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A Simple Guide to Buying a New Garage Door

Finding the right garage door isn’t necessarily a quick job, but it can be fun – we promise!

There are far more options than most people realise. As a result, you can fine tune your choice to match your lifestyle, requirements, and taste.

For example, you might think that a traditional up-and-over garage door is the way to go, simply because it’s the most familiar style to you. But have you considered a roller door? And what about a sectional garage door?

We’re here to help, and we’d definitely like to ensure you don’t pick a garage door which is going to be a hassle to maintain and use further down the line.



Things to consider when picking a garage door

It’s always best to start by thinking about how you intend to use the garage itself.

Chances are, you’re already using it for something, and it’s that the case, think about the following:

  • How often do you access the garage?
  • Is parking space in front of the garage limited?
  • Are you able to enter the garage from within your house?
  • How much time do you physically spend in the garage?
  • Do you park your car in there?

If you have plans for your garage which haven’t been put into effect yet, you can ask the same questions.

Then – and only then – are you ready to start looking at the best garage door for the job.


I don’t have much space

You’re acutely aware that space in front of the garage is limited, as is space inside the garage itself. However, you have no option but to park in front of the garage every day, and you do need to access it occasionally.

In these instances, a roller garage door is almost certainly going to be the best choice, because it takes up zero space on your drive while opening and next to nothing inside the garage.

Don’t look past a side-hinged garage door, though. If you don’t need regular access to the garage but value your roof/loft space, it’s a great option.



I like to keep my driveway free

If you have a small driveway or simply want to make best use of every square inch you have available, an up-and-over garage door will prove to be pretty annoying in the long run.

Continually moving your car to gain access isn’t much fun, so to avoid this, try a sectional garage door instead (it’s a great alternative to a roller door if that doesn’t take your fancy).


I spend lots of time inside my garage

If you’ve converted your garage into a workshop, gym, or somewhere in which you spend lots of time on a hobby, the garage door will make a huge amount of difference to how much you enjoy that space.

In these instances, it’s best to go for a sectional and insulated garage door. It’ll keep the heat in and the cold temperatures out.

It’s also important to take into consideration weather proofing and look for a garage door which features seals to prevent water ingress.


There’s lots of expensive stuff in there

No one wants their garage broken into, but for some people, that little extra room often houses some very important or valuable stuff.

If that sounds like you, the good news is that all modern garage doors are built with security firmly in mind. Despite this, it’s still a great idea to look for a garage door with a Secure by Design rating.

Roller doors come with this as standard because of the way they’re built, but if you’re going for a different type of door, look out for mention of Secure By Design; it’ll give you the ultimate peace of mind that your garage is safe and, yes, secure.

We really hope this blog has helped you with your garage door decision. If you’re still stuck or have more questions, just remember to get in touch with our friendly team who will be happy to help you find the right option.