Before You Buy a Garage Door, Do This! (Part 3)

Buying a garage door is a big deal.

It’s a purchase that you probably won’t make more than once or twice in your lifetime, so it pays to do your homework!

If you employ the help of a quality garage door company, this homework won’t even require you to do any math. Phew!

Take the time to figure out exactly what you need and then think about what you want in terms of style and design.

This third article in our “Before You Buy a Garage Door” series will give you a head’s up on materials and style.

Want to catch up on previous blogs? Read Part 1 and Part 2.

Choosing a material

The wisest thing to choose first is the type of garage door you need.

Since styles are sometimes dependent on what the door is made of, it makes sense to start here.

Here’s an in-depth look at the types of materials your new garage door could be made from:

  • Steel doors are durable, secure and require minimal maintenance. They come in various styles, including a carriage house, traditional and contemporary. You can customize your steel garage door with paint colors, hardware, and windows. The level of noise reduction and energy efficiency vary, depending on your choice of single, double or triple-layer construction. The insulation also boosts energy efficiency.
  • Garage doors made of wood boast fine craftsmanship and customizable designs. They are also available in a carriage house style but can be made into a one-of-a-kind piece, too. They usually come primed and ready to paint or stain and can be made to fit any architectural style with the addition of windows and hardware. Like steel doors, they are insulated for energy efficiency.

In terms of price, a steel door will generally cost you less, while a wooden door will be pricier. Keep in mind that the prices for either type of door will fluctuate depending on the hardware and windows you choose.


Choosing the material is more of a necessary decision, while selecting the style is a lot more exciting!

Your garage door can have a large impact on the overall look of your home. It’s an area in which you can let your design personality shine.

Did you know the style or look of your garage door can affect your home’s resale value, too?

It makes sense because many garage doors make up a large percentage of the facade of a house. It’s important to get it right!

We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: The garage door you choose should complement the architecture of your home! It’s that important!  

Wondering how to do that? We’ve got you covered!

  • Check out Amarr’s Door Designer. First, you’ll choose a style of home that resembles your own. Then, you can play around with different design options like windows and hardware. Having a visual of the possibilities can guide your decision-making.
  • Look around the neighborhood. Some communities maintain a consistent architectural style. Paying attention to the homes on your street can give you direction as you plan for your new garage door. Aim for individuality while keeping within the same design theme.

Don’t try to rush through the process. Take your time and make informed decisions at each step.

First and foremost, your garage door serves an important purpose. It adds a layer of protection to your home and the material you choose should suit those needs.

While your garage door is primarily functional, it shouldn’t be lacking in visual appeal. In fact, quite the opposite is true!

Choose a design and style that complements your home, adds to its curb appeal and makes you happy!

When making an important purchase, do you tend toward form or function?

Guide To Buying A Garage Door



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