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What type of garage door should I choose when buying a new garage for my home

Author: Dencroft Published: 2nd July 2012 18:15

When having a new concrete garage installed at your home, there is a wide choice of garage doors available to choose from, in terms of type, style, colour, material and finish. Some garage door companies will focus on one particular garage door manufacture, whereas others will represent several manufacturers.

Contact at least three garage doors companies, and arrange a meeting with their sales consultant to discuss options and invite a quotation. There are huge differences between garage door costs, so do some research online and have a budget in mind before meeting any suppliers.

When you meet with each supplier, ensure you ask the sale consultant about each element of the garage door.

Type
There are four main types of garage doors, Up & Over, Sectional, Roller and Side Hinged each offering different advantages over each other. Whilst Up & Over Doors represent a low cost option, sectional & roller garage doors are ideal for those with limited driveway space, as the garage door opens vertically. Side Hinged Doors offer a more traditional characteristic with the doors opening from a central position outwards. 

Style
Most garage door manufacturers offer a range of garage door styles. Up & Over doors and sectional doors tend to be available in virtually every style, from smooth single panels door to vertical or horizontal ribbed panelled doors. Also available are decorative panel designs, for that classic Georgian or Victorian feel. Due to how the doors open and roll, roller garage doors are more limited to thin horizontal panel styles, with limited decoration.

Colour
Due to advances in paint mixing, most manufacturers can provide a garage door that perfectly matches your house windows and doors. Typically you will be offered a basic range of colour options at the standard price, and then a much wider range of RAL colours as a premium.

Material
The two most common doors are manufactured from steel or timber. Most manufacturers will colour coat a steel door with a range of basic and premium colours, to help you achieve a perfect match your home's windows and doors. Whilst more expensive, if you have an old, traditional or rural property, a timber door can achieve that perfect natural look.  

Finish
Most garage door manufacturers, such as Hormann produce garage doors in a range of finishes. These include smooth for a classic finish, woodgrain for a robust surface with a sawn timber look and Micrograin, which features a wave profile that is embossed into smooth steel, producing attractive light and shadow effects.

Electronic
All garage doors can be fitted with an electric device that will automate the opening, closing and locking function, using a keyfob. There are particularly useful for those wanting that extra peace of mind and security, or those that are less mobile.

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