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 a 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.

4) Security

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 the 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.

How to Find a Reliable Contractor?

You decided that this was it! The house must be renovated. The kitchen has long been lost on its ‘magic’, the rooms are not planned according to your family composition, and you want to rebuild your home according to your needs. Time to find a reliable contractor.

It is important that you know who you deal with before you enter the renovation phase because when you are already there, you can not regret it. Renovations are a long story, complex, dirty, tedious, and not simple at all both for the tenants at home and for all the neighbors and people living nearby. A lot of noise, dust, and dirt. So how come everyone renovates? We will try to help you through the process to be easy and with minimal distress.

So, do I need a contractor?

find-contractorSome people renovate without a contractor; they bring in the craftsmen themselves and try to schedule them on their own. The result could be long and tedious work that goes well beyond what is desirable because when you manage alone on the job, you should pay attention to the order of work in terms of professionalism, standards, scheduling, and time-frame. E.g. an electrician must be commissioned accordingly with the work of the renovator, as well as the plumber must be coordinated when his work is supposed to be integrated into the construction process. Then, the sequence continues with a door installer that is supposed to come before the painter, and the carpenter also has the exact time he or she should arrive. Long story short, trying to manage it all by yourself can become tedious, confusing, and poorly managed.

You’ve decided to look for a contractor

So, you understood that without this contractor it would not work. Now you have the task of finding the contractor. How will you find the contractor that you can trust in all the construction processes? To do this you must learn how to choose a contractor.

As in everything, here, too, we will find the best indication of the contractor’s professionalism, the inquiries about his professionalism and his work, from a social standpoint as well. Ask people who have recently renovated and tried to get an impression of whether they were satisfied with the work, whether the contractor met the schedule he had committed to, and whether the work was done professionally with high-quality, durable materials.

Visit a construction site – If you have a possibility, you should go visit the houses or buildings that the contractor has renovated so that you will get the impression of his work by the work style, quality, finish and the overall look.reliable-contractor

You are happy and decided to go with the contractor

After you have found a professional who seems to suit you and meets all your requirements it is important to clearly summarize all the project’s details, such as a detailed quote that includes a realistic deadline, materials, costs, order, etc.


You can start looking for contractors on reputable websites such as Angie’s List and HomeAdvisor