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A Garage Door & Design Guide for Homeowners | Guest Post

This article is a guest post by Automated Door Systems, a service provider of garage doors in Etobicoke.
Preparing to add or replace a garage door can be a daunting task. This is due to the variety of styles, sizes, and patterns available on the market today. The following tips will help you to choose a garage door for your home with less confusion.
Door Dimensions
One of the first considerations when choosing a new garage door is size. The dimensions for a garage door may vary widely and often depend upon the type of vehicle you are storing in the garage. For example, the dimensions for a single car average at nine feet by seen feet, while the average for a double car garage is sixteen feet by seen feet. However, these dimensions may vary by one foot in width and/or height.
Models
There are numerous models of garage door and each one has its own pros and cons. Before selecting a model, consider the following points:
  • What is the style of your home? Modern garage doors are available in various designs which may be more suitable for a particular architectural style of house. For example, a Victorian-style home will benefit from a more complex design, whereas simple lines will compliment a townhouse.
  • What material should you use? Aluminum is lighter than steel, but it is also more prone to denting. Meanwhile, steel is more often used for automatic garage door models. Wood has become a rare material for garage doors and may not be an option in your area.
  • Should you buy an automatic door? Automatic garage doors are very popular, and there are numerous models of opener to choose from. The garage door is the largest moving object in your home, so be sure to select a powerful, long-lasting opener.
  • What about insulation? While many garage doors feature insulation, usually polystyrene or polyurethane, some are not. You should make sure that your garage is not a major source of heat loss for your home before choosing a non-insulated model.
Model Patterns
Modern garage doors models are available in a wide variety of patterns. For example, a steel door may have a woodgrain finish or a smooth finish. When selecting your new door, be aware that thickness and finish play a role in the final price. Furthermore, as the pattern is mostly aesthetic, be sure to pick a pattern which matches your home.
Windows
Adding windows to your garage door does more than provide lighting. Traditionally, windows were simple panes, but contemporary windows offer a variety of patterns and materials for greater aesthetic value. Another advantage is that modern garage door windows are too small for an intruder to pass through, and the option of tinted glass prevents others from seeing inside the garage.
Choosing the Right Colors
There is a wide variety of colors to choose from, depending upon the design. More complex doors will have separate colors for the door and overlay. In addition, there is a cost difference when choosing a standard, premium, or custom paint. Pay attention to the color of your house's exterior and aim for a close match. If the house is brick, select a sand or light grey color for the overlay to match the mortar.
Additional Considerations
Before purchasing a garage door, use a design tool to see a preview what the finished door will look like. Also, look for special promotions or contests which might reduce your final cost significantly. Finally, make sure the door is installed by a certified technician to avoid potential problems.