Boost Your Curb Appeal
Garage doors account for a large portion of your home’s exterior, making them a key factor in boosting curb appeal. Consider investing in a new garage door (and garage door opener) for increased security, comfort and home value. Here are the steps to finding one you love:
Step 1: Choose your Garage Door Style
- Historic charm
- Overhead operation
- Customizable designs
- Large selection of colours and insulation types
- Optional decorative hardware
- Sleek modern design
- Customizable frame colour and glass options
Step 2: Select your Garage Door Material
- Plenty of design options and wood types
- Can be painted or stained
- Can be handcrafted to homeowner specifications
- Available in flush or raised-panel designs
- Durable and energy-efficient
- Provides the look of wood without the upkeep
- Won't warp, rot, split or crack
- Customizable designs
- Can be painted or stained
Aluminum and Glass
- Commercial rust-resistant frame
- Many glass window options available so you can choose the degree of light transmission and privacy
Step 3: Consider your Insulation Needs
A garage door is the largest opening to your home, and containing temperature flow throughout your home can be difficult without an insulated garage door.
Consider your climate: Do you have living space above your garage? Do you use your garage often (as a workspace, for example)? An insulated door helps with temperature control and operates more quietly than a non-insulated door.
Step 4: Customize your Design
Create a one-of-a kind look with paint colours, wood-grain finishes, windows and decorative hardware.
Allow natural light into your garage and complement your home’s exterior with beautiful decorative garage door windows. Styles include square, rectangle and arched.
Black powder-coated handles and step plates come standard on select garage doors. To further enhance the design of your door, look for optional decorative hardware, including handles, operable L-keylocks, strap hinges, door knockers and studs.
Step 5: Measure your Garage Door
Use the drawing and instructions below to measure your garage door. Remember to bring these measurements with you to your nearest Home Depot store when you’re ready to shop or purchase.
Measure garage door opening width and height. This determines the size of door needed, and the rough opening should be the same size as the door.
Measure the clearance (side room) on the left and right side of the garage door opening. There needs to be at least 3-3/4" clearance on either side to accommodate the installation of the vertical track for standard extension spring and torsion spring systems. Specialized spring systems may require more side room.
Measure the headroom, which is the distance between the top of the door opening (jamb header) and the ceiling (or floor joist). Standard extension and torsion spring systems generally require 10” to 12” of headroom. If you have restricted headroom, special hardware is available. Additional headroom is required for installation of an automatic garage door opener.
Measure the backroom – distance is measured from the garage door opening to the back wall of the garage. Door height plus 18” is required. Additional backroom may be required for installation of an automatic garage door opener.
Step 6: Garage Door and Opener Installation
Our experts will help you choose a style and our Installation Services professionals will take care of the rest. They remove existing doors and install it all, from the garage door, door opener and keyless entry system to weather seals and door trim.
Door will come with torsion spring (limited exceptions may apply).
Design Your Garage Door
Our free Clopay Garage Door Configurator tool helps you explore your options by designing different garage door looks.
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Garage Door Openers
It’s always recommended that you replace your garage door opener at the same time you replace your garage door. Two types of drives are common: belt drives and chain drives. You can also connect your garage door opener to your smart phone using MyQ Technology.
- Use a sturdy rubber-like belt (similar to a car's fan belt) to open and close your garage door
- Generally the quietest type of drive
- Durable and low-maintenance
- Use a metal chain (similar to a bicycle chain) to open and close your garage door
- Often less expensive than belt-drive openers
- Generally louder than belt-drive openers
- Can require maintenance or replacement, as chains can grow loose over time
Chamberlain MyQ Garage Door Openers
- Open, close and monitor a MyQ garage door opener anytime, anywhere using your smartphone
- Provides convenience and peace of mind that your garage door is always closed
- Free application with no service fees
- Installs within minutes, connects to your Internet router, and communicates wirelessly with the MyQ devices in your home
- Receive automated alerts when your garage door is open – customize alerts to fit your needs
- MyQ garage door openers are available in both chain and belt drives to fit your preferences