The first thing you should consider when selecting the right doors for your garage is the local building code. When we built our first home in Florida the local code required wind load specifications that the garage doors had to meet or exceed. You can call your local building department or visit your local building supply and they will have a good selection of doors that meet the local specifications.
After making certain you have met or exceeded the local building codes you can consider the other important aspects below:
When we built our garages we made sure the doors were 9 foot tall to accommodate whatever vehicle we bought in the future. The one thing I do regret is not making the garages deeper. Our plans called for the garages to be 22 feet deep, and I wish I had made them at least 25. This would have involved another beam that would have cost 1500 dollars so I opted to save the money.
Another important consideration that is part of design is the color of the garage doors. I picked a color directly from the factory that looked good on our house. This allowed us to put the doors up and not have to paint them. This saved us time and money!
If your are buying high wind load doors they will offer more insulation value because of the backer board on the doors. For a small fee you can add insulation and increase your energy efficiency even more.
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