Are you new to buying a garage door or just need a little help with the buying process? Purchasing a garage door is a big commitment, and knowing your options can help ease the process. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when buying your new door.
Cost of a Garage Door
With a wide variety of customizable features, it is easy to find a garage door that expresses your individual style and complements your home. Determining whether your house has a classic, contemporary or even rustic look can help you narrow down your options. Once you have decided which style is best for your home, it is time to choose which garage door best fits your budget.
Steel Garage Door
Steel doors are easily customizable and are available in a variety of finishes that can be painted to match the color of your home. Steel doors can be insulated or uninsulated, with multi-layer doors providing the most durability, dent resistance and energy efficiency. The average cost for a steel garage door starts at $1,000 and can go upwards of $4,500. More information on Steel Garage Doors
Wood Clad Garage Door
Broten’s Signature Series Garage Doors can be custom designed making them one of the best doors for curb appeal, especially if you own a more traditional looking home. The average cost for a garage door made of quality wood can start at $4,000.
Composite Wood Garage Door
Composite wood garage doors combine the look of all wood doors with the durability of steel. Composite wood can be custom stained or painted to match the appearance of your home and require less maintenance than a traditional all wood door. Canyon Ridge Doors offer a great variety of composite garage doors. The cost of composite wood doors start at $4,000.
Importance of Insulated Garage Doors
A properly insulated door for your location and climate is a must. Garage door materials and technologies continue to improve and a tight door seal can further help to keep out the elements and reduce noise.
Depending on which way your door is facing, an insulated door can help regulate temperatures inside your garage, especially if your garage door tends to get a lot of attention from the sun or heavy winds.
Garage Door Safety Factors
Your garage door has a tendency to be the most susceptible to wind damage because of its large size. So, when living in a hurricane-prone area, a reinforced-impact garage door will be your best bet to withstand the elements. To help keep them in place under extreme winds, reinforced garage doors must have additional bracing, heavier gauge tracking and other necessary hardware.
When you are contemplating on a new door for your home, look for door models that mention “hurricane-rated” or “storm ready,” so the door you purchase already comes with reinforcement in the structure of the door to defend from the elements.
Other factors to consider when purchasing a garage door
With the purchase of your garage door, you may also need a garage door opener. Most garage door companies also sell openers and can install them for you.
Make sure to ask the company you are working with if installation is included in the cost of the garage door. Installing a garage door can be dangerous and time-consuming, so it is best left to the professionals.