Choosing a New Garage Door

New garage door installation can be quite an exciting process. What many people don’t realize is how creative you can be. You have the freedom to choose your garage door style, material, and features, which will result in a beautiful, unique garage door. Garage doors heavily contribute to curb appeal, which means that new garage door installation may just be a game-changer if you’re looking to sell your home. You can have a garage door that provides safety for your home, while also being stylish and modern. New garage doors don’t have to be super expensive, either. Don’t know where to start? We’ve put together a comprehensive guide on how to choose a new garage door.

Popular Garage Door Styles 

Garage door designs go in and out of style, but there are some garage doors that don’t run the risk of ever disappearing. Here are some garage door types that are great choices for garage door installation.

Traditional Garage Doors

Traditional garage doors are the most popular choice for residential homes. Also called sectional doors, they are made up of panels that roll up on each other. They’re a great choice because they’re both affordable and easy to repair. They’re also highly customizable; you can choose color and size, as well as the addition of windows or insulation.

Traditional Style Garage Door

Carriage House Garage Doors

Carriage house doors have stylish handles in the center. But rather than opening from the center, these doors open and close just like other garage doors. They can be made out of steel, wood, or faux wood. They usually have dark hardware and a type of wood look finish or overlay paneling.

Faux Wood Garage Doors

Modern Garage Doors

Modern garage doors are characterized by simple, clean lines and bold accents. They usually have windows that are left-aligned and are made of metal or full view glass panels. Colors may include black or gray, but also extend to bold selections like red or blue. Modern garage doors are quickly becoming the most popular option for door installation because of mid century modern and farmhouse garage doors. 

Flushed Panel Garage Door

Garage Door Material Choices

Garage door material will highly determine the final cost of your garage door. Some materials will cost more, but will also give your garage door a beautiful, high-end look. It all depends on what type of style you’re going for.

Steel Garage Doors

Steel is the most common material for garage doors; it’s durable and can be more affordable than other options. It can also be customized to fit different styles and is available in many colors. Additionally, steel doors can be insulated to enhance the energy efficiency and temperature control of your garage.

MidCentury Modern Garage Doors

Wood Garage Doors

Wood is a beautiful choice for garage doors. It’s unique and eye-catching, but also comes with a higher price tag. It is a high maintenance material as well, requiring paint touch-ups and resealing every couple of years. If you want the look of wood without the price, try faux wood doors. These doors are made out of steel but have a wood overlay. They still look like wood, without the high cost and maintenance.

Custom Wood Garage Door Installation

Aluminum Garage Doors

Aluminum is another great choice; it’s durable and affordable. Many times, it’s used to frame glass garage doors. But garage doors with full aluminum paneling are also available to give you a lightweight, modern garage door.

Custom Color Garage Door

Glass Garage Doors

Glass garage doors let a lot of natural light into the garage and give a very modern, sleek look. But you don’t have to sacrifice quality or durability, as heavy-duty glass with aluminum frames makes for a very sturdy garage door. You can also get a tinted or etched glass to maintain the privacy of your garage while allowing in plenty of natural light.

arm-r-lite glass garage doors

Customization Features

A great aspect of choosing a new garage door is customizing features. There are many different ways you can make your garage door unique. 


You can add as many windows as you want, and customize their size and color. You can also choose fun designs. 


Many people choose to insulate their garage door, as it helps to conserve energy. Insulation works to keep the air in the home from escaping. It also helps control the temperature and noise levels in your garage.

Garage Door Tracks 

Next, take into consideration the size of your garage. If you’d like, you can schedule a free inspection from us, where we’ll measure your garage. We can install low headroom, vertical lift, roof pitch tracks, and high lift tracks. Which one we’ll use depends on how much headroom and storage space you’d like.

Garage Door Openers

Choosing a garage door opener is an important decision. There are some recent smart garage door openers with built-in security features. They also have the ability to connect to your phone, which lets you control the garage door from an app. The garage door opener will also determine how loud your garage door is. If you want a quieter garage door, we recommend a direct drive or belt drive opener. LiftMaster has some great options for these garage door openers. 

Contact Us for Garage Door Installation Near You

Who knew that customizing a garage door could be so fun? Contact J.A.G. & Sons Overhead Door for any questions and assistance when you want to learn more about garage door installation in North Haven or West Haven CT. We will gladly perform garage door installation once you’ve decided on your preferences. You can rest assured that your new garage door will be a beautiful addition to your home.

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