Building a New Home? Want to improve the cooling efficiency of your home? Or just want to give your home a face lift? It is usually one of the most noticeable features in the appearance of your home and it is also the largest moving appliance in a home so you’ll want to choose a good quality door with a style that compliments the style of your home and choose the options that will increase your enjoyment of both the door and the garage itself. Across the country, homeowners and homebuilders are increasingly eyeing the garage door as a way to personalize homes. Increasing the curb appeal of a home also increases its value. iGarage Doors inc can provide you with the best choice of garage doors and garage door openers. We carry the largest selection of wood and steel carriage house doors in South Florida as well as a full array of traditional raised panel insulated and non-insulated steel doors, custom wood doors, contemporary doors, and eco-friendly doors.
Buying a new garage door can be both efficient and enjoyable if you know what to look for and the questions you will be asked so here is a basic overview of what you’ll need to know when buying a new door.
Garage doors are available in a variety of sizes, and one of the first things you will normally be asked when shopping for a new door is whether or not you need a single or a double garage door and what size of door you need. Will you need two single doors, a double door, or a combination of a single and a double for a three-car garage? How many vehicles are you going to park inside the garage, and how big are they? If you are replacing your door, do not assume it is a standard size because there are many exceptions. You will need to measure your existing door to be sure, but here are some standard sizes to give you a basic reference.
For a normal home with a normal car, truck, SUV, or van parked inside, a Standard Residential Garage Door measures either 8 x 7 feet, 9 x 7 feet, or 10 x 7 feet.
Most of our doors can be ordered with different levels of insulation to help keep your garage and home warm in the winter months and cool in the summer months. If you have an attached garage, that can translate into hundreds of dollars in energy savings. On the insulation, you’ll need to know that it affects two things, the sturdiness of the door and the temperature inside the garage.
The next step in purchasing a new garage door is to determine the best style of door for your home. You will want to choose a style that blends with your home’s architecture.
Starting with the material, choose a material that will work best in your climate. Depending on your location, you will need to select metal, fiberglass, wood or aluminum for your door. Relatively inexpensive yet tough, steel garage doors are considered to be the standard on most new homes and come in a variety of styles from plain to elegant.
Depending on your lifestyle and the use of the door will determine which type you should invest in. they all basically boil down to two main types, the traditional style and the carriage style.
Steel raised-panel garage doors are the most common garage doors in America. Sturdy and reliable, they have a timeless design with eight raised square panels usually and a deep wood grain texture, and they come in a variety of designs, colors, and window options. The traditional style is more economical and requires less maintenance than its counterpart, the carriage style.
The carriage style is a more elegant style that is steel imprinted to resemble the old carriage house doors that would swing or slide open to let the owner’s carriage in or out. This style combines the elegant carriage house look with durable steel construction and overhead technology and usually has a deeper wood grain texture than the traditional styled door. It has the mechanics of a standard garage door, but it looks like it will open outward with faux hinges and hardware. Customize your design by choosing from a large selection of color, window style, and decorative hardware options.
When deciding on the color of garage door that will best enhance the curb appeal of your home, you will want to select a color theme that includes the color of the window trim and exterior siding, whether it be brick, stucco, vinyl, or wood. A nice color theme can really make a difference in how well your house stands out in the neighborhood and how it’s valued in the real estate market. Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing your colors. If your home is a neutral color, a white door and trim could give it a cleaner and brighter appearance, and if your home is white, adding some color could brighten it up. Either way, the idea is create contrast, unless you want to tone the appearance of your home down by matching the color of the door to the color of your house. Garage doors come in a variety of colors and finishes with the most common colors being white, light or dark sand, stone, brown, charcoal, black, blue, and green. With traditional-style doors, you normally will also have the option of wood-grain finishes, while on a contemporary style, the option could be anodized aluminum.
Windows are a nice addition to the door’s design. They add another layer of design to the door; they let the sunlight into the garage; and they allow you to see out. You’ll want to keep in mind though that the light coming into the garage will bring additional heat with it as well, which can make it pretty hot in the garage during the summer. Windows will also allow heat to escape in the winter, making it colder on the inside than a garage with no windows in the door. Additionally, as you are able to look out, someone on the outside will be able to look in, unless you go with a design that doesn’t allow that. You can either have plain glass squares or you can decorate them with various decorative inserts that fit on top of the glass and can be painted to match the color of your garage door. Here are some of the different window insert designs from which to choose.
