Three Tips to Help You Buy a New Garage Door
Want to buy a new garage door but unsure where to start? Homeowners don’t buy garage doors very often, so this is probably natural.
The following are tips that will guide you in your purchase:
1. Know your budget.
Each home has its own character, so emphasize your home’s with a suitable garage door. Are you going for a classic or contemporary look? Once you’ve decided on what you want, consider these popular styles and see what suits 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. A typical 16×7 double door garage door will cost anywhere between $1,500 and $2,000.
Steel doors come with the widest variety in terms of color, insulation and pricing.
For a 16×7 double door, the price range goes from $750 to $3,500.
Nothing is quite like the elegance of wood. Wooden garage doors are typically made of moisture-resistant redwood, cypress or cedar, and offers the most flexibility in terms of design customization. However, they may need more maintenance , depending on natural factors such as the climate. 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. With its moisture-resistant property, you can expect it not to rot, shrink, split or crack. 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.
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. 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 minimize both your utility bills and noise. Also see which 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.
Lastly, if you live in a hurricane-prone area, be sure to get a garage door that can weather it through. Get a storm-ready model with an inbuilt passive reinforcement system that needs no advance setup.