Here are the main things you need to take into consideration when choosing a garage door:
Insulation: You need to decide whether you would like an insulated garage door or not. An insulated garage door provides much more strength than a non-insulated one. It is also generally smoother and quieter running, and is able to withstand much more trauma throughout its life. This ensures a longer lasting garage door. Of course having an insulated garage door also allows for some temperature control within your garage. This is particularly desirable if your garage is adjacent to a living space within your home.
If you do opt for the insulated garage door, you need to decide how heavily insulated you would like it to be. This is called the R-value. The R-value generally ranges from around 3 to 18. The higher this value, the better the insulation. You have two types of insulation: Polystyrene and polyurethane. Polyurethane is usually foam injected into the garage door and provides better insulation than polystyrene.
Budget: Having a specific budget in mind is an important factor in your decision making process. But make sure this is not your only factor. Keep in mind the purchase of a garage door is an investment for the next 20-30 years, and sometimes opting for a garage door that has above average quality standards may actually save you money in the long term. This is of course dependent on the type of setting around your house. For example, if you have a lot of children who play in the garage or driveway on a regular basis, buying a cheap door that is more prone to damage may not be the best solution.
Style: It's important to decide on a garage door style that suits your home well. If you have a specific budget, this usually helps narrow down your choices, making your decision easier. A lot of people like to drive around their neighbourhood and see the different options available on other houses similar to theirs. You can try doing this as well. The colour of the garage door is also an important decision you'll have to make. We can help you greatly in narrowing down your choices and making recommendations that are within your budget.
Maintenance: For the most part, garage door maintenance is usually minimal if you have a steel or fiberglass door. There is no garage door that is maintenance free. All moving parts of a garage door must be lubricated 1-2 times every year, including springs, hinges, bearing plates, rollers, tracks, etc. However, if you have or are considering a wooden garage door, it's important to note that they require much more maintenance. More maintenance means more costs. Wooden garage doors need to be treated and stained about once every 2 years to maintain their natural beauty and protect them.