If you are looking to add value to your home, one of the best things you can do is install a new garage door. Many people think that installing a new garage door will cost too much money or take too long. This couldn't be further from the truth! Garage doors are very affordable, and installation only takes 1-2 days on average.
What Is a Garage Door?
A garage door is a horizontal, typically metal, and insulated panel attached to the front of an automobile or home. The purpose of this door is to protect your car from weather and other exterior damage and provide privacy for those inside your house.
The two main types are up-and-over doors that mount on top of one or two vertical rails and side-hinged doors that swing horizontally. The most common type is the up-and-over door. These are typically cheaper than their counterparts but can be more difficult to operate due to the weight or size of the opening when raised.
The garage door consists of several parts: tracks, springs, cables, handles, the arm, and the door.
How To Measure Your Garage Door
Affordable garage doors come in many sizes, so it’s essential to measure your available space before purchasing one. To do this, we recommend measuring the width and depth regarding how far from the house or wall the door will be. You should also make sure that there is enough room for the door to open.
You’ll need a tape measure and usually an extension cord with which to reach as far in your garage as possible without having any obstructions from walls or doors. If you have already installed a new door but aren't happy with its size, it may be possible for us to resize the door.
The width of the garage is measured from side to side, in inches or feet. It should also be at least 16” wider than your car to allow for clearance while driving through. The depth (or height) can vary depending on how you want it mounted.
Types of Garage Doors and Their Benefits
There are three basic types of garage doors: up-and-over, side-hinged and rolling.
Up-and-over Garage Door is the most common type with typical installation in new homes. These are more affordable than other options but can be difficult to open due to size or weight when raised.
Side-Hinged Garage Doors take up less space and are perfect for smaller garages or those with limited height clearance. However, they can be difficult to operate due to the opening when raised.
The rolling garage door is easy to open and great for larger vehicles such as trucks or large SUVs.
Things To Consider When Installing a Garage Door
Garage doors are a significant investment, so it’s important to do your research before purchasing one. There are many different types of garage doors that can vary in price and type. One option is the sliding door that consists of two panels – the upper panel slides up while keeping the lower fixed on rails. For most homes, installing an automatic garage door opener is a worthwhile investment.
Here are some other things you should consider before installing any new affordable garage doors:
Type of Garage Door
Up-and-over, side hinged or rolling?
Consider the height clearance required for opening and exiting when making your purchase. This will help you to determine the type of door that will work best for your home.
You may need to consider location when it comes time to install a garage door, such as whether or not there is an existing overhead clearance beam.
Hopefully, you’ll find this post worthwhile, and these tips will help you choose the best garage door for your home.