Getting a new garage door can transform the look and appearance of your home. Not only does it give your home better curb appeal, but it can also help increase your home’s value. For many people, purchasing a new garage door is something they have never done before. As such, it is important to take a little time and do some research and use our tips for selecting a new garage door for your home.
Tip #1: Know the difference between materials.
There is a difference between wood and steel garage doors. Our high-quality steel doors can be ordered with a wood look so you can get the same gorgeous results of natural wood, without the added maintenance and upkeep costs.
Tip #2: Know what the R-value on insulated garage doors means.
The R-value is the resistance rating given that determines how well the insulation is at preventing energy transfer (heat loss in winter, cold air loss in summer). The higher the R-value the better the energy resistance and efficiency of the garage door. Buying an insulated door can also increase the value of your home even more. R-W Landmark doors have either an R-value of R12 for our 1 3/8” doors or R18 for our 2” doors.
Tip #3: Select a garage door colour that complements your home’s exterior colours.
A prefinished garage door in the colour you desire is the best way to go. You can find a wide array of standard colour choices available with our residential garage doors. If you can’t find the colour you desire, let us know. We may be able to help.
If you cannot get the door in the colour you want, you can always paint it using an approved garage door exterior paint. If you do plan on painting the door, inquire if the door can be delivered before the installation day so you have time to paint the door before it is installed. Click here for advice on how to paint a garage door.
Tip #4: Don’t forget about adding some windows to the garage door.
Windows can help improve the visual appeal of your home. There is a wide range of windows to choose from, even frosted glass options that allow light in, but still allows privacy. With the extra light in the garage, it will be easier to see during the day too! R-W models like the Grandview or the Briarcrest come with enlarged window selections.
Tip #5: Take advantage of our online “Design a Door” app.
If you want to see how your new garage door will look on your home, you can use our free “Design a Door” app. This app not only allows you to make changes to the door’s design and features but also upload a picture of your house so you can see how it will look once it is installed.
Tip #6: Consider decorative door options.
Some garage doors have options that allow for decorative features, decorative handles and straps that enhance the door’s appearance. These decorative options do not affect or alter how the door operates and functions. Yet, they can further enhance the curb appeal of your home.
By using these tips, you are sure to find the perfect new garage door for your home. Feel free to explore our website and try out our “Design a Door Feature.” If you have further questions, need help selecting a door, or finding an authorized dealer in your area, do not hesitate to contact Richards-Wilcox Doors today!