Garage doors aren’t the kind of thing you purchase regularly, so if you’re wondering what on earth you should look for when choosing yours, and how you should make a decision, that’s entirely understandable.
However, the good news is that when it comes to modern garage doors, the wealth of choice available means you can easily find something which perfectly suits your needs. You just need to know what to look for.
In this blog, we’re going to help you pick the best garage door for your house, without a sniff of jargon.
What to consider when choosing a garage door
Before you rush into buying a garage door, there are a few things you need to consider.
In order to narrow down the choices, try asking yourself the following questions.
- How big is your home?
- What kind of access do you need?
- Are you intending on storing a car or some other kind of vehicle in the garage?
- What else will you be using the garage for?
Your answers to the above questions will guide you towards a suitable garage door. Indeed, it’s amazing how often our customers change their minds once they start to think about intended use and access.
So, with your answers to hand, let’s look at three of the most common garage door options for houses.
Option 1: Up-and-over garage doors
These are arguably the most recognisable garage doors. They’re also still the go-to option for most new home builders.
Modern up-and-over garage doors remain a great choice today and benefit from far sturdier and secure manufacturing techniques. They’re also very cost-effective to repair and won’t break the bank if you ever need to replace them.
You can opt for automated opening these days via an installed motor, too.
It’s just worth bearing in mind that up-and-over garage doors protrude onto the driveway while you’re opening them, and they take up loft space within the garage when open. But if that doesn’t bother you, it might be the perfect option.
Option 2: Roller garage doors
If an up-and-over garage door doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, you can do a lot worse than opt for a roller garage door.
You may have discounted this option in the belief that it’ll be too expensive, therefore you’ll be glad to hear that simply isn’t the case these days. Modern roller garage doors are stylish, delightfully easy to use, and won’t break the bank.
They’re inherently secure, too, thanks to the way in which they’re designed, and they won’t protrude onto your driveway while opening.
What’s more, the relatively small box into which they retract when fully open takes up barely any space inside your garage. A roller garage door is a great option if you want to maximise the space both inside and in front of your garage.
Option 3: Side-hinged garage doors
We can almost guarantee a side-hinged garage door wasn’t on your list. But there are a few reasons it perhaps should be.
Side-hinged garage doors offer some fantastic benefits. For instance, they don’t encroach into the garage at all, and take up next to no space once installed. They protrude out onto the drive when open, but if that isn’t a concern for you, side-hinged garage doors offer a super convenient entry point.
This type of garage door is perfect if you need regular on-foot access, but they’re also great for garages that are used as workshops, gyms, or offices. Fit your side-hinged garage door with a window, and it’ll let in plenty of natural light, too.
We hope we’ve given you plenty of food for thought when it comes to your next garage door. However, if you still have unanswered questions, please do get in touch with our friendly Horizons team and we will be more than happy to help.