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    Our customer, Penny, just bought a new house. The house is a fixer upper so she has a lot of projects on her to-do list!

    The first exterior project she wanted to tackle was updating the older garage doors that came with the house. The garage door openers as well were old, noisy and just in need of replacement after many years. 

    The other problem with her garage doors, which is why she wanted to tackle this project first, was that the existing doors are not only rusty, but not insulated. Penny works out in a part of her garage, so she wanted the space to have some temperature control in summer and winter. 

    old rusty uninsulated garage doors

    After putting together a budget, and then looking at her options within her budget for new garage doors and new garage door openers, she decided on these two overhead garage doors. They are 25 gauge doors and include PVC insulation for excellent weather control.

    We also installed two brand new LiftMaster belt drive openers. Not only are these garage door openers much quieter than the old chain drives she had, but they have a battery backup, WiFi abilities so she can open and close the doors from a smartphone app, and settings to ensure the door is secure when she is home and away.

    The new doors are beautiful!

    new 25 gauge insulated garage doors

    Penny also opted for the top panel with windows. Not only does this make the curb appeal stand out, but it adds an element of natural light as well. Penny can have her doors open when she is working out or using the garage, but can also keep them closed without sacrificing natural light inside the garage.

    Penny is very happy with her new garage doors and is working on some more projects inside on her new home!

     

    Your garage door isn’t just another door in your home. Your garage is a major entry point to your home, and a big part of your exterior style and curb appeal.

    Choosing the right door is very important! It not only has a big impact, but it needs to provide the right amount of safety and security for your home.

    updated garage door installation

    Depending on how you use your garage, the level of insulation when choosing a new door is important. For homeowners that use their garage for working out, to do work, or as an additional living space know just how important a fully insulated garage door is.

    So, if you are in the market for a new garage door, you need to choose a door that is functional AND stylish, along with considering your budget.

    #1 Composition and Durability

    When evaluating new garage doors you want to focus first on composition and durability.

    Garage doors are made from fiberglass, vinyl, steel, wood and other materials. You can narrow the choices by looking at the style of your home, your budget, and how durable you need your door to be. Wood doors are beautiful, but are high maintenance and expensive. Steel, by comparison is more affordable.

    #2 Insulation Level

    Insulation comes in an R value and it’s something to consider when purchasing a new garage door. Depending on the climate and how you are using your garage door will inform you about the R value you want to look out for. The insulation in garage doors is usually polystyrene or polyurethane. Consulting with a garage door tech can help you decide what material and level you need.

     

    #3 Do your research!

    The worst thing that can happen once you choose a great garage door is to have it installed improperly. Make sure you research NOT just your new garage door, but also the installer.

    Can you find independent 3rd party reviews for them on Yelp, Google or Facebook? These review sites can help you see the entire picture. Asking around to friends and co-workers can also insure you are getting a quality company to install your new doors.

    Make sure the company you choose, at the minimum: offers a free inspection or a free quote AND that they guarantee their work. You want to find a reputable garage door installation company that can help you find a good door to match your budget and style, and install safely for you!

     

    If your garage door has been damaged or you are just looking to upgrade your garage door, then buying a new garage door might be on your to-do list. But what do you need to know when buying a new garage door to help you make the decision?

    But what do you need to know when buying a new garage door to help you make the decision?

    A garage door is an investment. A good quality door can help to improve the efficiency of your home’s energy, as well as up the curb appeal of your exterior. It can also help to increase the value of your home.

    There are many different styles, materials, and prices of garage doors on the market. Below is an overview of the options in those three categories: style, material and price.

     

    Garage Door Style

    There are different styles of garage door that can compliment the style of your home, or to give your home a new style. Styles include: flush panels, painted panels, carriage house style, long raised panels, short raised panels and contemporary panels.

    If you are working with a garage door installation company, sit down with a book of the different options and just see first what you like most. Then consider how it will compliment the style of your home.

     

    Garage Door Materials

    Once you understand the style of door you want, then consider what material you want to purchase. The most common materials are wood and steel. Aluminum and fiberglass are also options, though not as common.

    Size of Your Garage Door

    If you are working with a good garage door company, you don’t need to worry about this since they will size it properly. But make sure when you are searching for the door you want, that it is available in the size you need.

    You can measure the opening of your garage to guide you in selecting the proper size.

    Where can I find garage door options?

    First, find a reputable company in your area that does garage door installations. Make sure they are licensed, bonded and insured. Try to see if they have 3rd party reviews that are positive online. Yelp and Facebook are great options to find these reviews.

     

    We repaired this damaged garage door a few weeks ago. This door had 2 damaged panels, so when we arrived, we inspected the extend of the damage.

    damaged garage door

    What happened, you ask? Our customer was leaving her house in a rush and forgot to open the garage door as she backed out. Whoops!

    Below is a picture of the door’s damage from the inside.

    inside damaged garage door

    We thought the repair would be replacing the damaged panels with new panels. Our customer had other plans. She opted to purchase a brand new garage door. Her goal was to get a more durable and thicker garage door.

    We ordered a brand new door and installed it a few days later. We installed braces to the door as well. This will help to reinforce it if another minor accident occurs. The stronger door plus the braces should help in the future to keep the door secure and undamaged!

     

    reinforced garage door with braces installed

    The photo above shows the braces installed.

    The last thing in this repair included installing insulation to the garage door. The front of the house faces west, so it gets a lot of hot Texas sun! The insulation will help to keep the garage door cooler in summer and warmer in winter. It will also help to reinforce the door as well!

    Final Garage Door Reveal!

    Once the door was installed, braces installed and insulation complete, the last step was painting the door on the outside to match the trim on the house. Painting your garage door is a great way to update your curb appeal, and you can do it without purchasing a new door!

    The door looks great now, as you can see below! The door is opening and closing much more quietly and smoothly, thanks to the brand new door and insulation! Our customer loves it as much as we do!

     

    updated garage door installation