Figure out what kind of garage door is suitable for you
Building a new house? Or renovating your house, garage, etc., it is necessary to take care of garage doors cause either they’ll keep your property safe and sound, or you are saying hello to new worries and insecurities. It is often so confusing to figure out what will suit us best. There are so many options in the market scattered like stars in the sky. When things are not aligned in order, every sight disturbs us a lot, and this is precisely what happens.
Here we have sorted out and have made things clearer to pick the best kind of garage door for your need. This article has been divided into two parts; 1st is dealing with the types and 2nd deals with the materials.
Let’s dive right into it to find out the solution to our problem,
Types of garage door available in market
Made from a thin sheet of metal that is flexible. They are like shutter and stands firmly over garage door springs. They can be uplifted manually or can be operated through a garage door opener. While installing them, it is better if you invest in cable cause if not, you will keep replacing garage door cables, and you have no option left. When there is not much of a space in front, it is the best option and convenient, plus they do not cost much.
2. over-canopy / overhead
Unlike roll-up, overhead, canopy-like is not made from a flexible thin sheet of metal; rather, it can be a solid thick board of any metal or materials like wood, vinyl, etc. It is like a board that can be raised manually or be motorized, just like lifting the car trunk’s door. Stands parallel to the ceiling with the help of two planks. Please choose to install garage door extension springs as they help hold the thick board’s weight. One advantage of it is perfectly insulated. Works best when the area is spacious.
3. side hinged
Classical doors and the most widely used because of their appearance and ease. Two boards are opening against each other, just like casual doors. It is perfectly insulated, easy to use, and doesn’t need a motorized set up to handle. It could be done quickly by hand. It also requires a very spacious front; if not, it can get in your way. It can be found in any material, so there are a lot of options, and the chances are high that you’ll end up finding exactly what you need.
4. Scissor gate
It looks like a mesh of rods that can be stretched and compressed while sliding horizontally. It is in no way insulated so anyone can see inside out; it just stops entry and is very strong. We want to suggest that it is better alone only when used just as an outside entryway because it alone doesn’t provide that much privacy, but it doubles its power when used as a support, as a reinforcement. Uh-oh couldn’t find it in wood, but iron one works best.
Here we are describing the types; now, we will move further to see the material options.
Types of material for garage door available in market
Aluminum is an excellent option for wide hinged side doors, as aluminum is extremely lightweight, so it creates ease while dealing with those wide doors. Mostly expensive. Cheaper options are always there, but they have their consequences.
Steel is robust and inexpensive plus low maintenance but is vulnerable to dents and rust. Using galvanized steel with two layers is always better. If you want something inexpensive but classy like wood, grain finishes, faux wood steel is a healthy option.
3. Wood, Wood composite
Wooden doors are strong without question, but they need to be maintained frequently than other materials mentioned in the list. Of course, they are expensive because of the classic appearance they give, plus the frequent maintenance charging is another spending. Things are the same for Composite or Engineered wood, but they are just using up some of the plastic and will end up in a landfill.
Fiberglass takes away the worry of rusting or getting termites on. It comes with affordable pricing. It can be found in many options, be it transparent or opaque and with many colors. But by age, it gets yellowed up and eventually breaks. If you live in a colder region, Fiberglass is not the option, as it’s so liable to break more often, and you keep looking for garage door repair options, which will cost you even more.
PVC or Poly Vinyl Chloride is so much in trend because of its “kid-proof” nature as it is hard to break or dent. Vinyl is very affordable and deficient maintenance. Similar to Fiberglass but less prone to breakage. The only disadvantage it has over Fiberglass is that there’s not much of a variety while choosing vinyl; mostly, you will only see the primary colors.
So we are hoping now you have a great idea about what to look for in the garage door you need. One piece of advice is to invest in garage door parts very carefully, so you don’t have to call garage services frequently. Wishing you good luck in finding the right garage door.