One of the most noticeable feature of a home
is its garage door since the garage is usually
incorporated into the home and facing the
street. Older homes generally have a wooden
plank door made from particle board or similar
material that chips, warps, and needs to
be painted. In search of a suitable solution,
homebuilders switched to aluminum and vinyl
doors because of their cost and appearance.
More recently, the emphasis has been on insulation
If you are in the market for
a new garage
door, here is some information
to guide your
Also, if you plan to add a garage door opener, it's important that the door slide smoothly
on its tracks.
- choose a size (single car or double car)
and a style (carriage house style with two
doors swinging open like gates or traditional
with segmented doors that roll upward)
- choose a pattern (planks or panels)
- choose whether to include windows in the
- choose a material. Steel doors come in three
styles, each with a progressively
insulation value: a single
layer of steel,
steel with insulation backing,
and two layers
of steel with a sandwiched
layer of insulation.
Wood doors vary from particle
to wood surfaced steel doors.
steel doors are also available.
Whichever door you choose, remember that
it has to be both functional (so that you
can easily open and close it) and aesthetic.
See Garage Door Openers