Factors to consider when choosing a garage door

The garage and the garage door are some of the most important parts of the house, both visually and functionally. If it is a front facing garage, then chances are that it takes up to 20 percent of the front of the house. Either way, most garage doors also serve as a secondary entrance to the house, meaning they are equally important for security reasons. This is why the choice of garage door should be an important consideration.

Manual or automatic

Whether you are looking for swing out or Bi-Fold Doors in Orange County, perhaps the most important thing to consider is the operational mechanism. There are two options to choose from; automatic and manual. Manual garage doors are opened and closed manually by the homeowner, and normally have a manual lock mechanism. Automatic doors on the other hand are often electric, with electric locks and codes that make it difficult to open. The only disadvantage is that they cannot be easily operated during power outage situations.

Materials

Garage doors were traditionally mostly made of wood but they now come in different varieties. This is perhaps because security concerns associated with wooden garage doors. The garage door is not only a safety restriction to protect the car and whatever other appliances are in the garage. In many houses, there is an internal access door from the garage to the main house. This means breaching the garage door essentially puts the whole house in danger. The question of material is as much about functionality as it is about style and affordability. Today, there are garage doors made of steel, wood, fiberglass and aluminum.

Price

For most people, the decision of which garage door to buy, the mechanism of operation, complexity of design and the materials it is made of, are all choices that are ultimately determined by the price. Since it is both ornamental and functional, spending on the garage door is almost mandatory to keep items safe and the house looking good. When thinking about price trade-offs, it is wise to think about the longevity of the door, and how much you will likely spend on repair and maintenance.

Whichever design of garage door tickles your fancy, rest assured we have it at our store. Visit the Ziegler Doors website today for more information.

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