Building An Addition: A Homeowner's Guide

Top 4 Considerations When Replacing A Garage Door

by Toni Richards

There are many reasons as to why you may need to replace a garage door. Perhaps your current door has seen better days, or you're looking to boost curb appeal on your property. Either way, as you begin shopping for new garage doors, you'll quickly find that you have no shortage of options. By keeping a few specific considerations in mind as you shop around, you'll ultimately be able to make the right choice.

Insulation Quality

Take a minute to think about how important insulation and R-value is to you with your new garage door. If you spend a lot of time in your garage year-round, or if you have an attached garage, better insulated doors will mean a more comfortable home and work space (as well as lower energy bills).

If insulation is important to you, look for a double-reinforced garage door that's filled or injected with quality insulation. A high R-value will also indicate higher insulation quality.

Door Material

There are also many materials to choose from when it comes to a garage door. Standard doors are generally made of steel or lightweight aluminum, but wood and composite (which can be made to look like wood) are also popular options, especially if you want to transform the look of your home with your new garage door.


If the appearance of your garage door is important to you, you may also want to consider some aesthetic add-ons. One common add-on that can improve the appearance of your garage door is replacing a standard top section of the door with glass or fiberglass windows. Decorative hardware can also be added to give your door more of an upscale look.

Need a New Opener?

More than likely, if your existing garage door opener works with your current door, you should be able to avoid buying a new garage door opener. However, if you're upgrading to a much heavier door (such as going from a builder-grade, single-layer steel door to a double-reinforced steel door), you may need to upgrade to a more powerful garage door opener motor. However, a reputable garage door installation company should be able to let you know whether your existing opener will be adequate.

By keeping these important considerations in mind as you shop for garage doors, you'll ultimately be able to make a smart choice that meets all of your needs and wishes. Check out websites like to learn more.