A new garage door may seem somewhat expensive to you, but it can be necessary in order to keep your garage and your home safe if you have an attached garage. A poor-quality garage door that needs repair or never seems to close properly can mean an easy access point for thieves and can also mean putting your safety at risk if the opener should fail to operate. Note a few commonly asked questions about a new garage door for your home so you can discuss these with a contractor or at your local home improvement store when shopping.
1. When should a garage door be replaced?
Your home's garage door should be replaced when it is bent or otherwise broken beyond repair. Note that a bent door can mean an easy way for an intruder to slide a pry bar or other tool between the door and frame and create an opening that he or she can slip through. If the garage door is also rather unsightly and you cannot simply repaint it for a fresh new look, you should consider replacing it. The garage door affects your home's curb appeal and can make your property look updated and new rather than dull and drab.
2. What is a carriage house garage door?
Carriage house garage doors look like the old wooden doors you would see in early garages or outbuildings that actually housed horse-drawn carriages. These garage doors can give your home a very traditional and unique look while still offering the conveniences of a modern door; they may look like they swing open from the center but typically raise and lower just like any other garage door. The wood may also be a veneer over thick plastic or metal, making the door very solid and secure.
3. Are garage door windows safe?
You may want a window to your garage door but are worried about safety; note that most garage door windows are made of thick, tempered glass that is very difficult to break. You might ask your garage door manufacturer about the thickness of the glass and if it's shatterproof or shatter resistant. If you don't like the idea of someone looking in the windows, choose glass block or a frosted glass to block out the view from the outside. You typically have many choices for windows with your garage door so don't hesitate to ask about their thickness if you're concerned about safety.
For more information, contact a local garage door company like Best Doors.