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Buying Guide for Garage Door

Just like other doors, garage door also contribute in beauty of house especially when garage entrance if from the front wall of the house. Apart from beauty, it should be functional, safe and secure.

Price of garage door may vary according to its specification, size and design. The manufacturing style, design, color of the garage door has great impact on the overall appearance of the garage. When you are purchasing garage door you should consider the different uses of garage, quality criteria’s for door, design, and cost of garage door. Apart from parking the cars, garage can use as utility room or play area. In that case, insulated garage doors are required.

Here we are providing few tips to help you for purchasing the garage door.

Size of Garage Door: The first and most important thing you need to know is garage door size. Try to take exact size of garage door opening, which will be helpful to make order for garage door.
You can also buy ready-made garage door, if standard sizes available matches with your requirement. Below we are providing list of some standard sizes of garage doors available in market.

Standard Sizes Available for Garage Door:

Golf cart door: 5x7 feet, 6x7 feet, 5x8 feet and 6x8 feet

Golf Cart Garage Door

(Golf Cart Garage Door)

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Single car door: 8x7 feet, 9x7 feet, 10x7 feet, 8x8 feet, 9x8 feet, 10x8 feet

Garage Doors for Single Car

(Garage Doors for Single Car)

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Double car door: 12x7 feet, 14x7 feet, 16x7 feet, 18x7 feet, 12x8 feet, 14x8 feet, 16x 8 feet, 18x8 feet

Double Car Garage Door

(Double Car Garage Door)

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If your size requirements differ from standard sizes, you can get the garage door customized.

Mechanism of Garage Door: There are various types of garage door with different opening mechanism like roll up door, slide up, and hung doors. The mechanism you choose for garage door depends on your lifestyle and space you have in front of garage.

If you have less or no space in front of garage door then, roll up or slide up doors are good. Normally, these doors have electrically operated mechanism or facility of remote sensors that adds comfort to your lifestyle. But if you have sufficient amount of space then you can also choose hung doors for garage.

Garage Door Style: Always choose the design and style of garage door, which complement with rest of exterior of house.

There are five main designs available for door panels.

Select panels of garage door according to match the elevation of the house. There are five types of panels such as Flush panel door, Raised panel door, traditional doors, carriage doors or contemporary garage door.

Flush Panel Door: Flush panel doors are simple yet beautiful option for garage doors. These are flat or slightly textured doors, which can easily blend with exterior of house.

Flush Garage Door

(Flush Garage Door)

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Raised Panel Door: It is the most common style of garage doors used by house owners. You can easily find long or short panels according to style or design requirements of garage door.

Raised Panel Garage Door

(Raised Panel Garage Door)

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Traditional Doors: If you have country or French style house then traditional doors will blend easily with the rest of the doors.

Traditional Garage Door

(Traditional Garage Door)

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Carriage Doors: Carriage doors are popular choice among house owners. These doors complement variety of house styles.

Carraige Garage Door

(Carraige Garage Door)

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Contemporary Doors: Modern houses need something sleek and stylish for exterior view of house. Contemporary door features sleek, elegant and clean design with quality material. Contemporary door designs may contain glass panels with aluminum frames.

Contemporary Garage Door

(Contemporary Garage Door)

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Designs for garage doors are also available with windows for better ventilation and lighting.

Material for Garage Door: Material of garage door is also important to select the right kind of door for garage. Today, you have many choices in materials for garage door. You can choose wood, steel, aluminum, fiberglass, vinyl, etc. Each material offers different appeal and look to exterior of house.

Traditionally we use steel or wood for garage door. Wooden garage doors offer variety of design, carving, and various options for finishes etc but not practical choice for rolling door. The other option is steel garage doors, which are economical, durable, easy to maintain and available in various shape and sizes.

Before you decide about the material, you should check durability, maintenance cost, finishes available or pros and cons of each material.

Is Insulation need for Garage Door?

If you are using your garage as office, living space or recreation room then insulation is necessary for garage doors. It adds warmth and comfort to garage and maintains the comfortable temperature according to weather. Select material for garage door, which has good insulation property or ask for insulation kits for garage door.

Insulation kits for garage door contain 1-2 inch thick polystyrene insulation panel or sheet. Insulation kits are applicable at the back of garage door using screws or tapes. Insulation kits are mainly available for single or double garage door.
 
You can choose either single layer door, double layer or triple layer door according to your need. Single layer door always considered as economical doors. Double layer doors or triple layer doors offers better insulation and add soundproof property to garage door.

Manufacturers mostly claim they provide insulated garage doors but level of insulation may vary. An insulated door have 1-2 inch insulated panel between the layers of material.

A door with value R-18 is good insulator than the value of R-6.

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