There’s no question about it - your garage door needs to look good.
In the same way that a pair of shoes can complete an outfit, your garage door is essential to the curb appeal of your home. But while you can change a pair of shoes that aren’t quite the right fit, a garage door is a much longer-term investment.
This means that when choosing a garage door you not only need to think about design, aesthetics, and price, but also functionality and logistics.
Here are 4 (overlooked) factors to consider when choosing a garage door:
When deciding on a garage door, a lot of thought goes into the color scheme. However, when choosing a color for your garage door, it’s important to factor in how the sun will change that color over time. Different door materials, paints, and colors will withstand the sunlight better.
Direct sun can also heat up your garage, and interfere with the garage door opener. With the heat from the sun, the electrical components can malfunction. Your garage door opener could think something is obstructing the door and not shut properly. You can easily fix this by taking small pieces of cardboard and creating “sensor shades” to cover the opener’s sensors.
Amazingly, the shade is also something to account for when choosing a garage door. While not as obvious as a factor as sunlight, the shade can have a huge impact on your garage doors.
If your garage doors get a lot of shade when they get wet - they might not dry well. This could lead to issues with mold and mildew. If this is the case, you’ll need to make sure your garage is properly ventilated. You could also consider a dehumidifier to combat mold/mildew growth.
In addition to shade, water can also be problematic for a garage. Too much water, in any capacity, can cause damage. This includes rain, flooding, water pooling, and any drainage build-up.
Things like your home’s gutters and driveway pitch - the direction and slope of your driveway, can really affect water drainage. Make sure your driveway is sloping away from your garage doors in order to ensure a clean, dry garage.
You can also install a floor seal or external guttering if rainwater is seeping under the garage door - this will not only keep water outside, it will divert water away from your home.
While it’s important to have the proper prevention equipment and set-up in place, regular maintenance is really key.
When picking out your garage door, keep in mind the material may have some upkeep. Wooden doors need to be carefully checked for water damage and warp. Steel doors should be monitored for rust, as these will need to get sanded, then primed, before repainting.
Your garage door maintenance should also include looking for chipping or peeling paint. All garage doors, no matter their material - should be washed regularly with a gentle all-purpose cleaner.
When choosing a garage door - don’t compromise on the look that complements your home. The best garage door is aesthetically pleasing while meeting all of your functional needs.
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