It’s pretty obvious: your garage door has seen better days! It is starting to show wear and tear; it squeaks and basically isn’t doing anything for your home’s curb appeal. It is likely high time you replaced it. You are aware of the need to get a new door and have probably even planned to do so. Last year, last season, last month . . . Yet, you still haven’t gotten around to it and time is unfortunately taking its toll on your door. The truth is you have better things to do than shop around for a door. While this home improvement might seem trivial, it is actually quite important. Maybe you do not know where to start or how to choose the right garage door. Luckily, we are sharing five easy steps to help you in the process.
Step #1: A garage door that matches the style of your home
First, you will want to pick a garage door that matches the architectural style of your home. If your home’s design is contemporary, a modern garage door with simple, straight lines is the best choice. On the other hand, if your house is in a rural style, a rustic garage door may be more suitable. A rustic door will echo the warmth of your home and create a sense of uniformity. You can also add decorative trim, diagonal details or other style elements to up your curb appeal. However, for a traditional-style house, opt for a more conservative door style. You could even match a wood garage door with the door of your home. A steel model that mimics the look of wood is also an interesting option.
A worn-out door will automatically make your home appear older than it is. Every year, you maintain your home and yard because you want a nice property. So why neglect your garage door? A nice door, which matches the architecture of your home, will instantly add curb appeal and style.
In terms of materials, there are several choices. If you want a steel or aluminum garage door, it is important to know that each material has its own pros and cons. Aluminum is easier to maintain than steel and does not rust. However, it is less resistant. But choosing a textured finish will help you increase its resistance.
Step #2: Picking the colour
Matching the colour of your garage door with your home’s doors and windows will enhance your property and add style. We recommend picking neutral, dark tones for a contemporary-style home. However, you can pick a bright colour for your front door for a pretty pop of colour. In this case, make sure you match the colour of your garage door with your window frames.
Step #3: A garage door with or without windows
Why not plan on purchasing a door with beautiful windows? During the day, your garage will be bathed in natural light and windows will add a personal touch to your home. For a contemporary look, pick square or rectangular frosted glass windows.
Step #4: Decorative hardware for your new garage door
It is all in the details! A wide variety of decorative hardware is available to embellish your new garage door. Handles, hinges, knockers and more. Decorative hardware can add an elegant touch to your home’s exterior.
Step #5: Don’t forget about insulation
Nowadays, most garages are connected to the home. Thus, you will want a properly insulated garage. The door’s level of insulation will play a crucial role in the energy efficiency of your home and reduce your heating costs. Polyurethane offers better insulation than polystyrene. New weatherstripping is also important as it prevents drafts, water, and insects from entering your garage.
You may have many reasons to change your garage door but the most important is security and safety. An old door can be dangerous for you and your family. The mechanism must be in proper working order or you can risk injury. Get in touch with professionals to ensure you pick the right door for your home and your needs. Visit our website to see our promotions or to request a quote. At Exitech, we are THE garage door specialists!
Have fun creating your new garage door with our easy-to-use online tool. You can choose the door model, the colour, style of windows and more. By uploading a photo of your home, you will even be able to see what your new door would look like. Try it today.
If you have other questions or need advice, contact our experts to help you choose your garage door.