5 Things to Consider Before Replacing Your Garage Door

Posted Friday, January 6th, 2017


The garage door is most likely one of the first impressions someone receives when they drive by or visit your home. A damaged, worn-out garage door does not make a good first impression. If you are considering replacing your garage door this spring, here are 5 things you might want to entertain.

5 Things to Consider Before Replacing Your Garage Door

Garage Door Styles

Most homes have been built with a standard garage door. It typically has an automatic door opener and may or may not have windows. Today, you can have a garage door with all the style you can afford.

From traditional doors with raised panels and decorative hardware to carriage-style doors that enhance vintage and territorial style homes, you have unlimited choices. Modern designs are simply gorgeous. Choose from full glass aluminum doors, full insulated steel doors, and easy-care-living doors that last forever and won’t damage.


Garage doors with solid insulation can cost more money up front, but they are definitely a money saver in the long run. Choosing a garage door with a high R-value will help you protect the things in your garage. They will even help you save money on your electric bill. One manufacturer found that you could keep a garage up to 20 degrees warmer on a cold day by simply adding the proper insulation. By the way, this works for keeping your garage cooler as well in hot weather.

Environmental Considerations

If you live in an area like the Pacific Northwest, you may want to consider a garage door that can withstand a moist environment. Wood is not always the best solution. Today, manufacturers design garage doors that look identical to wood but are made from steel. You get all of the great style and hardware that comes with traditional wood doors.

Online Photo & Design Tools

Wayne Dalton and Amarr have great online garage door design tools. You can simply upload a photo of your home, and try out different door options and styles. This is a great way to see how different styles of garage doors enhance the look and feel of your home.


Educating yourself on everything garage doors have to offer is a vital step when choosing a new garage door. From phone or email notifications when the door is opened to remote control options on your smartphone, garage door technology has advanced greatly. Be sure to know which features will make your life easier and shop around.

If you have questions, feel free to give the team at Cressy Door and Fireplace a call. We offer complimentary consultations.

In the meantime, here’s some links to get you started.

Garage Door Style Gallery
How to Buy a Garage Door
Wayne Dalton Design Tool
Amarr Design Tool