Whether you’re buying a new home or renovating an existing one, a new garage door is an excellent way to breathe new life into the exterior of your home. Many people only replace a garage door once in their lifetime, so it’s important to find one with the perfect mix of style, function and affordability.
To help you out with this challenging process, we’ve put together a guide on choosing a new garage door, which includes an overview of garage door styles and tips for garage door shopping.
Types of Residential Garage Doors
A garage door is a prominent part of your home’s exterior and a great opportunity to boost your home’s curb appeal. With the countless door styles available today, there is a door out there that will match your home and reflect your personal tastes. At King Door, we offer the following types of garage doors for residences:
Raised-panel doors are great for those seeking a classic, clean look for their home’s exterior. These garage doors feature raised rectangular panels that are symmetrical. King Door sells two Clopay collections with raised-panel doors:
Classic Collection: This collection of steel doors is available in many colors and looks, meaning that they are just as strong and durable as they are stylish. These doors are available in both short and long panels and with or without insulation.
Classic Wood Collection: This collection features beautiful doors made from handcrafted hemlock, cedar and redwood. They’re available in flush, recessed and traditional raised panels, allowing you to pick the best look for the design of your home. They also come with energy-efficient insulation.
Contemporary garage doors are a great way to provide modern or mid-century modern homes with a functional, clean appearance. Some contemporary Clopay collections sold at King Door include:
Avante Collection: An aluminum and glass door from the Avante Collection is an excellent way to transform the appearance of your home. These doors provide you with natural light during the day and an inviting glow once the sun goes down. There are many glass panel options, allowing you pick the degree of light that you prefer.
Modern Steel Collection: Garage doors from Clopay’s Modern Steel Collection go perfectly with mid-century modern and contemporary homes. The doors are available are with or without grooves and in several paint and Ultra-Grain finishes, allowing you a great degree of customization.
Reserve Wood Collection Custom Series: Doors from this collection are handcrafted precisely to your specifications — which you can make by working with a professional or just sketching out on a notepad. The available woods are White Oak, Spanish Cedar, Knotty Alder, African Mahogany and Ironwood.
Carriage house garage doors, which are also called “barn style” garage doors, have a rustic, distinctive appearance that often perfectly complements mission or Craftsman-style homes. It can work with many other home styles as well — it just depends on your tastes and the existing decor of your home. Check out some of the Clopay garage doors that feature this style:
Coachman Collection: This collection of authentic-looking, insulated steel and composite carriage house garage doors is a wonderful mix of beauty and practicality — although these doors resemble wood, they consist of many layers of low-maintenance, durable steel and insulation with a woodgrain-textured composite overlay on top.
Canyon Ridge Collection Limited Edition Series: Gorgeous and distinctive, garage doors from the Canyon Ridge Limited Edition Series are built using an energy-efficient steel base insulated by Intellicore and finished with imitation wood composite cladding and overlays. These doors have the appearance of real swing-out doors and the convenience of modern doors with upward operation.
Canyon Ridge Collection Ultra-Grain Series: These insulated, faux wood carriage house doors are a good-looking and affordable alternative to Clopay’s Limited Edition Series. It features an Intellicore polyurethane steel base with Ultra-Grain, a natural-looking, durable woodgrain paint finish. On the surface of the steel door, stained clear cypress composite overlays are applied to make attractive designs that represent a carriage house.
Grand Harbor Collection: Doors in the Grand Harbor Collection come in both steel and composite and are available with or without insulation. For homeowners on a budget, these insulation-optional, low-maintenance carriage house-style doors combine classic charm and clean lines to provide a popular style at an excellent value.
Gallery Collection: Garage doors in Clopay’s Gallery Collection are grooved panel steel garage doors with the carriage house style. They are available with or without insulation. These doors take the well-known raised panel design and add a vintage feel with grooved panels, an option for decorative windows and hardware. Many color choices are available, including Ultra-Grain, the unique woodgrain paint finish only offered by Clopay.
Reserve Wood Collection Semi-Custom Series: These carriage house-style doors, which are handcrafted from real wood, combine historical character and charm with the convenience of automatic upward operation. Three wood species and six carriage house designs are available, as well as an option to mix and match and paint or stain multiple top sections and window panel designs, allowing you to complement any style of home.
Reserve Collection Limited Edition Series: Doors from Clopay’s Reserve Collection Limited Edition Series stand out for their beauty, durability and energy efficiency. They are manufactured with extreme attention to detail, creating a product that is warm and welcoming. They are available in four- or five-layer construction.
Factors to Consider When Choosing a New Garage Door
Keep the following five factors in mind when shopping for the perfect garage door:
If your house has a modern, sleek, contemporary and minimalistic look, find a garage door in the same style. Contemporary garage doors tend to have clean lines, few details, simple windows and a single, solid color. A fully windowed door, which resembles a curtain, is another option to consider.
