What type of garage door is right for my home?

Homeowners must think about many factors when considering the type of garage door to purchase for their home.  First and foremost, you must take into consideration the style of your home and the design elements that are most important to you.

Is your home a Colonial or modern?  Is it all brick or siding?  Do you want your garage door to blend seamlessly with the color of the main part of the home or do you want it to stand out and make a statement?

Is your garage used mainly for automobile and storage or has it been converted into a playroom or utility room?  Each of these factors needs to be taken into consideration when selecting the type on material, design, size and functionality required for your door.

Styles and Panels

There are three main styles of doors on the market today – Traditional, Carriage House and Modern.

Traditional Style Garage Door


Carriage Style Garage Door


Once we narrow down the style, we can determine the type of door you want, be it roll top or swinging door. Based on the design, we can help you select the best material for your garage door.

There are a myriad of woods, metals, glass and other materials that can be used to create the best door for your home! Doors can be made of steel, glass, wood, and a variety of other materials. Glass panels can be opaque, transparent or smoky.

Woods can be painted or stained virtually any color you desire. Most doors can be insulated to a variety of depths to ensure your garage stays the warm or cool, if that is your preference based on usage. Panels come in a variety of sizes and styles.

Flush panels

“Flush” panels are flat and simple, designed to blend in with the style of the home.

Long Raised

“Long Raised” panels offer a variety of depths and ridges cut into the panels, which offer more style and impact to the door.

Short Raised

“Short Raised” panels offer detail, intricate trims and design elements, which make them an ideal choice for Victorian and older style homes that desire doors with more flair.

* all presented model can vary in color and base material.

We can work with you to determine which style best fits the style of your home and your design aesthetic.

How our doors keep your family safe

Safety is always an important concern when selecting a garage door, especially if your home has children or elderly residents, as it is often the largest moving part in your home.

Most doors come with a variety of safety mechanisms in place, such as pinch-resistant doors that move fingers out of the way, thereby minimizing the likelihood of small fingers getting caught between panels as the door moves up and down.

Another common feature in some doors is tamper-resistant bottom brackets, which reduce the risk of injury from doors under tension.

Maintenance and Upkeep

Finally, it is important to consider maintenance and upkeep. How often do you want to clean your doors? Different materials require different levels of maintenance. some require annual cleaning or restraining, while others are virtually maintenance-free.

Transparent glass panels require more cleaning than opaque or smoky glass due to their increased likelihood of showing dirt and dust. Wood doors require painting or staining every few years whereas aluminum and steel require virtually no maintenance.

BBB Garage Doors can help you select the best door for your home while taking into account your design needs and your ideal price point. Our trained technicians will work with you to help you select a door that fits your personality and lifestyle.