The garage door isn't often the first thing that comes to mind when you consider renovating your house. According to realtors, however, garage doors should not be ignored. Realtors have pointed out that it is the largest moving part on a home and that its location and size are such that it plays a big role in the overall appearance of your home.
So, as you can see, your garage door deserves some attention. If you are looking for a new door, you may be overwhelmed with the choices and styles and your limited knowledge on the subject. The following paragraphs will give you a foundation of knowledge that you can base your choice on.
There are three main types of garage doors. The names of each door explain quite a bit as to what materials are used on each door. There are rolling steel doors, composite and wooden doors, and fiberglass and tempered doors.
If you are on a tight budget, rolling steel doors tend to be the most affordable. They are often seen on warehouses, sheds, and storage garages. As the name suggests, they roll up in a cylinder when opened. They are much easier to maintain than the other types. You will not need to paint them or provide any other form of upkeep. You have the option of getting them insulated or non-insulated. Insulated rolling doors keep interior temperatures at appropriate levels so you will save on energy costs. If you have no intention of controlling the temperature, however, you can save even more money by getting a non-insulated door. This is why they are often used on storage garages.
When it comes to your home, however, cost isn't the only thing you are worried about. Rolling steel doors rarely look as good as the other two types. Wooden garage doors are great for people with wooden homes. The beauty will come at a price, however, and you will need to provide maintenance over the years. Most wooden doors need to be painted and their structure is more susceptible to scratches.