Top Three Tips for Buying 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.
Here are top three tips to help you buy the right one for your home:
1. Define 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? After deciding on what you want, check out these popular garage door styles to know which one aligns with your budget:
If you live in a humid, caustic environment, you should go for a rust-resistant aluminum garage door. If you replace solid panels with frosted glass, you’ll automatically get a more modern version. 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.
A 16×7 double door will probably cost around $750 to $3500.
Nothing is quite like the elegance 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+.
If only want the beauty and durability of natural wood but none of its drawbacks, go for a composite wood garage door. Since it is moisture-resistant, there will be no cracking, shrinking, rotting, splitting or separating. It is also insulated and may be stained or painted. A 16×7 composite wood double door will cost anywhere between $1,200 and $2,200.
2. Determine whether or not you need an insulated garage door.
Garage doors are usually not heated, but they can still affect a hoe’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 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. Determine the garage door’s safety factor.
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.