Before purchasing a new garage door, many homeowners have questions they want to be answered. It is a big purchase that will change the way your home looks for years to come. Here are some of the most common questions garage door dealers are asked most often.
Metal or Wood?
Both materials have advantages and disadvantages, so you should base your choice on your unique needs. Wood doors are the preferred choice because of their natural warm look, while metal garage doors are a low maintenance option.
Is Insulation Needed?
Going with either an insulated or non-insulated garage door will depend on a few factors, such as whether your garage is attached to your home or not and whether it is heated. If you have a room over your garage or use it for more than just parking your car, you are better off getting an insulated garage door.
Polystyrene or Polyurethane?
A polyurethane door offers better thermal performance than a polystyrene door of the same thickness. The thicker a garage door is insulated with polyurethane foam, the higher its thermal resistance will be.
What is the Lifespan?
How long your new garage door lasts will depend on its construction and the quality of its materials. A 45mm thick garage door with polyurethane foam can last more than 20 years. It should be painted with one primer coat and two baked-on top coats that you should wash twice a year to keep it shiny.
Single or Double?
Two single garage doors are more practical than one double garage door. At least then, if one of your doors is malfunctioning, you can still get one of your cars out. Aesthetically, everyone has their preferences, but most people prefer two single garage doors as it gives a more balanced appearance to the house.
Torsion or Extension?
Torsion hardware is best if you have at least 30 cm of headroom since the spring system is installed over the garage door. An extension system uses two coil springs placed on horizontal tracks that work independently of each other.
How Much Headroom?
Ideally, you should have at least 36 cm of headroom to accommodate the electric door opener. If you have at least 15 cm though, a double track system can be installed for garages with reduced headroom. Garages with more than 36 cm of headroom or a sloped roof require a different system that can adjust to taller heights.
How Can I Prepare?
The opening of your garage should correspond to the width of your door, and its interior opening should be the same size. You can also cover the frame with aluminum capping.
Should I Install Windows?
The reasons to install windows in your garage door are for security and natural light. If your garage has no other windows, a row of windows on the top of the door can be practical.
This is the central question everyone has, but the price of a new garage door will depend on a variety of factors such as material, insulation, size, and windows. Call Sam’s Garage Doors to get a quote or if your question wasn’t answered here. We can help you pick a garage door that is right for your home.