How to Replace or Revamp Your Garage Doors

by Greg on October 29, 2019

Private house with garage doors facade

A garage door that’s in poor shape can clash with your home’s style or look uninspired. Replacing a broken door would significantly increase its curb appeal not to mention add more security to your home.

Boost your home’s appeal and level up security with new garage doors. Here are some expert tips on how to find the right garage doors for your home.

Choosing Garage Door Materials

There are several types of garage doors offered in the market today. The most popular materials used are wood, metal and hybrid. Wood offers a wide range of design options and works well in all climates. Though it is the most expensive, it is the most aesthetically pleasing. Some wooden garage doors are engraved with detailing to make it look antique or vintage. If you’re looking to add appeal to your home, this is the right choice for you.

Metal is less expensive than wooden garage doors. They are known for their durability and strength and comes in different colors and design. Since these doors are susceptible to rusting, this might not be a good choice for you if you are living in the coastal area. However, there are doors that are coated with anti-rust coating to make sure they last longer.

Hybrid garage door is a combination of wood and metal material, which is designed according to your preference.

Types of Garage Doors

Now, let’s look at the types of garage doors available. When choosing a door for your garage, you would want to consider how convenient it is to open and close that unit. Although its mechanics is really not that complicated, you might have your own preference in handling one.

The most common type of garage doors used today is sectional. These doors rolls up and down on tracks.

Sliding garage doors is the next most popularly used. Often referred to as barn-style garage doors, these slide open to the side requiring a wider garage wall to accommodate the door when open.

Swing-out garage doors are double doors that swing outward when open are not a good choice for cold climates, as snow drifts can block the doors from opening.

Garage Door Styles

When it comes to choosing the right garage door style, it is best to match your garage door to the look of your home. Make sure you seek one out that echoes the architectural features, materials and colors of the rest of your home.

For example, if you have a traditional home, pair it with an arched garage door with paned windows. Wooden garage doors with iron hinges works best for a Spanish colonial style house. Farmhouses would look more ravishing with rustic barn-style garage door. Make your Craftsman home stand out with a wooden garage door with rectilinear windows and trim. Lastly, a sleek glass-paned garage door would make a modern home more contemporary looking.

Once you have chosen your new garage doors, consider which accents would best complete the look.

Professional Garage Door Replacement

Garage door is an outdoor work. If you’re looking to replace your garage doors, the best time to do it is during warm, dry weather. Unless you are painting or installing a more elaborate custom feature, the weather does not matter too much. As long as it’s not snowing or in the middle of a hurricane, your hired professional should be able to get the job done in a few hours.

Installing new garage doors requires precision. Thus, it is best if you hire a professional to do it for you. They have the experience and expertise at fitting and installing your new door. Do take note though that building permit may be required depending on your location. It’s best to consult first with your local authorities regarding their regulations on replacing a garage door and opener. Either way, any reputable pro that you hire should be able to tell you if they will need a permit for the work.


Maria Espie Vidal

Maria Espie Vidal writes for Canadian Garage Door Repair Calgary. We offer garage door repair and replacement services in Calgary and nearby areas.

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