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New Garage Door

Tips For Choosing a New Garage Door

Garage Door Sales Installation Orange CountyOrange County Garage Doors and Gates is well-versed in new garage door sales and installation, and in areas like Irvine, where demand for newly built homes is on the rise, it is the perfect opportunity to decide on a garage door that reflects your personal style, and get it right on the very first try.  Over the years, garage doors have become a more featured part of the home, a stark contrast to earlier times, when it was a bland, standard sidepiece.

These days, a great deal of detail and effort go into choosing the perfect garage door style to be the neighborhood standout.  If you are in the market for a new, beautiful garage door, there is much to consider, as the possibilities are virtually endless when customizing the look of your new purchase.

Contributing factors will range from material, size, style, color, to added features, as well as resale value.

Garage Door Material Options

Garage Door Material Options Costa MesaChoosing your desired material is the first step to deciding on your ideal garage door, as it will factor into the door’s durability.  While earthquakes are not as frequent in Orange County as they are in Los Angeles, the 4.5 quake in Yorba Linda in late 2012 should serve as a reminder that these types of natural disasters are possible.  Deciding on garage door materials that can best hold up against the unexpected is highly recommended.

A new garage door material should also be chosen based on how often you are able and willing to maintain it.  There are four main types of material from which to choose:  aluminum and glass, wood, steel and fiberglass.

  1. Aluminum and Glass- If you are going for a modern look, aluminum and glass garage doors are an ideal choice.  As a sleek and sophisticated preference, aluminum and glass reflect a contemporary feel with the added benefit of being rustproof and a little-to-no maintenance option.

    However, aluminum does not match other materials – such as steel – in terms of durability, as aluminum is easily dented.  Another point to consider, aluminum may not be the best option in areas of extreme temperatures, as it leans to the poor end of the insulation spectrum.

  2. Wood- Wood offers a classic, traditional feel that cannot be beat.  If you are looking to be the talk of the neighborhood, you simply cannot go wrong with a wood door.  The pros far outweigh the cons, with wood doors having great built-in insulating properties.  They also perform well on the durability scale.

    Contrary to popular belief, wood can last nearly as long as a steel door if properly maintained, and maintenance is recommended every few years in the way of staining and painting to keep the finish intact.  However, regardless of even the most meticulous of maintenance, wood garage doors are not recommended for areas where extreme heat is prevalent, as this can cause swelling and cracking over time from exposure.

  3. Fiberglass- Fiberglass garage doors are a relatively new foray into the market, so it may not be as widely available as other materials, but it is second only to steel in terms of durability.  Top-notch insulation makes fiberglass garage doors a great choice when energy costs are a concern.  Fiberglass doors also come in a wide selection of styles.
  4. Steel- If durability is the number one factor in your choice, it does not get any better than steel.  Sturdy through most any kind of weather, steel is as reliable as you will find.  Maintenance is a breeze with only a quick cleaning on occasion being necessary.  Like aluminum, steel is rustproof, but far more resistant to dents.

Garage Door Styles and Designs

Garage Door Styles IrvineWith the amount of and designs available for customizing your garage door, it can be easy to find yourself lost in a sea of choices.  This is especially true in Orange County with its rich landscape and myriad of architectural styles, Old Towne Orange in particular.  Searching for the perfect garage door to match your Victorian, cottage or Spanish revival style home will avail you to an immeasurable number of possibilities.

Here are just a few examples to help give you an idea of what style is right for you.

  1. Carriage House- Today’s carriage house garage doors draw inspiration from an old design from days gone by, but now with more convenience for operation, along with added features like custom trim and windows that rejuvenate the style and make it fresh for the 21st century.
  2. Contemporary- Contemporary garage door styles are a great match for a modern home design.  You will find an array of contemporary design types to match your personal style.
  3. Raised Panel- Raised panel doors are a design that never goes out of style due to their reliability and sturdiness.  They are as American as apple pie, and thanks to new design innovations, they can be as flavorful too.

Choosing a Garage Door Size

They say that bigger is better, and with Orange County as the third most populous county in California, the size of newer homes increases.  So too must the size of garages increase to accommodate more and larger vehicles.

For standard vehicles, new garage door sizes come in varieties of 8×7 feet, 9×7 feet and 10×7 feet.  If you are looking to store larger vehicles, such as RVs or bigger pickup trucks, you can find garage doors in sizes of 16×8 feet with a 9-foot ceiling.  If your family owns more than one vehicle, double garage doors might be best suited for your needs.  Double garage doors come in sizes of 12×7, 14×7 and 16×7 feet to accommodate multiple vehicles.

You can use a simple tape measure to find the dimensions of your garage.  Take your measurements to a professional who will take it from there in helping you to find a matching garage door size for your home.  For businesses, it would be better to measure the height of the largest vehicle in order to get a better idea of space needed, and you will be better equipped to decide on a garage door.

Garage Door Colors

Garage Doors Color Options AnaheimAs garage doors become a prominent feature of the home design, options to add flare and character are far more readily available.  Gone are the days of standard beige and gray, as now you can find various metallic and pastel finishes.

A good tip is to design your garage door in a color that matches your home exterior.  If you are really looking to make a statement, however, having a garage door that matches the trim or front door will go a long way, but the trick is to no overdo it.  Drawing too much attention to the door and overpowering the flow of the overall house layout is a potential undesirable outcome.  No matter what color you choose for your new garage door, making sure it is in perfect harmony with the front door of your house is key.

Taking into consideration the architectural style of your home is also a factor to consider when choosing the right color for your garage door.  For example, a brick house may be well complimented by a garage door with a mahogany-style color finish.

As with any other part of your home, personal preference trumps all.  You can visit a showroom to compare color schemes and better determine what garage door colors and layouts best match your style.

Additional Garage Door Features

There was once a time where garage doors were plain and opened manually by lifting.  These days, automatic is the standard, allowing you to control your garage door without first having to get out of your car.  This is especially helpful in times of bad weather.  Your new automatic garage door can go even further beyond these conveniences with additional garage door features.

  1. Courtesy Lights- As a safety measure, you can add lights that will turn on as your garage door is opening.  These lights can also be triggered by motion sensors.
  2. Remote Lockout- This feature offers a measure of security by allowing you to disable the garage door opener receiver if you plan to be away for an extended amount of time.
  3. Wireless Keypad- While once upon a time, wireless garage door keypads were a luxury, they are now quite commonplace.  Parents find that this is the preferred way to allow their children access into the home.  This is an ideal option for residents in Costa Mesa where 58% of households are families of three or more people.

Garage Door Resale Value

Installing a garage door in your new residence or having one replaced is a great investment for your home – even if you do not plan to live there very long.  The curb appeal that a new garage door brings has an immediate impact on the value of your estate, and increases your ability to resell your home should you choose to move.

Average home values throughout Orange County have increased over 15% during the past year, and they are expected to rise another five percent through the next year.  Updating home fixtures, as well as installing new additions like a garage door, will go a long way to maximize your property value.  The average price of a mid-range garage door is nearly $1300.  With garage door resale value averaging close to $1100, you can expect a cost recovery of almost 85%.

There is a plethora of resources to help find the garage door that’s right for you.  Researching manufacturers’ reputations can save you time by helping you avoid purchasing a new garage door that will only need to be replaced sooner than expected due to poor build quality.  Manufacturers like Clopay and Wayne Dalton are industry leaders with superb reputations.

Be sure to visit a professional who can assist you in the decision making process to ensure you choose a new garage door installation that you will love for years to come.

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