What You Need to Know About the Types of Garage Doors

When potential buyers looks at your property from the curb, what do they see? They of course see the different aspects of your home such as the roofing and siding. They also see the lawn and windows along with the front door. One important aspect they can’t miss is your garage door.

Garage doors make up a large part of the house. If you’re thinking about revamping your garage doors or improving them so they stand out, read on to find out everything you need to know.

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Many Different Types of Garage Doors

When considering which type would work best for you, it’s always a good idea to look at the overall style of your home and consider how each specific door would fit in best.

There are several factors to take into consideration. First, think about your front door’s look. Is it traditional? Is it more of a rustic feel? Is the color in line with the style? Next, look at your windows. Do they also give off the same feel as the front door? Third, think about the interior of your home. How does the style inside the home match up with the style of the garage door?

Carriage-House Style Doors

The carriage style door is one of those special types of doors that are seen in the movies and throughout any street that’s lined with nice homes. The name comes from the traditional farmhouse look that had carriages and horses kept inside to preserve them. The good thing is that carriage house style doors have varying prices along with varying quality for each type.

For a richer look and feel, choose a wooden carriage house style door. This type can be a bit more expensive than others, but it allows you to customize the garage door to the individual home. If you have an odd sized door, this may be the option for you.

For a cheaper but still modern option, you can go for fake wood. Certain paints are made to look just like wood without running the risk of getting warped or rotting due to the outside elements.

If wood and fake wood don’t seem to be in your best interest, you may want to go for an aluminum or metal type door. These types tend to dent a bit more easily, but they also provide a cheaper alternative for those on a budget. Any of the carriage house style doors can be improved visually with the help of some decorations, such as knockers, that are placed alongside both doors.

Smart Garage Doors

Nowadays, every item in the house from watches to clocks to TVs, can be tech-savvy. Smart garage doors are now becoming more and more popular as they provide excellent safety advantages for your home. They also provide convenience that’s unmatched.

For any family who has teenagers or young children at home, the log feature of smart garage doors can be quite helpful. The log allows you to see each time the door opens and shuts. If a teen were to go out at a certain time and a parent wasn’t sure if they had returned or not, they could easily check the log.

This can also be a helpful feature for elderly people who are watched more closely. In addition to monitoring people in your household, the special log allows you to check that nobody has entered the home while you’re gone on vacation.

Most of the smart garage doors come with a sensor that tracks the door and is able to be opened and closed remotely. In other words, if you’re about to pull into your driveway, your garage door can be programmed to open by sensing movement approaching.

Older sensors allow you to open your garage door when you approach your garage. With the new smart garage, you can use an app that allows you to open the garage door from afar. If someone was trying to get into the home, you could open the garage door to let them in without even being in the vicinity.

Steel Doors

If you’re looking for a truly durable option, you can go for steel. Each material has its pros and cons, and steel is no different. While wood doors have a tendency of being affected by weather conditions, steel doesn’t warp. For example, when it gets to freezing temperatures, wood can sometimes shrink. In the summer when the temperature goes back up, the wood then expands. This movement back and forth can lead to the wood eventually bulging or becoming warped. For that reason, wood can be a very high maintenance material, even though it adds tons of elegance to your home.

Steel, on the other hand, is as durable as it gets. It won’t become deformed like wood, making the door very low-maintenance. However, steel doesn’t have quite as nice of a finish to it. It’s also heavy, which means that installation can be more challenging, although wood is also quite a heavy material.

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Insulated and Weatherproof Doors

If you’re in an area with a lot of cold weather, it’s a good idea to get insulated garage doors. Many people have a room that leads from the garage to a mudroom or entry area. If this is the case, think about how the cold air comes in from garage doors and then leaks through the mudroom. This can greatly affect your energy bills.

If you tend to get bigger bills than you had hoped, you may need to get some weather-stripping on your garage doors. Some doors come with special material or stripping that runs along the edges of the bottom of the door to prevent air from coming in. This will also help to keep out moisture.

It’s important to have a garage door that’s as beautiful as the inside of your home. In the event that you’re changing your garage doors, be sure to think about the material and style that you need. Consider your climate as well so that you can keep your energy bills down as much as possible. With the right decision, you can make your garage as functional and homey of a space as any other space in your house.

Garage Doors from Feldco

Deciding on a garage door for your home is hard, but you should always choose a durable, steel door. With the least amount of maintenance and long-lasting door, you won’t have to worry about replacing it again. Feldco offers heavy-gauge steel garage doors that come in a variety of styles and colors. You can choose between a standard garage door or a carriage garage door. You can’t go wrong with either style, but it just depends on the look you want for your home.

Feldco has trained professionals who will install the door for you and they provide garage door openers as well. Get a quote online now and learn why over 350,000 homeowners in the Midwest chose Feldco.

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