Designed for easy accessibility, most attached garages account for 30 percent of the home’s curb appeal; more if it accommodates two or three vehicles. This, along with its high return on investment (ROI), makes upgrading the garage door a popular home improvement project among today’s homeowners.
In fact, according to the Cost vs. Value Report from Remodeling magazine, replacing the garage door with premium-quality steel, foam insulated to a minimum R-12 has a 98.3% ROI. Ready to maximize your home’s curb appeal? This buying guide offers advice on choosing the best new garage door.
Garage Door Styles
It’s important to select a door style that complements your house’s architecture. For example, if you live in a Craftsman home, look for a carriage house door. For a more modern home, consider a garage door with classic functional details, such as contemporary style or aluminum frames holding clear or frosted acrylic inserts. Stained wooden garage doors look great on both farmhouse and Spanish style homes.
Garage Door Materials
Steel: Steel garage doors can be easily customized to match any number of architectural styles. These doors are available in a variety of finishes; they can even mimic the look of real wood. Choose from an entry-level, single-layer door with negligible insulation up to a premium, triple-layer door with insulating values that exceed R-15. Steel can also be ordered primed or painted to match your house trim.
Natural Wood: Wood garage doors made from walnut, cedar, redwood or cypress (other species are also available) are both luxurious and beautiful. Top sections are available in solid panels or with acrylic window inserts in rectangular, square, and arched designs. Inserts can be frosted or clear. Opt for polystyrene backing to add insulating value. Complete the look with your choice of decorative hardware.
Fiberglass Composite: With an inner foam core and steel framework, fiberglass composite doors are resistant to denting, warping, and rusting. They are also virtually maintenance free. Like steel, fiberglass can be easily customized to give the appearance of real wood and can be stained in a variety of popular finishes, such as cheery and mahogany. They can be primed or painted as well.
Should My New Garage Door Be Insulated?
An insulated garage door can save you money on energy and improve occupant comfort. Additionally, it can allow much quieter operation; especially beneficial if your sleeping quarters are directly above or adjacent to the garage. Garage door insulation should always be coupled with weatherstripping for maximum energy efficiency.
Tip: Always hire a garage door professional to install your new garage door system.