Here’s a few other things to consider if you’re in the market for a new garage door.
Lifestyle. If you have children or use the garage as a workshop, opt for an insulated, heavy gauge steel door that isn’t going to dent every time a ball or bike hits it. This type of door will also help keep the space a comfortable temperature.
Upkeep. Maintenance is another consideration. Every door needs regular check-ups to maximize its life and reliability. Steel doors are very durable and virtually maintenance free, but some people prefer the warmth and character of wood and the limitless design options. Depending on the climate and exposure, wood doors will need to be painted or stained every few years.
“Green Factor.” Sustainability is a key element of green building, and, with a life cycle of between 15 and 20 years, an investment in a durable and strong garage door that can withstand the rigors of daily use, the “Up and Down” factor, is money well spent for a home and the environment.
The “Steel Deal”. Look for heavy gauge steel to ensure a quality appearance, dent resistance and quiet operation, a hot dipped galvanized coating topped with a baked-on paint finish that resists fading and peeling.
Building Code Requirements. If you live in a coastal region or high wind area you may need a reinforced door as specified by the local building code authority.