Different Garage Door Styles…and How to Choose One for Your Home – A Guest Post!

Last year, our garage door made an awful sound. And then…it quit working.

While many people use their garages for storage or other projects, we actually park our vehicles in ours. BOTH of our vehicles. And living in Florida, it comes in handy, when we’re weathering hurricanes and some of the other nasty storms that blow through. In fact, just last night it was pouring rain when I got home, and it was SO nice to pull right into the garage and not get wet at all!

Oh. Because we paid a bucket-full of money to get the garage door fixed after it quit working. We had everything done to it, short of actually replacing the door. But for a minute, I dreamed about a brand new garage door. There are some BEAUTIFUL ones out there these days. But there’s a lot more to a garage door than aesthetics!

So when Shivani from Garaga contacted me and asked if I’d like to publish a post about different garage doors, first, I wanted to read it for myself! So helpful! And second, I wanted to share it with all of you! So…here you go! 

A shabby garage door, or one that doesn’t architecturally match with the rest of your home will affect the overall look of your home. Since a garage door is often the first thing that people notice, it’s important to choose a style that is both high quality, and pleasing to the eye.

There are many different designs and style to choose from, and making your final decision can be a confusing process. Here are some things to consider when choosing a garage door.

Insulated vs. Non-Insulated

An insulated door will help keep energy costs down, particularly if your garage is attached to your home. With rising costs, more people are choosing insulated doors over non-insulated. Each door is assigned an R-Value to give an indication of how well insulated it is. The higher the rating, the better the insulation. A polyurethane door is thinner, but has a high R-value rating. It will also help reduce outside noise, and operate more quietly. Insulated doors are definitely preferable for those who live in colder climates.


If you don’t think you need windows on your garage door, think again! Windows can add an elegant touch to any design, and can increase the resale value of your home. They can transform even the nicest designs into even better looking ones. Windows also let natural light in, giving the interior a more appealing look. There are several windows designs to choose from, and can be incorporated into any door design.


When you’re choosing the material, you should consider the lifetime of the door, the kind of punishment it can take, and the climate that you live in. Maintenance should also be considered, as some materials need more than others. Steel garage doors are durable and virtually maintenance-free. Vinyl doors can last even longer, and need only the odd touch-up and cleaning every few years. Vinyl is a popular choice in colder climates because it’s rust-proof and can withstand harsh winters. Wood gives a vintage and rustic look to any home, but it’s not without maintenance issues. They don’t last as long as steel or vinyl and require regular cleaning and touch-ups. If you love the look of wood, but want something more durable, fiberglass may be a suitable solution. Glass and aluminum doors offer a contemporary look and are also durable. Most doors can be painted to match the overall exterior decor of your home.


Do you want the door to open straight up (slide up on tracks) or do you want it to open out and then up? Knowing this will determine what type of tracks and springs you need. If you choose a design that opens out, you will lose part of your parking space outside of the door. You won’t be able to park too close, or you will hit your vehicle as you open or close the door. There is no right or wrong answer here, it’s a matter of personal preference.

Aesthetic Design

There are dozens of designs and styles to choose from, including barn style, carriage house, and rustic designs. The design you choose should match the overall design of your home. For example, you wouldn’t want to choose a barn style door if your home is a contemporary two-story cape cod. Again, there really is no right or wrong answer here, it is a matter of personal preference.


Whichever style or design you choose, make sure the door has a warranty that you are satisfied with. This warranty should include parts and labour as well. Get everything in writing, and don’t be afraid to ask questions on anything you don’t understand.

This article has been submitted by Garaga – a Toronto garage door manufacturer.

I’m pretty sure I can make an informed decision about garage doors now, how about you? I had no idea there was so much involved!

Do YOU have a garage door? What kind? What do you use your garage for?

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6 thoughts on “Different Garage Door Styles…and How to Choose One for Your Home – A Guest Post!

  1. The 2nd, 3rd & 6th garage doors are my top 3 favorites, but I would take any of them! I love the look of wood, but would probably take the advice in this post and use fiberglass to help offset the maintenance. I learned a few things about garage doors today and that’s always a good thing! Have a great week!

  2. When we were house shopping, the look of the garage doors was one of the things we took into consideration. They do affect the look of the house. There sure are a lot of options!

  3. I never considered the “how tos” of garages…I am just so used to purchasing homes with garages already. I Luke the windows and the climate idea. I would love to park our cars in the garage but we need to clean it out first!

  4. I love this images ,gives you top, mid, bottom images!your’s article is owsem!
    Thanks a lot! for written this perfect article !

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