Do you ever find it hard to decide when you want to replace your garage door? For some people, the idea of replacing a garage door is daunting.

It is a large purchase that may make a large impact on your home.  You know, the look and character of the home is mostly can be influence by the garage door.

But, if you are considering selling your home, replacing your door is a terrific way to go.

Changing the look on your garage door will help your house stick out from the neighborhood. Some researches have shown that it may deliver a significant return on investment when it comes time to sell (up to 75 percent on average, according to REMODELING magazine’s 2013 Price vs. Value report).

Amazing right?

Now you have to ask yourself about what should you look for?  What’s available? What’s the budget?

1. Best Material for Garage Door

Garage doors can be found in a number of distinct materials. Each material has its own advantages and disadvantages.  Here is an overview of what each material provides, with hints about the best way to compare them.

  • Steel

steel garage doorSteel doors are fairly priced, durable, low maintenance and readily available in only about any fashion you prefer.  Steel could be painted, and it is also available in stripes that mimic wood.

When you are searching for a steel garage door, you need to consider the two attributes. These two attributes are especially worth giving some consideration to save your big investment.

To begin with, steel is a poor insulator, therefore insulated doors are good choice for conserving electricity (and reducing noise).

Garage doors have steel panels that have various thickness.  Though it is inexpensive and convenient for several garages, these doors won’t stand that strong against an impact (from basketballs or other hard things).

Best quality doorways utilize steel that is at least 24 gauge.  Commercial-grade doors utilize even stainless steel.  A few steel garage doors provide thicker steel to the outside than on the interior.

  • Aluminum

alumunium garage doorAluminum doors discuss lots of the features of steel, with discretionary faux wood texturing and durable finishes.  Aluminum is lighter and less costly than steel, but it’s more likely to dent.




  • Wood

wood garage doorThe initial garage doors were created using wood. Wood continues to appeal to people looking for traditional styles and materials.  Wood doors are provided in many different fashions, which may also comprise windows.

The lowest-cost alternative is painted wood with horizontal hardboard panels.  Stain-grade wood doorways will cost more, but provide the warmth of wood which may make a significant impact from the curb appeal of your home.

Wood doors will need to be preserved and refinished frequently.

  • Wood Composite

wood composite garage doorComposite doors are made out of recycled wood fibers.  They supply the power of steel using all the appearance and feel of wood, and they may be stained or painted.  Composite doors really are superior to solid wood in resisting corrosion and splitting.



  • PVC & Fiberglass Overlays

pvc fiberglass garage doorBoth of these materials are similar in their variability, with many choices in design and style. It’s sturdier than metal and wood, but it’s more vulnerable to cracks than either of those materials. Because it’s not as widely used as other materials, it’s also more expensive than metal, but it can also cost less than wood doors.



2. Best Style for Garage Door

In many houses, garage door may constitute one-third or more of the entire front façade. So, giving serious thought to the aesthetics of your garage door will makes perfect sense.

A well-chosen garage door may complement the look of your home; Sadly, when you choose the wrong style, it can be a veritable eyesore.

Since garage doors need to be replaced when they grow old or rickety, replacing a garage door becomes a rare chance to dramatically change the look of your house.

Out there, there are too many house designs. Just as many as house designs, there are also a variety of garage door styles.

Here is a short outline of the common garage door styles that are available from home improvement stores and garage door dealers.

  1. Style-Traditional Doors

style traditional garage doorSome leading manufacturers offer garage door styles that will complement any major, well-recognized American home design (Cape, Colonial, Victorian, Ranch, Craftsman), or European style (French Country, Spanish, Mediterranean, Tudor).

Almost all of them can be special-ordered in an assortment of materials and colors, enabling you to closely match the style of your house, whether that means Tudor or Mediterranean.  The best accessibility will be with doors using the now-standard roll-up mechanism, where flat, hinged panels roll up on overhead monitors.

