Garage doors design ideas, inspiration & pictures

Curb appeal is an important factor in your home. From the landscaping to the design and color of your front doors, creating an attractive first impression is essential to maintain value in your home. The garage door is an important element in this equation and can make an enormous difference when installed and furnished.

When considering a new door, it is encouraged to think beyond the aesthetics, taking into account your daily lifestyle and intended use of the garage, which will play a huge role in determining which door mechanisms, openings and security features are best suited to your home or business.

Here at homify, you will find a guide of reliable information on the wide range of garage door available to you. From standard dimensions to the vast array of contemporary styles to suit all types of houses, we’ve got it covered.

1. Measurement is vital.

Any homeowner knows it is of the essence to know what measurements are suitable for your planned garage construction. You have to be wise about purchasing a garage and make sure it fits all the mechanisms that need space in your garage, or else you’ll end up hitting your vehicle every now and then. To help you get to grips with the varying door sizes and how it will affect you purchasing a new garage door, or repairing a current model, we’ve put together a guide of everything you need to know.

Single garage door sizes

A garage door for a single, regular sized car can be readily bought in measurements up to 10 x 7 feet, 9 x 7 feet and 8 x 7 feet all around and will provide adequate space for the vehicle to fit into the garage unhindered. It is also worth noting that there are special RV garage doors available with the increased door span of 16 feet width and 8 feet height.

These measurements are common with most door manufacturers in the Philippines, but there is likely to be some discrepancies with some manufacturers so always ensure you ask the precise measurements of your chosen door before you make your purchase.

Double garage sizes

Double garage door sizes are typically 16 x 7 feet, 14 x 7 feet and 12 x 7 feet, and depending on the size of your vehicles, should hold two cars comfortably, or house one large vehicle. When dealing with double garages, it is recommended that you measure the length and width of your vehicles before you make a purchase as this can influence the style of door you buy – if you are tight on space, you would be best to opt for a roller door as this is the style of door that requires the least internal space to function, so will free up some extra space within the garage.

2. Consider various door styles

As much as garage door sizes are essential to any garage construction, door styles are as important as well. Overhead garage doors are by far the most popular type of garage door available to homeowners, and they are affordable with good prices. There are a number of styles out there, as we’ve provided a short list of your options and some other things to consider, so that you can be best informed in choosing the best door for you.

Retractable garage doors

Retractable doors form a large proportion of the door that swings outwards as it opens and then slides away into the ceiling of your garage. Pivot points are located at the top of the door; consequently, you are unable to park too close to the garage door. These doors are fairly easy to install with spring assemblies being fitted to the side frames and tracks to the top which support the top of the door, the latter being secured a couple of meters into your garage. They are also the easiest type of door to automate with any electric opener being suitable.

Sectional garage doors

Sectional doors, which are made up of several separate horizontally hinged panels, fit to the rear surface of the front brickwork of your garage, and as such need a small amount of clear brickwork to the sides and top of your opening. The entire door rises vertically upwards and then backwards into the ceiling space. No door frame is required which increases the available drive-through width. Furthermore, this type of garage door has good security and good protection against the weather with sealing all around the door.

Roller garage doors

Roller shutters have maintained a position as one of the market leaders, through continuous development and innovation. Manufactured from tough twin walled slats with an insulating core, the curtain is held in place with high performance webbing that is unaffected by extremes of temperature.

Hinged garage doors

Side hinge doors open outwards and therefore need good clearance when being opened, so it may not be convenient if you have a short driveway or open directly onto a public area. Also, security is good if you have overlapping leaves and use bolts at the top and bottom of the door.

3. Sturdy materials are of the essence.

Garage doors are available in several different materials, each of which has merits and shortcomings. Below are five different garage door materials to help you choose the right one to fit your budget and lifestyle:

Wood- Wood offers a charm and authenticity that other materials merely mimic. Wood doors can be made locally in whatever size you need though they tend to require frequent repainting or refinishing.

Wood doors range from mid price to very expensive and the lowest-cost option is painted wood with flat hardboard panels. Stain-grade wood doors cost more, but offer the warmth of natural wood that can make a big difference in the curb appeal of a house.

Steel- Metal is a better choice than wood if you don’t want a lot of maintenance. Steel leads the pack because it is relatively inexpensive yet tough. Bare steel rusts, so you need to touch up scratches promptly, and steel also dents. To minimize this risk, a steel door with a fiberglass overlay, which resists dents and doesn’t rust is advisable. In addition, high-quality steel doors may have lifetime warranties on the hardware, laminations between the steel and any insulation, and factory-applied paint. Budget doors tend to have shorter warranties on some components, such as paint and springs.

Aluminum- Aluminum doors share many of the characteristics of steel, with optional faux wood texturing and long-lasting finishes. Aluminum is lighter and less expensive than steel, but it is more likely to dent. Most aluminum doors have aluminum frames and panels made of other materials, such as high-density polyethylene. Because of its light weight, aluminum is a good choice if you have an extra-wide double door; it won’t put as much strain on the operating mechanism.

Fiberglass- Fiberglass garage doors represent a small segment of the market. The panels, which are encased in aluminum frames, can be painted and offer greater resistance to dents than thin steel. Furthermore, fiberglass is very light, a poor insulator, and can fade from weather exposure, yet it is more resistant to salt-water corrosion than other garage door materials, which makes it a good choice for coastal locations in the Philippines.

Vinyl- In comparison to some of the other styles of garage doors, vinyl is considered to be a more affordable option. Additionally, vinyl has strong durability as its advantage. Depending on your lifestyle, this dent proof material can be a true benefit when it comes to saving you time, money and energy. Vinyl garage doors truly can provide a great lifetime value and often come with a lifetime warranty.

4. How much does a garage door cost?

The well-thought question is -- What is a typical price for a garage door anyway? The answer depends on various factors. There is an incredibly broad range of styles and qualities of garage doors, so prices are all over the place. From an approximate P20,000 for a low-end wood composite door that you must install yourself to a P450,000 fully loaded high-end door with installation, the prices are all in between!

On the average, expect to pay P40,000 to P75,000 for a mid-range 16-by-7-foot door, installed. Upscale garage doors average about P135,000.

If you’ll want an automatic door opener, add P10,000 to P15,000, if you have it installed at the same time as the door. These figures don’t include tax or the cost of oversight by a general contractor if the job is being done as part of a bigger building project. The only way to really pin down a price is to figure out what you want and have a contractor advise you with costing. As with most consumer products, it really pays to shop around and compare garage door costs..

5. Installing your garage door

Installation of a garage door usually happens when homeowners plan on replacing and refurbishing their 20-year old garage door. A contractor is best hired when considering a professional, but these steps make it easy to follow when installing your new garage door.

You'll need to release the tension in the torsion spring before you begin working on the garage door. Start by clamping adjustable locking pliers onto the torsion spring shaft and wedging the pliers against the header wall above the door

After the tension has been released, disconnect the existing garage-door opener from the door. Begin removing the door panels then unscrew the door frame.

Begin installing your new door by attaching hinges to each panel. Begin installing the track by attaching brackets to the vertical track pieces. Check your instruction manual to be sure you're installing the brackets in the correct places.

Bolt the tracks together by drilling a hole through the horizontal track to line up with the vertical track. Install the springs, then install the torsion rod and pulleys.

Use the steel rods to tighten the spring by reversing the loosening procedure you used on the old door. Check your owner's manual to determine how many turns are required to tighten the spring. Look at the chalk line to confirm how many turns you've made.

When you reach the appropriate tension, tighten the bolts in the anchor to lock it in place, and remove the pliers from the torsion rod.