How to Approach Garage Door Replacement07/31/2016 Back To Blog
Is it time to replace your old garage door? Choosing a new unit is certainly not a simple task. You have to make many important decisions to ensure that you will enjoy perfect protection and performance in the next two to three decades. The advice below will help you a lot for sure.
Consider Technical Matters First
The most important thing of all is to get the size right. Measure the length and height of the opening carefully. Write down the numbers and you are done. The other important thing to consider is the weight of your current unit. Unless you plan to replace the opener too, you must ensure that the new door will not be much heavier than its predecessor. Otherwise the opener motor and hardware will struggle and fail eventually.
Make, Structure and Insulation Options
Which is the right material for your new garage door? Steel is the most popular choice for its strength and durability. For coastal areas, the vinyl units are gaining greater popularity as they can resist the damage caused by the salt and sand which are found in abundance. Wood is beautiful, but it is also heavy and requires special maintenance.
With steel doors, you have the largest choice of structures. A single-layer door is light and offers a low level of insulation. The two-layer panels have a steel front and polystyrene insulating attached to it. When the structure has three layers, there is typically polyurethane foam filled between two sheets of steel. The latter design usually has the highest R-value and the highest weight too. You can get an insulated wooden door with two layers of wood and a layer of polystyrene in between them.
As you can see, when it comes to insulation, you have two options - polystyrene, which is rigid and polyurethane which is foam. The latter material has a higher R-value for the same thickness. It is also more resistant to moisture and mold damage. At the same time, it is heavier and more expensive too.
You should consider your individual needs, requirements and budget before deciding on the structure and insulation of your future overhead door. When it comes to style, the sky is the limit. All top brands give you various customization options from color selection to adding a window.