How to choose a new garage door

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A new garage door can make a huge difference to your home and family

If you’ve decided that you you need to choose a new garage door, then perhaps you already know exactly which garage door styles you’re looking at, and why. You might have already decided the features, color and material that you want.

Alternatively, you might not know what to look for, and want to know more about how to choose a new garage door.

Here’s our guide.

1. Reasons

You’ll need to know why you want ti choose a new garage door. Perhaps yours is broken, is hard to use, or you’ve moved house and you’ve got exciting plans for your garage.

2. Priorities

You’ll need to establish your priorities so that you’re focusing on the right areas. Perhaps you’ve got security, convenience or energy saving at the top of your list.

Remember, that you can have a secure garage door that it easy to use, or an insulated garage door that looks good.

3. Features

Whilst things like the lock, and style of door are likely to be important,  you may need additional features. like windows, or an automatic door opener to help you make more of your garage, and to make it easier to open and close.

4. What will you use your garage for?

Knowing what you will use your garage for will help you to choose a new garage door that will work for you.

If you’re only using it to store your cars then security and ease of use will be important. If you’re going to turn your garage into a family room then windows and insulation are going to be more important to you.

5. Who will be using it?

If your whole family will be using the garage then you’ll want to make sure it’s easy to use.

If you don’t have children and will be using your garage to store your tools, or as a man cave then you might not want to make it easy to open.

6. How often will it be used?

Depending on what you use your garage for will depend on how often it is used.

If you store your cars in it then it will be used daily. If you have converted your garage into a home cinema then you might use it weekly.

If you only use your garage for your sports equipment, camping gear and outdoor toys, then it might be used less frequently.

7. Material

You might have already decided which material is right for your garage door. Wood, steel and fibreglass all have their advantages, and the right one for you will depend on what you will use your garage for.

8. Colour and style

Whilst it is subjective, you’ll have an idea of what the right garage door will look like. Perhaps you want something traditional, modern, or simply easy to use.

You might choose a new garage door that can be painted when you want a change, or one that will blend in with the rest of your home exterior.

9. Maintenance

Whichever garage door you choose, you’ll want to make sure it’s low maintenance, so that you don’t need to spend time sorting out springs, or wondering where the squeaks are coming from.

10. Price

Like many products and service you should choose a new garage door based on your requirements rather than the price.

It makes no sense to buy something that you know isn’t right, won’t work for your family and you don’t like, just because it’s cheap.  Buying twice because you got it wrong the first time won’t save you money.

You should choose a new garage door that works for your family, your situation and your needs.

Conclusion

Now you know some of the many things to consider when the time comes to choose a new garage door, you’ll be able to get it right first time.

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