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What Needs to Be Considered Before Purchasing a Garage Door?

By Blog Master on 24 Jun 2016 In

Your choice of a garage door must account for functional and aesthetic concerns. You need a well-made door and opener that delivers durable service year after year. You also want a door with the color and style to increase your home’s curb appeal. Here are some buying tips from Overhead Door Co. of Central Jersey, the best source to learn what needs to be considered before purchasing a garage door.

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The first question you have to address is how you will be utilizing your garage space. Some folks use it as a playroom for the children or as a storage room for items that won’t fit in the home. Others convert their garages into workshops or even small businesses. If you plan to spend a lot of time in the garage, make sure you get a door with good thermal and sound insulation. If you live in a mild climate, you can get by with an R-value of 3, but in harsher environments, you’ll want R-9 or more. A good choice is our Thermacore Insulated Garage Door.

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You may also need protection from storms and high wind loads, another reason to choose a Thermacore door, which features in-between section seals and a bulb-type bottom weather seal.

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Size and Style

You’ll need to measure the desired width, height, and thickness for the door, whether you are replacing one in an existing garage or are ordering doors for new construction. Use your intuition and imagination to pick out a door style that pleases you and compliments your property’s design. Each type of panel imparts its own amount of depth and distinction. You can go for a carriage house style, or perhaps you prefer panels that are flushed or raised, in long or short widths.  You can fine-tune the door’s design by selecting the perfect window options for your style preferences.


You should never settle for less than excellent quality construction, no matter what surface material you specify. Whether it's steel, aluminum, wood, fiberglass or vinyl, pick a door from a manufacturer with an unrivaled reputation for quality and value, such as Overhead Door.

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Wood doors offer beauty and charm, and they can be purchased with or without insulation. If your need for sturdiness and protection is paramount, you might like a steel door.

Overhead Door offers both traditional steel doors as well as carriage house style (the Courtyard Collection) that mimics the look of painted wood. If you are looking to make an architectural statement, consider our aluminum/glass doors.

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If your top concern is a door that is durable and maintenance-free, check out the Impression Collection of fiberglass garage doors and the Durafirm Collection of doors with vinyl skins.


Don’t forget the important accessories that extend the design and functionality of your garage door. Overhead Door offers a selection of hinges, latches, and knockers to customize the door’s look.

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We also have a variety of electric door openers, wireless keypads, wall consoles and remotes to provide you with effortless convenience and unrivaled security. Our garage door openers feature the CodeDodger Rolling Code Access Security System that prevents would-be thieves from stealing your remote access code. We offer openers with screw-, chain- or belt-drive construction so that you can select the one with the features you desire.

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Whatever your garage door needs, contact us or visit our showroom.

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