February 16, 2016

Read What Mike Holmes Has to Say About Garage Doors

Read What Mike Holmes Has to Say About Garage Doors

Are you in the market for a new garage door? You are in for a surprise if you think that the latest models are the same as your ten‑year old one. Current garage doors are stronger, offer better insulation and need far less maintenance than older ones.

In addition, you can choose from a variety of new accessories that give you greater control and provide numerous options when it comes to materials and styles.

Renowned home improvement show host and contractor, Mike Holmes is an authority on all things related to home construction. When selecting a garage door, he suggests that you look at factors like:

1. Maintenance

Mike suggests low maintenance doors. For example, cedar doors are notorious for the effort required to keep them looking good. Custom cedar doors on your garage do look great, but you have to stain them every few years to preserve the wood’s natural characteristics.

On the other hand, the garage doors that Mike recommends provide a high R‑value without any major maintenance requirements. This allows your garage door to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

2. Looks

Your home’s exterior accounts for much of its curb appeal and resale value. In addition to that, a nice looking exterior will add to your enjoyment of your property. Your garage door takes up a significant portion of that exterior so you should not neglect its aesthetic appeal.

Choose a garage door that is appealing in its own right and complements your home’s design. Consider features like windows that let light into your garage and decorative wrought iron bars that provide security in addition to looking good.

3. Opening Mechanism

When choosing a garage door opener, look for features such as quiet operation and automatic locking. Ideally, your opener should have few moving parts and thus require very little maintenance. You should also consider the amount of space that the mechanism takes up once installed. Many garage door openers are installed in the middle of the ceiling so that they take up overhead space.

This may limit the size of vehicles that can be brought into the garage. Opt for a more compact LiftMaster garage door opener that is installed beside the door and that has a mechanism to raise the door closer to the ceiling. Safety is another important element. Garage door openers should have a system in place to keep the door from closing if a person or object is detected in its path.

4. Optional Opener Accessories

Considering how much you will be using your garage door, it should be easy to open and secure. Today’s garage door openers have Internet gateway accessories so that you can control your garage door via the Internet.

You can open and close your garage from anywhere in the world. LiftMaster also offers a three‑button remote control that fits on a key ring and is small enough to go into a purse or pocket.

See What’s Possible

If you are interested in expanding your garage and are interested in putting in a new garage door, we encourage you to contact us today.

Car‑Wal Garage Doors provides beautiful, contemporary doors by Garaga, one of the most trusted names in the industry, and we can help you find the door that best suits your needs.

Browse through our variety of residential garage doors, or even design your own online with our handy tool. Then, get a free quote, and upgrade your garage!

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