopy doors, although instead of the door poking out of the front of the garage while open, they will fully retract into the ceiling.

These are the most popular door options, so will have the widest amount of options available to choose from, but there are a couple of other styles you might wish to consider.

For example, sectional and roller garage doors are becoming more popular recently, giving the home a modern and contemporary feel.

These doors open by moving straight upwards, which is great is you have limited space, and also means that you don’t have to park your car a certain distance away from the front of the garage so it doesn’t get caught by the opening door.

For an extensive list of different types of opening mechanisms, check out this post from The Garage Door Centre.

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Material

The material of your garage door will affect a couple of things, such as its thermal efficiency, how much upkeep the door will need, and of course, how it’ll look.

The most commonly used materials are timber and steel, with various designs available in both, whether they be simple and minimalist or more grand and traditional, it all depends on your tastes.

We spoke to Duratec Security Solutions in Lancaster who said: “Generally speaking, steel is a sturdy choice, with a great variety of styles, colours and finishes, and require little maintenance.

“On the other hand, a wooden door is a much more traditional option, but will require fairly regular staining and painting.”

(If you choose to opt for a roller door, bear in mind that by design, they will need to use aluminium horizontal slats.)

The overall look of the property

You may not realise it, but your garage door actually plays a huge role in the overall look and feel of your property, and this has to be something which you bear in mind.

If you get it right, your garage door can completely overhaul the look of your house and even add value to the property.

For example, if you want to bring your house more up-to-date, try out a roller or sectional door.

On the other hand, if you’re living in an old property, this would look out of place, and you might be better off going for something more traditional and decorative.

A good tip is to try and match the colour of the garage door to your window trim or front door.

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