Do you want to replace your garage door? Before a garage door technician heads your way to install a new door, you’ll have a consultation with the business you plan to work with. During this meeting, you’ll be asked several questions. The answers will give the company a good idea of what you want, and they’ll be able to offer you a quote on how much they predict the project will cost.

Before your garage door consultation, you should have some information prepared so the process goes smoothly and you end up with exactly what you want.


You’ll need to jot down several measurements (in feet and inches) to share during the consultation. These measurements will be used to determine the proper size for your new garage door and the type of springs, hardware, and garage door opener you have room to install inside your garage.

Measurements to Take

  • Width and height of the garage opening
  • Sideroom: the space from the opening to the wall on each side of the door
  • Headroom: the distance from the top of the opening to the ceiling
  • Backroom: the depth of your garage (distance from the opening to the back wall)


Depending on the type of door you choose, you might have dozens of color options. Choose a stain, paint, or finish color and style that complements your home.


If you live in Iowa, we strongly recommend choosing an insulated garage door to help keep your home more comfortable all year round. A classic steel garage door is a good choice if you want the most energy-efficient option available. One of the most efficient doors in our lineup is Model 2000 from Haas, with a calculated R-value of 17.66.

Panel Style

With all of the options available today, you can truly find the perfect panel styling for your home. Try to have a good idea of what style you like for your consultation. Choose from the classic carriage, contemporary, or something in between. Browse our residential photo gallery, and experiment with the Wayne Dalton Design Center to figure out what type of door looks best on your home.


Adding windows to your garage door can create a beautiful focal point and also let more natural light into your garage. You can choose the number of windows you want as well as the style, shape, coating, and finish. Certain garage doors are even designed with insulated styles and rails to increase the door’s thermal efficiency.

Wayne Dalton Design Center

Upload a photo of your home, and design the perfect garage door for it with this program. You can adjust colors, add windows, choose from various panel designs, and more to figure out what you like and want to order. Bring your finished design to your garage door consultation to share!

Schedule a Consultation with Us!

If you are in Iowa, we would love to work with you. We’ll help you determine which type of door will best suit your needs based on your specifications and preferences. Give us a call or click the button below to schedule a consultation.