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5 Things to Consider When Buying Garage Doors

Posted: September 22, 2015

A garage door provides the finishing touch to the outside decor of your property. A large and highly visible aspect of your home, your garage door needs to fit into the style of your house and compliment your property. However, there is more to choosing a garage door than simple aesthetic value; your garage door needs to be functional and practical to use. We’ve outlined 5 of the most important considerations to be made when choosing your garage door, so you can make an informed purchase.

1. Budget

There is a broad selection of options in the design and functionality of garage doors, meaning that prices vary wildly. If your budget is in the low hundreds, prepare to give up on some of the luxuries of a high-end garage door. If your budget is slightly more flexible, you can look into higher quality materials and different sizes and styles that will allow a wider degree of choice and personalization. Generally speaking, a good quality garage door can be purchased and installed for about £1,000, give or take.

2. Material

Garage doors can be made from wood, aluminium or steel. Each have their own advantages and disadvantages, so it’s best to consider what you require most from your garage door before selecting a material. Wooden garage doors work best for period or traditional homes that want to maintain the style, and they offer flexibility in design, however if you live in a humid environment the wood will require some maintenance. Aluminium is rust-resistant so works well for humid environments, whilst steel offers the widest range of colour, insulation and price options as well as being very strong and low-maintenance.

3. Style of door

You can choose how you would like your garage door to open for the best functionality. Roller garage doors are the best option for saving space inside your garage, whilst up-and-over doors are durable, reliable and affordable. Sectional garage doors are robust, durable and easy to open, whilst side hinged doors produce minimal sound, so won’t disturb your family or neighbours. Finally, automated garage doors offer the greatest ease of access.

4. Size

Price and installation time estimates will be given to you on the basis of a standard size garage door, which has the measurements of 8x7ft, however if you have a larger car or would like to make parking easier, you may require a non-standard size. Prices should not differ too much, it is, however, a variable to bear in mind when pricing up.

5. Installation

Whilst it is possible to install your garage door yourself, it isn’t advisable to do so unless you have had experience in similar installations and are very confident in your own abilities. It doesn’t matter how well-manufactured your garage door is, a clumsy installation can cause the garage door to fail or require maintenance much more frequently than a professionally fitted door.

Whilst following these considerations will put you on the right path to selecting your own garage door, this is not a complete list of factors you should take into consideration. You should also look at issues such as insulation, security, and the purchase of a garage door opener before making your final decision. For more information and a personalised discussion of your garage door requirements, seek the help of a professional service. At JB Doors, we’re happy to help with any enquires to ensure complete satisfaction in purchases.


JB Doors are specialists in the fitting and installation of garage doors and provide a comprehensive repair service, so you’re safe in the knowledge that your garage door will always be fully functional. With a comprehensive range of roller, up-and-over, side hinged, sectional and automated doors, we’re sure to have the perfect garage door for your home. Contact us today for a free survey and site visit in the Rotherham, Sheffield, Chesterfield, Mansfield or Barnsley areas.

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