If you own a Craftsman-style home, which is also known as a bungalow-style home, it most likely has a one-and-a-half-storied architecture, vinyl or wood and brick, a low roof that overhangs, large dormers and big windows. Garage door styles that go well with this architectural style often feature embossed designs, unique patterns and classic doors.
If your home is country or carriage-style, you should consider a garage door that reflects the same, traditional, rustic style — an arched carriage door.
The variety of garage door styles today is almost overwhelming. New door designs come out every year to meet the growing demand and varying tastes of today’s homeowners. Browse King Door’s large selection to get an idea of the many customization options you can choose for your door.
Garage doors come in a number of different materials, each of which comes with pros and cons. We’ll briefly go over what each one offers and offer tips on how to compare your options.
Steel the most common garage door material, and it’s not difficult to understand why. It’s affordable, durable, requires little maintenance and comes in almost any style you can imagine. You also have the option to paint it, and it comes with textures that closely resemble wood.
When you’re picking out a steel garage door, there are two potential disadvantages that you should definitely keep in mind. First of all, steel does not insulate well, so buying an insulated steel door is a good option for conserving energy and dampening noise. Second of all, be aware that the steel panels vary in their thickness, with more economical doors having thin panels with 27- or 28-gauge steel. Although affordable, these doors are susceptible to impacts from basketballs and other objects that may hit them.
A lower gauge number indicates thicker steel. Midlevel garage doors are typically made of 25- or 26- gauge steel, and the highest quality doors use steel that is 24 gauge or lower. Commercial-grade doors use steel that is even thicker. Some doors feature steel that is thicker on the exterior and thinner on the inside.
Aluminum doors are similar to steel doors in many respects, including their options for longlasting finishes and faux wood texturing. Aluminum, however, weighs less and costs less but is more vulnerable to dents.
The first material ever used for garage doors, wood is still a popular material today for those who prefer a more traditional look. Wood doors are available in a vast array of styles, including designs with windows.
The most affordable options are wood with flat, painted hardboard panels. Doors with stained woods are more costly, although the warmth offered by natural wood can significantly boost a home’s curb appeal.
Wood insulates more effectively than steel, but insulated steel doors are better at conserving energy. Wood doors, unlike steel, require regular maintenance and refinishing.
Composite garage doors are made from wood fibers that have been recycled. They are as strong as steel and have the appearance and texture of wood and can be painted or stained. Composite doors also resist splitting and rot better than doors made of real wood.
Fiberglass garage doors, which are one of the less common options, feature panels encased in aluminum frames and are more resistant to dents than thin steel doors.
Fiberglass is lightweight but insulates poorly and is known to fade from exposure to the elements.
3. Maintenance Required
If you’re like most homeowners, you’d like to spend as little time maintaining your door as possible. Wood doors, although beautiful, require extensive maintenance every other year as well as periodic sanding and a new coat of stain to protect the wood. Metal doors, on the other hand, feature baked-on paint exteriors and galvanized steel parts, so they’ll never wear or need a new coat of paint. Metal doors also largely unaffected by fluctuations in the weather, meaning they can be used for many years.
When it comes to buying a device as large and important as a garage door, you want to get your money’s worth. If you’ve narrowed your options down to just two doors, but one is considerably more expensive than the other one, ask yourself why. Be sure that you know what you’re getting with the higher price. And be aware of what maintaining the door with cost — sometimes, going with the less expensive door isn’t actually cheaper long-term option because of the increased maintenance it requires. Ask your dealer for a list of pros and cons for each door to ensure you have a complete understanding of what you’re getting.
Bakersfield is no stranger to extremely hot weather, with summer temperatures often reaching into the upper 90s. If your garage is attached to your house, then we strongly recommend buying an insulated door, especially if there is an occupied room above your garage. It will both reduce noise and lower your cooling bills.
Also, think about the direction your garage door faces. If it spends much of the day getting baked by the sun or blasted by strong winds, an insulated garage door will better help regulate your indoor temperature.
Even though most garages don’t have air conditioning, your garage door still has an impact on the energy efficiency of your home. Garage doors made today provide a better seal against your home’s facade, meaning they are better at keeping out the elements.
Why Choose King Door for Residential Garage Doors?
If you live in or around Bakersfield, California, and are in need of garage door sales, installation, maintenance or service, King Door has all of the above. In addition to the many garage door services we provide, we believe our business is exceptional for the following reasons:
Fast service: We offer both same-day service and 24-hour emergency repair service. We keep most of our repair items on our service trucks, which means that our service calls can be finished on the first trip.
Knowledgeable, friendly staff: Our friendly employees stay up to date with all new products, technologies and safety regulations in the garage door industry. They share that information with our customers, allowing them to make the most informed decisions possible.
If you’d like to schedule a service, please fill out our digital form and one of our representatives will be in contact with you promptly. You can also call us at 661-397-2744. We’re open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.