The most visible part of most modern-day homes is the garage door. Making up 40% of most homes, it is essential that it fits with your home’s aesthetic and functions the way it needs to. There are many options available in the market today but not all are created equal or feasible choices.
An owner looking to revamp their garage door space must consider these four things before making a decision on which garage door is best for their home.
Do your own research
The first step in choosing a garage door is to do some research. If you have no idea what you want, go to a local showroom or browse the options on our online store.
Look for reviews and company testimonials. Browsing social media sites such as Reddit can also be a good way of getting in contact with local enthusiasts who share many opinions of different options.
It is also important to note how responsive a company is. If you reach out to a company and they respond quickly, you can generally trust they have reliable customer service and will take care of you. From there, you can narrow your search.
Consider Your Budget
The second factor to consider is your budget. The kind of materials you are looking at for your garage door will play a significant role in pricing.
The most common material for garage doors that we provide here at Monarch Door are steel, fiberglass, wood, and glass. Customers also have the option to request a custom design and material of their choosing.
If you send us a photo of the door you have in mind, we can usually find that exact door or something very close to it.
Material & Climate
Never underestimate the material of your garage door. The right materials can make or break the appearance and functionality of any garage.
For example, if you want a rustic yet timeless appearance, you should go with a wood garage door. Wood doors are classics that will greatly increase the curb appeal of your home. They are great insulators but they are typically more expensive and take more work to maintain than other materials.
Humid and wet environments are a big factor to consider when looking at wooden doors because the wood will require more care in this setting to keep it from rotting.
If you want versatility then fiberglass garage doors are for you. It lasts for years with minimal upkeep and comes in all shapes, sizes, and designs.
Lightweight and very durable, these doors are resistant to cracking and hold a lot of heat when the weather gets cold.
As added benefits, they will not rot, mold, rust or corrode making them the perfect option for homes in humid and rainy environments.
Steel & Aluminum
Steel and Aluminum garage doors are usually the cheapest option all around; to purchase and maintain. They are an excellent choice for those who are looking for a flexible and sleek design with minimal upkeep.
They are also very durable and great insulators. If your climate is mild to moderate, a steel or aluminum door is a great option.
Glass doors are the most luxurious option. They allow natural light to pour into your living space. They require regular cleaning and maintenance but glass doors give your home a look and feel that no other option can capture.
They are perfect for creating a nice environment filled with natural light.
The added light can transform any garage into a luxurious space for you and your needs.
Consider your Home’s Curb Appeal
While it will cost a little more for a quality garage door, it pays dividends if you sell your property in the future. Garage doors greatly improve the value of your house.
Cloplay did a study and found that a quality garage door can increase the value of your home by 4%. The average selling price of a house in 2020 and 2021 was $389,400. A new garage door could increase the average home's value by $15,576. That is more money in your pocket for a fraction of the cost. If you plan on selling your home, seriously consider upgrading your garage door to increase your home’s value.
These are just 4 ideas to get your creative juices flowing. If you have any more questions, please feel free to give us a call. Our professional team will be more than happy to help you find the perfect garage door for you stress-free.
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