  1. Carriage Doors

carriage style garage doorCarriage-style garage doors are extremely popular choices for some house styles.  They generally replicate the look of doors found on old carriage houses, but they are not out of place even on many contemporary homes.

Classic carriage doors swung open from the center, but you can discover modern carriage door models that fold open with automatic openers while still offering the charm of traditional swing doors.  In the photo shown here, each door opening has a set of carriage doors.

  1. Raised-Panel Doors

raised panel style garage doorRaised-panel garage doors have been becoming the norm–the style most people today think of when they think of garage doors.

The initial raised panel doors featured floating panels which fit inside a rail-and-style frame. But the newest version, such as the very common fiberglass type, the door panels are usually solid and are only designed to resemble the classic raised-panel door.

The prevalence of this look ensures that you can find raised-panel doors in most materials, such as wood, fiberglass, aluminum or steel.

  1. Contemporary Doors

contemporary style garage doorMatching house styles with garage door styles is not more important than with contemporary designs.  A modern house design which has clean lines and high tech materials should include a similar kind of garage door.

Doors with tempered glass panels (clear, frosted or tinted) encased in painted aluminum frames are the most popular choice in US.

Returning to popularity in certain retro-modern home designs are slab doors, in which the door opens by folding up as one single panel, rather than as three or four different horizontal panels which bend at hinges as the door increases.  Like carriage doors, slab doors need a specialized automatic opener.

3. Best Panel Design for Garage Door

Many of us have gotten too used to assuming a sectional garage door was the only choice available that other good garage door choices. We have forgot some good garage door design, such as the single panel (also called the up and over or swing door).

Before you invest big on a garage door that you are not certain whether it is going to be perfect for your house or not, you can compare single panel doors into the most common sectional garage door.

  • Single Panel Garage Door

Before sectional doors came into fashion, single panel garage doors were found in many houses.   These doors are single, solid slabs that slide up and to the space over your car when they are opened.

They occupy a similar amount of space as a sectional garage door but can function quite differently. Instead of being hung on overhead monitors, most single panel garage doors have been hung on a really strong hinge system attached to the jam.

Once it is fitted with springs, this allows the door to swing easily with no garage door opener.   Occasionally, single panel doors can also be hung with a system similar to a sectional door so that they can be attached to an opener.

  • Comparing Single Panel Doors to Sectional Garage Doors

Well, although single panel doors offer lots of advantages over sectional garage doors, it is not for everybody.   Many people use them as part of a retrofit into their existing garage door hardware. But, if you are choosing a door for your garage from scratch, here are a few reasons to go with single panel:

  1. Cost. Single panel garage doors are considerably less expensive than a sectional door made from the very same materials.  When you are going to replace the garage door torsion spring or wires, their purchase price is also less expensive.
  2. Material and design variety. Sectional garage doors arguably come in a lot of styles, but they are generally limited to choices that operate well in two-foot segments. The layouts of these doors are limited in the same manner — if it needs multiple panels to pull off, your dream door might be difficult or impossible to fit together properly. By having single panel door, you got one giant palette to work with, in nearly any material you may imagine, with no pesky panels to interrupt your eyesight.
  3. Simplicity. A sectional garage door comes packaged with an enormous array of little parts, springs, and other bits which make it difficult for a DIYer to install correctly. Single panels, on the other hand, have relatively few parts and need less attention in hanging.   Fewer parts means less to maintain and, hopefully, fewer pieces to break over the long term.

