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Questions Homeowners Should Ask When Designing a Custom Garage Door

May 8, 2019

Working with an architect or builder to design a new custom garage door is exciting, but it can understandably be a bit confusing at times. You may want something custom so that your door is unique, but until now have never thought about what you truly want in a new garage door, and the endless options may seem a bit daunting. It’s like starting with a blank canvas and trying to paint a masterpiece, when you’ve never painted anything more complex than color-by-numbers as a child.

But not to worry – we’re here to help.

Designing a new garage door is easier than you think. You just need to know the right questions not only to ask yourself, but also the builder you are working with. Here are a few key questions you should ask during the process.

Should I Begin with a Traditional or Modern Design?

Your garage doors should seamlessly blend into the design of your home. If the architectural design of your home is more traditional, it’s best to begin researching doors that fit in with that style. The same applies for more modern homes. Keep in mind that no matter which style you choose, the customization options will be boundless.

modern custom garage door

Should I Use Hurricane-rated Garage Doors?

This is an easy question to get out of the way right off the bat. Do you live in an area that is prone to hurricanes, tornadoes, or any other severe storms? If so, you’ll need a hurricane-rated garage door that can withstand severe weather. Be sure to check with your architect and your county government to find out which type of door is recommended for homes in your area.

Will Sectional or Carriage Doors Look Better on My Home?

Carriage Style Overhead doors are made up of horizontal sections that separate and roll back when the door is opened. This style is ideal for when there isn’t enough space to for a door to swing out, or slide over. True Carriage doors are more historical in terms of how they slide, swing, or fold open. All options can offer the same look, but differ in functionality, so it’s up to you as the homeowner how you want your door to open and operate.

What Options are Available for Adding Windows to my Garage Doors?

When building a custom door, you can choose the size, shape, placement, and type of glass used in your garage door windows. This decision can really make your door stand out among the rest of the neighborhood. There are many garage door window options, so ask Cambek about what you can do when it comes to your door.

Can You Create a Walk-through or Integrated Door?

Walk-through and integrated doors are great unique custom additions to garage doors that allow a point of entry without having to open the entire garage door. They are the perfect addition for people who go in and out of their garage often, but still want to keep the overhead door completely closed.

walk through garage door

What Are My Garage Door Color Choices?

At Cambek, we source the highest quality wood to build all our custom garage doors. The best part about using wood is that it can be painted or stained to become nearly any color you desire. This allows you to match your garage door’s design to that of your home, no matter the color your siding, roofing, and trim. If you want to keep the natural look of the wood, we recommend a natural stain color, but you can choose any exterior paint color to complement your home, too.

Still have more questions? Contact Cambek and tell us what’s on your mind!

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