The damage isn’t too bad; it’s mostly just an unsightly dent. However, you soon notice that the impact has caused a gap between the bottom of the door and the asphalt. And you dread to think of all of the little critters that would love to scurry under that gap to live in your nice, climate controlled garage. You begin to think to yourself, “Well, that door was pretty old anyway; I could probably stand to purchase a new one.” But there are a few things you may want to consider before just hopping down to the hardware store and choosing any one.
When it comes to choosing a garage door, there are a number of different options. As far as material, you will likely choose between a wooden door, an aluminum door, or a fiberglass door. Before you go about choosing from those styles, there are a number of questions you might ask yourself. First, what type of material was your old garage door made from, and were you satisfied with it? Next, you might want to consider which material is going to be most aesthetically pleasing in comparison to the rest of your house. And finally (and this is the ugly one), how much money are you willing to spend.
When it comes down to it, it’s all about your personal and financial preference. There is no shortage of options when it comes to choosing from the variety of garage doors made available to consumers.
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.