Garage Doors – Styles and Design Options – Wood Overlay Doors

Replacing your Garage Door can make a huge difference in the curb appeal of your home. There are lots of styles of new garage doors to be considered and sometimes it is too much to visualize. To help, we are creating a series of posts where we review the basic styles of garage doors. We will include the design options of each and some before and after pictures.

This article will cover Wood Overlay Garage Doors.

Wood Overlay doors offer the greatest degree of customization available to designers. Wood overlay doors will start on a sturdy steel door. Real, and sometime composite, wood is then attached to the steel door. The overlay is hand built and constructed. The result can be stunningly unique patterns that truly enhance the visual design of a home. These garage doors can designed to match entry doors and gates to bring together the total design concept of a home.

Of course, window and hardware options galore exist. The only limit to overlay doors is the imagination of the designer.

Here are some examples of Overlay Garage Doors:Custom Overlay Garage Door Unique Custom Overlay Garage Door Overlay Garage Door Matching Entry Door Overlay Garage Door in Carriage House Style Custom Overlay Garage Door with Windows

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Arizona’s Garage Door Doctor at 602-495-1555. We offer free onsite estimates and design consultations.

Garage Doors – Styles and Design Options – Glass Doors

Replacing your Garage Door can make a huge difference in the curb appeal of your home. There are lots of styles of new garage doors to be considered and sometimes it is too much to visualize. To help, we are creating a series of posts where we review the basic styles of garage doors. We will include the design options of each and some before and after pictures.

This article will cover glass garage doors.

Glass garage doors are also sometimes known as “Full View” Garage Doors. Theses doors will use steel, or more commonly aluminum frames with full length glass. The appearance is very modern and similar to some commercial buildings. We’ve even seen these doors used in patios, foyers, sun rooms, and great rooms to either extend the living space or open a home to fresh air and the fragrances of the great outdoors.

The glass can be clear, tinted, opaqued, or otherwise decorated to match the style of the home and privacy needs of the home owner. Additionally, multi-color and style frames can be use to provide additional style options.

Here are some examples of Glass Garage Doors:Opaque Full View Glass Garage Doors Opaque Full View Glass Garage Doors Full View Glass Garage Doors at Night Full View Glass Garage Doors Full View Glass Garage Doors

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Arizona’s Garage Door Doctor at 602-495-1555. We offer free onsite estimates and design consultations.

Garage Doors – Styles and Design Options – Carriage House Doors

Replacing your Garage Door can make a huge difference in the curb appeal of your home. There are lots of styles of new garage doors to be considered and sometimes it is too much to visualize. To help, we are creating a series of posts where we review the basic styles of garage doors. We will include the design options of each and some before and after pictures.

This article will cover the steel garage doors designed to look like Carriage House doors.

Carriage House style garage doors are near the upper end of the product line of garage doors. As such, the steel used for Carriage House doors is at least 24 gauge. Another major difference between Carriage House doors and other styles, is the use of just 3 sections or panels. Most steel garage doors will use 4 sections for a 7’ tall door and 5 sections for an 8’ tall door. Because the stamp patterns are unique and complex, Carriage House garage doors are made with just 3 sections.

Multicolor paint is often used to help highlight the Carriage House style and appearance. Windows or “lights” are a frequent design element in Carriage House doors, as are decorative straps hinges and handles.

Here are some examples of Carriage House garage doors:

Recessed Carriage House Garage Doors with WindowsCarriage House Garage Doors in Santiago with multi-color Paint Carriage House Garage Doors in Tuscany with wood tone Paint Carriage House Garage Doors in North Hampton with wood tone Paint Carriage House Garage Doors in Lucern with multi-color PaintIf you have any questions or need more information, please contact Arizona’s Garage Door Doctor at 602-495-1555. We offer free onsite estimates and design consultations.

Garage Doors – Styles and Design Options – Designer Doors

Replacing your Garage Door can make a huge difference in the curb appeal of your home. There are lots of styles of new garage doors to be considered and sometimes it is too much to visualize. To help, we are creating a series of posts where we review the basic styles of garage doors. We will include the design options of each and some before and after pictures.

We will continue with what we call a Designer Series garage door.

As with traditional garage doors, Designer Series Garage Doors are made of steel. The thickness of the steel can vary between 25 and 24 gauge with the larger the number the thinner the steel.

A pattern is stamped in the face of the steel to reduce flexing as the door rolls up and down. Most commonly, that pattern features a subtle wood grain and more decorative elements that resemble a wooden structure. The pattern may be smaller and tighter or larger and broader with raised or recessed elements.

