Picking The Right Garage Door

GarageReplacing your garage door requires some thought and research. If you put in a little bit of work on the front end you’ll be much more pleased with the result. Design and color are important to ensure your new door/s line up with your home’s existing architecture. One of the top priorities should be the insulation.

Energy costs have not gone down and garage door insulation is just as important as all the other insulated areas in your home. The sales for garage doors with no insulation have gone down as people demand energy efficiency to save money. Garage usage has changed a bit over the years. More and more they are used as a work place, social gathering spot, not just for storage.


The R-Value is the measurement of how well a building material is insulated. A higher R-value reduces outside noise and helps the door operate more quietly. A couple common types of insulation are polyurethane and polystyrene foam. Most polystyrene insulated doors are thicker but have a lower R-value than polyurethane. So don’t be fooled by the thickness of the door!


A garage door is the largest moving object in your home making sure it operates safely is imperative. Pinch resistant garage doors are designed to push fingers out of harm’s way if they get placed too close to a door that’s closing. Tamper resistant bottom brackets reduce the risk of injury from garage door components under tension.


The length of life you will get out of your garage door is determined by what kind of material it’s made with.

  • Steel Garage Doors: durable with only an occasional need for cleaning and touch up
  • Vinyl Garage Doors: Vinyl do very well in harsh weather conditions, resist dents, rust free with no need to paint
  • Fiberglass Garage Doors: Made to look like a wood door but you will not have the maintenance associated with wood
  • Wood Garage Doors: Require painting or staining every few years, the work can be worth it due to added curb appeal
  • Aluminum Garage Doors: Relatively maintenance-free but may not have as much insulation as other doors

Picking out the right garage door can actually be a lot of fun. When you work with Norm’s you’ll find out just how much we love what we do.