Garage Door Buyers Guide brought to you by Zap Garage Doors
A garage door often forms a large part of the facade of your house and so, to enhance your home’s aesthetic and security, a new, safe and durable garage door can be a real asset. There is a great range of doors on the market but this can leave customers wondering, which garage door should I choose? To help you distinguish an insulated roller door from an automated Hormann sectional, and much more, we’ve put together this handy buyers guide to help you along in the buying process.
1Different Types of Garage Door
Up and Over
- Up and over garage doors are an low cost, affordable option
- Simple operation which is easy to maintain
- Excellent choice of materials, finishes, colours and glazing available
- A classic, reliable door with a long lifespan
- Sectional garage doors are sturdy, secure and have thorough weatherproofing seals
- Easy to automate and insulate
- Can be tailored to fit nearly all shapes of garage opening
- Lateral space saving and doesn’t swing outwards on opening
- Roller garage doors are compact in size and when operating
- Secure and strong
- Simple to automate
- Available in many colours and with added insulation
- Side-hinged garage doors offer easy access, particularly for pedestrians, and remove the need for heavy lifting
- An elegant design which is available in many colours, finishes and with glazing
- Allows variable opening which can enhance privacy for the contents of your garage
- Versatile door designs and a quiet mechanism
Side Sliding Sectional
- Side sliding sectional garage doors are great for garages with low head height or unusual roof shapes
- Safe, high security levels and good weatherproof sealing
- Can be partially opened, increasing convenience and privacy
- Ideal for automation
- Automated garage doors offer the most convenient access to your garage
- Improved safety features and security, thanks to the lack of locks to force
- No physical effort needed to open garage - ideal for those with mobility issues
- Automated doors come in a wide variety of types and styles
Garage Side Doors
- Garage side doors offer a practical and convenient pedestrian entrance to your garage
- Using a side door offers better privacy compared to opening the entire garage door
- Using a side door will reduce unnecessary wear on the main garage door
- Available in many sizes, styles, colours and materials
2Manual or Automated?
3Insulated Garage Doors
When looking for a new door, one of the decisions you will have to make is whether you want an insulated or non-insulated garage door. This choice is entirely down to you and there are benefits and drawbacks of each type.
Insulated Garage Doors
Increases energy efficiency
Can help reduce heat loss in your home if the garage is attached
Helps avoid extreme high and low temperatures in your garage
Makes your garage a more comfortable and usable space
Insulated doors will cost more
Non-insulated Garage Doors
Can cost you more in the long run through increased energy bills etc
The thinner door can be noisier when operating
Your garage will be less usable
4Sizes & Measuremenents
Taking precise measurements of your garage is very important to make sure your new garage door fits neatly and functions smoothly.
What Size is a Standard Garage Door?
There are many different sizes of garage door available, and there’s also the option for bespoke sizes to be made, should you wish. However, there are a few garage door sizes which are commonly offered as standard by most manufacturers.
Single Garage Doors
Single garage doors are large enough to fit one vehicle - whether that’s a car, SUV or small van.
Typical sizes are:
- 8 x 7 feet
- 9 x 7 feet
- 10 x 7 feet
Double Garage Doors
Double garage doors are generally large enough to fit 2 standard vehicles, or one particularly large vehicle with ample space.
Standard double door sizes are:
- 12 x 7 feet
- 14 x 7 feet
- 16 x 7 feet
How Do You Measure Your Garage Door?
Before deciding on any garage door, you will need to measure the space you have available. Many customers ask us how to measure a garage door, but unfortunately there’s not a simple answer as different types of door will require different measurements. However, if you take a few basic measurements to your garage door supplier, they should be able to help you with the rest. Such useful measurements include:
- The width and height of the opening itself, not including the door frame
- If you are planning to keep the existing timber frame, the width and height of the frame
- The internal headroom - the space from the top of the door to the ceiling of the garage
- The side room - the space each side of the garage door, measured from the side of the door to the side wall
5Getting Your New Door: The Sales Process
Once you’ve done your research into which kind of door you would like, our garage door experts can help you select the ideal one for your home. We can be on hand to help at any stage of the process, from providing valuable garage door buying tips, to offering quality maintenance and aftercare service years down the line. Our general sales process is as follows:
- Customer enquiry1
- A home visit is arranged2
- One of our experts will visit, inspect your garage, and provide a quote3
- Follow up phone call discussion, deposit put down and installation slot booked4
- Sale and delivery is confirmed5
- Fitters arrive to carry out professional installation6
- You can enjoy your new door7
If you are considering a new garage door, let the experts at Zap Garage Doors help you find the best door for your home. Simply get in touch today for professional advice and to talk to our friendly advisors. We serve customers in and around Sheffield, Wakefield and Doncaster.