• Replacement Garage Door Options for Your Sacramento Home

    wood carriage style garage doorsGetting to Know Your Garage Door Options

    When choosing a replacement garage door for your Sacramento home, it’s important to consider the full scope of your options, including door type, design style and material. Here are some of the most common garage door options:

    Popular garage door types

    • Tilt-up: The garage door is a single, monolithic panel that opens by tilting upward.
    • Roll-up (sectional): The garage door is composed of several individual panels. The door opens by sliding up and overhead via tracks on either side.
    • Swing-out: This carriage house style features twin doors that open outward, much like a pair of barn doors.
    • Sliding: Rather than opening outward or rolling upward, the garage door simply slides to one side via a track.

    Popular garage door styles

    • Traditional: This style is best for matching older architectural styles, whether American (Ranch, Colonial, Victorian) or European (Spanish, Mediterranean, French Country).
    • Carriage: This typically works best with classic, historic and rustic homes, but it can also work well with more recent home designs.
    • Classic (raised panel): This is the most common type of garage door, typically found in homes built within the last 40 years.
    • Contemporary: Contemporary home designs may require a custom-designed garage door that accentuates the home’s unique architectural character.

    Popular garage door materials


    A wood garage door offers the singular charm and authenticity of a genuine product. Wood garage doors are also sturdy, good insulators and completely customizable. Contrary to popular belief, wood garage doors don’t warp or fluctuate in size with changes in weather. This is because they’re built with several small layers of wood rather than a single piece. However, since wood garage doors require ongoing maintenance such as repainting and refinishing, their longevity tends to be shorter than other garage door materials like steel.

    Wood Composite

    A wood composite garage door typically consists of a wood frame covered with sheets of fiberboard and a polystyrene core. Wood composite can be a good choice for those who like the look of authentic wood but have certain preferences real wood can’t fulfill. For example, composite is lighter than real wood, which makes it a good choice for double-wide doors because it reduces strain on the door’s opening mechanism.


    Steel garage doors are the most popular garage door material on the market, likely because they offer a combination of durability, affordability and low maintenance. Due to their long lifespan, steel doors typically come with strong warranties. The main drawback of steel garage doors is that they dent easily. To address this weakness, invest in a heavy-duty door that utilizes two layers of galvanized steel. To maximize durability, opt for a 24- or 25-gauge steel door rather than a 27/28-gauge one. Alternately, you can install a fiberglass overlay onto your steel garage door to make it more resistant to dents and corrosion.


    Today’s aluminum garage doors offer improved quality compared to their predecessors. To maximize durability, consider a high-quality aluminum garage door with dent-resistant, laminated panels. However, if you have an extra-wide garage door, you may want to consider a lighter product, as the reduced weight will put less strain on your door’s opening mechanism.


    A fiberglass garage door consists of a fiberglass exterior placed over a steel or aluminum frame. Fiberglass garage doors are lightweight and corrosion-resistant, and they can even imitate the look of wood. However, unlike wood, fiberglass isn’t a good insulator. Furthermore, fiberglass garage doors have a higher susceptibility to dents, damage from extreme weather and gradual discoloration.


    Vinyl garage doors offer a host of positive attributes: they are durable, weather-resistant, low-maintenance and often come with lifetime warranties. These characteristics make vinyl more expensive than other garage door materials like steel. The main drawbacks of vinyl garage doors are limited color/design selection and lack of customization.

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  • Garage Door Replacement Considerations for Sacramento Homeowners

    replacement garage doors4 Things to Consider When Choosing a Garage Door

    In order to choose the right garage door for your Sacramento home, you’ll need to take several factors into account. Consider the following:

    Your Home’s Architectural Style

    One of the most important attributes to look for in a replacement garage door is that it matches your home’s architectural style. Besides ensuring your door visually complements your home, this is important for maintaining its resale value. Here are some examples of garage door options for specific home styles:

    • If you own a Victorian home in Midtown, consider a wood or faux wood traditional design. Additional features like decorative hardware and custom top windows may also be worthwhile.
    • If you own an East Sacramento bungalow, a Craftsman-style garage door can be a good option.
    • If you own a mid-priced suburban home in Natomas Park, a classic roll-up aluminum door may fit the bill.
    • If you own a mid-century modern home in South Land Park, consider a contemporary design such as an aluminum-framed, glass-paneled garage door.

    Keep in mind that if your home is a designated historic landmark or located in a Historic District, your garage door replacement options will likely be limited. Contact the City of Sacramento Community Development Department for more specific information on replacing your historic home’s garage door.

    Your Home’s Value

    When purchasing a replacement garage door, consider how it will impact the resale value of your Sacramento home. According to the 2017 Remodeling Impact Report from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), homeowners are likely to recover up to 87 percent of their garage door investment when selling their homes—one of the highest percentage investment turnarounds found in the report. In Sacramento specifically, Remodeling Magazine’s 2018 Cost vs. Value Report cites an average investment return of 114.5 percent for upscale garage door replacement projects. That’s why it makes sense to invest in a high-quality replacement garage door, especially if you live in a high-value Sacramento neighborhood like Richmond Grove, Land Park or Mansion Flats.

    To make the most of your garage door investment, construction quality should be a top priority. For example, if you’ve decided on a steel garage door, consider investing in a heavy-duty 24- or 25-gauge steel model rather than a 28-gauge one. With steel, the higher the gauge, the thinner the metal, so a lower gauge will provide greater durability and, in turn, a greater value.

