How To Choose The Perfect Garage Door

Because of the sheer amount of visual space it takes up, a garage door can make or break the exterior of a home. Factor in the cost, and a garage door can easily be a major investment that should be considered carefully. If you're overwhelmed by the choices available to you as a consumer, take a look below at a few things you should take into account before making a final decision on a new garage door.


One of the first things you'll want to consider is the type of material. Many garage doors of homes in rural areas are made of wood, for example, which can provide a nice rustic charm. On the other hand, they carry short warranties and aren't ideal in humid climates. Steel garage doors are probably the most common option, due to their affordability and durability. But steel is also susceptible to rust, and it dents fairly easily. Aluminum is also a common choice for many homeowners with a bigger budget and a preference for rugged materials. 


Another important consideration is the style of the door. While aesthetics isn't everything, a sharp contrast in the style of door and the style of your house will earn you some strange glances from neighbors. For example, for a house with modern sensibilities, you might opt for a roll-up door with shatter-proof glass panels, while for a house with more traditional styling, you might choose a door that swings out and has small panel windows on the top row.


Finally, you'll want to think about the type of the garage door you plan on purchasing, especially with regards to what will be most practical for you on an everyday basis. As much as the style and materials of garage door matter, neither can make up for a door that's a pain to use.

There are several types to choose from, with some of the most popular being canopy doors and sectionals. The former doesn't retract completely into the garage, forming a canopy that protrudes from the garage and allows for more overhead clearance inside. These doors are heavy but durable, and can be operated with a remote control with the proper motors and machinery installed. Sectionals retract completely and don't swing outward, which means they're perfect for small driveways in tight spaces. They also come in several insulated options that are invaluable if you enjoy working in your garage. Contact a company, like DSI Door Services North Shore, to begin your search for the perfect door.