For most homeowners, buying a new garage door is a once-, maybe twice-in-a-lifetime investment. For that reason, it’s probably not a purchase you’re necessarily familiar with; and yet, the pressure is on to choose a door that you’ll be happy with for a long time.

While the perfect new garage door for you is sure to differ from the perfect door for your neighbor, knowing what’s important to look for will help you find the best new door for your needs.

perfect garage doorLet’s review some questions to keep top of mind as you start your new door search!

Does It Match My Home?

Your home’s perfect new garage door fits in seamlessly with your property’s design theme.

Older homes: If you have an older home, you might be better off considering a door style and material that echoes this sentiment, like a carriage house style with a wood finish.

Modern homes: For modern homes that feature flat rooflines, geometric build shapes, and lots of windows, a frosted glass garage door may be just the ticket.

Color: Picking a garage door in a striking hue can tie your entire property together in a really unique way, but you don’t want to go overboard. If your home already has a red accent front door, maybe it’s better to keep the garage door neutral.

Accents: Decorative hardware hinges or handles can make the ideal finishing touches to your perfect garage door. 

Does It Have the Functionality I’m Looking For?

It’s easy to get swept up in the visual aspects of your new garage door, but at the end of the day, you want to make sure that the door you select has the features that’ll help keep your family safe, your energy bill low, and your get-out-of-the-house routine convenient.

wooden garage doorInsulation: If you live in an area where you experience all four seasons, opting for an insulated garage door is your best bet. In extreme temperature months, garage doors without insulation tend to let more air escape and cause your heater or air conditioner to work harder in order to compensate.

Choosing a double- or triple-ply insulated garage door helps form a better barrier between the air inside your garage and the temperature outside, helping you save money on energy costs.

Warranty: Quality garage door manufacturers will provide a warranty for their doors and various parts. This can span from a few years to 15 years to a limited lifetime warranty. Of course, the more coverage you can get, the better. Just make sure to read the fine print for which parts of the door are covered.

Do I Have the Perfect Installation Company in Mind?

Remember that a perfect garage door is only as good as the skills of the technician who installs it. In order to ensure that your new door is installed properly, look for a garage door services provider with certification from the Institute of Door Dealer Education and Accreditation (IDEA).

This ensures that technicians have been professionally trained and proven their abilities in effective and safe installation practices.

Finding a garage door that aligns with your property’s style, helps keep your home’s annual operating costs low, and brings you peace of mind can be challenging. But, by using these tips as a guide, you’re almost there!

Do I Have the Total Garage Door Buying Guide?

If you’d like more information on any of the areas covered above, download our free Total Garage Door Buying Guide. Reading through this comprehensive eBook will help answer any remaining questions you may have pertaining to your search, as well as make sure you’re fully prepared to make your new door purchase.

As always, you can reach out to Precision Garage Door with any questions at any time. Best of luck!