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.
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.
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:
Steel garage doors are the most common and economical types on the market. Most manufacturers offer several colors from the factory, many models can be painted to match your home. There are three types to choose from:
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.
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.
Make sure you have a garage door opener that's compatible with your door and that meets your needs. Read our Garage Door Opener Buying Guide to learn about the available types and options.
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:
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.