Garage Door Installation Tips

Tips on Garage door installation and replacement

Did you know that garage doors are opened and closed about 1500 times in a year?

Regular maintenance may help improve the longevity of your existing garage door installation, but at some point, you’re going to have to replace it.

Usually, homeowners replace their garage doors once in their lifetime, because let’s face it…  It’s not cheap or an easy decision to make. 

So if you may want to be sure it’s time to some garage door home improvement, these are some signs you need to replace your garage door:

  • If your door is made of wood and it is cracked, it has holes or moisture has wicked up from the bottom
  • If your door is made of wood and when you close it you see your wood garage door is sagging
  • If your garage door is not energy efficient
  • If your door is metal and it is rusted or heavily dented
  • If you feel a draft or the weather seal is cracked

If you are still wondering whether to install a new garage door, keep in mind that 70% of realtors agree a new garage door helps a home sell faster. 

When you decide it’s time to improve your garage door you need to find the perfect mix of function, fashion, and affordability. 

These are somethings you must take into consideration to decide which garage doors are best: 

1. The size

If you want to start to quote garage doors you must be clear about what size you need.

The standard door for a single-car garage is 8 to 9 feet wide and 7 to 8 feet high. Double-car garage doors are 16 feet wide, with a height of 7 to 8 feet or maybe if your garage is built to accommodate a taller vehicle, your garage door could be 10 feet tall or more. And if your garage door is a non-standard size, you may need to request a quote for a custom door.

At Smart Choice Windows & Doors Systems you can choose the garage door styles that fit your individual needs and tastes, request a FREE quote here.

2. What is the style you like?

The garage door is a significant portion of your home’s exterior, so choose something that helps increase your home’s curb appeal, overall value and of course something you love.


Garage door installers at Vaughan Ontario offer styles that will complement any major, well-recognized Canadian architectural style. Most traditional garage doors are manufactured in steel or natural wood.

Big white house with double door garage and third garage


A carriage house garage door installation will give you the rustic charm of the carriage house and the modern convenience of an overhead-opening garage door. 

Blue house with white Carraige garage doors


If your house design includes clean lines and high-tech materials, this is the type of door you must choose. This garage door style is available in a variety of materials including steel, fiberglass and wood

Modern house with white painted exterior with two brown garage doors with horizontal pattern

3. Which garage door material is the best?

Choosing the material that works best for your home depends on several factors such as appearance, durability, city weather conditions, costs and even maintenance. Fiberglass and steel are two of the most widely chosen door materials.

Fiberglass doors come in many styles, colors, and grains because this material can be painted and customized, but if you choose steel, the door cannot be painted.

To install your garage door, it is best to hire a professional, although it may seem easy, installing a fiberglass or steel door involves measuring the door frame, putting the door into the frame and other specifics.

When it comes to energy efficiency, both fiberglass and steel doors are more energy-efficient than wooden doors. But fiberglass is the door with more energy-saving benefits.

On the other hand, steel is more likely to scratch and dent than fiberglass because of the thinner outer layer and fiberglass is a long-lasting material because it doesn’t rust.

And finally, for maintenance no matter the material must be oiled. However, in this regard, steel does not require regular cleaning like fiberglass.

4. Budget

Budget is important for many homeowners considering installing a new garage door. The cost of garage doors varies widely depending on the style, material, quality, and size. When choosing a budget, don’t overlook the impact that an insulated garage door can have on both energy costs and comfort.

5. Hire A Professional

There are certain moments when you don’t need to break out YouTube and attempt a DIY to save a few bucks. Garage door installation is one of them. 

Hire a professional so that your garage door is properly installed and end up working correctly. 

To help you make the decision best for your home, Smart Choice Windows & Doors Systems possess the capability to assist customers with a wide variety of décor and stylistic requirements.  Contact us at

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