If it's time to get a new garage door, take time to consider all your choices. A garage door makes an impact on the curb appeal of your home, and since you can choose different styles and colors, you can select a door that enhances your property. Here are some factors to consider for your new garage door replacement.
The Material The Door Is Made From
Steel doors are popular because they are so sturdy, and they also provide good security for your home. A steel door is also more affordable than a wood door. An aluminum door is similar, although it's lighter than steel so it's easier to open and close manually. Plus, aluminum won't rust. Wood has a classic look that might complement your home well, but wood is expensive and requires the most care.
When choosing the material your door is made from, be sure to compare options that look like wood but don't require as much care. Some manufacturers of steel, aluminum, and vinyl garage doors make doors that look like wood but cost less and need less maintenance. You could also choose a fiberglass door that looks like real wood.
The Color And Door Style
Choosing the color and style for your new door might be difficult because you may find it hard to visualize what the new door would look like on your house. In that case, search online for an app from a garage door manufacturer that lets you design a garage door using a photo of your house. You can change the color, the number and location of windows, and the type of hardware on the door.
The Ease Of Maintenance And Repairs
All garage doors are heavy, but wood doors are especially heavy, and that might make them more difficult to install and repair. Wood also has to be stained or painted to keep it from rotting, warping, and cracking. Metal, vinyl, and fiberglass doors require less care for the door itself, but all doors also need regular care of the moving parts.
Your garage door installer might offer some advice on things you can do to keep the sensors and roller tracks functional. Plus, the owner's manual for your new door should offer maintenance tips that keep your door in good working order. However, if something goes wrong, such as a broken spring or a door that jumped off the tracks, you'll need a professional to make repairs no matter what type of door you have installed.
To learn more, contact a garage door contractor.