Garage doors don’t feature very prominently in most people’s house decorating plans, but they shouldn’t be put off until the last minute. Your garage door is one of the most obvious parts of your house. Making sure it complements your home and front yard goes a long way toward increasing your home’s value and curb appeal.
When buying a garage door for your house, you should consider several factors. After all, this door will be a part of your house for years to come. Your final decision should be based on style and color, durability, and insulation.
A brightly colored wood grain door with big windows is sure to turn heads. But how well does it match your house? Choose a garage door style and color that complements your home for seamless integration.
Consider also how much time you spend in the garage and what you do in there. Is your garage a workspace or just somewhere to park your cars?
Pro Tip: If you spend a lot of time in the garage, windows will let in more natural light and give the garage a relaxing atmosphere.
Garage doors are designed for constant exposure to the elements, but technology inevitably wears down with time. Choosing a door with long-lasting parts and performing maintenance checks will ensure your door stays functional for years.
Make sure your garage door is also durable enough to keep others safe. Basic safety equipment such as electronic sensors come standard on modern doors, but that shouldn’t be all you consider. For instance, thieves can force open a garage door in seconds if the deadbolt isn’t engaged or the door isn’t sturdy enough. Find a solid door with strong locking mechanisms, and take extra precautions to make breaking in that much harder.
You can choose between insulated garage doors and standard doors. Though insulating the garage may seem pointless, consider its impact on your home’s energy efficiency. Insulation keeps your home’s heat or air conditioning stable and, more importantly, inside your house. This keeps your energy bill from fluctuating too dramatically, saving you money and keeping energy use low.
Which Garage Door is Right for You?
Balancing essential and preferred features can be tricky when buying a garage door. Whatever your ultimate choice, installation experts are equipped and ready to help you find the perfect door for you and get it working.
How Can You Keep Your Family Safe Around Your Automatic Garage Door?
The garage door could pose a threat to the safety of your loved ones, but there is no need to worry if you perform monthly maintenance, keep fingers away from moving parts, and don’t let kids play with the garage door opener. These five tips can help you keep your family safe around your automatic garage door.
Keep the Garage Door Opener Away from Kids
Open the Door Prior to Starting the Car
Keep Your Fingers Away from Garage Door Parts
Keep It Locked
1) Monthly Maintenance
One of the top (and easiest) ways to keep your loved ones safe when dealing with an automatic garage door is to perform monthly check-ups on your garage. You can easily do this yourself by opening and closing the door while inspecting gears, cables, and garage door springs to make sure nothing has broken, and nothing is blocking the track.
2) Keep the Garage Door Opener Away from Kids
The garage door opener is not a toy and it is important to keep it away from your children. Be sure to discuss with them the dangers of a garage door and how it can cause serious injury if they play with the garage door and opener.
3) Open the Door Prior to Starting the Car
Never start your vehicle while the garage door is closed. Vehicles emit exhaust when running and sitting in a closed garage with the car running can be dangerous and even deadly.
4) Keep Your Fingers Away from Garage Door Parts
When opening and closing your garage door, make sure no one’s fingers are anywhere near the door and the moving parts. They could get stuck between the door sections, causing injury and pain.
ProTip: To keep kids safe around your automatic garage door, teach them to never touch or be too close to the door while it is opening or closing.
5) Keep It Locked
Unfortunately, there has been a rise in home invasions over the past few years and if you keep your garage door unlocked, it can be an easy way for intruders to make their way into your home. Always keep your garage door closed and locked to help keep the whole house and family safe.
Staying Safe Around Automatic Garage Doors
Garages are great for many reasons—storage, home projects, play—but, they can also pose safety and security challenges. By following the above safety tips you can help ensure that everyone stays safe around your automatic garage door.
What Should You Take Into Consideration With Custom Designs for Garage Doors?
If you’ve decided to make your home gorgeous by adding a custom garage door you need to take into consideration your door size, what type of style, materials, and whether you want windows. Here is more information about what to think about before you create your custom garage door:
1) Door Size
Knowing the size of your garage door is an important first step in buying a custom garage door. Custom doors are made to order, so be sure to tell them whether you have a single or double garage door. Be sure to measure the width and height so you can have the perfect fit.
2) Door Style
There are so many garage doorstyles to choose from these days! Go with the popular carriage style door, or a swing, tri-fold, or contemporary style door. It’s a good idea to take into consideration the style of your home’s architecture and choose a door that compliments your homes existing architectural style.
Once you decide on a style, you can decide whether you want to add windows to your custom garage door. You can also decide how many windows you want, if any. Choose from having them run all the way across, or only a few to accent your door. There are also different glass options available, too, such as frosted glass, clear glass, and insulated glass.
4) Panel Details
Another thing to take into account is how many panels you have on your garage door. There are flat panels, raised panels, raised and recessed panels, and others to choose from.
ProTip: The number of panels will depend on your garage door style, so make sure to talk to your garage door professional about your options.
Standard garage doors are typically made from aluminum, but there are numerous other options to select when you have a custom garage door made for your home. Some options are custom wood, metal, higher quality aluminum, and other custom materials.
Custom Garage Door Designs
Custom garage doors allow you to create a home look that is unique to your home. Don’t get stuck with a plain and boring garage door–let your home stand out from the rest of the neighborhood when you design your custom garage door. Call your local garage door professional to start the design process today!
Contact us to learn more great custom design options for your garage door!
Updating Your garage door don’t have to cost a fortune- But it will make your curb appeal better
Don’t forget it also takes maintenance & upkeep just as a car
Call Justin Hodges Today
Most people don’t think about their garage door when it comes to “updating” their home. But in reality, the garage door is usually the first thing a person see’s when coming to your home or even driving by. It is approximately 112 square feet of the home. Not to mention basically a moving wall. It takes maintenance and most people fail to do this until it is to late and then you have a garage door that is falling out of the opening, your springs break, or it is simply making a lot of noise. Then it cost more to repair at that time. A garage door is like a car, it needs a little TLC every now and then in order to function and a lot of us use it as our front door now, why not take care of the garage door and make it last a long time without pricey repairs. If you want to add curb appeal we can help with that also. There are accessories for your garage door !
Why Choose The Woodlands Garage Door Service?
We are Local– we never leave The Woodlands unless it’s an emergency
We are Insured– For your protection & ours
We are Affordable– Getting your garage door repaired or serviced should not cost a fortune
We Offer Free Estimates in The Woodlands– We will gladly come by & talk to you about your garage door needs and help you figure out the best approach to your situation
When we give you a price- That is what you pay there is no hidden fees or taxes
Justin Hodges has proudly served The Woodlands Community for over 30 years