Whenever it's time to decorate your house, the interior always gets priority even though the outside is what most people see first. And even when the exterior does get priority, the garage is almost always forgotten.
The garage door is the easiest part of the garage that can be modified to suit your personality. If you’ve been wondering how to choose the right garage door style, read on.
1. Pick the right material according to your climate
Your garage door isn’t only a utilitarian, functional thing; it has to work properly with your climate. Depending on the climate in your area, you could decide to get fiberglass, wood or metal. Fiberglass and metal tend to last longer, but wood will always make your garage look amazing aesthetically. If you live in a particularly humid or salty place, find out which materials are best suited for it.
2. Wood isn’t always better
The aesthetic appeal that wood has can be matched by no other material. Unfortunately, you can't always go with wood – your choice of material will also depend on the existing style of your house. If you have a modern, minimalistic house with lots of steel, wood probably isn't going to match with it. Wooden doors are also more expensive and less durable than metal ones.
3. There are different levels to metal doors
If you’ve decided to use aluminum or steel doors, remember that there are different levels of construction. If your region is prone to hurricanes or typhoons, steel is a great choice. Steel is also great for preventing burglaries. Steel also looks great with older homes due to its longevity and ability to be painted in any color. If you want a light and fairly durable door, aluminum is your best option.
4. Fiberglass is great for areas with extreme temperature variation
If temperatures in your area swing wildly from extreme to extreme, you should go with fiberglass. Fiberglass is a great insulator and is also very durable. It will help keep your cooling and heating bills down.
5. Match the style with your home's style
Nowadays, garage doors are no longer chunks of material meant to keep your cars from rolling out of your garage; they're now another way for you to express your personality. Since you can get any type of door custom-made for you, you can ensure that the doors match with your walls to the smallest detail.
6. Think about your safety
Your garage door is an entryway into your home and by extension your private life. It shouldn’t be extremely difficult to access your own house, but you also need to think about safety. If the area you stay in has a high crime rate, you need to choose your doors accordingly.
7. Think about maintenance costs
You may think that getting new garage doors is as simple as selecting and installing new doors. However, before you select your doors, you need to think about the cost of maintenance and repair. You'll need to hire a professional to service your door after every six months or so. You may decide not to get a garage door opener and install a manually-opening door. It's all up to you.