Three Tips to Help You Buy a New Garage Door
Want to buy a new garage door but unsure where to start? A garage door isn’t something you’ll buy very frequently, so this is understandable.
Here are top three tips to help you buy the right one for your home:
1. Know your budget.
All homes have their own character, so highlight your home’s with the right garage door. Are you in for classic, modern or perhaps rustic? Once you’ve decided on what you want, consider these popular styles and see what suits your budget:
If you live in an area that is humid and caustic, choose a rust-resistant aluminum garage door. If you replace solid panels with frosted glass, you’ll automatically get a more modern version. A typical 16×7 double door garage door will cost anywhere between $1,500 and $2,000.
Steel doors are sold with the most options in insulation, color and price.
A 16×7 double door will probably cost around $750 to $3500.
Nothing can be better than the elegant look of wood. Wooden garage doors are usually made of moisture-resistant cedar, cypress or redwood, and provides the most flexibility for those who want to customize their garage door design. They can require more maintenance though, depending on the climate and other related factors. If you’re thinking of getting a 16×7 double door made of wood, be ready with around $1,200 to $4000+.
Composite wood can get rid of the disadvantages of natural wood and still be as long-lasting and gorgeous. Because it’s moisture-resistant, it will not split, crack, rot or separate. It also comes with insulation and can be painted or stained. The cost of a 16×7 composite wood double door will range from $1,200 to $2,200.
2. Determine whether or not you need an insulated garage door.
Even if a garage door is not heated, it can still affect a home’s energy efficiency. The materials and insulation technologies used in garage door construction have improved substantially in the last ten years. Today’s doors are now made with a tighter seal to ward off the elements. If your garage is attached to your house, you should get an insulated door, especially if there’s an occupied room right above your garage. This will not only reduce your utility bills but also the 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 garage door’s safety factor.
Finally, if you live in an area prone to extreme weather, make sure your garage door can survive the elements. Go for a storm-ready model that comes with a built-in reinforcement system requiring no advance setup.