Homeowner Guide to Garage Door Replacement
If replacing that dented, worn-out, dangerous garage door is at the top of your to-do list, you’re in for a treat! Today’s models are more beautiful and affordable than ever, and the right one will enhance your home’s curb appeal, provide added security, and make your life a whole lot easier. Here is a short guide to what to look for in home garage door replacement.
- Raised Panel: This type of door is the default choice for most spec homes because it is a sound, all-purpose style that seems to complement just about any type of house. You can choose from windowless models or opt for more stylish window inserts that are attractive and allow natural light into your garage area even when the door is closed.
- Carriage House: This style is extremely popular right now because it blends the traditional look of yesteryear with updated pizazz and modern features for today’s homes. They are recognized by their distinctive “barn” design with vertical and diagonal lines and are often made from treated wood for an even richer look.
- Contemporary: Decidedly modern in both looks and materials used, this type of door is perfect for minimalistic contemporary architecture. They are often made of glass panels that resemble French doors or simple flat panels that can be painted to blend in with surrounding walls. Many homeowners choose this style to make a statement and opt for painting theirs a bold color instead.
The material you choose will depend largely on your budget as well as the look you are going for. Traditionalists will often select wood stained in rich colors, while money-conscious consumers will opt for steel. Although aluminum was popular a few decades ago, it simply does not enjoy as long a life span and is more likely to dent or even buckle. Those on a budget are wise to pay a little extra for steel: it will pay off in the long run. For optimum value, insist on steel with a gauge between 24 and 26.
More than ever before, homeowners have a chance to make a real statement with their choice of doors thanks to the wide selection available on the market today.
Minimizing the Need for Garage Door Replacement
- Did you know that the average garage door opens and closes approximately 1,000 times a year? Yep, that’s a lot of usages! So, take time to check the hardware and tighten any loose bolts or screws that may be vibrated loose.
- Check its balance. Because this door is used so often, it can sometimes become unbalanced. This will cause it to work harder and can shorten its lifespan. To check for this disconnect the opener by pulling the release handle (usually a red cord), and manually moving the door about halfway up. If it doesn’t stay put, the counterweight system (springs) is improperly balanced. This type of repair should be handled by a professional!
- The rollers on your garage door can get worn out over time. At least twice a year, check for worn, chipped, or cracked rollers. Should you notice wear and tear on them, have them replaced.
- At least once a year, pull out the oil can or other lubricants, and make sure that all the moving parts of your garage door are greased properly.