Replacing your home's overhead garage doors is something that you should not take lightly. It can dramatically change the feel of your home. No matter if your home has been around for a while or is in the planning stages,there are many things to think about.
Overhead doors are good at protecting you and your belongings from rain, sleet, snow, wind and hail. Like any portal to your home, it's important that it also remain secure. It acts as a shield from burglars and animals. It's even more important as so much of our lives are being stored in our garages, like storing heirlooms and workshops. So let’s take a look at the type of doors you should you be looking for and what features they should incorporate?
You can find overhead doors in many styles of look and build and at a wide range of prices. You're not limited to just metal doors. Fiberglass composite, wood and plastics comprise many styles you can pick from and you have the option to choose what is best for your home.
Traditional wood doors look great and are still common enough but their are drawbacks inherent with using wood, not the least of which include a higher need for regular maintenance than other types of doors. With wood, you're more likely to be affected by wet weather, and even if you are on top of upkeep they are less likely to last a lifetime. Your home is your castle, and a wood door can certainly make it feel like one regardless of extra maintenance.
Aluminium overhead garage doors are increasingly popular. They're relatively low cost and come in a wide range of styles but being such a light material it is easy to dent and provides little in the way of insulation. This might be significant for you. Since the garage has become a safe haven for so many, you'll have to keep in mind the effects of wind, heat, and cold when choosing.
The steel door is a strong, durable contender that unfortunately suffers from weight issues. And yet, the weight of a steel door is easily fixed with an automatic electric opener, so this is mostly a non-issue.
Overhead garage doors also come with a choice of accessories. Almost everyone would add an automatic opener as their first accessory. That leads into needing a programmable remote for both security and ease of use. Automated electronics tend to get a lot of use, so they have to be both robust as well as reliable. Choosing well-made accessories now will save you major problems and issues later. Regular inspection and maintenance routine should be adopted as a matter of course to ensure you get many years of use from your asset.
In summary, your overhead garage doors are an important part of your home. They offer safety from weather, safety from elements, and can increase the look of your property. Thanks to that, you gain value in your home and neighborhood. You can learn a lot through research. Professionalism is just as important as price, as you get what you pay for.
So, if you're dilligent about doing your homework and picking the door that best meets your needs, you'll gain the safety, security, and peace of mind that only the right door for you can provide.