It’s inevitable that you will upgrade your garage door at some point. Even if you are only renting a home, your landlord will probably be aware that since 1993, it has been a government regulation that all garage doors meet certain safety compliance initiatives set out to protect people from injuries and death sustained by faulty and outdated garage door technology.The rules are designed to certify garage door manufacturers and installers so that any equipment they provide is safe and usable in the home. They also regulate the types of equipment that can be used – they need to have certain safety features in place.

Brands of Garage Doors

There are many respected and trusted brands of garage doors and accessories on the market and the most well-known are Amarr, C.H.I., Clopay, Delden, Midland, Northwest, Overhead, Raynor, Wayne Dalton, ADH Guardian USA, Genie, LiftMaster, Napoleon/Lynx, and Sommer USA.

Some Brands in Detail

The following are some popular brands. All manufacturers largely provide similar doors these days, but some might be more specialised for residential or commercial situations.Clopay – Clopay is one of America’s oldest brands in the garage door business and they have a great collection of different types of doors:

  • Canyon Ridge Collection – Faux-wood carriage; insulated steel.
  • Coachman Collection – Authentic carriage house style garage door, durable insulated steel.
  • Grand Harbor Collection – Steel and composite carriage house style garage doors.
  • Gallery Collection – Steel garage doors.
  • Classic Collection – Classic raised panel and flush steel garage doors.

Wayne Dalton has collections from wood, fibreglass, carriage house steel, contemporary aluminium, classic steel and speciality vinyl. C.H.I. has a range of doors such as the Accents (wood and steel combinations), Carriage House Overlay/Stamped (classic style with steel), Flush Panel, Raised Panel and Recessed Panel.

Matching Garage Doors

If you like the way your home exterior looks, then choose a garage door that fits with the style you already have. If you want to upgrade the style of your home, then you might need to do renovations on your doors and windows as well. You should consult with a professional to find out what the best solution is for your budget and particular needs.In most cases it’s ideal to use the same material that is used on other entryways to your home. If you want to save money, you can also get similar less expensive materials; for instance, a faux-wood door is steel in reality, which offers better protection and security without losing the look and feel of wood.

Serving Unique Needs

Many people use their garages for other purposes apart from storing vehicles. Even if you do park a car on one side of the garage, the other is often used for a work station. In these situations you will need an insulated garage door that prevents temperature fluctuations in rooms above or next to the garage. You might even consider using soundproofing infrastructure to make sure you do not disturb anyone with loud noises.Consult with a professional garage door installation company or a manufacturer to find the best solution for your situation.