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Things to Consider When Buying a New Garage Door

Posted 3/16/2017

Clopay Gallery Collection garage door with Arch 1 w/Grilles windowsClopay Gallery Collection garage door with Arch 1 w/Grilles windowsWhether you wish to enhance the curb appeal of your home or simply need to replace an old or damaged garage door, here are some helpful tips to help you get the right garage door for the right price:

  • The first thing to consider is your budget. A basic 16×7 non-insulated garage door from Clopay (Classic Value Collection) is reasonably affordable. Most of the doors we install are 16×7’s.
  • Insulation:  Insulated doors offer quieter operation and can keep your garage a bit cooler in the summer and a bit warmer in the winter. An insulated door can affect the inside temperature of garage by 10-20° depending on the number of windows in your garage, wall insulation and the type and thickness of insulation in your garage door.
  • Style: In addition to the classic raised panel design (see Clopay Classic Value and Classic Premium Collections) that most people have on their doors, you can also choose from long panel and flush panel designs; plus Clopay offers a variety of carriage house door styles, vintage and modern styles.

 Though most people opt for the classic raised panel design in either an insulated or non-insulated door, the vintage style offered in Clopay’s Gallery® Collection also is very popular. It’s a bead board panel design that’s available with vintage carriage house decorative hardware. See also Clopay's Grand Harbor, Coachman and Canyon Ridge Collections, listed in order of lower to higher price. 
  • Windows: Windows provide a more custom look to your door and allow light into your garage. There are snap-in designs, wrought iron and beveled styles, plus architectural windows on insulated doors. Glass is available in clear, insulated, obscure and frosted for many designs. 
  • Color: A variety of colors are available to complement the color scheme of most homes. Clopay's Ultra Grain wood tone colors provide a natural wood look to your door without the care and maintenance of wood.
  • Material: Most garage doors are metal, but metal doors with composite wood overlays and 100% natural wood doors are available. Wood doors will require some maintenance to keep their natural beauty. Metal doors with composite wood overlays (Canyon Ridge Collection) and natural wood doors are on the high end of the price range.
  • Maintenance: All doors require maintenance from time to time. This includes adjusting limits on garage door openers, tightening loose parts and lubing the hardware and opener parts. We’re happy to provide a maintenance check on your door for the cost of a service call. We’ll make sure all is in good shape to prevent more expensive breakdowns later on. You can lubricate door and opener parts yourself if you prefer with non-silicone spray and use white lithium grease to lube your opener trolley rail.