What Type of Garage Door Should You Choose?

Choose from Many Options Such As Full View Glass Garage Doors to Insulated Garage Doors

carriage-style-garage-door-by-overhead-doorThe right type of garage door can do a lot to improve your home’s curb appeal as well as its value, whether you plan to sell your home or continue to enjoy life where you are. There are a lot of factors in addition to cost that play a role in deciding which garage door is best for your needs. Some of these include the climatic conditions, the architectural design of the house, and safety features. Knowing how to choose a garage door is important for all concerned.

The Weather Conditions

The weather is one of the main ways to decide on what type of garage door to use for your home. If you live in an area that is prone to lots of rain, or in a hurricane belt like we do here in Tampa, the type of door becomes even more important. In areas where there is the chance of heavy winds in addition to rain, heavy doors made of steel or other material that will not rot or rust easily is important. In addition, if the air is salty, as is the case with houses near the sea, you need to avoid garage doors that will corrode after long exposure.

Architectural Design

modern-wood-garage-doorsThe design of your house will also play an important role. Some types of doors are better suited for specific designs. For example a carriage house style door is perfect for older homes, while offering modern style functionalities. The more traditional types of garage doors can work with just about any architectural style. This is one reason why they are popular. You could also work with the garage door provider to make a custom designed door that perfectly suits your style and the design of your home.

The Material

This is important not only for the climatic conditions of the area, but also for the particular look you want. For the trendy homeowner, choosing a garage door made of glass is the perfect choice. Others may want a door made of wood that blends with the house. If you live in an area where the extremes of temperature are wide, fiberglass is an excellent choice of material. Not only is fiberglass a good insulator, it is also strong and durable.


LiftMaster Garage DOor Safety Campaign Tampa BayAny garage door worth considering should be sound, with safety features to prevent accidents. They should also serve to keep intruders out. Make sure any new garage door you purchase has safety parameters in place to ensure the safety of your household.

Maintenance Needed

For some homeowners, this is not as important as the other factors, but you need to know the time and budget you have in place for maintenance. Some types of garage doors are low maintenance, requiring only twice yearly checks from professionals.

Ultimately, regardless of what type of garage door you want, you need to get an expert involved if you want to ensure that you have the right garage door for your needs. Give The Overhead Door Company of Tampa Bay a call at 813-885-3667 or use the Live Chat on our website if you’d like to schedule an appointment for a garage door consultation.

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