By Chris Chapman, Founder and Owner of One Clear Choice Garage Doors
Shopping for garage doors? The choices may be overwhelming. We have reviewed the top 10 best garage doors for Denver area homes right here to help make your decision process smooth and easy.
Starting with the tenth best and working our way down to number one, here are our recommendations for the top 10 best garage doors for this area and climate.
10. Clopay Wood Garage Doors
The industry leader in garage doors, Clopay gets it right time and time again. Its wood doors are simply amazing. They are consistently in top five lists in climates where the sun does not beat on garage doors constantly.
With so many combinations to choose from and with furniture-quality wood, it’s hard to put them at the bottom of this list. If you have a home that gets partial shade and you don’t mind maintenance, you will be hard pressed to find garage doors as beautiful as these.
9. Ankmar Renaissance 2000 Series Garage Doors
This garage door is on 70% of all homes in the Front Range. While some may say it doesn’t deserve to be in the top 10, we at One Clear Choice feel strongly that this may actually be one of the top 10 best doors in the country for several reasons, starting with durability.
This is a well-designed garage door that provides the elegant look of wood with the durability of steel.
Unlike most wood garage doors that have a stile and rail system that is exposed to the outside elements, the skeleton of this door is interior and covered with one long sheet of hard board.
The benefit of this design is that hardboard naturally stands up to elements such as rain, snow and sun. Also, since the sheet is continuous throughout the entire length of the garage door, the door will not warp, bow or rock as traditional wood doors often do.
Since the stiles are interior they are protected from the elements and will not rot. When stiles rot the strength of the garage door is diminished and the door will no longer run properly.
This garage door will look good for years if properly maintained; I have seen 20-year-old renaissance doors look new when freshly painted.
Note: Older Ankmar models of this garage door did have some design flaws:
- Some older models did not use one continuous piece of material to cover the 16’ section. This is easily recognizable by the “J” strip that divides the garage door in the middle in order to hide the seam formed from the two pieces.
- They experimented with steel stiles for about one year approximately ten years ago and quickly discontinued this. Most of the problems we have seen from this model are installation problems and can be corrected. If you have one of these garage doors, please call us immediately at (303) 565-6409 to have the problem fixed. Failure to address the issue can cause serious problems with your door system.
Three-Layer Construction Garage Doors – The Steel Sandwich
The next few garage doors are three-layer construction doors that vary in thickness and material.
Three-layer construction is also called “steel sandwich” because it has an outer shell of steel, then foam insulation, then a steel veneer on the inside, which is what gives the garage door its strength.
One Clear Choice Doors recommends three-layer construction garage doors in place of vinyl back doors (which we do not install). They are stronger and more durable, and not that much more expensive than vinyl back doors. Sometimes we even beat the prices on vinyl back two-layer construction doors. Like our Facebook page to be the first to know about our specials and discounts.
8. Clopay Garage Doors – 4050,51,53
One of our best-sellers, this Clopay premium garage door is categorized under our “Exceptional Standard Series” for its three-layer construction durability, energy efficiency and curb appeal.
Clopay garage doors are made with rolled steel instead of the utility steel many other doors are made with. This means that they can get a deeper stamp on the design and, as a result, look more elegant next to other doors.
This garage door comes standard with a lifetime warranty on all four sections against tearing, bending, cracking, and splitting (everything but impact). If maintained properly, it will last for as long as you own your home.
Clopay is the only garage door manufacturer that has earned the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. We are the only Clopay Authorized Dealer in Denver. Call us at (303) 565-6409.
In the second part of our series, we’ll explain four more garage doors that have withstood the test of time in the Denver climate. Be on the lookout for it in a few days. If you can’t wait that long, or have run into a real problem with your garage doors, call One Clear Choice Doors at (303) 565-6409 or post your problem on our Facebook page.