Garage doors have changed a lot over the years. If you’re struggling with an old garage door that’s in disrepair, or a loud garage door opener that lacks modern conveniences, now is the time to upgrade. Here’s what you should know.

Why Upgrade?

Garage door openers have gotten smarter, sleeker, easier to use, and safer as well. Garage doors themselves have become more stylish. Below are just a few of the many reasons why you should upgrade this year.


Modern garage door openers have smart features that allow you to open and close your garage door with an app. Some modern garage door openers come fitted with cameras that allow homeowners to monitor activity in their garage, while others feature key fob openers that stay with you on your keys. Some have timers to shut your garage door automatically, just a few minutes after opening.

With a modern garage door opener, you won’t have to worry about forgetting your garage door clicker in the car or leaving your garage unsecured.


The original garage door openers were chain drive openers, which can be very loud. Now homeowners have quieter options. Belt drive garage door openers have quieter action and work just as well as chain drive openers. These luxurious openers are so quiet that you may no longer hear your garage door opening in parts of the house over the garage.


Old garage door openers were not very safe. In 1992, Consumer Product Safety Commission passed rules that required all new garage door openers to come with certain safety features. 

If your garage door is very old, it may lack safety features that would protect your children or pets if they were to get in the way of a closing garage door. If you’re not sure if your garage door has these special safety features, your garage door opener contractor can evaluate your door. These safety features could save the life of a loved one and will make your garage much safer.


Garage door styles have changed quite a bit in the last few decades. If you replace your garage door today, you’ll have your choice of a variety of styles including:

  • Carriage style doors. Carriage style doors look like the wooden doors found on old barns and carriage houses.
  • Natural or composite wood doors. These garage doors have a warmth and beauty that cannot be duplicated by garage doors made of other materials.
  • Modern glass and aluminum doors. Garage doors made from an aluminum frame and foggy glass windows add a sleek and modern look to your home. 

Your garage door installation contractor can help you decide which types of doors are right for you. 

Add Value to Your Home

An old garage door and garage door opener could be a problem if you decide to sell your home sometime in the next year. Even if you are happy with your current garage door, a home buyer may want newer, quieter, stylish garage door and opener. Upgrading now could improve your home’s curb appeal and may make your real estate listing more attractive to buyers.  

How to Choose?

If you’re not sure what kind of garage door and garage door opener to choose, work with your garage door installation professional to pick the right style for your home. These tips can help you get started.

Know Your Budget

Know your budget in advance of selecting your door. This will make it easier for you to narrow down your choices when you’re talking it over with your installation professional. Some installation professionals offer options to homeowners on a budget.

Choose the Right Professional

Since it’s been a long time since you installed a new garage door, you may not know which companies are best. A good garage door installation professional will have references and a good reputation in your community. Look for a contractor who offers good customer service and who provides an easy to understand quote for their services. 

Meet with multiple garage door installation professionals before choosing the one who is right for you. The professional you select should be a good communicator, should follow up with phone calls and inquiries, and should be polite and respectful during your interactions. 

Know Your Goals

Before you talk to an installation contractor, know your goals for your new garage door. What are your priorities? Is it most important to get a quieter garage door opener? Are you most concerned about the style and looks of your door? Knowing what is important to you will help you have a more productive conversation with your garage door installation professional.

Talk to a Garage Door Expert Now

If you’re ready to upgrade your garage door and opener in the coming year, start contacting garage door installation professionals today. At Shank Door, we can help you decide which type of garage door or opener is right for you. Call us today.

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