When searching for a garage door, you should take the time to read and research in order to find the perfect model for your home and your budget. To help out, the Overhead Door Company of Charleston has compiled a garage door buyers guide with a list of helpful questions you should be asking yourself before you pick up the phone.
Know Your Styles
The Overhead Door Company offers one of the largest selections of garage doors nationwide. With everything from traditional fiberglass to rustic wood to sleek aluminum, you can find the perfect model to complement your home’s exterior. To view our full list of products, visit our national site. You can check out how they’ll look on your home by downloading the DoorView® Garage Door Designer app today.
The Door Affects the Opener
Once you have chosen your door, it’s time to build out the rest of your setup, starting with the opener. Most of today’s openers range between ½ and 1½ horsepower. For most people, ½ horsepower should be more than enough. Still, when choosing and opener you need to consider the following:
- Weight: If you opted for a heavier number — like all-glass Envy™ Model 956 — you are going to need some extra power to lift it.
- Daily Use: Is your family constantly on the go? If so, opting for a door with extra power and a longer life cycle can help you to get the most out of your investment.
- What Rooms Are Nearby: All garage doors produce a little bit of noise. If your home has a bedroom near your garage, you want to be extra careful in making sure you get an opener that’s as quiet as possible.
What Other Upgrades Do I Need
A new opener might not be the only thing you need if you are looking to purchase a new door. Heavier doors might require new springs, tracks, hinges, and rollers to handle the increased load. That’s why our service specialists start every consultation with a 14-point inspection during which they will look over every part of your garage and tell you what, if anything, needs to be replaced.
Another major part of the garage door buyers guide is considering the size of the opening. For many homes, a single-car garage door is eight to nine feet wide and seven to eight feet high. Double-car garage doors are typically 16 feet wide, with a height of seven to eight feet. If your garage is built to accommodate a taller vehicle such as a heavy-duty truck, your garage door could be 10 feet tall or more. If your garage door is a non-standard size, don’t worry! Overhead Door offers garage doors in a variety of sizes, and we also offer garage door collections that accommodate custom sizing.
For help getting the design process off the ground, call the Overhead Door Company of Charleston today to set up your free consultation.