From style aspects to functional features, there are a number of decisions that go into purchasing a new garage door.

To make sure you don’t miss any and find a door that’ll serve your family well for many years to come, Precision Garage Door of Delaware put together the following post outlining the basics of buying a new garage door.

 1. Choose a Door Material

modern garageToday’s garage doors are made in an array of different materials, including steel, vinyl, wood, and even glass. In choosing a door material, rely on the style of your home, as well as your personal preferences and motivations in other areas of your search to inform your decision.

 2. Decide on Insulation

An insulated garage door features an additional material layer that adds to the door’s durability and acts as a barrier between your home and the climate outside.

An insulated door’s temperature regulating abilities can help noticeably decrease your annual home energy bill; for most people, these benefits make insulation an essential new door feature.


 3. Choose a Door Style

Garage door styles have also multiplied over the years. The most popular include historically inspired carriage house doors, simple yet classic traditional/raised panel doors, and innovative and unique contemporary doors. Get some tips for matching the style of your new door to your home here.

 4. Pick a Garage Door Opener Drive

house with treesMost garage door openers are made to operate in one of three drive styles: belt-, chain-, or screw-driven. In general, belt-driven garage door openers provide the best overall performance augmented by quiet and reliable operation.

 5. Explore Automation

Automated garage door systems come with their own Wi-Fi connections and sensors positioned along the door to read its position. The system’s supporting smartphone app acts as your anywhere remote control for tappable access to you garage door.

Features like scheduled opening and closing, checking the status of the door while away, and integration with other home automation software can bring you peace of mind while simplifying your life.

 6. Decide Where to Buy

First and foremost, the best place to shop for a new garage door is a garage door provider near you that’s committed to a quality product.

You should keep overall build quality, durability, and longevity of the door top of mind over the course of your search; buying a new garage door is a once- or twice-in-a-lifetime investment, but that only applies if you purchase a quality product. Carefully considering the door provider before diving in can help make sure that the door you get aligns with your expectations.

We hope this overview helped you learn more about the various decisions that go into finding the right garage door for your home!

If you’re ready to advance to the next step of your new door research, why not download our free Total Garage Door Buying Guide? This helpful resource is the A to Z of choosing a garage door that suits your home and covers other important information such as warranty coverage and hiring a qualified technician to perform the installation.