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The Do’s & Don’ts of Garage Door Shopping

Choosing a new garage door is a big deal, as it can change the entire look of your home — no pressure! Fortunately, we’ve got a quick list of do’s and don’ts for you to keep top of mind as you narrow down your options and make your final selection.

The Do’s:

  • Consider style carefully. We understand you’ll want your new garage door to make a statement, but that statement should be in line with the architectural style of your home. Putting a modern, steel door on a Victorian or Craftsman bungalow will raise a red flag.
  • Think practically. You may have always dreamed of a gorgeous, custom carriage door, but do you have the space to allow it to swing open and closed? Consider how often your driveway is filled with cars, and how many times you’ll be opening and closing the garage door. You may be able to “swing it,” but then again, maybe not.
  • Remember the weather. If your area is prone to extreme storms, you may want to factor that into your decision making process. You’ll need a strong door that can withstand the elements and keep your family safe and cozy while the wind and snow whip and whirl.

The Don’ts:

  • Forget to insulate. Here in the New England area it can get mighty cold in the winter. That being said, your HVAC system is probably working pretty hard to keep your home nice and toasty. Why waste those efforts with a poorly insulated garage door?
  • Ignore the maintenance. Installing a garage door is no set-it and forget-it task. Remembering to check your door for damage each month and perform regular maintenance is essential. After spending all that money on a beautiful new facelift, wouldn’t you rather keep your new door functioning for as long as possible?
  • Wait to speak with a professional. Meeting with a professional garage door manufacturer and installer, like those here at The Garage Door Center, can help you feel confident more confident about your decision. We’ll help you select the perfect style and material for your home.

Think you’re ready to take the plunge and swap out that old, run down garage door for a brand new edition? If so, just dial 203-255-3033 and set up an appointment to swing by our Fairfield, CT showroom.

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