Often, homeowners take the garage door for granted until it no longer works. At this point, all you want is to get it fixed or replaced, and for a price that you can afford.
Installing a garage door in a new home is not as easy as it sounds. Garage doors have many moving parts, and coordinating them all is not a task for amateurs. Also, there are many different types and styles of garage doors on the market, and you may wonder which is the best choice for you.
Before making any big decisions about installing a garage door, here are 5 things you should know first.
- Determine Size, Type, and Style
Know the exact dimensions of your garage door opening, so that, no matter who installs it, you know what size is needed, and what that size typically costs.
There are 6 basic types of garage doors: sectional, (the most common in homes,) roll-up, (most common commercial doors,) slide to the side, side hinged, (and old fashioned type making a comeback,) tilt-up canopy, and tilt-up retractable. Ask a reputable dealer of garage doors to show you the advantages of each.
There are traditional and contemporary garage door styles that can be customized to fit the style of your house itself. Contemporary styles usually cost a bit more but can give you a chic, updated look.
- Consider Safety
If a garage door is not properly working, it poses a safety hazard. When installing a new door, consider putting a door in that uses a torsion spring with a container cable in the center. This cable keeps the spring from snapping and possibly hitting something or someone.
Lightweight steel doors are safer than heavy wooden doors, as they are easier to lift, and put less stress on your springs.
When a new garage door is installed, replace the automatic opener, as well. The new models have safety features that stop the door from moving when an object crosses a threshold near the door’s floor.
- Climate Control
If the garage is attached to the house, adding insulation can keep you from wasting energy, as well as improve security and durability.
Some garage doors come with added insulation. These are usually labeled as “double-layer,” or “triple-layer” doors.
Look at the “R-value” of the insulation of any door. The higher the R-value, the better the insulation.
Garage doors don’t have to be expensive.
Steel garage doors without windows are usually the least expensive. Prices go up based on the door size, material, insulation levels, and decorative elements. If your garage door opener has the latest high-tech features, such as smartphone operation, that will cost more too.
- Plan to Hire a Pro
Installing a garage door is not a DIY project. Incorrect installation can cause a serious accident or damage. All parts must be securely mounted, balanced correctly, and working together in perfect unison.
Unless you are already a trained garage door installer, leave this job to the experts.
Before Installing a Garage Door…
Before installing a garage door in any home, do some research on professional garage door dealers and installers in your area. Your installer can give you a quote based on your needs and style preferences.
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