Repairing or Replacing A Garage Door

15 Oct

garage _doorsAs someone who has only lived in a condo for the two years since I’ve been married, I haven’t had a garage door, therefore I’ve never needed to repair or replace one. Believe it or not the garage is the largest working part of a house.  A garage door can make or break the appeal of a house. Keep in mind that when purchasing a garage door the cost should be significantly less than the possible value it may add to your home on resell. Typically a garage door can range in price anywhere from $500-$10,000 depending on material. First of all there is the choice of what kind of garage door you want. Garages can swing out, swing up, roll up, or slide to the side. Based on your needs, you will need to choose the kind of garage door that suits your needs best. If you need to keep the ceiling of the garage clear for whatever reason you may opt for a garage door that swings out or slides to the side. If you want a more traditional look, then you may chose to opt for a garage door that rolls up. Second of all, you will want to keep in mind the style of your home when adding your garage door. Like previously mentioned the garage is the largest working piece of the home and you don’t want it to stick out like a sore thumb but rather you want it to complement your home as a nice accent. Third, you will need to keep in mind the different kinds of materials garage doors can be made out of. One option for garage doors is wood. Wood garage doors are authentic and offer a type of charm. Wood is strong so it can withstand elements well. A potential downside however to wood is that it might need repainting or refinishing. The pricing for wood garage doors vary, but typical woods that are used include mahogany, redwood or cedar. Another option for material on your garage door is steel. Metal is a much better choice if you are looking for something with very little maintenance. It is inexpensive and durable, though it can rust so keep that in mind. Look for 24 or 25 gauge panels if you are wanting a steel door. A third and final material that is used in garage doors is aluminum. Although inexpensive, this material has been replaced as of late. If you have an extra wide door perhaps this is a good option. One last thing to keep in mind is whether or not you need an insulated door. This can help save energy if you are wanting to heat your garage. Now that you know a lot of basics about garage doors what if you need to repair or replace yours? Parker Garage Doors, LLC is a great resource. They are able to do repairs, tuneups, or even install a brand new garage door for you. You want to always ensure that your garage is working so they are here to help you in any way that they can! They have a reputable name and are certain they can be of assistance to you and your needs!