For many land owners, building a new shed or upgrading a new shed within the property increases its value. A shed or detached garage can be a great project for the entire family to plan. Designs for sheds can be anywhere from modern Zen to rustic farmhouse. But deciding on the design for a garage or for a shed is easier than deciding on the final material and type of door you will be installing.
The first thing you do is to make a list of your requirements and priorities. These includes purpose of your shed or garage, size constraints and your area’s weather conditions. If your intention is to store a car and some valuable objects like machinery and furniture, then a sturdy garage door with automatic sensors would be the ideal. That would make opening and closing the door easier and faster. In addition, for families who wish to use the detached garage as a play area for children or for storage for their knick-knacks, then the garage door should be safe and kid-proof. If your area is prone to heavy rain and strong winds, the door should a wind-rated garage door with sturdy panels which can withstand extreme weather conditions. Most people would take it upon themselves to build their own garage door but expert knowledge is still needed as a non-expert may choose the wrong materials that can be easily damaged.
A garage door expert will be able to advice you on the correct size specifications before you decide what kind of door to use. Generally, not everyone knows that if you wish to have an automatic garage door opener, an extra five inches of head space at the very least is required. In places with heavy snow, most need to opt for a sectional door which will not cause you to have difficulties in accessing the shed during the months with the heaviest snow. Storage space will not be negatively impacted as well if you choose to have a sectional door. This is, in fact, will be perfect, for families who intend to use the garage, shed or even the barn as an extra storage unit in the property. Versus traditional hinged doors with locks, a sectional garage door will also make it simpler to move lawn mowers, big snow shovels and carts in and out of the garage.
However, if there are budgetary constraints and your family does not include young kids, a garage door which swings outward just like in barns and farm sheds can also be ideal. Not only is this affordable but it will give you a beautiful and classic shed or garage. Another great but wallet-friendly idea is to have windows installed in your shed door. This improves both the amount of natural lighting and ventilation for your garage and shed. You can customize the look by painting the window frames in lovely colours.
On the other hand, if you already have a shed, garage or barn and you just want to upgrade or extend its use, then working on the door is a must. Most people have dusty and forgotten old sheds which can still be used but all that is needed is a bit of tender loving care and some hard work. It is important to check everything before deciding to install a new garage door though. Are the base materials of the walls and the ceilings be able to handle to stress of having a new garage door installed? Are there leaks and cracks on the structures which can affect the structure if the garage, barn or shed will be renovated and used as a new home for your vehicle? All these questions can be answered by a professional and with that thought, if you have even have a shadow of a doubt that you cannot handle renovating your old shed by adding a new garage door, better contact your local garage door repair and maintenance service centers.
The best door for your shed is out there. There are countless options now for every budget, aesthetic goal and over-all purpose. Just remember that investing in what matters most will go a long way. At the end of day, a sturdy garage or shed door will go a long way and even increase your property’s valuation.