Factors to Consider When Choosing A Garage Door For Your Home

Untitled (99)Your garage door is not just a functional component of your home; it is also an important element of your home’s overall style. There are many different factors that can drive your decision to get a wooden, fiberglass or steel garage door. With many options and customization features available, it can be challenging to know where to start, so getting started with a garage building expert can help make these decisions easier. Here are a few factors to consider when choosing a garage door that fits your needs.


Depending on where you live, your garage door may be exposed to a variety of different weather conditions such as high winds, heavy rain and snow, or extreme temperatures. For areas with harsh climates, it is essential to choose a garage door that is durable and can withstand these conditions. Look for doors that are made from fiberglass, which offer superior insulation and protection from the elements due to its ability to inhibit energy release.


Garage doors come in a wide range of styles, from a traditional raised panel to modern glass-paneled designs. When selecting a style, consider the architecture of your home and try to choose a door that complements the design. Carriage-style doors, for example, are a great option for homes with a traditional or rustic aesthetic, while contemporary homes may benefit from sleek, minimalistic designs such as glass panels. 

Door Material

The material you choose for your garage door can have a significant impact on its durability, maintenance, and overall appearance. Steel doors are the most popular choice for their strength, low maintenance, and affordability. Wood doors offer a classic look and can be customized to fit your needs. However, they require more upkeep and can be more expensive than other materials. Aluminum and fiberglass doors are lightweight, but may not be as durable as steel or wood doors.


Do you need a door with windows to let in natural light, or one with insulation to minimize energy costs? Will your door be operated manually or electronically with a remote? Take into consideration your daily routine and how you will be using your garage door. For example, if you use your garage as a workspace or for storage, you will want a door that is easy to open and close. If you use your garage to store your car or truck, an electric garage door opener can make your life a lot easier. 

Maintenance Schedule

Some materials, such as steel and aluminum, require minimal upkeep to maintain their appearance and performance. Wood, on the other hand, requires periodic painting or staining to prevent rotting or warping. Additionally, garage doors with electronic openers require regular servicing to ensure they operate safely and smoothly. This is especially important if you live in the Chicagoland area, since the winter can cause mechanisms in the garage door to malfunction. Make sure to factor in maintenance costs and requirements when making your selection.

Contact our Chicagoland Custom Garage Door and Garage Builders

If you are looking for a new garage door, Blue Sky Builders can help you with design, create, install and service. We know that selecting the perfect garage door for your home can be a challenge, so working with our professionals with 40+ years can make the process smoother. If you would like to schedule your free evaluation, please contact us online or by calling (630) 852-8485.

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