If you have decided to invest in a custom garage door, you most likely seek a particular size, design, or style. That’s the benefit of getting custom garage doors! You can make any combinations you like in terms of material, size, design, etc.
and thus get a perfect fit for your home. And we are here to help you do exactly that. So, get comfortable and read our guide to the best custom garage door for you!
Estimate your budget
Garage door prices vary a great deal and naturally there’s a limit to your family budget. So, before you get the project rolling, consider your budget. It’s vital to remember that the final price you pay also includes the garage door installation. And the price you pay for the garage door depends on more or less everything about it – the size, the material, the number of garage doors you plan to have installed, whether or not there’ll be insulation, the hardware, etc.
Narrow down your options
Are you searching for a garage door replacement? Or is this going to be a new garage door installation? This factor makes a difference to which garage door type you choose. Usually, people replace the old garage door with a new one of the same type (sectional, roll-up, etc.). But if this is a new install, you can choose any type you want as long as there’s available space at your home to open and close it.
To narrow down even more your options, consider if you want an insulated garage door. The price tag gets higher, but the energy costs in the long run are cut. This is an important consideration if you take into account the large size of the garage door and thus how much it may affect the indoor temperatures.
What’s more, check if there are building codes in your location. For example, in some areas it’s necessary that homeowners get wind-load residential garage doors.
Choose the garage door size
There are standard single and double garage door sizes on the market. Their usual height is 7 to 8 feet, while some are as tall as 12 feet. Single garage doors are usually 8 to 10 feet wide, while double ones are often 16 feet wide. Now, if you have decided to get custom garage doors for any other reason than the size, you can opt for any of these sizes. But since they are customized to meet your garage, car, and personal needs, you can order them in the size you want.
Decide on the style
You have the choice of getting a traditional, classic, or contemporary garage door style. Most people opt for matching the garage door with the home exterior style. Once you decide on that, you can choose the garage door design. The options range from raised panel and Craftsman to flush and carriage house garage doors. Don’t forget that the color will also influence the appearance of the garage door style. If you are inclined to get a traditional garage door, brownish colors are often the best match. Blacks and whites are classics, while today you can also get distressed finishes for a combo of vintage & modern. Last but not least, choose hardware and consider if you want garage door windows too. They come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and configurations.
Pick the material
- Wood garage doors come in variations. You can choose natural wood for a classic look, or get faux wood if you like to save money and avoid problems with cracks and moisture. There’s also a choice of getting garage doors made of reclaimed wood – that’s wood that has been used before. Along with the faux option, reclaimed wood garage doors are environmentally friendly choices.
- Glass garage doors are modern and often combined with aluminum frames. They can also be insulated and are the best choice for homes that favor clean lines and people who like the natural light in the garage.
- Metal garage doors come in a range of choices too. You can get lightweight aluminum or heavy-duty steel garage doors, but it’s good to get them insulated. You also have the choice of composite garage doors – steel in the inside and wood grains outside.
There are garage doors for all tastes, budgets, locations, and climates. Just make sure you get yours in accordance with your own personal requirements.