A garage door provides the perfect finishing touch! But what should you consider when selecting a garage door for your concrete garage?
The mechanism of your door is something that is hugely important however it is often overlooked. There are various different operating mechanisms that your concrete garage door may be based upon, such as; side-hinged, roller, sectional, canopy, and so on and so forth. The mechanism chosen for garage doors is largely dependent on the areas inside the concrete garage and the exterior surrounding it as well. For example, narrow concrete garages with minimal external space are well suited to a roller mechanism. If you are someone who uses your garage on a regular basis, then you would be best off opting for the side-hinged mechanism. Why? Well, they operate just like a normal door and so you only need to open one side in order to exit and enter. This is also a recommended choice for those who have a low ceiling. Trouble shooting garage door issues in the future will largely come down to the mechanism, so this is always the most vital part.
The material of your garage door is imperative because this directly correlates with the quality of it. The main materials for the doors of concrete garages encompass; steel, GRP, timber and aluminium. Timber tends to be the most desired choice for homeowners. The main reason for this is because of its flexibility. There is an array of design possibilities and various timber species as well. However, steel is also another popular choice because it provides unrivalled levels of strength. GRP is increasing in utilisation as well because it works with all mechanisms and is very robust if produced properly. However, you must be mindful of paying rock bottom prices for GRP because this usually indicates poor quality. And what about aluminium? Well this is usually only used for very specific types of concrete garage doors, such as various specialised sectional doors.
Concrete garages are extensions of the home. It is important that they look stylish so that they enhance the overall image of your property. The good news is that there is a wealth of different designs and styles of garage doors available in the modern day. Literally anything is possible. You can choose between every single colour under the sun. You have the option to incorporate windows. You can also include panels in order to add an extra edge to the design. The choices are endless. Make sure the design you opt for matches in with the theme of your house. It is also recommended that you take a look online and view several different images or concrete garage doors in order to get some inspiration. Don’t settle for the boring and the ordinary when the exciting and the stylish is well within your reach.
Maintenance and Security
There is no denying the fact that in the modern day many of us seem to have very little spare time on our hands. Thus, the importance of finding a concrete garage door that requires little maintenance has increased over recent years. GRP doors are virtually maintenance free. In fact, if you opt for quality steel and timber doors then you should not have much maintenance on your hands because they will have been treated properly. Thus just a clean now and again should be substantial enough if you make sure you purchase from a quality supplier. Furthermore, security of your concrete garages is important, yet this is something that’s very hard to quantify. It is important to be sure that the door boasts a quality lock system. Ask the manufacturer if there are any extra security devices that can be fitted with your garage door as this is often the case. One piece of advice would be to stay away from the ABS up and over door if security is important to you. This type of door for concrete garages can easily be cut through with a sharp knife as the material is thin. Intruders can access the lock and gain entry fairly easily.