With a need for garage doors to be affordable, attractive and secure, there is plenty to think about if you are planning to buy a new one.
Try not to be too fixed on your budget at first. You may be surprised how much excellent quality doors cost in comparison with cheaper versions when you start looking at prices; however, in the long run, does it make sense to pay more? A decent garage door will last decades, if not a lifetime, while a cheap one may need fixing or replacing within five years.
Security is a major issue for those who own expensive cars or live in high crime areas, as burglars can gain access through garage doors. The most secure options tend to be made of steel or fibreglass (GPR) rather than aluminium, which can be cut with a sharp knife to access the internal lock. Locks vary in security and flimsy ones can easily be broken by thieves. Ideally, you should opt for an external cylinder lock and internal bars as opposed to cables.
Planning considerations and local ambience
If your property is listed or you live in a conservation area, you may be limited as to what you can install. Additional features need to be ‘in keeping’ with the local area and local planners may not let you add a PVC or steel garage door to your period property. Well-chosen timber will often be considered a better option for your application.
Tying in closely with above point, the look of your garage door can be very important and will come down to personal taste. Many find that timber is the most attractive, whilst others prefer the cleanliness of GRP or PVC – the latter are easy to keep clean of mildew and won’t rot.
If you are installing a new garage door, it may also be worth thinking about new garage shelving from a supplier such as https://www.garage-shelving.co.uk/. Well-thought-out garage shelving can add floor space to your garage and will stand the test of time.
Have a look through the options before you set your budget and then think about security, local planning and your own personal taste before you make a final decision on your new garage door.