Architectural style of the structure should be carried though to the garage door, especially if the garage is visible from the road.
Usage of the garage will suggest features of the garage door.
• If the area is detached from the house and used only for storage of automobiles and tools, then a simple, attractive door will suffice.
• If the garage is attached to the house or underneath occupied rooms, or if it is used for hobbies, then a well-insulated door should be specified.
Glass in the garage door add natural light, but may be a safety concern if the garage is along the street and easily accessible. Glass will add to the cost, so decide how much natural light is needed, if at all.
High-wind or hurricane areas along the East Coast and Gulf Coast may be require reinforced garage doors. Due to the size of the door, high winds or wind-blown debris may cause the door to buckle, throwing he door off the track. Manufacturers have prepared specific doors for these geographic regions.
Installation costs may be included or may not be included in the price of the door. Ask if the installation costs are extra or included. The cost of the door will be increased due to the hardware needed and for installation.
As a do-it-yourself project, remember the hardware will be purchased separately from the door.