Tom Shafer

Choosing a new garage door

January 06, 2015

If you have newer windows and upgraded weather-stripping around your doors and yet still find your home is cold and drafty, the problem could well be your garage door.

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Like your windows and entry doors, garage doors deteriorate over time and can become a source of heat loss. They become loose on the hinges, get out of adjustment and do not seal tightly against the garage floor, and can be damaged with a car bumper. If you've had your garage door inspected and found it has no major problems, then it simply may be time for a new one if it's still causing a lot of heat loss. Here are a few things to consider when choosing a new garage door:

The multi-section overhead door is one of the most popular options. It comes in a variety of styles and materials - including wood - so you can find something that perfectly matches your home. If you decide to go with a wooden door, just keep in mind that it needs to be painted. With wooden doors, the surface outside and inside as well as the ends of the panels need to be sealed against moisture, too. If you're not willing to do that extra maintenance to keep up the door's appearance and functionality, consider going with another material.

Steel is a great choice for a low-maintenace garage door. It is pre-painted or coated at the factory on both the inside and outside. These doors can be hollow, which gives very little insulation protection, but you can have them insulated with a fiberglass, similar to bat expanded fiberglass, or they can be filled with a denser foam or an expanded polyurethane for great insulating value.

This type of door is available with four- or five-section raised panes, mimicking a raised panel entrance door.

You've probably seen this door on many, many houses, so if you're looking for a popular choice that doesn't look to be going out of style any time soon, this might be the door for you.

If you're looking for something a little different, carriage house doors are a great alternative. These doors can be hinged and open from the sides. However, they do not normally have openers, so if that's the most important feature to you, you'll want to stick with something like the overhead door. They do offer a distinctive look, though, and can become an architectural focal point of your home.

If you're looking for a stylish garage door but don't want to commit to the carriage house style, there are other elements you can incorporate to get the look you want. Adding glass to the door may do the trick for you! The glass won't be insulated, so if heat loss is a big problem for you, steer clear of this design choice.

With all the options out there, you're sure to find a garage door that looks great and gives you maximum energy efficiency.


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