Garage doors can be expensive to replace, but no matter how much you put it off, it’s something that has to be done eventually!
A new garage door not only helps to protect your home and vehicle, but it can also help refresh the look of your property and add to its value, as this article from Fox News explains.
There are a number of different materials which your garage door can be made from, each with their own benefits, and we’re going to take a look at some tips to help you choose.
Leave it to the professionals
First things first, while you might consider yourself a bit of a DIY expert, you’re probably best not trying to install a garage door yourself,
While there are doors out there which are intended to be easy to fit, unless you really know your stuff, it’s probably best to hire a pro to help you install the door.
Going it alone could wind up taking a couple of days, whereas a professional can have your new door fitted in as little as five hours, and the added cost of a couple of hundred pounds isn’t that much in the grander scheme of things.
For an idea of what it takes to install your own garage door, check out this post from DIY Network.
Select the right material
The most important choice to make is the material that your garage door is going to be made from.
Not only does the door need to aesthetically fit in with the rest of the property, but it also needs to be durable and easy to maintain.
We spoke to Duratec Security Solutions who said: “While wood is possibly our most popular option, it requires the most looking after, and won’t last as long, as over time it will expand and contract, leading it to warp and crack.
“On the other hand, steel in now becoming more popular as it’s strong, low maintenance and relatively affordable.”
Pick a style which complements your home
It’s also important to pick a style of garage door which will blend in with and complement the rest of your home and its architecture.
For example, for a more traditional home, you might wish to opt for panelled wood and a stable-style look.
On the other hand, you have the most freedom with a more contemporary home where you can really opt for any materials you wish, and make a bit more of a statement.
Consider colour carefully
The colour of your garage door is also important, and you should usually do your best to avoid vivid colours or anything which contrasts too much.
A good tip is to match the colour of the garage door with the window trim of your house or the front door.
If your home is made from red brick, try opting for a beige or tan garage door to match the mortar of the bricks.
Add finishing touches
Once you’ve chosen the door itself, there are plenty of additional touches you can add either to give it more character or to perform a function.
For example, windows can be used to let light into the garage, or an electronic opener can be used so you don’t even need to get out of the car to let yourself in!