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Picking a Garage Door for Your Home

Now that it’s summer and you’re probably having more people over for outdoor parties and barbeques, you may be more concerned with the appearance of your home. The front exterior is the first thing visitors see! How does your garage door look?

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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 decide on a door, the sheer number of choices can be overwhelming.

What Is the Best Garage Door?

This is not as easy as it sounds. When it comes to the style and material (the two biggest decisions to be made when buying a new door), there is no best type. It all depends on your:

  • Preferences
  • Home’s style
  • Top priorities


Generally, 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.

Modern garage doors complement modern and contemporary style homes. Our modern style garage doors are made of aluminum and full-view 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 Central Indiana

Do you want to learn more about the different types of garage doors and figure out which one is right for you? The team at Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie would love to talk to you!

Contact us with any questions you have or if you’re ready to discuss your garage door installation project in the Indianapolis area.

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Residential Garage Doors

We sell, install and service a complete line of steel, wood and aluminum garage doors.

Garage Door Maintenance

We can help with all of your garage door inspection and tune-up needs for your home.

Garage Door Repair

Do you need garage door repair? Our friendly technicians can help!

Garage Door Replacement

We offer the highest quality residential garage door replacement service.

Replacement Windows

We offer high-quality vinyl windows to enhance the look and energy efficiency of your home.

Exterior Doors

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

Home Insulation

We specialize in fiberglass and spray foam insulation for homes in the central Indiana area.

Air Sealing

We offer air sealing and weatherization services to help improve the comfort of your home.

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