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Buying a New Garage Door

Installing a new garage door is an exciting venture. However, it is not something that you want to jump right into without some prior planning. Below is an overview of our garage door installation options here at MCS Garage Door Service Co.

Some might not realize the effect a garage door has on a home’s integrity. A garage door’s style can make or break the look or appeal of the house. Choosing a garage door that is operational, durable, and aesthetically pleasing will add great value to your home. Additionally, a door that is hassle free will provide you with safety and comfort, enhancing your lifestyle.

Step 1 – Determine the size of your garage door

Determine the size of your garage door

Before choosing the style, color, and trim of your garage door, consider the usage of your garage. What is the purpose of the space? How many vehicles are housed in this area? What is the size of the vehicles? The answers to these questions will help you narrow your focus, moving you closer to the garage door that best suits your home and family.

Step 2 – Determine if the door needs to be insulated or not


Different types of garages require varying degrees of garage door insulation. The insulation on a garage door determines garage temperature and door sturdiness. Is your garage attached to your house? If so, a well-insulated door will translate to an energy efficient house.

Firmness: A well-insulated garage door is a sturdy garage door, for thick, multi-layered garage doors are more durable than non-insulated garage doors. Depending on the make and model, you can pick from a variety of insulation grades for your garage door.

Thermal Efficiency: If your garage is attached to your house, an insulated garage door is essential for keeping your garage at the right temperature, which in turn will save you money on your energy bills.

Step 3 – Choose your style

wood garage door

Determining the style of your garage door is an important step in the process. Consider choosing a look that is both aesthetically pleasing, but one that also correlates with the existing design of your property.

Material of Door

Our customer service representatives and service technicians understand the effect weather can have on a garage door. We will counsel you as you choose the best material for your door. A steel, fiberglass, or wood overlay will add beauty to your product, but choosing the right option is integral for protecting the door. The most durable and budget-conscious option is steel, which is naturally moisture and rust-resistant.

Type of Door

Whether you choose a carriage style or traditional style garage door, MCS Garage Door Service Co. will be able to help.

Traditional Raised Panel

One of the more popular garage door designs, the traditional style is for homeowners who like a classic look. This type is cost-effective, low-maintenance, and compatible with various home decor types. Its many different designs, colors, and window options allow you to truly personalize your garage door.

Carriage Style

Its name is a call back to an earlier time when garages housed horses instead of cars. If you are in the market for an esteemed look, the carriage style is for you. Combining an elegant look with steel manufacturing, this style is both visually and structurally appealing. The modern carriage door shares the appearance of its 19th century counterpart but operates just like a traditional garage door; it is designed to look like it opens outward. The faux hinges and hardware create the illusion of a century old garage door.

Color of Door

Consider the color scheme on the exterior of your house when choosing a color for your garage door. A garage door color that does not gel with the rest of your house can be jarring, negatively affecting curb appeal. Some things to consider: what are the colors of your window trim, shudders, and exterior siding? Do you want your door to pop, contrasting the color of your house? Or would it make more sense to have your garage door match the color of your house? We will be glad to help you pick the color that makes your garage door a beautiful addition to your home.

Windows or Solid?

There are positives and negatives to adding windows to your garage door. Aesthetically, windows will give your garage door a new fresh look, especially if you coordinate them with the windows on the front door of your house. Additionally, windows bring natural light into your garage. However, windows negatively affect the privacy and security of your garage. We will present you a variety of garage door options with windows if you decide this feature is for you.

Step 4 – Choose a quality brand

After working through the above three steps, we are now ready to select a garage door manufacturer that best meets your needs. At MCS Garage Door Service Co., we strive to offer quality brands that mirror our service. Clopay, General Door, Amarr, and Artisan are some of the manufacturers we use. We will not try and push a certain brand onto you; rather, we will help you find a garage door line that works for your budget, home, and lifestyle.

Step 5 – Choose your security features

Securing your garage door is essential to upholding the validity of the product. Below are a few options to entertain:

garage security

Trolley Release System

Every garage door opener is equipped with an emergency release that disengages the door from the opener. Resourceful burglars have “fished” these emergency release cords to open the door. Newer garage door openers are designed so that the emergency release cord must be pulled backwards to avoid “fishing,” increasing the security of your garage.

Advanced Encrypted Wireless Technology

Recently, there have been great advances in garage door technology. Taking advantage of these safety features will ensure the security of your garage.

remote garage door access from anywhere

Remote Lockout

An added layer of security, smartphone enabled remote lockouts allow you to control your garage door from miles away. We will show you some of these options if you are interested in these advanced security measures.

Last but not least, just as you do with the front and back doors to your home, you will also want to ensure the security of your garage door. There are a few basic security features to consider:

garage security

Advanced Encrypted Wireless Technology

With all of the benefits that come with technological advances in modern living, there are an equal amount of security concerns. Older garage door openers have been wrought with issues involving hackers and code grabbers who find ways to intercept your remote’s opening codes and let themselves into your home. This makes investing in newer models – with more secure technology – all the more essential.

Trolley Release System

Perhaps one of the most common methods used to break into home garages involves the exploitation of the emergency release cord. This cord, when pulled, allows your garage door to be operated manually meaning that if it’s accessible from the outside, it can be a fairly serious security risk. Thieves have been known to use a simple wire hanger inserted through a crack in the door to pull this cord to open the garage door manually. Here’s where complicated advancements aren’t always necessary! Newer, quality garage door openers come with a design tweak requiring the cord to be pulled backwards rather than down. It’s just as easy to operate in an emergency situation, but much more logical for security purposes.

remote garage door access from anywhere

Remote Lockout

Smart-home enabled garage door openers, like in the Chamberlain and LiftMaster myQ series, are able to be controlled from your phone. This gives you, the homeowner, the ability to lock your garage door from anywhere in the world. You can also open and close your garage door from your phone, set automatic door locks, and even enable the battery backup when the power is out.

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