Different styles of garage doors

The best thing about installing a new garage door is how customizable they are. There are lots of different styles for garage doors and they're all ready to be fit to your home. Many types of doors traditionally open in panels, but that's not set in stone (2). Here's a list of some of the different designs that you can put up (3):

  • Carriage doors

    Carriage doors

  • Contemporary doors

    Contemporary doors

  • Raised panel doors

    Raised panel doors

  • Traditional style

    Traditional style

  • Impact resistant doors

    Impact resistant doors

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Garage Door Repair

Every now and then you'll see a ding, mark, or dent in your garage doors. When this occurs, it's always a good investment to go with garage door repair. This will ensure that your doors look perfect and the value of your property doesn't go down. It also protects the doors from further damage.

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Because you have so many choices regarding garage doors, you also have a lot of options when selecting the material used for the door. Everything has its strengths and weaknesses, so let's take a moment to review that. You can select the following for garage door materials.

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Wooden doors are by fat the most common. Wood garage doors can be fit to any home in any style and be made to be opened in any method. For an average sized garage, wooden doors might cost from $1,800 to up to $3,000.

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When you want a strong door that is also lightweight, your answer is fiberglass (3). These types of doors are incredibly resilient and weigh significantly less than any other door material. They typically cost around $1,100 to $2,300 for a standard sized home.

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Insulated doors are designed to save you money. Regardless of the material used, insulated doors completely fill any gaps otherwise left by traditional doors. This in turn saves on both heating and cooling prices. These kinds of doors can pay for themselves within a few years. An average one may const from $1,700 to $2,100.

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This affordable option is for homeowners who want a metal garage door, but do not wish to see it rust. Aluminum takes care of that and looks stylish while doing so. The only major downside to aluminum is that it can be bent. So small dings will begin to add up over time (4). These kinds of doors can cost about $800 to $1,100 for a new model.

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Steel is a solid option for people who want to really make a statement with their garage doors. It's incredibly strong and can be insulated accordingly (5). Not just that, but steel can be easily painted any color to match your home. This robust material makes for great curb appeal. An average home will spend around $1,500 to $2,300 on installing a new steel door.

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Growing more and more popular amongst homeowners, vinyl garage doors are the best in remaining an affordable option that does not break easy. Often labeled as the "kid proof" building material, vinyl can stand up to wind, rain, and the occasional clumsy driver. Depending on the type of door added, vinyl can cost anywhere between $750 and $3,000 for installation (6).

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Impact Garage Doors

If you live in an area where hurricanes can pose a threat, the answer may be impact garage doors. Also called hurricane doors, "impact" refers to how they are designed. Also, impact doors are capable of withstanding winds up to 150mph (7). Truly, these impact doors can take a beating. As an added bonus they also resist robbers attempting to break into your home.

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Custom Garages

A custom garage door in a very intricate thing. You can literally put anything you'd like up, in any material. If you want grandiose wooden doors with windows that open from the center out, you can get that. When the term custom is used, they mean it. You can get anything you want with custom garages. Aside from materials, style, and design, consider the following for your custom work:

  • Etched glass
  • Carriage style hinges
  • Carved wood
  • Windows
  • Roll up style
  • Made entirely from glass
  • Unpainted wood
  • Lights
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Garage Remodeling

Are you looking for a little more room in your house? Or a downstairs den to relax in? Perhaps a man/woman cave refuge? Whatever the case, garage remodeling can meet your needs. If you're looking for more storage space, or to add value to your home, this can be a very beneficial project (8). Consider adding some of the following:

  • Playroom
  • Den
  • Storage space
  • Study
  • Sports bar
  • Additional dining area
  • Or open it up to create a patio effect
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  1. "InterNACHI's Standard Estimated Life Expectancy Chart for Homes". InterNACHI. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  2. "What are the main difference in garage Doors?". Insulated Garage Doors. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  3. Beneke, Jeff."Understanding Garage Door Styles". The Spruce. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  4. "How Much Does a Fiberglass Garage Door Cost?". improve.net. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  5. "Steel". Wikipedia. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  6. "Too Much Information About Garage Doors". Precision. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  7. "Hurricane-Proof Your Garage Doors". houselogic. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  8. "8 Dramatic Garage Remodels". HGTV. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
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