Once you’ve chosen the style of your door, you’ll then want to select the best brand for your budget. As you can imagine, there are many garage door manufacturers out there so you’ll want to choose one that is reputable. With O’Brien Garage Doors you are not locked in to any one brand of garage door but rather you can choose from a number of top manufacturers, and you can rest assured that they are all high quality and reputable manufacturers because that is all we carry. We would be happy to help determine your garage door requirements and then review with you the different styles of products each brand has to offer and the various options you’ll have with them to fit your garage door needs. Top garage door manufacturers include Clopay, Genie, LiftMaster and Amarr.
Once you’ve chosen the style of your door, you’ll then want to select the best brand for your budget. As you can imagine, there are many garage door manufacturers out there so you’ll want to choose one that is reputable. With iGarage Doors inc you are not locked in to any one brand of garage door but rather you can choose from a number of top manufacturers, and you can rest assured that they are all high quality and reputable manufacturers because that is all we carry. We would be happy to help determine your garage door requirements and then review with you the different styles of products each brand has to offer and the various options you’ll have with them to fit your garage door needs. Top garage door manufacturers include Amarr, LiftMaster,
Once you have selected the best garage door for your needs and budget, the next item to decide on is how you will want to open and close the door. You can either open and close it manually or have it opened and closed for you by an electric garage door opener. There is a lot of information to consider when choosing a garage door opener. For information on garage door openers, please see our Garage Door Openers page.
Well, that’s basically the nuts and bolts of buying a garage door. We hope these tips help you in choosing the right door for you and your family, and if you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call. We have a wide selection of state-of-the-art residential garage doors to fit any home and budget, and just like the products we offer, our garage door installation service is best-in-class. From inspection and installation to cleanup and haul-away, we take care of every phase of the process in a timely, professional manner.
The overhead garage door is the largest and heaviest moving object in the home. When it is not operating properly, not only is it an inconvenience, it can create a very dangerous situation. iGarage Doors inc has been helping customers with garage door repairs in the Miami area for over 20 years by providing great garage door parts and exceptional customer service.
When the unexpected happens and you need garage door services, iGarage Doors inc will be there to fix it fast and fix it right! We service nearly all makes and models of residential garage doors, including models by Clopay, Genie, LiftMaster and Amarr.
We offer a complete range of residential garage door repair services, including:
If your garage door is constantly jamming or your electronic garage door opener is malfunctioning, you need a garage door repair specialist you can trust. At iGarage Doors inc, our #1 priority is that your door operates safely and properly for you and your loved ones. We provide the most reliable garage door tune-up and repair services in the business and strive to get you the most out of your garage door.
We offer fast, reliable, and affordable services and stand behind our estimates, never adding hidden fees mid-job.
Garage doors need maintenance a minimum of once per year. Your garage door consists of the door sections along with several pieces of hardware which require periodic maintenance. Factors such as frequency of use, new paint, and even the weather may have an effect on how often maintenance is required. It is a good idea to have our trained technicians perform a thorough check of your door. Our General Service consists of an inspection of the springs and hardware and a lubrication of all moving parts.
Our technicians are experienced in replacing damaged door sections, broken springs, broken cables, and any hardware that may be causing your door to perform poorly.
Garage door operators need to be inspected twice per year. Homeowners may View our FAQ for Safety Guidelines and perform a self-check or call our Service Department to have one of our qualified technicians complete an inspection.
Our technicians are experienced in trouble-shooting a malfunctioning operator. Garage door operators also consist of various moving chains and belts. Each opening and closing of your door causes normal wear of parts. Our factory trained service technicians can evaluate the performance of your operator and advise each customer of repair or replacement options.
iGarage Doors inc of Florida services most makes and models of garage doors and electric garage door operators. We stock over 500 replacement parts to insure prompt service. If we do not stock the part you need – we most often can special order for our customers.