Here is a picture of a “short bead board” door:Designer Garage Door in Short Panel with Windows and Inserts

Here is a picture of a “long bead board” door:Designer Garage Door in Long Panel with Windows and Inserts

Here is a picture of the “raised panel” door:Designer Garage Door in Raised Panel with Windows

Here is a picture of the “recessed panel” door: Designer Garage Door in Recessd Panel with Windows

As you can see, Designer doors can have windows or “lights” installed in a section. Usually this is the top section, but some people prefer to look of a door with the windows in the third section. Decorative inserts can be added to the windows to create designs that further the customization possibilities.

Finally, while designer doors come in a variety of solid colors from the manufactures, multiple tone wood grain effect paint is also available. This really helps give a Designer door the look of real wood.Designer Garage Door in Short Panel Multigrain Oak with Windows and InsertsIf you have any questions or need more information, please contact Arizona’s Garage Door Doctor at 602-495-1555. We offer free onsite estimates and design consultations.

Garage Doors – Styles and Design Options – Traditional Doors

Replacing your Garage Door can make a huge difference in the curb appeal of your home. There are lots of styles of new garage doors to be considered and sometimes it is too much to visualize. To help, we are creating a series of posts where we review the basic styles of garage doors. In the series, we will include the design options of each category of door and some before and after pictures.

We will start with a basic or Traditional garage door.

Most garage doors today are made of steel. The thickness of the steel can vary between 26 and 24 gauge with the larger the number the thinner the steel.  A pattern is stamped in the face of the steel to reduce flexing as the door rolls up and down. Most commonly, that pattern features a subtle wood grain and either squares or rectangles.

Here is a picture of the squares, which we call a “short panel” door:

Traditional Short Panel Garage Door in WhiteHere is a picture of the rectangles, which we call a “long panel” door:

Traditional Long Panel Garage Door in WhiteAlso, with the thicker steels a “flush panel” is available, this has neither squares or rectangles:

Traditional Flush Panel Garage Door in WhiteTraditional doors can have windows or “lights” installed in a section. Usually this is the top section, but some people prefer to look of a door with the windows in the third section. Decorative inserts can be added to the windows to create designs that further the customization possibilities.

Traditional Short Panel Garage Door in White with Windows and InsertsFinally, traditional doors come in a variety of colors from the manufactures. While white and almond are far and away the most popular colors, brown, green and shades of tan and gray are available. And, of course, garage doors can be painted to match any décor.Traditional Flush Panel Garage Door in Red

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Arizona’s Garage Door Doctor at 602-495-1555. We offer free onsite estimates and design consultations.

Garage Door Installations

So, you have ordered a new garage door and are wondering what to expect. First, congratulations. Your new door will enhance the curb appeal of your home. And, as an added bonus, a new garage door has the second highest ROI of any home improvement project. So, you’ve made a smart decision, now let’s talk about the mechanics of a new garage door installation.

Preparation is key. Your installer should have come to your house to inspect your garage before arriving with a new garage door. The inspection should include double checking all measurements, including the clearances between the garage door and walls and ceilings or rafters. The inspection should also make note internal structures, such as cabinets, electrical wiring or insulation that will complicate the installation process. Finally, the inspection should make sure the work area is clear of boxes, vehicles, and other objects the will impede the installation. The inspector should give you clear guidelines on what to remove, if necessary. We general ask for a clear floor of at least six (6) inches on each side of the door extending back in to the garage about ten (10) feet. Like this:Inside View of a Garage Door with Clear Areas for Installation Marked

Installation Day – WooHoo! The first thing that will happen is the dismantling of your existing garage door. This creates access to the garage to move the new door into the garage and gives plenty of work room around the garage door. All new garage doors come with track, counter balance spring system, and all necessary hardware. Most doors will also include support struts. The exact sequence will vary between installers, but most installers will begin by attaching the vertical track to the door bucks. Then they will stack the door sections and attach the sections to each other with the hinges. Once the sections are stacked, adjustments can be made to the vertical track to make the door close against the trim so water cannot get into the garage. Next, the horizontal tracks will be hung to carry the door into the garage. The horizontal tracks should be hung level to create a neutral balance to the door. Next, the counter balance torsion system will be built and attached to the brackets that join the vertical and horizontal track. The cables will be attached to the bottom of the door and tension applied to the spring. The balance of the door will be tested and adjusted. If appropriate, an automatic garage door opener will be installed or attached to the new door. The garage door opener will be adjusted to use just enough force to open and close the door and make sure the door reverses or stops when an obstruction is met. Finally, the installer will clean up after himself, demonstrate the operations of the door, and deliver the owner’s manual and warranty information to you.

Ongoing Maintenance. Routine maintenance is necessary, as we discussed in this blog post. You can also choose to paint your door. We recommend reading this blog post about painting garage doors.

As always, feel free to contact us with any questions at 602-495-1555 to help plan for your new garage door!