Shopping for a new garage door doesn’t need to be a chore. A new garage door can give your home an entirely new facelift along with a much smoother functionality than your current door is providing. So, when you’re in the market for a new garage door there are a few things you’re going to want to consider. In this article, we are going to review four of those considerations.


What Are Your Garage Doors Dimensions?

When it comes to garage door installations, the pros are going to be taking the final numbers. However, when you’re just getting started, it’s going to help provide you with an idea of options when you have a rough estimate of where to start.

The size of your garage door will be your best bet in determining how much you should set your budget at, along with helping you to find a variety of style options that fit. When measuring your garage door, be sure to include both the height and width. It may not be a bad idea to also measure the headroom between the top of your garage door and the ceiling, along with the distance between the sides of the doors and walls.


Know The Basics

It’s never a bad idea to have an understanding of material options for not only the garage door but the mechanisms as well. The three most common garage door materials include steel, aluminum, and wood.

Steel provides plenty of faux wood finish options and is durable for a garage door. It does, however, dent on impact which is not the easiest to repair.

Aluminum is lighter than steel and is most often found within modern style garage doors that include glass or acrylic panels. Aluminum is rust-  but is far easier to dent than steel.

Wood is a gorgeous material that really boosts your homes curb appeal. While it does tend to require more upkeep, wood won’t dent nearly as easy will remain durable if you provide appropriate maintenance.

When it comes to the mechanisms, you’ve got the most common choices of belt drives, which are the quietest option ran by rubber belts, screw drives which are a threaded rod to control your garage door, or chain drives which are the most economical but often the loudest of the three choices.

Grab A Photo

Part of the fun in getting a new garage door is how it enhances your homes curb appeal. So getting a photo of your home will help you and the professionals you’re speaking with determine which style will look best.

Insulated Garage Doors, Or Not?

An attached garage no matter the size will always have a thermal bridge that allows heat and cool air to transfer between the inside and out of your garage. This thermal bridge can increase your utility bills. In the Flordia heat, having a heat resistant, insulated garage door may help in evening out your garage’s climate control.


Final Thoughts

When you decide to shop for a new garage door, be sure to give our experts a call right here at Straight Up Garage. We are licensed, bonded and insured with the right team to replace your current garage door and provide optimal maintence. We will work with you every step of the way to ensure you get the right garage door for your home.