Five Things to Consider Before Getting a New Garage Door

A new garage door is a big investment. There’s no other way to say it. But there is a lot of evidence out there that shows it is actually one of the best investments you can make in your home. When you’re dealing with something this important, you want to be absolutely sure you’re making the right choice for your home and lifestyle. As a Premium Wayne Dalton residential garage door dealer, we offer a variety of garage doors to meet the needs of any homeowner, whether your building your dream home brick-by-brick or just looking to do some updating here and there. Today, we wanted to share some advice with you. No matter what your motivation is for replacing your garage door, you need to ask yourself these five questions first to make sure you’re selecting the door best suited to your needs:

1: How do you use your garage?

The type of door you’re going to need will depend heavily on the role your garage plays in your day-to-day life. Is your garage just the place where you keep your cars and the Christmas decorations? Or is a place where you and your family spend a good amount of your time? If you use your garage as a home gym, workshop or extra living space, you know how important a good garage door is. You want something well insulated, attractive and quiet. You’ll also want to think about whether or not you want windows in the door. Natural light can be nice for a workshop, but might not afford the privacy you want in a gym or bedroom.

2: How do you want your home to look?

We don’t have to tell you that your garage door is the main feature of your home—you’re the one who sees it every day! But you’re not the only one. All your friends, neighbors and—if your home is on the market—prospective buyers notice if before they notice almost anything else about your home. It conveys your style and taste and you want it to look and feel like you. Installing a new garage door increases the curb appeal of your home and increases the resale value of your home (which is a good thing, even if you’re not thinking about selling soon). Because of this, new garage doors give homeowners one of the highest returns on investment of any home improvement project, even though it can seem like a big investment up front.

3: Is it attached or unattached?

This one is easy to answer, but it can make a big difference in the kind of door you end up choosing! Garages that are attached to the home have a big effect on the energy bill, especially in the cold winter months. If you use your garage as a living space or have a room above the garage, you’re going to notice this even more. The cool air will continually seep in from your garage causing you to crank up the thermostats and crank out higher utility bills. Installing an insulated garage door will help keep your garage at an even temperature year round. And as a bonus, insulated doors are generally quieter than their non-insulated counterparts.

4: How’s the weather?

Another thing we don’t have to tell you—how crazy and unpredictable the weather can be in Oklahoma. You never know how or when winter weather will strike; this winter has been a prime example of that. This is one of the primary reasons we recommend insulated garage doors. Our wild Oklahoma weather also calls for another feature—battery backup garage door openers. Whether it’s from an ice storm or a tornado, we’re likely to have a few prolonged power outages a year. With a battery backup garage door opener, you never again have to worry about opening your garage door while the power is out.

5: What do you expect from the finished product?

Once you’ve gone through all the questions above, take a minute to put all your answers together and think about how that door will look, feel and function. When you get a picture and a description in your head, look through the listing of Wayne Dalton residential garage doors we carry to see which one best matches your dream door. And if you don’t see anything quite right, don’t worry. We can design a beautiful custom door to fit all your unique needs.

So if you’re ready to talk to an expert about what a new garage door can do for you, call the Discount Garage Door crew. In the greater Tulsa area—including Broken Arrow, Owasso, Bixby, Jenks, Sand Springs, Bartlesville and more—you can call us at (918) 234-3667. In the Oklahoma City area, you can call us at (405) 525-3667. In Southern OKC—including Moore, Norman and more—call (405) 848-6700. In Edmond or Stillwater, call (405) 348-2000. You can also go to the "free quote" section of our website to get started on an estimate today!