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Directly below you will find an outline of these 3 steps to help you learn the pros and cons of each material & style; and in a very short time, you will have figured out the perfect door for you. It will only take a few minutes but no need to rush; you will have the door you choose for a long time and this page will really help you find the one that's right for you.
Steel Garage Doors are the most popular door. They are durable, attractive and virtually maintenance free. Steel Doors can also be very well insulated to keep out the cold and lower your energy costs. Steel doors are the least expensive garage door you can buy. The downside is that if they dent or scratch it is difficult to repair.
Pictured here is a Steel Garage Door In The Style of Carriage House.
Vinyl garage doors are becoming more popular because they will look good forever. They are scratch resilient, won't rust, warp or crack and are nearly impossible to dent. They come insulated and tend to work more quietly. A vinyl door requires no maintenance and is going to look good forever. People are willing to invest a little more money in vinyl because it is likely to be the last garage door you'll ever need to buy.
Pictured: a Double-Wide Vinyl Garage Door in Raised Panel.
Custom & Wood Garage Doors- Wood has a natural beauty, is very versatile, and operates quietly. It may be painted or stained and is available in a wide price range. If you choose a wood door, you should plan to spend some time maintaining it. Wood garage doors are and can be fully customized to your needs. Custom garage doors are available in any size and type of wood; including cedar, hemlock & mahogany.
Wood Composite Garage Doors- are in the price range between steel & vinyl. They come primed and ready to paint with a limited lifetime warranty. People buy wood-composite primarily for 3 reasons: the main reason is that because it needs to be painted it is easily customized to fit into your home's color scheme. The second is that once it is painted it does not require the maintenance a wood door will. Nor will it crack, split, swell or warp like wood can. And lastly, this environmentally friendly door is made mostly from recycled material so it is the "greenest of garage doors."
Style is largely a matter of preference. You will need to decide between recessed or raised panel and carriage house style doors.
Raised panel as pictured here is the most popular style sold today.
Recessed Panel Garage Doors are the ones we remember growing up that EVERYONE had. Well, retro is back, and manufacturers are beginning to revive the style to satisfy consumer demand.
Carriage House Style Doors are more expensive than the other options but can have a dramatic effect on the exterior of any home. So much so, that real estate studies have shown them to increase the value of a home.
Check out our Garage Door Gallery to learn more and help you find a style you like.
Unfortunately, the garage door industry is under regulated, so there are many fly-by-night companies that are not insured and will not be around to back-up their work and fulfill warranties and such. Before choosing a garage door company, do a little research and make sure the company you hire:
Choose a company that provides training for their technicians. The best way to avoid problems is to never have them and proper training goes a long way. Every year, there are more accidents related to garage doors than to lawn mowers and snow blowers combined. You can avoid future garage door accidents when the technician is properly trained and certified in safety procedures.
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