Getting a new garage door can be scary. How many times have you done that before in your lifetime? The answer is likely not often and that makes sense; garage doors are quality investments. Picking something you’ll have to use every day means plenty of careful consideration before you make a decision. At Overhead Door of Edmonton, we like to think we know a little bit about what goes into picking the ideal garage door for Edmontonians. So with that in mind, here are a few things to take into consideration when looking to decide which garage door is right for you and your home.

Garage Door Types: A Primer

First off, let’s talk about type. Garage doors can be grouped into four categories; sectional garage doors that roll upwards, swing-style garage doors that swing out, garage doors that swing up, and slide to the side garage doors. When it comes to picking a specific type, you have to consider what you’re looking to get out of replacing your garage door. Are you trying to increase the value of your home? Are you looking to change the front to improve curb appeal? Do you want something that fits within the look and decor of your home? It’s important to come up with a vision and find the best solutions that fall in line with that. Overhead Door of Edmonton offers different models of garage doors that combine a compelling mix of style and necessity, built with materials such as steel, aluminum, fiberglass and vinyl.

It’s important to think about how long your garage door will last against the elements (especially in Edmonton’s climate) and a lot of that has to do with materials. Steel garage doors are generally the most affordable and is incredibly durable, so lots of garage doors are made with this material. They’re low maintenance and you can get them in multiple looks, but their lack of proper insulation is a problem. We recommend picking insulated garage doors if you’re looking for something that’s energy-efficient and capable of keeping your home warm in any climate (even Edmonton). They’re also vulnerable to dents and rust. On the other hand, materials like vinyl offer plenty of resistance to the dents and rust and don’t need to be painted. Aluminum garage doors offer plenty of similarities to steel in its lightness and price point – plus it can be treated to look like wood!

Then there’s wood garage doors – offered in a variety of styles and made to last. It’s a material that can add plenty of charm and vibe to your home albeit with plenty of required maintenance. But if you’re searching for the look without the upkeep, fiberglass works wonders. In Edmonton, we find steel garage doors with a triple wall construction with a polyurethane spray foam coating typically work best.

The Right Door, The Right You

Whether you’re looking for a classic carriage style look or something modern and functional, we can help you choose the right garage door for your home in Edmonton. But what if you didn’t have to? What if we said you didn’t have to choose and you could mix and match? With our Design Your Own Door option, you could really do that: put together the dream combination you’ve always wanted.

‘But wait!’ you’re probably asking as we wrap this up. ‘What about safety? What safety precautions should we be aware of?’ We’re glad you asked. What you should remember about garage doors is that like everything else in your home, regular maintenance and upkeep is best! Make sure to inspect your garage door each month and check out its relevant springs, cables, rollers and pulleys for signs of wear and tear. Lastly, get a garage door opener, particularly one with photoelectric eye safety beams. This is important because they send invisible beams across the door’s path and signal to the garage door if an item breaks the beam – meaning the door doesn’t need to be in contact with an object to reverse.

Now that you know a little more about what goes into garage doors, we hope this gives you the confidence in choosing the right door that’ll keep you happy in the long term.