3 Features To Compare When Looking At Overhead Doors For Your New Detached Garage


If you're building a detached garage, an important decision to make is the type of overhead door you want. There are a few choices, and your choice affects the durability, appearance, and maintenance needs of your new door. Here are three features to compare among overhead doors so you can find the best door for your needs.

1. The Type Of Material The Door Is Made From

Garage doors are made from vinyl, aluminum, steel, wood, fiberglass, and composite material. Metal garage doors are popular since they are tough, but you might like the appearance of a wood door. Some things to compare when it comes to the material you choose are the weight of the door, the amount of maintenance the material needs, the appearance of the door, and the cost.

Durability is also important, and this can factor in if you live in a harsh climate or if your garage door will face the full sun all day. When you're comparing prices among different door materials, consider longevity, anticipated repairs, and maintenance costs too. Sometimes, paying more upfront means you'll spend less money later.

2. The Overhead Door Style

A common style for residential use is the sectional door. This type of door goes up and down on a track. The sectional panels fold so the door can go straight up and inside your garage. This differs from a single-panel door that doesn't fold. If the door doesn't fold, the door needs to swing out as it goes up.

In addition to the way the door operates, you can choose the color and hardware for your door to give it the look you like best. Since you have a detached garage, you might like the look of carriage doors. You can buy an overhead door that has hinges and handles added so it looks like carriage doors, but goes up on a track instead of opening outward like traditional doors.

Windows for your door are a consideration too. You might want a row of windows for light, but that might let people peer inside to see what you have stored. You may prefer a door with no windows when your garage is detached and not against your house where you can hear intruders better.

3. The Insulating Quality

Different garage door materials have different insulating abilities. Plus, some doors have added insulation. If you want to control the climate in your detached garage so you can work in there or so you can store things in the space, talk to your overhead door dealer about your best option for a new door. Also, you can add insulation once your door is up. This would allow you to buy any door and improve its insulating ability yourself.

For more information on garage doors, contact a company near you.


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