10 Things to Know Before Buying a Garage Door
You could have sliding garage doors, glass garage doors, or wood garage doors. (Regardless, here's your guide to repairing your garage door opener, winterizing your garage door, how to make a self-closing garage service door, and preventing your garage door opener from becoming a lightning rod). A good garage door will last decades, maybe even a lifetime. So it makes sense to spend a little extra time and effort making the best choice possible, and avoid cheap garage doors.
Get an 'In-Person' Quote
Beware of Wood Doors
Upgrade Your Insulation
Pay a Little More for Beefier Springs
Buy a New Opener at the Same Time
Think Twice About Installing Your Own Door
Use Manufacturers' Websites to Choose a Door Design
Choose Windows Wisely
- 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.
Need a Quiet Door? Look for These Features
Next: Explore what to do if the garage door opens by itself.
Choose 24-Gauge Steel
If you're going to buy an uninsulated steel door, make sure it's made from steel that's at least 24-gauge. Many economy garage doors are made from 25-gauge or thinner steel (the bigger the number, the thinner the steel). Insulation helps reduce denting by providing a backer for the steel. Without this reinforcement, you need thicker steel to prevent dents.