Residential garage doors are no longer the plain looking white metal with a standard block design and a couple of windows at eye-level; they come in a variety of styles and custom fittings to accommodate every home, new or old and most are fashionable as well as functional.
Garages, often thought of as simply a place to park cars or coral excess junk from the house, are intricate parts of a house’s design, especially in the newer residential single family homes in which the garage is front and foremost what people see as they pull up to a house, many would say the house is ‘all garage’ from the front view.
Homeowners want their garage to look good, flow seamlessly into the rest of the house and be as ‘designer-looking’ as the rest of their large investment. Residential garages can be and should be functional as well as fashionable, they are the largest movable part on a house and typically used on a daily basis.
There are a number of residential doors to choose from when planning to remodel a house or build it from the ground up. There are insulated doors; steel doors; carriage style doors; sectional doors; Ranch style doors, bone yard doors and green or environmentally friendly doors.
Most homeowners, especially those who have attached garages, are interested in the insulated garage doors and the green garage doors. The insulated garage doors are typically made with a single type of metal which sandwiches thick foam of insulation material for greater draft protection in addition to keeping the elements out of the garage (sometimes known as steel + insulation + steel). This is nice because if the garage is attached to the main part of the house, cold air could seep in through the garage door and help to ‘jack up’ utility bills.
With green products – environmentally efficient products – sustainability is the name of the game and making a garage door green means making it long lasting and everything from design to manufacturing to hanging, every thing about the garage door is eco-friendly.
Homeowners who choose to purchase ‘green’ doors are looking to reduce their overall carbon footprint in addition to helping maintain a good looking door for a long period of time, usually 15 to 20 years of everyday use. A product like a ‘green’ garage door that will last a long time will reduce the need to manufacture more, reduce the amount of old doors in landfills in addition to fuel costs associated with the distribution of the new doors. All of these things factor into a ‘green’ door.
Some of the most popular doors are the composite carriage house and steel doors because of their high quality value, low maintenance, insulation and they won’t warp, rot, crack or fade so they need to be repaired, refurbished or replaced less often then traditional wood doors.