If your old garage door is on its last hinges and needs replacing, there are several things you will need to consider before buying a new one. Here are 10 tips to help you choose the right one for your needs.
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The best way to do this is in person – ask one or two companies to come out, assess your garage and give you an idea of price.
If you are incredibly handy, you may well be able to install your new garage door yourself and save a bit of cash, but be aware that it is a major job – getting the professionals to do it for you is probably the best option.
According to Home Tips, steel garage doors are strong, relatively inexpensive and low-maintenance. But if youre buying a steel door which isnt insulated, ensure its 24-gauge steel at least for maximum durability.
Wooden garage doors undoubtedly look beautiful, but be sure you are prepared to look after them, as they will need a little more maintenance than the metal version – and probably wont last as long either.
Choosing the best door for your garage may not be easy, but there are plenty of websites with ideas to peruse. For example, if you are after a Luton automatic garage door, have a look at http://garagedoorsrus.co.uk/. Some even let you upload a photo of your garage and play around with designs so you can choose the best one for you.
Buying a new opener at the same time as your new door will save you money in the long run and give you a perfectly functioning new door from day one.
Spring to It
Consider paying that little bit more for higher-rated springs, which will last that little bit longer.
If you want a window in your garage, choose one which matches or complements your house windows if you can. Put it in the upper panel, for privacy and security, and choose an insulated one if possible.
For a quieter life, consider choosing a door with nylon rollers and polyurethane insulation, which will be smoother and quieter than other types.
In order to keep your garage warm and toasty, think about upgrading the insulation on your door.