Picking the right garage door

By March 1, 2013Garage Door Advice

Picking the right garage door

I want to buy a new Garage Door, now what? Is this what you were just asking yourself? Well not to worry, most homeowners we meet with are at this very point in the buying process.

Where do I start? Do we just get the same plain white door we’ve had for the past 10 years? Should we look at insulated doors? Is our door hurricane rated, do we need an impact rated door? How much are these new fancy doors? This pretty much covers it right?

One of the first things we ask a homeowner is if they are able to come into our Design Center. Usually most folks have purchased a garage door only once in their life, if ever at all, and that was 10 plus years ago. So much has changed. Our design centers keep a wide range of full sized garage doors on display as well as garage door samples to help you decide on color, insulation, decorative hardware, etc. If the customer is able, we invite them in and take it from there. If on the other hand they are unable to come into one of our design centers, have no fear — we can come to you!

A few things you may want to think about before beginning your new garage door search:

  • What size garage door do you have?
  • Do you have a colored door that’s outdated and maybe a clean neutral color is the best option to give your home some classy curb appeal?
  • Have you seen a custom or carriage style garage door and perhaps you’d like to explore these Designer Choice Garage Door options?
  • Does your area require an impact rated door or will you receive insurance credit for upgrading to a more stable, secure door?

Of course the above is not necessary as any garage door professional should be able to assist you with all of these and help you make the best decision for your home, your family and your budget.

If you’re just starting your new garage door search, we encourage you to browse our garage door catalog or stop in to any of our design centers throughout the State of Florida. If you’ve seen a garage door on a neighboring home that tickles your fancy, snap a photo on your smartphone and bring it in—chances are we can match it!

Last but not least, have fun and explore all the wonderful options that are now available. Your garage is the largest opening into your home; it’s a purchase that will last for years and years to come. Take it seriously and choose what makes you feel safe and proud of your home’s curb appeal!

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  • Debbie says:

    WOW that is a lot of important info that I had never thought about. It is the biggest thing on the front of my door so need to give it more thought. Thank you so much for giving me these ideas

  • michelle says:

    I like the idea of snapping an inspiration photo to match.

  • Joe King says:

    Good article. We find many people worry a great deal over interior home trim (which they should) but give no thought to the garage.

  • Nikolai says:

    There are some interesting points in this article but I done’t know if I see all of them center to heart. There is some validity but I will take hold opinion until I look into it further. Good article, thanks and we want more!