The main thing you should know about garage doors is that there are two main types: the sectional roll-up doors and the tilt-up doors. You will spend less money on a tilt-up door, but I would recommend the sectional roll-up if you have the extra money.
The superiority of the sectional roll-up door comes from the smaller space they occupy. Both inside the garage and in front of it, the occupied space is smaller, so there is extra space for your car.
The tilt-up door, on the other hand, is made of a single panel. Opening the door means pulling it out and pivoting it, so it can slide along the garage’s roof. They occupy extra space, so you might want to spend a little bit of cash and get the superior sectional roll-up door.
In most cases, the material used for garage doors is either steel or wood. This applies to both main types of garage doors, sectional roll-ups, and tilt-ups. Getting a garage door made out of wood means that it will look better, but you might have trouble maintaining it. A steel door will be more resistant, so in a cold or hot climate, it makes more sense.
You will spend more on a garage door made out of steel, but you will have less trouble with it. When picking a door made out of steel, you should check to see if rust prevention was part of its building process.
Other materials that are sometimes used for garage doors are fiberglass or aluminum. They do cost less than steel, so the price of the garage door decreases if you use them, but there are some things you should know before using them. These two materials are weaker than steel is, so the wear and tear will be visible faster. Taking into consideration the climate you live in, you might find out that steel doors are more energy-efficient.
Your house needs regular maintenance, and your garage door will require it as well. Properly maintaining it will ensure that it keeps its looks in time and it works as it should. If you don’t take care of it as you should, you might find out what a bad effect a bad-looking garage door might have on how your home looks.
Whatever material you choose, the garage door should be washed regularly. For example, a wooden door should be repainted every two years, so the material remains protected against the weather. In the case of a steel garage door, you can use car wax once a year, to give it a better look.
Motor oil should be used to make sure the parts work properly, as soon as you feel like it’s not moving as it should.
As for the safety part of the decision on which door to pick, you should know that are a large number of accidents involving garage doors each year. To make sure that this doesn’t happen to your kids, you should spend a bit more money and get an automatic garage door that has the function of automatic reverse.