Things to Know Before Buying a Garage Door

If you are thinking about getting a new garage door now is a great time. There are more style options than ever before and even a tax credit is available. Here are some important things to consider when buying a garage door.

Door Style Tips

Up to a third or more of the front of your home can be taken up by your roller garage doors. They can easily be one of the most visible parts of your home. When buying a new door make sure to use a style that fits your home. Raised panel doors are the most common type installed today. Because of this, they come in just about every style that you can imagine.

Among the roller doors, you can find different architectural styles. You can find styles that match most house styles like Cape, Ranch, Spanish, Tudor and more. They come in different styles ranging from wood, steel, aluminum, wood, wood composite, and fiberglass. There are also many styles that feature high tech materials that match the modern look of your home.

Fit

Installing a new door isn’t a project for a do-it-your-selfer. Whether installing a new door or replacing an existing one you need to ensure that it fits and operates correctly. Incorrect installation can leave gaps that let the weather in and even damage the track or door.

Insulation

One decision that you need to make when looking at installing a new door is whether or not you want it insulated. Garages are typically the largest uninsulated area in your home and the types you choose can make all the difference. By insulating your garage doors you can keep your garage warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

If you are going to use your garage for storage or have a work area insulating your doors is a necessity. Regardless of the materials that your door is made of you can install panels to insulate them or you could plan ahead and buy a pre-insulated door. Seek a quote from a garage door company for an insulated garage door.

Materials

Doors made of steel and aluminum are durable and inexpensive but will tend to dent. More so in the case of aluminum though the steel garage doors come in several different thicknesses. Both are also a poor insulator of temperature and noise.

Wood and wood composite doors are a better insulator but will require ongoing painting. The composite doors will better resist the rot and splitting that could happen to any wood door. Fiberglass doors are used mainly in coastal areas because they resist saltwater corrosion better than any of the other garage doors. The panels are light and resist denting but are poor insulators.

How much does it cost to install a new garage door?

Garage doors cost anywhere from $600 – $4600, depending on the size and materials it is made of. A single roller door can cost from $600 to $1350, a double roller door from $1350 to $1850 and a double sectional door may cost between $1400 and $4600.

These are some of your garage door options and some prices you can expect to pay.

How much does it cost to replace a 2 car garage door?

A new garage door costs from $324 for a single 96” wide door, to $734 for a 2 car garage door. Cost factors affecting the price are door size, door style, door material, how it will open, the opener, the light, and if it will be insulated. Most people will pay $1,020 for materials and installation for their new garage door.

Conclusion

Choosing garage doors that fit the style of your home and your life will help you enjoy your doors. While price is always a consideration you should make sure that you look at the pluses and minuses of a door over its useful lifetime more than the initial cost and installation. Choosing the garage doors that enhance the look of your home, survive the local weather and your lifestyle will make sure that you enjoy them for years to come.

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