Thinking of buying a new garage door? Before you make any decision, you will want to educate yourself on the different choices you have.

There are many styles and materials to choose from and you’ll want to pick what is right for your homestyle and also serves your needs.

This garage door guide will go over the basics of the different types of garage doors so you can make the right choice for your home.


Garage Door Size

When you’re going to buy a new door, the first thing you need to determine is what size you will need. Measure the height, width, and thickness of your existing door, and write not of these specs.

What are standard garage door sizes?

  • Standard single garage doors have measurements of 10 x 7 feet, 9 x 7 feet and 8 x 7 feet all around.
  • Standard double garage door sizes have measurements of 16 x 7 feet, 14 x 7 feet and 12 x 7 feet.
  • Standard RV garage door size has a width of 16 feet x 8 feet tall and the ceiling height of 9 feet.


Garage Door Styles

You always want to choose a style that will match or compliment your home exterior. The era your home was built in or the style of your home will help you determine the right garage door style.

One element to consider is if your garage will have window panels or not. The design of your panels is another way to choose from different styles.

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Carriage House Panels

Carriage house garage doors have become very popular in recent years and add a distinctive look to your home.

They often look great on craftsman style or mission style homes but are also appropriate for many other styles of homes.

Flush Panels

Flush panel garage door style

Flush panels for garage doors are flat, often textured panels.

The style and color of flush panels you choose can complement the surrounding wall area and home without drawing too much attention to the door itself.


Long raised panel garage door styleLong Raised Panels

They give depth and distinction to the door while adding to the home’s overall appearance. 



Short raised panel garage door styleShort Raised Panels 

Short raised panels lend depth to the door.

They’re excellent additions to Victorian-style homes with intricately detailed trim.

They also compliment the symmetrical facades of colonial-style homes or the strong architectural lines of a Tudor home.


Common Garage Door Materials

You can get a garage door made from a variety of materials. Steel garage doors are the most common type and usually the most economical.  Steel, aluminum, vinyl, wood and composite materials are also popular.

What are garage doors made of?

  • Steel
  • Aluminum
  • Vinyl
  • Wood
  • Feberglass
  • Composite materials

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Steel garage doors are more durable than other materials, require little maintenance, and have a relatively long lifespan. They also come in varying thicknesses and levels of insulation. Thicker, stronger types will be more energy efficient, though they are more costly.

Aluminum garage doors are lightweight, will not rust, and are eco-friendly. Their light quality makes them an easy to install door option. Additionally, their lightweight nature causes less stress on the mechanics of the door, meaning a longer lifespan. Their primary disadvantage lies in their durability, as they are more prone to denting.

wood garage doorWood
Wood garage doors offer a great option with plenty of customization. Options range in color, the thickness of wood, pattern, decorative finishes, and type of wood. A wood garage door offers a beautiful, unique appeal to your home and garage’s exterior.

Vinyl garage doors are affordable, durable, low maintenance, and weather resistant. Vinyl has several routes for exterior customization to give you plenty of style possibilities. However, vinyl garage doors cannot be painted over since their color is in the resin that forms the door.

barn style garage doorsFiberglass
Fiberglass garage doors are steel doors sealed with a fiberglass coating. Fiberglass doors are insulated, noise inhibiting, and visually appealing. They are a great energy saving alternative and look beautiful in modern homes.

Composite wood garage doors are eco-friendly, low maintenance, and easily customized. Composite wood is recycled wood, plus they are insulated which makes them especially energy efficient.

Each of these garage door styles and options has benefits and drawbacks. Our experts would be happy to explain the differences in depth to help narrow your selection process.


Types of Doors

Steel garage doors are the most common and economical types on the market. Most manufacturers offer several colors from the factory, many models can be painted to match your home. There are three types to choose from:

Single-layer doors are stamped from a single sheet of galvanized steel. These are usually the most affordable of all steel doors.

Double-layer steel doors have a galvanized steel skin on the outside with a thick layer of either polystyrene or polyurethane as a backer. The backer provides soundproofing and additional insulating value to the door.

Triple-layer doors are constructed of the same materials as double-layer doors with the addition of a galvanized skin on the inside to protect the polystyrene/polyurethane from damage. The additional layer of steel makes triple-layer doors the strongest, most secure and most soundproof of all garage doors. These are also available with thicker insulation for greater R-value (a measure of thermal resistance).

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Garage Door Parts & Accessories

Updating your garage door hardware is an easy and affordable way to update the look of an existing or new garage door. Adding hinges and handle sets or simulated windows to match your door for a customized look.

Home Automation
Some homeowners with newer high-end homes may already have or choose to install home automation sytems. There many that provide convenience and also an additional layer of security. There are home devices that can be installed that allow the garage door tilt sensor to tie into your security system, letting you know if the garage door is open or closed. There are garage door controllers that will allow you to remotely open or close your door from your smartphone.


Garage Door Insulation

Many homeowners use their garages as extensions of their living space. These uses can include workshops, laundry rooms, kids play rooms, hobby or craft rooms and storage.

If you want to use your garage for more than just car storage, choose an insulated door to maintain a comfortable temperature and energy efficiency.

Good Insulation
R-value is a measurement for efficiency rating. In the Chicagoland area, you will want an R-value of at least 10 for an attached garage. This will help you maintain the temperature of your garage and interior. Garage Door Buying Guide

Weather Seals Between Sections
The seal may be designed into the mating surfaces of the panels, or it may be in the form of gasket material that compresses when the door is closed.

Bottom Seal / Threshold
If the door doesn’t come with a bottom seal standard, you should add one to keep drafts and rain out.

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