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How to Select A Garage Door

How to Select A Garage Door2017-10-31T13:28:11+00:00
We know shopping for a garage door is a significant task if you aren't familiar with what to look for. So we want to make the process fun and easy!

If you have never had to purchase a garage door, or haven't done so for many years, here is are some suggestions on what factors to consider in your search.

1. The Look of the Garage Door
Don’t settle for ordinary when extra-ordinary is within reach! We offer garage doors in many different designs, colors, insulation values and sizes. Our garage doors feature:
  • Magnificently molded wood-grain fiberglass surfaces concealing durable steel and polyurethane insulation construction. They offers a deep, rich woodgrain pattern that looks remarkably like real wood.
  • The look of an old-fashioned carriage house door with the durability of steel with a cross buck design that reminds you of a quaint barn door.
The point is – there are many different looks to consider other than the traditional raised panel garage door. Look at the rest of your home’s architecture, and then let us help you find the design that matches it well.

Colors are also important. We offer a variety of colors to choose from and all are ready for additional painting should you decide to get really creative and paint the door to match your shutters or siding. Or you could paint it two or even three different colors to make your garage door into a true fashionable statement.

2. Insulation
Polyurethane or Polystyrene – should you care? Absolutely!

With today’s high energy costs, insulation in a garage door is just as valuable as anywhere else in your home. The number of uninsulated garage doors sold continues to decline as consumers demand energy efficiency for cost savings and comfort, which is more important than ever as more people use their garage as a work place or social gathering spot, and not just storage.

The thermal property of insulation is expressed as an R-value. A higher R-value can translate into lower energy usage, cost, and even reduce outside noise or help the door operate more quietly. Most insulated doors are constructed using polystyrene or polyurethane foam.

A polystyrene insulated door can be thicker but has a lower R-Value than polyurethane. If you are looking for energy efficiency and a high R-Value, do not be fooled by the thickness of the door!

InsulationA polyurethane insulated door might look thinner but actually offers a much higher insulation R-value. That is because of the way the insulation expands during the manufacturing process to tightly fill the cavity between the two steel panels as it chemically bonds to the skins of the door.

Not only does this make the door better insulated, it also makes the door incredibly strong and helps lessen noise while the door operates, as is common with single sheet metal doors that have no insulation or even polystyrene insulation.

3. Safety
safetyYour Garage Door is the largest moving object in your house and it can be dangerous?
Make sure it isn’t.

Safety is a concern with any product, and garage doors are no different. Since it is a large moving object that many family members interact with, it should have as many safety features as possible.

  • Pinch-resistant door panels- Pinch-resistant doors feature a design that pushes fingers out of harm’s way should they accidentally be placed too cloase to a closing door.
  • Tamper resistant bottom brackets reduce the risk of injury from garage door components under tension.
  • The polyurethane insulation even provides better fire safety in that this type of insulation reduces the amount of smoke and flames in the event of a fire.

4. Window designs
Windows can add to a garage doors value.

carriage-door-howtoTo best illustrate the difference, select a sample home from Garage Door Design Center and look at it with and without windows. The difference can be stunning and turn an ordinary or even a good looking door into an even better one. Garage Door windows also allow natural light into the garage that can make a dark garage interior much more appealing during the day. If you want to be able to look out your garage door, have the windows put in the third section from the bottom. If you don’t want to look out the door, but want the beauty and natural light of windows, then have them put in the top section of the door.

5. Warranty
We offer a 1 year Parts and Labor warranty on garage door installations and a 5 year warranty on Springs.

Good warranties offer you the peace of mind that we are confident about the design and installation of all garage doors we service and install.

6. Cost
saveEveryone has a budget. Well, most of us anyway. However, many people are surprised by how affordable garage doors can be. Most guess twice as much as what it actually comes out to be.

Generally, premium wood doors are the most expensive, then fiberglass doors, steel doors with and without vinyl or PVC overlays, and then uninsulated, single sheet steel doors and lower grade wood doors.

When considering what to spend though, consider that this purchase won’t be made again for many, many years, if ever. And what you put on your garage now will have a big impact on the garage itself and maybe even more significantly, to the rest of your home. A few extra dollars now could give a benefit of a lifetime, and raise the value of your home to a new level.

We think you will be pleasantly surprised by our pricing. We have a solution to fit everyone’s budget.

7. Springs
Garage Door SpringJust as a door needs hinges, a garage door needs springs. What’s more, it can be quite dangerous to operate a garage door if one or both of the springs are broken.

Your garage door is the largest moving object in your house and can be dangerous? Make sure it isn’t. To avoid injury, and to return your garage door to full working order, you need a garage door spring replacement service like Garage Door Store to handle the repair.

8. Openers
liftmaster-openersGarage Door Store offers LiftMaster openers. Liftmaster openers offer a dynamite door and opener combination that can’t be beat! The Liftmaster brand has a long history of reliability and quality that consumers trust and ask for by name.

LiftMaster Model 3585 – ¾ HP Belt Drive
50% more lifting power and improved performance and quiet as a whisper.
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Liftmaster 3/4 HP Chain Drive offers an ideal solutions for Carriage House Doors. When the curb appeal of your home has been upgraded with carriage house or custom-designed solid-wood doors, the dependable, smooth power of the 3595 is there to handle the heavy lifting.
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For consumers who want the latest advance in smoothrunning
performance with a completely maintenance-free
drive system, 3240 is ideal LiftMaster Model Premium Series 1/2 HP Screw Drive
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Additional accessories available for ordering include 1-, 2-, and 3-button transmitters, wireless keypads, 3-function wall consoles, and other items.