You need to ensure that an even horizontal & vertical spacing of panel layouts that is critical to the overall appearance of a garage door.  Select from wide range of panel designs available in either smooth or wood grain textured finish below:

NULLARBOR SMOOTHNullarbor Smooth is a superior flat panel design that produces an attractive clean look.  Its distinctive minimalist look and powerful sharp lines complement the latest architecture.nullarbor smooth large
NULLARBOR WOODGRAIN TEXTUREDNullarbor Woodgrain Textured is a superior flat panel design that creates an attractive clean appearance.  Its distinctive minimalist appearance and strong sharp lines complement the most modernnullarbor woodgrain textured large
GRANGEThe Grange™ door has an attractive broad raised pattern design, for an elegant, uncluttered finish.grange large
SEVILLESeville™ has fine horizontal ribs across each panel, to provide a slatted look.  A very subdued, modern appearance for the contemporary home.
STATESMANThe tasteful Statesman™ raised pattern design adds a stylish finish to the doorway that will enhance the appearance of your dwelling.statesman large
FEDERATIONFor homes with a traditional sense, the Federation design adds another embellishment into the increased pattern of the popular Statesman design.federation large
MADRIDTaking the Seville a step further, the Madrid™ is sleek, modern and contemporary in design.   Spacing between ribs is fixed on the inside, and diverse on the large

4. Choose Insulation for Garage Door

Choosing garage door insulation is an important part of maintaining your home energy efficient. The absence of garage door insulation means you’re losing energy and money. This is particularly true if your garage shares a wall with the house itself.

Before installing, you need to decide which material you want to use. There are essentially three types of garage door insulation you can use:

  • Reflective Foil

The thickness of this material is around an inch and a half. You can buy foil or foil insulation for your garage door. Double insulation has two layers of foam. This material insulates well, it’s only drawback being that it is not very attractive visually.

  • Polystyrene Foam

Polystyrene foam insulation is sold in massive sheets which will need to be cut to fit from the panels of your garage door. It’s a little tougher to work with than foil because of its rigidity. It is however, a better insulator than reflective foil.

  • Panel Kits

These kits include about 8 panels which fit within your garage door frame’s channels. The panels can be made of fiberglass or plastic laminated polystyrene. Of the two materials, polystyrene provides the higher insulation. Fiberglass panels are more resistant to water and mold. Both kinds of panels look good and setup is simple and fast. You need to be able to insulate your garage door with a board kit in about one hour. This is probably the best option if aesthetics are important to you.

Things to consider

When choosing the kind of insulation that’s best for you, some consideration should be given to how the weight of it will affect the actual operation of your garage door. Sometimes, it is essential to re-balance the springs on your garage door because of the excess stress placed in it by the insulation materials.

Another important factor is the R-value of the insulation. R-value is the measurement of how heat-resistant the insulating material actually is. The greater the R-value, the more heat resistant the insulation will be. Double foil insulation, for instance, will have a greater R-value than single foil insulation.

Finally, you need to make certain the insulating material is fireproof otherwise you could be turning your garage door into a fire hazard. Luckily, most kits include fireproof insulation which is another reason you may want to acquire an all-in-one option rather than sourcing all the materials yourself.

5. How to Measure Garage Door

When taking the dimensions for new or replacement garage door, it is important not just to remember that most garage doors require a fixing sub framework of some description that has to be taken in to consideration with the measurements, but also manufacturers ordering size references can vary from one to another.

Different garage door types use different criteria to specify the price and order the general door. If you are looking for a new garage door, particularly a roller or sectional door, you can do these simple measurements:

  • Width and Height of the present brickwork opening (with no frame and door)
  • Width and Height of existing sub frame if you are leaving it in place (Wood frames only) for the door to fix, providing it’s wide enough, always check!
  • Internal Headroom (measuring the clear space from beneath the lintel to the ceiling)
  • Internal Return Widths (the widths of the faces revealing either side if you stand on your garage looking out)

Make a note of any obvious obstructions in the garage then you can begin looking for an appropriate garage door with your dimensions at hand – most handy if you’re talking to us instead of the favorite phrase we hear – ‘it is a standard size garage door’.

Some basic tips and facts How To Measure for Ordering a Door

Up and Over Garage Doors

Up and over garage doors are always dictated by their inner fixing sub frame dimensions in the U.K. – in other words, the internal width and height of the sub frame opening that’s usually either timber or steel box section. The exceptions would be that the doors where the two measurements are best if ordering with a fixing sub stage. Tell us the total width and height required together with the frame and the opening size within the sub frame, this way we know it has been understood.

