Use Manufacturers' Websites to Choose a Door Design
You don't have to guess how a particular style and color of door will look on your house. Most manufacturers have software on their website that allows you to upload a photo of your garage and add any of their garage door styles to it. This lets you choose a door style, include the design features you like, pick windows and a color, and even add hardware. You can play around with different styles until you find one you like.Then print out the specs for an accurate price quote from your dealer.
Choose Windows Wisely
You might be surprised how much better a garage door looks with the right windows. And beyond adding style, windows can supply much needed light to the garage interior. Here are a few tips for choosing glass:
- If your garage is heated, upgrade to insulated glass.
- For extra privacy and security, install the glass in the top panel.
- Match the glass style to your house windows if possible.
- If your garage door opening has angled rather than square corners, don't install glass that goes behind them. It might look awkward.
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Need a Quiet Door? Look for These Features
If you have an attached garage and want to minimize the racket caused by the garage door going up and down, choose a door with polyurethane insulation and nylon rollers. The insulation dampens any vibrations that would normally be amplified by an uninsulated steel door. And nylon rollers are simply quieter than metal ones. If you're also planning to replace the garage door opener, look for an opener with a belt drive. They're quieter than other types.