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How to Choose a Garage Door

Your garage door is one of the biggest surfaces of your home’s exterior. It can add curb appeal and enhance the design—or attract negative attention. Is it time to replace yours? As one of the first things guests see when they visit your home, your garage door should look attractive and complement the overall design.

Do you need to replace your old door? Whether that is the case and you’re ready for a change, or you’re moving into a new home and trying to pick a door, the large number of options can be overwhelming.

What Is the Best Garage Door?

There is no single, objective answer. When it comes to the style and material (the two biggest decisions to be made when buying a new door), there isn’t a “best type.” It all depends on your:

  • Preferences
  • Home’s style
  • Top priorities


In general, there are three basic styles of most garage doors—traditional, carriage house and modern.

Traditional garage doors have either raised or recessed panels (short or long), and there are many window choices to complement any home.

Carriage house garage doors are often used for period style homes because they have an Old World look. Although they look like swinging stable doors, they can roll upward like a regular garage door. Many decorative handles and hinges are available to add great finishing touches to your carriage house style garage door. There are also modern carriage style doors.

Modern garage doors complement modern and contemporary style homes. Our modern style garage doors are made of aluminum and glass.


  • Steel: Steel is the traditional garage door material—it is durable and low-maintenance. However, steel garage doors can dent and rust if not properly cared and maintained for.
  • Aluminum: These garage doors provide a very modern and sophisticated look for homes; they are also available in many colors and finishes and are relatively low-maintenance. But aluminum garage doors are not as insulated as other garage doors and, therefore, aren’t ideal in extreme temperatures.
  • Wood: Wood garage doors offer distinctive beauty and fine craftsmanship that many people find appealing, but these kinds of doors require a little more maintenance than others. Staining, painting or water sealing is required every few years.
  • Fiberglass-clad: Consider a garage door with a fiberglass exterior if you want the look of wood without as much maintenance. You may need to apply a clear protectant every few years, but fiberglass-exterior garage doors don’t require much upkeep!
  • Vinyl-clad: Garage doors with vinyl exteriors are more resistant to rusting and don’t require painting. Vinyl-exterior garage doors, however, aren’t recommended in extreme heat.

Garage Door Services in Southwestern Ohio

Do you want to learn more about the different types of garage doors and determine the right one for your home in the Cincinnati area? The experienced team at Overhead Door Co. of Greater Cincinnati is just a call or click away!

Products We Install
Home Garage Doors

We install steel, wood and aluminum garage doors perfect for any home.

Commercial Doors

No matter your commercial garage door needs, Overhead Door Co. of Greater Cincinnati has you covered.

Garage Door Repair

Need garage door or opener repair? Overhead Door Co. of Greater Cincinnati can help.

Exterior Doors

We install front, storm and patio doors from leading manufacturers.

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