Your garage door is often the largest and most prominent feature of home when viewed from the street – if you’re looking to use your garage door as a statement piece, to make your home stand out, and to improve the value of your home, you should definitely be considering a custom garage door.
What is a custom door?
A custom door is exactly as you would expect; a garage door that is designed and tailor-made to your home’s aesthetic and your specifications. There are very few restrictions on how you design your custom garage door but there are a few common styles from which to begin your design – We’ll explore them here!
Custom garage doors vs Roller and Sectional doors
Roller and Sectional garage doors are the two most common residential garage door styles. They make up over 95% of the residential garage doors in the Western Australia market. The advantage to these two traditional styles is that they more cost-effective than a custom alternative. Unfortunately, due to their prevalence within the marketplace, they don’t stand out and can almost be seen as ‘stock-standard’ doors.
Custom garage doors on the other hand, while more expensive, are much more unique and can act as a statement piece to improve the street appeal and value of your home!
Should I choose a traditional style (Roller and Sectional) or a custom garage door?
For the vast majority of residential homes a traditional roller door or sectional style will be adequate, but if you are looking for your door to stand out, to have greater appeal from the street, and improve the value of your home, a custom door may be for you!
What custom garage door styles are available?
We, at Eden Roc, offer a choice of over 30 different styles of custom doors. Customers can also request individual designs which can be manufactured or combined with a door in the traditional range.
To view our various custom garage door styles, scroll through our gallery of custom garage door images.
Repair and maintenance service
The repair and maintenance of custom garage doors are, in most part, similar to the repair and maintenance that is conducted on traditional sectional and roller doors but depending on the material from which the custom door is made: Wood, Steel, Aluminium, etc, the work may require additional tools, expertise, and work.
Given the specialisation and additional work that is sometimes required, it is not uncommon for the cost of repair and maintenance services of custom doors to be more expensive than the work conducted on sectional and roller garage doors.
Custom garage door sizes
Custom Garage Doors, unlike traditional roller door or sectional door styles, are not restricted to size limitations. They can be as large or as small as required.
Custom garage door cost
Custom Garage doors are more expensive than sectional or roller garage door alternatives. They start at around $4,000 and can range up to and above $20,000. The cost is dependent upon the size of your door, the material from which your door is made, and the degree to which your door’s design deviates from its base style.
Custom garage door installation
The vast majority of custom garage doors can be installed by any qualified garage door technician. Exceptionally large and heavy custom doors may require a technician with specialised skills.
Custom garage door motors
The door motors (aka, openers) used with custom doors are the same motors used for the traditional sectional doors. The opener will need to be matched to the weight of the door, with the heavier doors requiring more powerful motors, which cost slightly more than their less powerful alternatives.
Custom garage door insulation
Insulation is an optional inclusion with almost any custom door. Naturally, there will be design limitations that might prevent your door from being insulated. For example, a custom door that has a number of clear, transparent panels will not be able to be insulated (or at least not to the same degree as a ‘insulated garage door’) but, if your design allows for the inclusion of insulation, it can be included at your request.
Custom garage door parts
While custom doors are unique and tailored specifically to the requirements and design of the garage, the parts from which these doors are composed are typically widely available. Garage door parts are generic, meaning that the parts are often used for a wide variety of door styles, regardless of the door for which it was originally designed (many parts are designed to be used on a wide range of garage door types).
Should you require replacement parts for your custom door. Sending a photo to your parts supplier, or having a technician inspect the broken part in question should be enough for them to identify which replacement part you require and get it fixed for you.
Custom garage door manufacturers
The 3 main manufacturers of custom garage doors are:
They all provide great, high-quality doors, but when our customers ask about these manufacturers, we generally recommend Danmar. In our experience, we have found Danmar doors to be both high quality and offered at a very reasonable price.
What other options are available?
Roller Doors are a great option for those who are looking for a simple functional door and for those who have a limited budget. They, unfortunately, don’t have the same level of customisation or considered as ‘luxury’ as custom garage doors, but they do the job, and they do it well.
Sectional Garage Doors are a great option for those who are content with a relatively standard and simple aesthetic garage door. These doors look great when paired with a home’s style and colour scheme and can have a high quality, luxury feel to them. They do lack customisation options beyond colour and pattern.
Insulated Garage Doors are a great option for those who want to use their garage as an additional ‘live-in’ space within their home, or to use it as a workspace. They’re also great options for those who live on busy streets with lots of traffic as these doors are great at smothering the outside noise. Insulated garage doors also suffer from a lack of customisation options beyond colour and patterns, as do all alternative garage door styles, but, when paired nicely with the home, can appear luxurious and high-quality.
Custom garage door optional extras?
Beyond the standard garage door motor, wall button, and remotes which come standard with a new garage door, custom garage doors can include external keypads and safety beams.
External keypads are very similar to wall buttons as they are used to operate the garage door motor as to open and close the door at the press of a button. Keypads, unlike wall buttons, are external, meaning that it can be accessed from the garage door’s entrance, but require a pin to operate. Keypads are great for those circumstances where a number of individuals need to operate the door but without requiring each and every person to have a compatible and paired remote.
Safety beams are essential for those larger garage doors which have the capacity to seriously injure anyone who might be caught and crushed during the door’s closing phase. The safety beams work by extending a ‘laser beam’ across the opening of the garage door, when someone or something crosses through the beam, the door will detect that someone or something is in the way and at risk of being crushed. The door will automatically reverse and re-open. Safety beams are required for garage doors on worksites and for commercial garage doors. They are also always recommended in residential garage doors with children and pets.
Large custom doors are very popular with the likes of private golf clubs, gated communities, resorts, hotels, and commercial parking lots. These doors require many more remote controls that are typically provided with a garage door installation. The garage door motors which are used for these large, high-usage doors can be paired with a large number of remotes: around ~60 for larger, residential motors, and multiple hundreds for commercial garage doors.