Tips For Choosing a New Garage Door

Residential and business garage doors have multiple functions. They’re a central part of a property’s security, but also an extension of the decor and beauty of an estate.

When installing a new garage door there are two basic steps to making the right choice.
Choose Your Material
There are a variety of materials your garage doors can be made with. The four most common are aluminum, wood, vinyl, and steel. Each of them have their own unique benefits.

If you’re looking for natural elegance and charm, wood should be your choice. Garage door owners often choose cedar or mahogany because they are easy to stain or paint.

Vinyl doors are designed to seal out the elements. In spite of rain, snow, and extreme heat, these doors won’t warp, split, or crack.

Aluminum doors are low maintenance and rust resistant. They have a more modern look and pair well with glass windows, providing natural light to your garage.

The most popular doors are steel. They look good. The upkeep is easy, and they’re durable. Many customers emboss wood grain patterns on them to give them a real wood look.
Choose The Style of Your Door
Once you decide on the material you’ll need to pick the design. When settling on a concept ask yourself, what will improve my garage’s curb appeal? Your options include three major styles — carriage house, traditional, and contemporary.

Traditional garage doors match the architect of most homes. These designs generally feature either long or short raised panels.

Carriage house garage doors are fashioned to recreate the look of a nineteenth century wood carriage house entrance. They are often created in three or four section panels. They can be customized with or without large windows.

Contemporary garage doors are usually made with aluminum and glass. They have smooth, opulent surfaces to complement the clean architecture of a modern home or business.