    Even if you don’t have a high-value home, investing in a quality garage door can be worthwhile. However, while it’s unwise to under-invest in a replacement garage door, it can also be unwise to over-invest. For example, if you own a home in Del Paso Heights, Willis Acres or another area where home values are below the Sacramento median, installing a high-end garage door product may not make sense. For one thing, you’re unlikely to recoup your investment. Worse still, if the garage door doesn’t fit within your home’s architectural scheme, it might actually hurt your home’s resale value. In this scenario, a better garage door replacement option would be a material that offers both economy and quality.

    The Effects of Weather

    Did you know Sacramento has the distinction of being the sunniest location on Earth for three months of the year (July through September)? Not surprisingly, this surplus of summer sunlight translates to high temperatures, typically in the 90s and regularly hitting triple digits. All this heat and sunlight makes it important to choose a replacement garage door that will stand up to the elements, especially if your garage faces west. Additionally, you should look for a product that provides good insulation and won’t conduct heat into your garage.

    While modern wood garage doors won’t warp due to extreme weather, continual sun exposure may require more frequent maintenance, such as repainting or refinishing. Steel, while a durable material, isn’t a very good insulator, so if you’re choosing a steel garage door, consider upgrading to an insulated product that will help keep the heat out. Of all garage door materials, fiberglass is the most susceptible to having its color faded by sun exposure, so it’s probably not a good choice for an unshaded, westward-facing garage.

    Your Garage’s Purpose

    The purpose of your garage is a pertinent factor when making choices for your garage door replacement project. For example, if your garage functions as an extension of your home (whether a man cave, workshop or spare bedroom), an insulated garage door will go a long way toward maintaining a comfortable climate. However, don’t forget to address other aspects of garage insulation and energy efficiency—the door is just the beginning.

    If, on the other hand, you use your garage to store a vehicle, lawn chemicals or paints, you should think twice about installing an insulated garage door. In fact, the federal Energy Star program advises against it because an insulated door increases the chances for dangerous fumes to accumulate in the garage. If you’re concerned about your home’s energy efficiency, a better option would be to insulate the wall your home shares with your garage rather than the garage itself.

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  • Garage Door Maintenance Tips

    garage door maintenanceTips for Maintaining Your Garage Door

    Due to the tension on a garage door’s springs and cables, it can be dangerous to attempt repairs yourself—especially if you’re not experienced. In most cases, it’s best to hire a professional garage door repairman to handle any repair work. However, there are a few things you can do to keep your garage door functioning optimally:

    • Periodically wipe off your garage door’s tracks or use compressed air to clear out debris. Keeping your garage door’s metal track clean will allow it to open and close easily.
    • Clean dust and grease off the garage door rollers and spray them with a silicon lubricant to keep them moving smoothly.
    • Periodically inspect your garage door’s cables and look for signs of fraying or broken strands.
    • Check the connections that attach your garage door’s torsion springs to the cables and the cables to the door. Look for bent or twisted connections that may lead to future failure.

    If there are any signs of a problem or your garage door doesn’t work smoothly after doing simple maintenance, contact a trusted, local garage door company to inspect your system and perform any necessary repairs.

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  • Garage Door Troubleshooting Tips

    twin carriage style garage doorsDetermining the Cause of a Garage Door Problem

    There are numerous ways for a garage door to malfunction, and each exhibits a different symptom. Depending on the nature of the symptom you’re experiencing, it can be worthwhile to do some troubleshooting before calling a professional.

    Garage door won’t open

    If your garage door is stuck in the closed position, it may be due to a problem with the emergency release. By disconnecting the door from the motor, the emergency release allows you to open your garage door manually in the event of a power outage or motor malfunction. After pulling the emergency release (the red rope hanging from the motor rail), attempt to open your door manually. If you can’t open it, the problem is most likely a broken torsion spring, which does most of the heavy lifting when the door is opened. In this case, you’ll need to contact a garage door repairman.

    Garage door won’t close

    If your garage door is stuck in the open position, don’t pull the emergency release—depending on the source of the problem, this may cause the door to fall down or go off its track. Often, when a garage door won’t close, it’s due to an issue with the safety sensors. A garage door’s safety sensors (located at about ankle-height on either side of the door) prevent damage and injury by stopping the door from closing when something is in its path. Check for obstructions that may be blocking transmission between the two sensors (including stray brush and spider webs).

    If you can’t find anything obstructing your garage door, try readjusting the safety sensors to ensure they’re in alignment with each other. If you still can’t get the door to close, call a garage door repairman.

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Additional companies within the Sacramento Area

The following companies have not applied or earned Diamond Certified. The performance of these companies is not backed by the Diamond Certified performance guarantee.  It is a good idea to check the license, insurance and performance history of these or any companies that are not Diamond Certified.

  • 1A Advanced Garage Doors - (916) 838-8182
  • 1A Garage Doors - (916) 494-4741
  • A Better Door Co - (916) 722-9300
  • All Garage Doors Repair - (916) 513-4024
  • American River Overhead Door - (530) 676-8778
  • Patterson Door Svc - (916) 454-5011
  • R & S Overhead Doors & Gates - (916) 624-7057
  • United Garage Doors In Folsom - (916) 605-2653
  • Value Max Garage Doors - (916) 833-8004
  • Perfect Solutions Garage Door - (916) 218-4931
  • Placer Overhead Door - (916) 781-3667
  • Rolling Garage Doors & Gates - (916) 710-1307
  • Sierra Garage Door Svc Inc - (916) 786-3034
  • Woodland & Davis Garage Door Inc - (530) 758-7952

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