Replacing Your Garage Door: Key Factors To Consider

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Replacing Your Garage Door: Key Factors To Consider

Most people don’t put a lot of thought into their garage door unless it stops working of course. If your garage door is over a decade old or hasn’t been regularly maintained, signs of wear and tear may be more prominent. Improper functioning, cracks, metal grinding noises, shaking, frayed cables, or rails pulling away from the wall may be signs it’s ready for an upgrade. Or maybe you’re just looking for a new style, especially considering the significant impact a garage door can have on your home’s curb appeal. If you’re considering replacing it, here are some key factors to consider when replacing your garage door.

Main Material

Garage doors can be manufactured from a variety of materials. At Overhead Doors, we offer over half a dozen different materials to choose from based on your personal style. However, here are some of the most popular.

  • Aluminum: If you’re looking for an inexpensive option, aluminum might be for you. This material comes in tons of colors and styles, making it quite versatile for any home. However, it may be more prone to dents, depending on insulation and thickness.
  • Wood: A timeless option, wooden garage doors are a simple option for older homes. They come in as many stains as you can think of, and are usually sturdy and durable. However, if you live in a place with high humidity, or coastal towns, wooden doors may need more frequent maintenance.
  • Steel: Steel doors can withstand most extreme weather, making it a perfect choice for South Carolina homes. The styles for steel doors can even range to resemble wooden or aluminum styles. So if you’re looking for a cheaper option wooden doors, steel doors might just be for you. They are some of the easiest to install and will hold up throughout the year, no matter the weather.

Style and Look

Style determines the physical look that your garage door displays. From barn doors to sleek solid steel, this is where the concept of curb appeal really shines! Here are a few of the most popular options:

  • Traditional Style: This popular style, commonly seen in American neighborhoods, typically showcases rectangles on the door, sometimes with windows at the top. They are versatile, as they can be painted to complement different home exteriors, and they particularly suit traditional architectural designs and colonial homes.
  • Modern Contemporary: You can distinguish modern-style doors by their sleek lines and minimalist detailing. This style often incorporates larger windows to allow for more natural light into your garage, perfect for those who use their garage as additional living space!
  • Carriage House/Barn: Think rustic. This style blends the charm of a classic barn door with the practicality of a garage door, offering a rustic touch that complements various architectural styles, particularly traditional and vintage designs. Carriage doors are usually made with wood, but can be created in any material.

Design Options and Features

There are dozens of small design options and usable features that can be added to any garage door. Determining which ones you would like can help narrow down the styles you’d prefer.

  • Panel designs: Garage door panels come in long or short patterns, raised or flush options, typically chosen based on your home’s architecture and desired aesthetic.
  • Windows: Incorporating windows into your garage door not only enhances its character but also floods the interior with natural light, ideal for those using the space for hobbies or workshops. Window options range from frosted for privacy to high-impact glass for added protection in windy regions.
  • Hardware: Integrating decorative hardware, such as handles and hinges, adds a personalized touch to your garage door design, lending a unique and customized appearance, especially popular on carriage house style doors but adaptable to various other styles too.

Price Tag

Sometimes, the price of a garage door can scare some. Most don’t consider the price of installation, materials, and more. When replacing your garage door, be sure to keep the price tag in mind. Garage door prices vary based on factors like size, material, style, and finishes, with additions such as insulation and openers also affecting costs. When planning for a new garage door, you need to consider additional expenses before choosing a final style. Finalizing your budget beforehand can make it a little easier to shop.

Energy Efficiency

You may not think you need insulation for your garage door, but you’d be mistaken, especially if you actively use that space. Investing in an insulated garage door can significantly cut down on your energy bills while boosting your home’s overall energy efficiency. Insulation’s effectiveness is gauged by its “R-value,” indicating how well it blocks heat from getting in. When shopping for garage doors, you’ll find various insulation levels. So remember, the higher the R-values, the better.

In South Carolina, the summers can get pretty hot, making keeping that space cool very important. Insulation not only keeps your garage more comfortable but also impacts adjacent living spaces, like rooms above or areas used for activities like workshops or gyms.

Door Openers

Many homeowners choose to buy a new garage door opener when replacing your garage door to ensure compatibility with its weight and to upgrade to a quieter model. It’s especially important for safety to ensure the new opener includes sensors. If you have children or pets, they can prevent accidents by stopping the door from closing if the sensors are being blocked.

If you live in an area where the power sometimes goes out, getting an opener with a backup battery is like having a plan B for your garage door. This means that even if the power goes out, your garage door can still do its job. And if there’s ever an emergency during a blackout, you can count on your garage door to help you make a quick escape to safety.

Safety First

Speaking of safety, most don’t realize that your garage door is one of the most vulnerable entry points in your home. The materials and features you choose are a big factor in your home’s safety. Consider choosing a sturdier door option, making it much harder to break in, or at least make a lot of noise in the process. You may also want to consider opting out of windows that offer a look inside your space. Or, you can choose to place the windows higher on your door for added security.

Safety also goes into protecting yourself from the elements. Make sure the door you choose can withstand the weather that commonly happens in your area.

Safety isn’t just about preventing break-ins. It’s also about choosing a door that can stand up to the weather in your area without compromise. Living near the coast or in a rainy, humid region? Opt for steel or aluminum garage doors as they hold up well in moist weather. In high-wind areas, go for wind-resistant doors, specially designed to withstand strong storms, like hurricanes.

Replacing Your Garage Door with Overhead Doors of the Grand Strand

From residential garage doors to commercial entrance solutions, Overhead Door Company of the Grand Stand™ is here to help you when you’re replacing your garage door. We provide the services that support you need, from residential to commercial. For help getting the design process off the ground, call the Overhead Door Company of the Grand Strand today at 843-448-9124. Check out our line of products to get started!

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