Choosing the right Garage Door

You have many options when it comes to choosing the right garage door for your home. So many choices exist that for some, the task of matching the proper door as a functional accent piece can be a bit overwhelming. To help streamline and simplify this task, FHR Garage Doors has complied a list of basic things to consider when shopping for the ideal garage door you are looking for…

Choosing the Ideal Material

Choosing the right garage door begins with deciding what type of door material will work best for your application. Popular garage door materials include wood, metal and fiberglass.  Everyone loves the look of wood finishing, and some homes are greatly accentuated by wooden garage doors, but they are also usually the most expensive, high maintenance when it comes to proper upkeep and also not very energy efficient. Metal and fiberglass tend to be more durable and will last over time. Fiberglass specifically acts as an effective insulator from the elements. In the warm weather Arizona climate, the value of insulation cannot be overstated when it comes to energy conservation and costs.

Choosing the Ideal Style

After you have chosen what kind of material best suits your needs, next step is to choose what kind of style accentuates the aesthetics of your home. Garage doors are no longer just bland and boring sheets of metal dipped in drab slabs of paint. There are many architectural styles of doors that mimic the style of your home, and include stylish windows, light accentuations, not to mention other uniquely custom design elements. Creativity is key here, as there are many styles and options to choose from ranging from the traditional to contemporary, and everywhere in between.


It is important to make sure that your ideal garage door covers your needs, but also covers you when it comes to usage and reliability. Consumers who are focused on style more than functionality can easily overlook the importance and fine print associated with garage door warranties. Although most every garage door comes with some kind of warranty coverage, installation and even specific application can limit or even negate warranty coverage. Make sure you are having your door installed by a certified and reputable company such as FHR Garage Doors, especially if installing it yourself can void warranty coverage. Also, make sure that the coverage includes the proper environmental protections, since the Arizona heat tends to warp and weaken many materials quicker than happens in other more mild or moderate climate locales. It is always better to be covered, than to require a door replacement that costs you time and money you don’t want (or necessarily need) to spend.

Choosing Based on Lifestyle

Just as important as every other consideration here, make sure you choose the garage door that appropriately fits your lifestyle. If you love the look of window glass but your children love to bat the baseball around in the driveway regularly, then glazed finishes might not be the best option. If you love the look of wood, but energy efficiency is high on your priority list, you might want to opt for something that better fits your conservationist outlook. Just as your house is an extension of yourself, so does your garage door reflect who you are.  So enjoy showing your personalized individuality off to the neighborhood and world-at-large with the right garage door option for you!

FHR Garage Doors offers many options and styles from manufacturers including Clopay and Wayne Dalton. We know we have a door that will fit your unique specificities and needs, and our excellent customer service and attention to detail will leave you satisfied and happy, time and again. FHR Garage Doors is your one stop destination for garage door assembly sales, installation and service no matter where you reside in the Metro Phoenix area.