There are several factors you can’t overlook when buying a new garage door, because if you do, you could end up spending a lot of money in repairs, replacements, utility bills, property taxes… and you could even be forced to modify the structure of your home.
Still, selecting a garage door for your house isn’t rocket science, and here are 5 tips to choose the right garage door that will last for the rest of your life:
Weather conditions: You have to keep in mind that the weather can wear down your door quickly and easily. In wet places, or in places with lots of snow, wood will eventually disintegrate. On the other hand, steel garage doors won’t crack, delaminate, or fall apart due to weather… and since they’re usually made of galvanized steel, they don’t rust. In fact, most manufacturers guarantee your steel door won’t rust for as long as you live.
Insulation: If your garage door doesn’t have any kind of insulation installed, then your HVAC system will have to work extra hard to keep your house cool during the summer and warm during the winter (skyrocketing your utility bills). Even installing a layer of foam panels will reduce the strain on your HVAC system. If you live in a cold weather area, choose a door with an R-value above 10.
Measure to match: The truth is, not all doors match the cavity designed for the garage door. You have to measure the door size (and hardware), and compare it with the cavity in your home the door will go into. If you don’t do this, and buy an oversized (or undersized) door, then you’ll have to shell out thousands of dollars to modify your home in order to be able to install the door (you’ll also need building permits, and your property taxes may rise because of your newly improved house)
Homeowners association: Depending on where you live, your neighborhood may be established within a homeowners association (HOA). One of the homeowners association’s duties is to “protect” the general look of the neighborhood, including your home’s appearance. This means you can’t customize your home, instead, you have to follow several rules about how your house must look. If you violate these rules, the HOA can sue you and force you to replace any part of your house (including your garage door) – they could even force you to change the structure of your house. You need to read the HOA “rules” before even thinking about buying a new garage door.
Warranty: Any decent, reputable brand will include a warranty on all their products. Many manufacturers offer a 1-year warranty, and others will offer a 10-year warranty (you can even find manufacturers willing to offer you a lifetime warranty). You must make sure your garage door comes with this kind of protection, because this will cover costly repairs if something goes wrong with your door.
These 5 tips will help you choose the right garage door, regardless of where you live. However, if you’d like expert guidance when buying your new garage door, and want to choose your door from an extensive list of carefully selected (tested and proven) products, then call Hudson Valley Overhead Doors & Operators at (845) 876-2772.
Hudson Valley Overhead Doors and Operators has been providing professional garage door installation and service in the Hudson Valley for more than a decade. A few of the services Hudson Valley provides are LaGrange Garage Doors, Germantown Garage Doors, Hudson Garage Doors, Somers Garage Doors, and Yorktown Heights Garage Doors.