Choosing a new garage door for your home can be a tough task, especially if you have not replaced your door in many years. Today’s garage doors are made from modern materials and available with many features that were not widely available just decades ago.

To help make your new garage door decision easier, read on to learn about five modern garage door features you should consider when selecting your new door and their benefits.

1. Insulation

Many of today’s garage doors are available in insulated and non-insulated versions. Insulated doors, also called double- or triple-layer doors, have polystyrene and/or polyurethane foam cores and offer many advantages that uninsulated, or single-layer, doors lack.

First, a garage equipped with an insulated door tends to stay about10-12 degrees F warmer during the winter and about 25 degrees F cooler in the summer when compared to a garage equipped with a non-insulated door.

In addition, insulated garage doors tend to operate more quietly than non-insulated doors, since door insulation dampens the sound produced by door vibration that can occur when any garage door is being opened or closed.

Double- and triple-layer doors also block more outside noise than single-layer doors, which is a benefit if you enjoy performing hobby work or other tasks quietly in your garage and live on a busy street or another area where outside noise is plentiful.

When selecting your insulated garage door, choose one with a high R-value. Doors with higher R-value insulation block more heat flow and noise than those with lower R-values.

2. Eco-Friendly Construction 

Many garage door makers today are constructing garage doors that are more environmentally friendly than ever. Garage doors made from recycled steel and aluminum are available, along with doors made from recycled, reclaimed, or ethically sourced sustainable wood. Wood composite doors are also eco-friendly options because the fiberboard used to make them is often created using wood scraps that would otherwise be thrown in landfills if not reused in fiberboard creation.

In addition, garage doors built with quality materials and long-term durability in mind are also naturally more eco-friendly than those with shorter lifespans; doors with longer lifespans need to be replaced less often, which reduces the chance that you will add more garage doors to landfills over the course of your lifetime than necessary.

3. Finger-Saving Feature

You likely know that modern garage door openers are equipped with important child-safety sensors designed to prevent injuries that could occur if a small child were to walk underneath your door while it is closing.

However, you may not know that some garage doors themselves are built with a special finger-saving feature that prevents children from getting their fingers crushed if they stick them between overhead garage door panels as the doors are being closed.

This child-safety feature, which is called the Waynegard finger-saving feature, is just a simple change of door panel design. The edges of door panels equipped with this feature are specially shaped to naturally push fingers out of garage door joints when the door is closing instead of crushing them.

4. Dent-Resistance

If you have children who enjoy playing sports and other games in your driveway or you live in an area of the country prone to hailstorms, then you should look for a garage door with maximum dent-resistance.

While some garage doors are advertised for their dent resistance, some door materials are inherently more dent-resistant than others.

If you would like a metal door, choose an insulated steel door instead of an aluminum one, because steel is the more dent-resistant metal of the two. However, the most dent-resistant garage door materials on the market today include wood, wood composite, and vinyl doors with steel frames.  In addition, insulation increases the dent-resistance of a door made from any material.

5. Low-Maintenance Design

Over the years, garage doors that require little to no maintenance have been introduced to the market. Some are made to mimic the appearance of wooden garage doors that are attractive and durable, yet require more maintenance than doors made from modern materials.

Wood composite doors have a similar appearance to classic wooden garage doors, but they are made with high-density wood fiberboard. Unlike many types of traditional wood, this fiberboard is moisture-, rot- and, insect-resistant.

Vinyl garage doors also need little to no maintenance, because vinyl is naturally moisture- and insect-resistant. In addition, these doors never need to be painted (unless you desire), because pigments are permanently embedded in the vinyl.

Metal garage doors, including both galvanized steel and aluminum doors, also need little maintenance, since metal is so durable. Have your metal door covered with a color powder coating instead of paint for a longer-lasting, more chip-resistant finish.

If you plan to replace your current garage door soon, then now you know about five modern garage door features you should consider. Contact the garage door experts at Shank Door to schedule residential garage door replacement today.

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