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Garage Doors Buying Guide

Author: Mikel Villman
by Mikel Villman
Posted: Jan 20, 2017
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Whether you're building your home, adding on a garage, or simply replacing an old or worn garage door, there are many different things you need to know before you buy a garage door.

garage doors coming in different styles, colors, finishes, and types. It's very important that you know what type of garage door you want before you buy it. In fact, it's a good idea to learn about the different types early on in the decision-making process so you know what options you have.

Choosing the Right Style

Your garage door is one of the most visible parts of your home, and it's most likely the largest moving part as well. Because of this, you need to make certain your garage door is in working order. There are two types of garage door: sectional roll-ups and swing-ups/tilt-ups.

The most popular type of garage door is the sectional roll-up. These garage doors are more expensive than tilt-ups, but they're much easier to operate and they're safer, too. In fact, you can even open a sectional roll-up garage door while your car is parked right in front of it. Sectional roll-up doors fit behind the garage wall and roll upwards section by section, giving you more clearance and protection from the elements. Sectional roll-up doors are almost weather-tight, and they're much safer than tilt-up garage doors since the actual door is behind the garage wall. With tilt-up doors, the actual door is outside the garage wall and can be pried open if it doesn't close tightly.

The tilt-up or swing-up model is made of one single panel instead of three or four panels hooked together with hinges like the sectional roll-up doors are. This single section tilts or pivots up and out. Because of that, you have to watch just how close your car is to the door when it opens; otherwise, the door may tilt up and hit the front of your car (or you, if you're standing too close). This is one of the biggest concerns with tilt-up garage doors.

Common Garage Door Materials

When you decide you need a new garage door, you may think you can simply pick up a wooden one. Well, actually, few garage doors are made out of wood now because newer, better materials have come along. Most garage doors are now steel. The backside of the door is covered with rigid foam insulation that helps keep the cold and the extreme heat out of your garage. Twenty-four gauge steel is the strongest, although some doors are made out of 26 and 28-ga steel. But since steel isn't very pretty to look at and probably won't match your home's d├ęcor, most garage doors have a smooth finish or are embossed with a pattern or other type of look. You can easily find a steel door with a design to match the rest of your home. Many steel garage doors are also covered with a primer or polyester coat to protect again rust.

garage doors can be made from different materials, including fiberglass, steel, and wood. Many feature windows, automatic openers, and locking mechanisms. You can purchase them already painted or purchase them bare and paint them yourself. Both types of garage doors can also be hung without professional help. In fact, they're a fairly easy do-it-yourself project, although you will need a couple of people to actually lift the door up and get it in place.

There are obviously advantages and disadvantages to both types of doors. Sectional roll-ups are more expensive, but they are more secure, and you won't risk injury or damage when opening them. On the other hand, tilt-up units are often a bit easier to install since you don't have to install a track, but they can hit your car. No matter which type you choose, be sure to shop around a bit to find the best deal.

wooden garage doors

While not in heavy use any longer, wooden garage doors can still be found if you're willing to pay a bit more and shop around. Wooden doors need more maintenance than steel doors, and you have to repaint them fairly often to keep them looking good. The warranty on wooden doors is also shorter than that on steel doors (a wooden garage door is often only under warranty for a year). One of the upsides to a wooden garage door is that you can have a custom door made out of any type of wood you like, and you can easily add details to it or repaint it every year if you want.

Plastic garage doors

The final type of garage door material is the newest: plastic. Plastic garage doors are very lightweight, durable, and don't require the maintenance that wooden doors do. Plastic garage doors also don't rot or corrode, something both steel and wood doors may do. You'll find that a plastic garage door operates very quietly, doesn't fade from the sun, and often carries a manufacturer's warranty for 20 years or more.

All three materials have their pros and cons - it really depends on what kind of garage door you want. If you want the most resilient and most durable, then you should go for a plastic door. If you love the way wood looks, buy a wooden door. If you want insulated, solid doors, look into steel. It all comes down to the features you want and the look you want.

About the Author

The Author is a Garage Door professional at Canadian Garage Doors Ltd. He graduated with honors from British Columbia University with a dual degree in Business Administration.

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