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With a variety of styles, colors, and materials to choose from, selecting a garage door is not an easy decision. Professional Garage Door understands that buying a garage door is a significant investment for your home. So before purchasing a new door, there are a few things you should consider:

Style: Your garage door makes up a large portion of your home; therefore the style you select should complement the exterior look of your home. There are several basic types of panels to choose from.

Raised Panel: Traditional raised panel residential garage doors are an attractive and durable addition to any home. There are two types of raised panel doors including short panel and long panel styles.

Flush Panel: Flush panels are completely flat, with a subtle texture for a wood-like appearance. This type of door is best used when you want a nice-looking garage door without drawing too much attention to it.

Carriage Panel: Carriage panel residential garage doors offer a unique look at an affordable price. The carriage panel has a deep embossed wood grain texture reminiscent of the classic carriage style.

Wood Carriage Doors: Custom handcrafted wood doors include traditional carriage house designs or you can create your own unique look.  Not only are your design options unlimited with this style of door, but you can also choose from a large variety of wood.

Homestead Series: Professional Garage Door offers a unique type of door to enhance the curb appeal of any home. With many different designs and colors to choose from, these doors are a custom way to express your style.

Windows: Another way to add character to your new garage door is by adding windows. Windows are ascetically appealing and can enhance the look of your door and your home.

Materials: Garage doors can be made from steel, wood, fiberglass and aluminum. Though all of these materials have their benefits, steel and wood doors are among the most popular applications for residential homes.

Steel Doors: Steel garage doors are much stronger and more secure than any other door. With new developments in the manufacturing of these doors, today’s steel doors rival the look of wood without the maintenance requirements. Steel doors do not warp, crack, delaminate, or fall apart due to the effects of weather. Since most are made of galvanized steel, they will not rust or require repainting as often as other doors.

Wood Doors: Wood doors are preferred more for their natural look than their durability. Wood doors come in a variety of styles and wood types. However, since wood expands and contracts they can warp and crack as they weather, wood doors demand regular maintenance, repainting or refinishing every couple of years.

Fiberglass / Aluminum Doors: Fiberglass doors come in a variety of designs, finishes, and colors. They are not the best options for cold climates, as they are not heavily insulated, and tend to break easily. Aluminum doors are lightweight and inexpensive. These doors dent easily and are not as aesthetically pleasing as other door options.

Insulated vs. Non-Insulated: Garage doors help protect your vehicles and other personal items you store in your garage. Many homeowners fail to recognize the connection between heat loss and non-insulated garage doors. Whether you should choose an insulated or non-insulated door depends on the climate you live in.

Insulated: An insulated door is made of two layers of steel with insulation in between each layer. These doors can be insulated depending on your preferences. The higher the “R-Value” of your insulated garage door, the more insulation there is.

Non-Insulated: A non-insulated garage door has an open back. It is made only of steel; this door is most appropriate for consistently warm climates. A non-insulated garage door can either leak cold air into the garage or overheat the garage.

At Professional Garage Door Systems, we are dedicated to helping you find the door that suites your home best. Let us be your source for your next residential garage door. Give us a call at 317-839-3050 and schedule an appointment with one of our sales people. You can also gain a better understanding of the type of door you may want on our website

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