How to Choose the Right Garage Door for Your Home
A garage door is not only the most popular door in the home, it often encompasses one-third or more of the home’s façade. Regardless of the age or style of your home, the right garage door can dramatically improve its curb appeal.
When you are considering a replacement for your existing garage door there is a wide variety of styles and options available. But don’t worry. In this article, we’re going to explore the many different options that are available to help you choose the perfect garage door for your home.
Select your preferred material
The most common material choices for garage doors include wood, aluminum or steel. There really is no one type of material that is better than the other. It really comes down to cost, maintenance, aesthetics and overall durability.
•Aluminum garage doors: Aluminum is a lightweight, but durable material that is rust and pest resistant and requires very little maintenance. A nice collection of aluminum garage doors is available in the Safe Way Doors Ventana Series. They can be customized in your choice of colors and finishing options and come with a 5-year warranty.
•Wood: Wood garage doors give homes that distinctive natural appearance. They are economical, strong and a good noise barrier but require additional maintenance to protect against moisture and pests. They may also need to be painted and stained regularly to keep them at their best. You will find that Safe Way Doors Choice Models 30/31/32 will complement your home with smooth or textured wood garage doors primed for customizing in your choice of color and stains with a one-year warranty.
• Steel: Steel garage doors are the ultimate choice for homeowners that want durability, strength, security, and overall value without sacrificing aesthetics. Safe Way Doors offers a wide variety of steel garage doors in a variety of colors, options and styles, making it easy to find the perfect door that fits your home and budget. A lifetime garage door warranty is available on select models.
Match your preferred garage door style with your home
When replacing or installing a new door you will want to to pick a style that best complements your home. Garage doors come in different architectural styles to match any home style. Use the Safe Way Garage Door Designer too see how your new garage door will look when installed.
• Contemporary: If your home’s architecture is modern, the best garage door style for you will likely be a contemporary style garage door like the models in our Ventana series collection.
• Classic Garage Door: If you have an older home, ranch style or prefer a classic appearance, then a wood garage door is a stylish choice for timeless beauty. As an alternative, you can also choose aluminum or steel doors that are customized with the appearance of real wood without the expense of maintaining wood. Our Regency Madera steel garage doors are available in different colors and wood grain finishes and offer a lifetime warranty.
• Barnyard Garage Doors: If you have a carriage house or a craftsman-style home, a barnyard garage door is a unique option that can make you stand out from other homes in our neighborhood. Safe Way’s Carriage House doors are simply elegant and will go a long way in enhancing the curb appeal of your home. They are available in both wood and steel models and can be finished with many custom design features.
To insulate garage door or not
Once you have selected your garage door, the next decision is whether to insulate or not. An insulated garage door helps to keep the outside air from creeping into your garage. The reduction in heating and cooling costs often more than offsets the cost of an insulated door. The R-value indicates how well the garage door provides insulation. The higher the R-value, the better the insulation. If you use your garage for a workshop, living space, or children’s play area, choose an insulated garage door. In colder climates, an R-value of 10 is suitable if the garage is used for day to day activities. Even though you only use your garage for cars or storing outdoor equipment or tools, consider installing a door with a higher R-value to better insulate your home and reduce energy costs.