This is then arranged as a 7′ x 7′ garage door (7070) and the door panel dimension itself is irrelevant as different manufacturers allow different tolerances from the door panel depending on other factors.

Should you measure the actual panel itself it will always be just under the ordering size width and height – for example 2115 mm x 2115 mm equates to a 7070 doorway (2134 mm x 2134 mm) for ordering, it is smaller to allow for the door tolerance within the sub frame and various makes will be slightly different tolerances. (Up and over garage doors are still ordered in imperial measurements Though the imperial size may not be exactly the same measurements of the internal sub frame)

When a garage door is fitted in between a brickwork opening the dimensions are much more critical than when fitted behind (inside) the garage opening as operating springs and gear will vary from one manufacturer to another meaning You Can’t always just replace an old up and over with a new one with new equipment as it may require a wider frame than the older one has – general rule of thumb is you will need timber frame legs of at least 60 mm wide and a timber head of at least 60 mm in depth to allow for the paths, springs, etc

Sectional Garage Doors

Most sectional garage doors have been set up behind (inside) the garage opening to increase drivethrough measurements and most have very large space requirements for the framework legs and the height required for the curved area of the track the door panels proceed in. However since a sectional garage door doesn’t go through the opening it is possible to install sizes bigger and smaller than your actual opening on the height and width. Very rarely will a standard size sectional door be the specific size when replacing an old door.

Generally most sectional domestic garage doors need 90 mm each side for installation and between 100 and 210 mm of headroom above the top panel of the door. (Check each manufacturer carefully before committing)

A sectional door will also come into the garage a lot farther on the flat rails so it is critical that you have clear room at least the height of the door plus 350 – 600 mm (on average) into the garage. (Oddly, most sectional garage doors are ordered in either imperial or metric dimensions but quite often the imperial measurement Isn’t quite the size of the door, but a near order reference size)

Roller Garage Door

Generally for a roller garage door you install the paths and the support brackets for the curtain roll within the garage opening for maximum attained sizes and in many instances because the ordinary curtain roll dimensions for a roller door is between 300 and 450 mm it ought to go behind the lintel to keep the ideal drive through height. Some smaller ‘Compact’ roller curtain sizes are available by using smaller slats and this can get the roll size down to as little as 205 mm

Modern roller shutters do not take a sub frame as the tracks fit straight to the garage construction. Insulated roller doors may fit inbetween a structural opening where as most non insulated steel roller doors need to fit behind a structure as the track manuals are extremely different in construction. (Most roller garage door manufacturers now produce roller doors to exact sizes and you only ever tend to see standard sizes shown in special offers)

For the Gliderol steel sole skin roller doors that the order width is your curtain width and does not include fixing lugs and support brackets and the height is the top of manual height without the curtain roll

Side Hinged Garage Doors

Measurement for side hinged doors for ordering are similar to up and over doors where the sub frame internal opening size is usually the reference, NOT the door leaves which have a tolerance built in depending on board depth, etc.. In many instances, particularly purpose made doors, the total width and height including the sub frame is used but it varies from one manufacturer to another.

Various factory fitted sub frame options obviously influence the total width so check exactly what you have ordered and ask if you are not sure.

Most side hinged garage doors are set up inbetween the structural opening but may be installed in front (with appropriate weather sealing to frame head) of a garage to maximise length, width and height. (Side hinged garage doors in wood are very versatile in from square garage openings although timber framework is equally versatile allowing steel, GRP, ABS or wood side hinged doors to be installed)

6. Consider R-Value of Garage Door

R-value refers to a measure of thermal resistance. In more basic terms, this value designates how much heat (or cold) your insulation can withstand before it will cause a temperature change throughout the door and within your dwelling. Greater R-values signify more energy savings and more powerful & durable garage door.

