It is probably time to buy a new garage door if your current one is giving way or if you are moving to a new one. Even though you want the best look for your home, it is important to keep in mind that the door meets all your requirements, regarding cost, size, maintenance, features, and installation to name a few. In this article, I have listed a few things you need to keep in mind before you go shopping for a new garage door.
Security is the main concern when buying a garage door. Educate yourself on the existing security options available in the market. There are many advancements in the industry. However, rolling code technology is one that I feel is a must have security feature for any modern garage door. Make sure the garage door you buy is equipped with it. Rolling code technology changes the code every time the garage remote is used. This way, people cannot steal or hack your garage door password.
Most garage doors now come with many safety features inbuilt in their system. A definite need for families who have pets, young children or those who live in crowded areas. Most modern garage doors have motion sensors. These sensors detect if an object or person is in the way of the garage door. If an object is in the way of the garage door, the sensors kick in and stop the door in its tracks and even reverse the movement.
Garage doors are made with several different materials like wood, steel, vinyl, fiberglass, and aluminum, etc. While steel is the most common and the least expensive, wood has a great visual appeal but needs the most maintenance. Wooden doors lose their charm if they are not properly maintained. Unlike popular belief of fiberglass being durable, it cannot withstand cold climate and often forms cracks. For a region with high rainfall, aluminum is the best as it resists corrosion and rust. As of now, vinyl is a great option as it is durable and reasonably priced.
4.A Value For Money Quote
While cost may not be your only criteria, it is important to set a budget. Make sure a salesperson visits the site of the garage instead of doing things online or over the phone which leaves room for miscommunication. Speak to the salesperson in details and ask for options that suit your requirements. Choose the option that gives you the best value for money.
5.Start With A Look In Mind
Finally, work your way around finding the perfect garage door by having a rough idea of what look you’d like to create for your home. The garage door should resonate with the overall design of the house. You can even try to create a look that blends in with the neighborhood. Don’t make hasty decisions and take time in choosing colors, door panels, windows, patterns and styles to get the best look.