Three Tips to Help You Buy a New Garage Door
Thinking of buying a new garage door but don’t know where to start? LIke most homeowners, you probably don’t buy garage doors that ffrequently, so this should be understandable.
Below are tips that will guide you in this 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 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 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 come with the most number of options in terms of color, pricing and insulation.
The cost of a 16×7 double door can start at $750 going up to $3500.
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.
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. The cost of a 16×7 composite wood double door will range from $1,200 to $2,200.
2. Check if you need your garage door insulated.
Even if a garage door is not heated, it can still affect a home’s energy efficiency. Garage door construction materials and insulation technologies have greatly improved in the last decade. Doors nowadays are now built with tighter seals that successfully keep the elements out. An insulated door is the better choice if your garage is attached to your house and an occupied room is sitting above 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 facing the sun or getting blasted by the wind all day, an insulated door will be able to regulate your indoor temperature better.
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.