What to Consider When Choosing Your Garage Door Style

By / 10th May, 2017 / Garage Door Styles

Picking a garage door may seem like a no-brainer, but choosing a style that looks great with your home is harder than it seems. To make that decision easier, our team at Precision Garage Door of Houston decided to go over some things you should think about before picking a garage door style.

1.    Garage Door Materials

Many people don’t realize how diverse their options are when picking a material for their garage door. Each material has its own unique characteristics, and choosing the best one will ultimately depend on your lifestyle, the climate you live in, and the design of your home’s exterior.

  • Steel:
    Steel garage doors come in many colors, designs, and styles. Known for their durability and customizability, steel is a great material for homeowners seeking a relatively inexpensive and low-maintenance garage door.
  • Glass:
    Glass garage doors have a sleek and modern look. Homeowners who use their garage as an extra room may like glass’ aesthetic and the natural light it lets in. However, glass garage doors tend to be more fragile. They may not be the best choice for people with kids or busy lifestyles.
  • Wood:
    Wood garage doors are stylish, durable, and well insulated. If your home has a classic or colonial design, a wood garage door could be a great choice. Before installing wood, think about how much maintenance you’re willing to put into your garage door. Wood usually requires more routine upkeep, especially in humid or moist climates.
  • Vinyl:
    Durable and weather resistant, vinyl garage door can stand up to the elements, especially in salt air. Vinyl garage doors have a smooth finish, come in several styles, and are a great choice for most homeowners.

2.    Garage Door Installation

You’re probably already familiar with the benefits of insulating your home and garage. But have you considered the benefits of installing an insulated garage door?

A well-insulated garage door could reduce your home’s energy costs. They also put less strain on your home’s HVAC system, since they prevent cool air from escaping your garage in the summer and entering in the winter.

In addition to these energy-saving benefits, insulated garage doors are more durable, which means most come with a longer-term warranty. Insulated garage doors can also help soundproof your garage—a huge benefit if your garage doubles as a workshop or rec room.

At Precision Garage Door, we offer a variety of high-quality insulated steel garage doors. Each is built with a 2-inch layer of insulation sandwiched between two heavy-duty steel panels, and our team of highly trained garage door technicians can help you select the best one for your home’s exterior.

3.    The Style of Your Home’s Exterior

Whether you’re seeking a more traditional garage door or one that makes a statement, it’s essential that you pick one that complements the rest of your home’s exterior. Garage doors typically come in four styles—contemporary, carriage house, raised panel, and custom—and choosing the right one will come down to how you want your home to look.

  • Contemporary: If your home has modern architecture, a contemporary garage door can be a unique accent piece.
  • Carriage House: These doors are customizable and affordable. Most come with windows, a wooden frame, and decorative hardware. They’re popular among homeowners with European and Traditional style houses.
  • Raised Panel: Raised panel garage doors rose in popularity during the 1990s. They’re popular with Southern, European, and Traditional style garage doors due to their affordability and durability.
  • Custom: Dress up your home with a truly one-of-a-kind garage door! A customized garage door can work for any home style, and your local garage door company can help you find one that matches your house’s exterior.

Thanks for reading this post! We hope you found these tips helpful if you’re considering a new garage door. To learn more, check out our FREE Garage Door Style Guide. We provide lots of information about the different garage door styles to help you select one that complements the rest of your home.