Three Tips to Help You Buy a New Garage Door
Thinking of buying a new garage door but don’t know where to start? A garage door isn’t something you’ll buy very frequently, so this is understandable.
The following are tips that will guide you in your purchase:
1. Define your budget.
All houses have a character of their own, so highlight your home’s using the right garage door. Are you going for a classic or contemporary look? As soon as you know what you want, check out the following popular garage door styles and see what matches your budget:
If you live in a humid, caustic environment, you should go for a rust-resistant aluminum garage door. If you’re aiming for a more contemporary look, simply put frosted glass in place of the solid panels. Expect to pay around $1,500 to $2,000 for a regular 16×7 double door garage door.
Steel doors are sold with the most options in insulation, color and price.
For a 16×7 double door, the price range goes from $750 to $3,500.
Nothing can be better than the elegant look of wood. Wooden garage doors are often made of moisture resistant cypress, cedar or redwood, and comes with the most flexibility when it comes to design customization. They may require more maintenance, however, depending on exposure and exposrue. If you’re planning to buy a 16×7 double door made of wood, expect to spend from $1,200 to $4000 plus.
Composite wood can eliminate the drawbacks of natural wood and still be as durable and beautiful. Because it’s moisture-resistant, it will not split, crack, rot or separate. It also comes with insulation and can be painted or stained. Expect to pay from $1,200 to $2,200 for a 16×7 composite wood double door.
2. See if you need an insulated garage door.
While garage doors are not typically heated, they can still have an impact on a home’s energy efficiency. Over the last ten years, garage door construction has considerably improved in terms of materials and insulation technologies. Doors of today now come with a tighter seal to keep the elements out. Get an insulated door if your garage is attached to your house and there is an occupied room on top of it. This will minimize both your utility bills and noise. Also look into the direction your door is facing. If it’s exposed to the sun or wind all day, an insulated door will be good for regulating your indoor temperature.
3. Know the safety factor for the garage door.
Lastly, if you live in a hurricane-prone area, be sure to get a garage door that can weather it through. Look for a “storm ready” model that comes with an inbuilt passive reinforcement system, which needs no advance setup.