As we head into summer, it’s only natural to start thinking of home improvement projects that spruce up the exteriors of our homes. One big way to do that is to invest in a new garage door. This will not only add value to your property but the right door will complement and enhance the style of your home.

Before you go out and buy a garage door, here are some things to consider.

1.  Material

First and foremost, you’ll have to settle on the type of material you want. Most garage doors come in metal, wood or vinyl. The most common type is metal, representing the most cost efficient option, as they are relatively inexpensive, light in weight, and available in many colors and styles. Wood doors are up next, revered for their classic, natural look that appeals to many homeowners. While they can be stained to complement your home, they require a lot of annual maintenance to keep rot and peeling at bay. Vinyl and fiberglass are at the upper part of the cost spectrum; however, despite the initial investment, they last the longest and require the lowest amount of maintenance.

2.  Company

Next, you’ll have to decide which garage door company to choose for installation. Not all installers are created equal. You have to look for someone who is professional, has insurance, and can provide you with references as well as written warranties on parts and labor. Look into the training and experience levels of the technicians. When your door is installed by a highly trained professional, this reduces the risk of injury or accident.

3.  Need

Many people’s first instinct, upon discovering their garage door isn’t functioning properly, is to replace the whole door. You’re right to look into the issue, as any problem that impairs proper functioning can be dangerous and even deadly. However, not all problems warrant total replacement. A reputable technician will let you know if you can get by with a repair instead. But there are other factors that go into deciding if you actually need a new garage door, from repeated repairs to improving the look of your home’s façade to reducing your annual maintenance with a more efficient door.  

4.  Warranties

Any garage door you purchase should come with a warranty that covers both parts and labor. However, it’s important that you know exactly what that warranty entails. Some aren’t as good as they’re cracked up to be. Always check up on what the installer tells you. Check the fine print for exclusions.

Contact M&M Garage Doors

M&M Garage Doors installs a variety of Amarr garage doors for our clients. Contact us today to make an appointment for a showroom visit at (586) 610-5434 or fill out our online form for a price quote on garage doors in Michigan.