The strength of the insulating material can vary by both thickness and material. Common insulation materials used in the construction industry include:

  1. cellulose
  2. fiberglass
  3. polystyrene
  4. polyurethane

Polystyrene vs. Polyurethane

The most typical garage door insulation materials are polystyrene and polyurethane. Polystyrene has been around for longer than polyurethane and has undergone a widespread use.

While shown to be an inexpensive insulator with good water resistance, this item is no longer an industry favored due to better-performing alternatives and its ecological impact.

Polyurethane insulation is often referred to as spray foam. Although a more recent product than polystyrene, it has caught on quickly because of the high efficiency and ease of use. Pressure-injected garage doors with polyurethane foam have R-values involving R-12 and R-18.

Choosing the Ideal Garage Door R-Value

Choosing the ideal R-value should be based on your local climate and weather conditions. Milder climates can use lower insulation but should still have at least an R-value of 3. Harsher climates with extreme cold or heat can benefit from a more powerful garage door R-value — essentially, the higher the better. If you live in the southern of Canada, you can learn about the recommended R-values for your specific area by assessing the energy code requirements recommended by the CHMC.

Additional Considerations

Garage door R-value is influenced by more than just the insulating material, but also by the choice of door. A quality thermal break system, wood end blocks and exterior weather stripping will ensure that inclement weather is not leaking through around the door edges or at the intersection joints.

It’s important to get fit correctly whether your doorway is a new structure or a replacement entry. Improperly sealed edges won’t connect to the house correctly and can undermine your door’s insulation value.

Your door exterior may also impact the whole door’s performance and look. Aluminum (with polyurethane injection) is a excellent garage door material as it is both light and durable.



Discover the garage door program that best fits the architecture of your home and to make sense of it all, follow these five steps.

Step One: Understand your options

At the same time that you’ll eventually need to visit a supplier showroom, taking the time to research your options online is the best place to start.

Social interest sites like Pinterest are great places to get ideas. However, to really understand the decisions you’ll want to create, watch these short videos Overhead Door put together about selecting a brand new garage door.

Combined, the six videos go through the basics which will be brought up when you get to the showroom, such as brand choice, the impact a garage door can have on curb appeal, the design options and material choices available, insulation benefits and even cost factors.

Measure two: choose door substance

One of the most significant variables is door substance.  All doorways are not made equal, and each material used in structure has its own pros and cons.  For example, though a steel garage door will last a long time, it may also be dented, some thing to keep in mind if your kids play basketball in the drive.

Wood doors are beautiful, incredibly robust and can be custom designed to perfectly complement your home’s architectural design, but they require regular maintenance and can be more costly than any garage doors on the market.  And, if you reside in an area subject to strong winds, you will want to think about doors with higher wind-load ratings.

Measure Three: To insulate or not insulate

If your garage door is adjoining to any sort of living space, such as a bedroom or living room, it is a fantastic idea to opt for an insulated garage door; it may help to maintain those rooms more comfortable, particularly if you live in a climate with extreme winter or summer temperatures.

Not only that, insulated doors tend to have quieter operation, a substantial plus if a bedroom is situated next to or above the garage.  Have you got a detached garage?  If so, a non-insulated door will likely do just fine so long as you are not in a region with extreme winter temperatures or there is nothing stored in your garage which could be damaged by freezing like paint and caulk.

Measure Four: Try on some doorways

The fun begins after you have determined the fundamentals of what you want in a new garage door.  When visiting, you’ll discover styles which range from utilitarian to elaborate, carriage-house to modern.

For a lot of people, imagining how a new door will look on their house can be challenging.  We have heard that from a number of our customers, so we created an online visualization tool to make the process simpler.

Measure 5: Time to Purchase

Now that you have done your research, you can walk in to your local Garage Door showroom as an educated customer.  Even better, you’ll be able to settle on a door that really matches your home and helps it stand out.