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What You Need To Know About Buying A New Garage Door

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  • 26 Oct 2016
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Choosing a new garage door can be a hard decision to make for some people, there are a lot of choices to choose from when buying a new garage door such as style and material as well as functionality and durability. Neighborhood Garage Door Service of San Jose, California wants to assist you in making sure that you get the garage door that best suits your wants and needs, here are a few things for you to think about before picking a door for your garage.

Garage Door Material Types

choose a garage door material

There is more than just one material type for you to choose from for your overhead garage door. Here is a list of 7 different materials and a few of their pro’s and con’s.


  • Long lasting with little required maintenance
  • Higher rust of rust and denting
  • The most popular of the materials

2. Wood Veneer

  • May lack insulation
  • Inexpensive
  • Requires a lot of maintenance as well as refinishing

3. Solid Wood

  • Expensive
  • High visual appeal
  • Frequent maintenance often required

4. Acrylic And Glass With Full Windows

  • Uninsulated
  • Provides a lot of natural light and very stylish and modern
  • Requires heavy duty hardware due to being very heavy

5. Aluminum

  • Low maintenance material
  • Good for areas that are close to sea or salty air
  • Lightweight and rust proof but dents easily

6. Fiberglass

  • Low maintenance
  • Strong and durable
  • Custom options limited with this material

7. Vinyl

  • Poor insulation
  • Not environmentally friendly
  • Resilient to damage and lightweight

Garage Door Construction

Now that you have chosen a material for your garage door you will now want to consider the construction style of your garage door. There are three different door construction styles, they include single layer as well as double and triple layers. The single layer doors usually lack any kind of insulation.

The double layer doors usually have a polystyrene insulation which is shaped to fit the door cavities but does not promise full coverage. The triple layer doors include polyurethane insulation, which is a spray liquid insulation that’s injected into the door panels to ensure full coverage. Polyurethane also tends to offer you a better energy savings as far as keeping your garage cool or warm depending on the season.

Garage Door Openers

There are a few options for you to choose from when it comes to deciding on a garage door opener. First there is the chain-drive style which tends to be known for its noisiness it’s a chain trolley system which runs along a metal bar, then there’s the belt drive which works the same as the chain drive but uses a belt instead. The belt on the belt drive opener is made up of polyurethane, fiberglass or a steel reinforced rubber.

consider belt drive opener when buying a new garage door

Then lastly there is the jackshaft which mounts to the wall which will help to reduce space, it is also a lot quieter than other garage door openers. The jackshaft system also usually costs more than other garage door opener systems.

The Future

Neighborhood Garage Door Services of San Jose, California wants to make sure that you think about all factors before choosing a door that’s right for you, be sure to think about wants and needs as well as your budget when looking at all the options. You want this garage door to last you for a while so make sure that you explore all your options and choose the door that is right for you and your garage.

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They sent Doug Fussell out to my house on the day after Christmas! I had only called them three days before! Doug was a premier technician, very thorough and very efficient. I expected him to take two days, since he was replacing two doors and adding openers on each door. He only took the daylight hours of one day! I could not believe how fast he was! In addition, he thoroughly taught me how to use the remote openers. I highly recommend them to anyone!
~Donald B.

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We just bought a home and this company was so understanding as I had to change the appointment time a few times. Then the tech came out and was so kind and helpful. I could not have asked for a better experience and will suggest them to anyone who needs work done on their garage door!
~Tammy K.

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My garage door broke on a Saturday night as I was getting ready to leave for a holiday party. Kelvin was here within 30 minutes. He reviewed everything with me that was happening with my door. He gave me the estimates of what was immediately needed to be done in order for my door to raise and then what I will need to have done very soon. I could see all the problems he pointed out to me and I decided to have everything done. He completed everything that night. I was very satisfied with Kelvin’s professionalism and the work he did. Thank you again.
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