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5 Pro Tips For Choosing A New Garage Door For Your St. Louis Home

5 Pro Tips For Choosing A New Garage Door For Your St. Louis Home

5 Pro Tips For Choosing A New Garage Door For Your St. Louis Home

When it comes to your home's exterior, there are some questions to ask yourself: Has your garage door seen better days? Has it become a neighborhood eyesore? Or is it simply 'blah' and unexciting with zero curb appeal?

If you answered 'Yes', you might want to replace it. But do you wonder if a new garage door and installation is money well spent?

No worries. A brand-new, redesigned garage door is a surefire way to jazz up the facade of your house and is a guaranteed, risk-free home improvement project.

Here's why:

  • ANY newly installed garage door will improve the appearance and the value of your home with 100% payback...well, 98.3% to be exact. (See article links below.)
  • New garage doors give your residence a fresh face. Think 'style, style and more style'!
  • Today's overhead garage doors increase your home's safety and security with features such as: reversing mechanisms, coded openers, photo-eye/sensors, disengagement or engagement switch, automatic lighting controls, smartphone security apps and more.
  • Doors with insulation have advanced energy efficiency and will noticeably reduce your utility bills as well as outside noises.

There are obvious benefits to installing a new garage door this year. With hundreds of options from which to choose, the selection process can seem overwhelming... but it doesn't need to be!

Here are five tips to help you select a door that's right for you.


Nowadays garage doors are made from a wide variety of material including natural wood, wood lookalikes, steel, composite, fiberglass, aluminum, glass and more. Each product has a different price point and will offer certain advantages depending on your needs. So first, decide which exact material best complements your home, lifestyle, location, and budget. (Hint: Weather conditions, HOA regulations or special city ordinances might also impact your material decision.)


Does your home need a stark contrast of color to boost (and refresh) its curb appeal? Maybe you prefer using subtle complementary colors? Or how about a uniform look with a monochromatic color scheme? Well, any garage door (regardless of the color) is a budget-friendly way to spruce up and jazz up the outside of your house. Options include jet black or bright white, shades of brown, beige, gray, red or green, and everything in between.


Garage doors today are much more than a way to protect your vehicle or conceal unsightly items stored in the garage: the door itself is considered an important exterior design element. Styles range from traditional to carriage house to contemporary doors... or a combination thereof. You can see a sampling of recent garage door installations in our local gallery. Or visit our Houzz or Pinterest pages for garage door design inspiration... and beyond!


Did you know that an insulated garage door will reduce your utility bills while making the garage (and adjoined living spaces) more comfortable? Insulation keeps temperature extremes at bay -- in the garage and inside the house -- while slashing those utility bills too. Don't forget to ask about insulation options. (Hint: The insulation buzzword in garage door circles is 'R-Value'.)


You can make a positive impact on your home's exterior design with garage door windows and decorative hardware. Whether you'd like an entire door made of glass or you'd prefer a small row of windows for embellishment, there's no shortage of options. Hardware, too, can be used to make a bold (or subtle) style statement for traditional, modern or vintage looks. With garage door design details such as these, the sky's the limit for customization.

Key Takeaways:

Most garage doors make up (and take up!) a significant portion of your home's facade, setting the stage for impressive design and unique curb appeal. Choose wisely.

Replacing your garage door has benefits beyond appearance and increased home value with features for safety, security, energy efficiency and convenience. A new door is easy on the eyes, easy on the wallet, easy on the mind.

But as garage doors have evolved beyond the basics, homeowners are inundated with choices when it comes to options: materials, color, style and add-on features like insulation, windows, and decorative hardware. Don't get overwhelmed. Just ask the pros!

Next Steps:

Curious whether your existing door needs to be replaced? Or wondering if instead, a good cleaning, tune-up or repairs might do the trick? Well, if you're wondering these things, just call a reputable company like ProLift Doors.

If you reside in Greater St. Louis -- or any surrounding communities including West County, South County, St. Charles and St. Charles County -- give us a try.

We know ALL about garage doors so you don't have to... we're friendly and professional!

Reach us at 636-362-6960 or visit our website to ask questions, get a free estimate or even schedule your appointment.

Outside of Greater St. Louis, Missouri just call 888-754-3063.

Other Resource:

What The 20 Most Popular Home Renovations Are Really Worth In 2018

5 Home Improvement Projects That Give You The Best Return On Investment In 2018

Editor's note 4/27/2020: 

Be sure to explore three popular 2020 articles.

New Garage Doors With Windows:  The Pros and Cons

New Garage Doors With Insulation in 2020

Choosing A New Garage Door:  Frequently Asked Questions

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