What Should I Look For When Buying a Garage Door?

What Should I Look For When Buying a Garage Door?

The following contribution is from another author.

Choosing the right garage door can be a challenging task. However, with the knowledge, your door has the capability to last you for years to come. It’s worth doing extensive research to pick the door that will suit your needs for now and in the future.

Internet Research

With the amount of information and websites online, it’s easy to understand what material you would like. You are able to find and compare different quotes for your garage door. You can learn about the various properties such as wood, metal and even compare them.

However, buying online is not ideal. They can be deceiving, and when it arrives, it’s not what you envisioned. You might face bigger issues like a poor fit, the materials are not the quality or color you wanted, etc. When choosing your new garage doors, calling a company to come in person makes all the difference. A professional will take measurements, explain the materials, provide you with the breakdown for the costs, and advise you on what door will suit your needs. You will be certain of what you’re getting.


Insulation is suitable for all climates. When it’s cold, it locks in the hot air, saving you on your energy bills. When it’s hot, insulation keeps the cold air in, making it more comfortable to stay in the garage. Insulation is measured using the R-value. The higher the number, the more insulation you will receive. Insulation also cuts out the noise from outside, which is a great benefit.

Workings of Your Garage Door

You should work out how many times you open and close your door daily. If it’s just the usual once in the morning and once in the evening, then a standard spring with around 10,000 cycles is enough. However, if your usage is five or six times a day, spending a bit extra could see your spring last longer, which means you won’t need to keep changing them.


Windows are a nice feature as they bring in a lot of natural light. Your new garage doors will have more aesthetic appeal with added windows, as it adds style. If you want the beauty but are worried about security, add the windows on top so that no one sees in but still looks charming. If you opt for windows, you should consider how often you use the garage. If you only open and close the garage doors to store your car, windows may not be for you.

Extra features

You can take your door to the new level by adding a smart control panel that displays time, temperature, and even operates in multiple languages. Some smart control panels, even work with your wifi and are accessible from various phone applications.

Calling out a professional

You’ve done all the research and you feel ready to fit your door. Please think twice before going ahead with the operation. Installing a door is more complicated than it may seem. First, you are not covered by any warranty, so if something goes wrong the cost is on you. Secondly, the parts have to all be aligned correctly, especially the springs or the tension is all wrong, which could see the door coming crushing down, potentially hurting yourself or anyone assisting you. Remember this is a professional’s job, and they know what they are doing.


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).

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