How to Choose a Garage Door?
Functional and easy to use, the overhead / sectional garage door has been the most prevalent type of garage door in the last few decades in the U.S. Composed of several panels that slide inside tracks via rollers, the door when it is actuated, is housed under the ceiling of the garage thus freeing up a maximum of storage space. This type of door has several advantages: excellent performance in thermal insulation, optimal use of the garage by saving space, good security, and a nice aesthetic appearance.
How to choose your garage door?
While taking into account your budget, you must be attentive to quality, safety, the comfort of use, and aesthetics.
Ideally, the garage door would match the architecture of your home and the rest of your exterior joinery, but also operate several times a day, it must be reliable and robust.
Here are some essential criteria to take into account to help you in your choice.
1) The choice of materials and the type of panels
There is a wide range of materials on the market, such as steel, wood, and aluminum, to name a few. The door must first be in harmony with all the exterior joinery of your home. The insulation performance and safety will also condition your choice.
Most doors are made of steel panels insulated with polyurethane foam. Be careful that there are non-insulated sectional doors on the market which are not advisable when your garage door is integrated into your home. The thickness and insulation of the panel is a very important criterion.
As for the design of these sandwich panels, know that there are many models that can match the style of your home.
There are also sectional wooden doors. However, it must be taken into account that the wood requires maintenance.
2) The color
Our Clopay garage doors can be painted in any of the Sherwin-Williams color schemes.
3) The motorization
For your comfort and safety, do not hesitate to choose a garage door with an integrated motor / electric opener. This will allow you to close or open your door remotely with remote control, and even from far away using your cell phone.
The openers vary according to the type of garage door and they do not have the same speed, nor the same sound. You can read about the different types of openers here.
Check if your garage door has an anti-lift lock for burglary protection. An electric opener should do the job of locking a door even if it doesn’t have a lock on. However, to ensure the safety of your home, a lock would give ease of mind.
5) The budget
Before you find out about what the market has to offer, you should first determine your budget according to your requirements and needs, knowing that prices vary depending on the material and the model.
In summary, the installation of a garage door is an important investment that requires a good reflection on certain criteria, so do not hesitate to inquire with the approved suppliers.