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How to Buy a Garage Door and Things You Need to Know Before You Buy.

You can have the perfect garage door for your house. The good news is you do not have to design your garage door from scratch (although, that option exists). Today’s garage doors offer a wide variety of customizable features, allowing you to find a garage door that expresses your individual style and complements your home.

How do you find the perfect garage door?

1) Choose a door material that works with your lifestyle and location.
For low-maintenance in any climate, steel doors are the answer.
For a timeless, handcrafted look that may require more frequent upkeep, the natural beauty and warmth of wood doors are the classic choice. For a “green” environmentally friendly door, the 100% recycled fiber of wood composite doors are a newer option that combines the strength and security of steel doors with the beauty and richness of wood doors, without cracking, splitting, rotting,
or rusting.

2) Remember, it has to fit.
Typically, garage doors are offered in standard sizes. However some manufacturers offer custom-fit sizes for uniquely designed garages. If you have a newer home, more than likely Amarr makes a door to fit your garage. If you live in an older home, you may have fewer choices, but you should have little trouble finding an Amarr garage door that fits.

3) You need to know the ‘R’ value of the garage door you choose.
The R-value on your garage door is the measure of how well it insulates. You may think that it’s not all that important to insulate your garage, but think again. If you spend more time than usual in your garage working on your car or doing handy work, you’ll definitely be conscious of the importance of insulation. Your garage is also affected by its connection to your entire house, especially if you have a room above it. If, on the other hand, your garage isn’t attached to the house, you can get away with a garage door with a lower R-value, or even no insulation at all. Be sure to check the R-value of a garage door before you buy it. The higher the number, the better it insulates. For example, if you have a good quality 1-3/8” garage door, the R-value could be as high as 6.8. For a low-cost door, with a 9/16” thickness, the R-value could be around 4.2. Double-layer doors have one layer of steel plus a layer of vinyl-coated insulation for increased thermal protection and quieter operation. Triple-layer garage doors are the toughest, most energy-efficient, superior noise reduction steel garage doors available. These doors offer polystyrene or polyurethane insulation sandwiched between two layers of steel.

4) Consider whether or not you would like windows for your garage door.
Windows not only bring natural light into your garage, they add another layer of style and sophistication to your garage doors. There are many decorative windows options—from contemporary designs to ornamental faux wrought iron to Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired colors and patterns—creating a garage door that fits your style and complements the design of your home.

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