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Ultimately the best garage door is the one most suited to your needs. Our job is to help you find the best garage door for you. We sell and professionally install garage doors in a wide range of materials and styles. Take a few minutes and read on to learn the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of garage doors.
Learn the advantages of wood, steel, wood-composite, vinyl, carriage house style & glass garage doors and decide which type is best for you. That's the first decision you need to make... the pros and cons of each are all listed here:
Wood Garage Doors have been around for the longest period of time. Wood has a natural beauty, is very versatile, and operates quietly. It may be painted or stained. Wood doors are available in a wide price range, therefore they are easier to fit into any budget. If you choose a wood door, you should plan to spend some time maintaining it. It will require scraping and painting every year to prevent rotting and cracking. Even when the door is well maintained, it can absorb water and swell in humid weather and is not insulated.
Wood garage doors are versatile and can be fully customized to your needs. Custom garage doors are available in any size and type of wood; including cedar, hemlock & mahogany.<<see more wood garage door pics>>
Steel garage doors are among the most popular today. The cost of a steel door is lower than a door made of any other material. Steel doors may be ordered in any color. They are professionally insulated and require very little maintenance.
A steel door has its own set of problems. This door will rust if they are scratched. They are easily dented and can be bent. The wood grain on a steel door is not properly registered, giving it a fake appearance. When in use, a steel door can be noisy.<<see more steel garage door pics>>
Wood Composite garage doors come primed and ready paint with a limited lifetime warranty. This environmentally friendly door is made mostly from recycled material and is crack-proof, split-proof and quiet. This door is insulated and the wood grain is properly registered so that the door has the elegance of wood. Once the wood-composite door is painted, it requires a minimum amount of maintenance. Wood composite garage doors are an excellent choice when you want your garage door paint color to match your home, window shutters etc.<<see more wood-composite garage door pics>>
Vinyl garage doors have a lifetime warranty and are completely maintenance free. They are scratch resilient and will not dent, rust or crack. They are professionally insulated and work quietly. The wood grain is properly registered so the door has the appearance of wood. A vinyl door is available in four colors and never needs repainting. While the initial cost of a vinyl door is greater than doors made of other materials, the long-term cost is less. On occasion, vinyl doors are not always readily available. They may need to be ordered from the factory.<<see more vinyl garage door pics>>
(More on Carriage Style Doors and Glass Garage Doors Below)
Unfortunately, the garage door industry is not strictly monitored. There are many fly-by-night companies that are not insured and do not provide their employee's with workmen's compensation. You will want to research for a company that:
Most important, choose a company that provides training for their technicians. Every year, there are more accidents related to garage doors than to lawn mowers and snow blowers combined. You can avoid future garage door accidents when the technician is properly trained and certified in safety procedures.
The most obvious reason to replace your garage door is that it does not operate properly and is a potential hazard. A garage door is a heavy moving wall that, over time, has a greater and greater capability for danger. Remember, the accident rate for garage doors is high. You need to replace the door before it contributes to those statistics.
Another reason for replacing your garage door is that you wish to create a good first impression into your home. When someone approaches your driveway, the garage door is one of the first things they see. Doors that are dented, rusted, reveal cracks and are peeling paint, create a poor first impression of your home & lifestyle.
Or, maybe you want a new garage door simply because the door panels are deteriorating and you are weary of continually maintaining them.
"2 More Things to you may wish to consider...
There is a wide range of choices when purchasing a garage door. You can purchase from an impersonal mega-home supply company where they will offer you the least expensive prices available. At these home supply stores, you may be limited to your choice of steel doors. (See #1 for the pros and cons of steel doors.) The installation they provide for you will be contracted out. You probably will not know who the subcontractor is, or from what company, until they show up for the installation.
You can buy a garage door from someone who works out of his own garage, possibly not as his main occupation but as a side source of income. Here you will probably order a door from pictures and brochures. You may have a long wait , sometimes months, before the door can be installed.
You can do business with a fly-by-night person who works out of the back of his truck. He can give you a choice of whatever doors he has on hand that day and he will do the installation on the spot. It is likely he does not have insurance. It is also possible that you will not be able to locate him again, if there is a problem.
OR, You can deal with a reputable garage door company. This company will either send a representative to your home, and/or they may have a showroom that you and your family can visit so that you can see exactly what you are buying. These companies employ their own installers and technicians and will guarantee materials and labor. They also maintain inventories so they are able to complete your installation quickly.
REMEMBER: Ideally, you should be able to have a new garage door installed whenever you want; any season, any day of the week, any time of the day, in almost any kind of weather. There is no reason why you would need to take a day off of work to wait around for an installation. A good, reputable garage door company will take your schedule into consideration, as well as agree to do the work at a time that is convenient for you, whether it be in the evening when you are at home or during the weekend.
Just about all garage doors come with a warranty. Make sure you know exactly what is being promised to you. A garage door has many components: panels, insulation, cables, hardware, motor, etc. Find out if the warranty covers all parts and labor? When you read the fine print, you may find that the warranty does not cover warping, splitting, cracking, denting, or rusting if the door is scratched. Be sure to check all of what is promised to you.
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