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Garage Door Buying Guide

The style and color of the garage door has a big impact on your home's curb appeal. Here are a few tips to help you choose the best garage door for your home.

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Garage Door Sizes & Styles

Carriage-style garage doors

Sizes
First determine what size you need. Measure the height, width and thickness of your existing garage door and take the measurements to your local Lowe's.

Styles
Choose a style that complements your home's exterior. Window panels are one way to add a personal touch to a garage door.

Another way to add style is panel design. There are four main panel designs to choose from:

  • Carriage House Panels  (featured image)
    These panels add character to traditional, raised panels.
  • Flush Panels
    They're flat, slightly textured panels that can be used to complement the surrounding wall area without drawing too much attention to the door itself.

Garage Door Flush Panel

  • Long Raised Panels
    They give depth and distinction to the door, while adding to the home's overall appearance.

Garage Door Long Raised Panel

  • Short Raised Panels
    They also lend depth to the door. They're excellent additions to Victorian-style homes with intricately detailed trim, the symmetrical facades of colonial-style homes or the strong architectural lines of a Tudor home.

Garage Door Short Raised Panel

Garage Door Construction

wooden garage door

Wood Garage Doors
From standard, raised-panel designs to doors that mimic the ornate styles commonly used on 19th-century carriage houses, there are a variety of options to choose from. Wood doors are also available in several species, either paint or stain grade.

Steel Garage Doors
They're the most common and economical garage doors on the market. Most manufacturers offer several colors from the factory, or you can paint the door to match your home. There are three types to choose from:

  • Single-layer doors are stamped from a single sheet of galvanized steel. These are usually the most economical of all steel doors.
  • Double-layer steel doors have a galvanized steel skin on the outside with a thick layer of either polystyrene or polyurethane as a backer. The backer provides soundproofing and additional insulating value to the door.
  • Triple-layer doors are constructed of the same materials as double-layer doors with the addition of a galvanized skin on the inside to protect the polystyrene / polyurethane from damage. The additional layer of steel makes triple-layer doors the strongest, most secure and most soundproof of all garage doors. These are also available with thicker insulation for greater R-value (a measure of thermal resistance).

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Garage Door Accessories

garage door hardware

Hardware
Garage door hardware is an easy and affordable way to update the look of an existing or new garage door. Add hinge and handle sets or even a set of simulated windows that can be painted to match your door for a customized look.

Home Automation
There are home automation systems on the market that provide convenience and an additional layer of security. Iris Smart Home Management has a garage door tilt sensor that can tie in to your security system, letting you know if the garage door is open or closed. And its garage door controller will allow you to remotely open or close your door from your smartphone, tablet or computer.

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Garage Function: Workshop or Living Areas

Many homeowners use their garages as extensions of their living space: as children's play areas, workshops, hobby areas, laundry rooms and more. In these cases, choose a door that maintains a comfortable temperature and ensures that it's as energy efficient as possible:

  • Good Insulation
    Look for a door with an R-value of at least 3 in moderate to temperate climates. In harsher climates, go up to an R-value of 10.
  • Weather Seals Between Sections
    The seal may be designed into the mating surfaces of the panels, or it may be in the form of gasket material that compresses when the door is closed.
  • Bottom Seal / Threshold
    If the door doesn't come with a bottom seal standard, you can always add one to keep drafts and rain out.
Good to Know

If you have a garage workshop, get the highest R-value you can in the door to make heating and cooling your work space easier. Interior condensation on an uninsulated metal door can freeze to form ice buildup in cold climates.

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