Choosing a new garage door is a major decision and the right choice can add significant value to your home. With so many options available, we know how tough it can be to make the choice. That’s why we’ve put together this helpful garage door buying guide.
When starting the process of buying a new garage door, begin by asking yourself the following questions:
1. Do I want the garage door to be a focal point of my home?
A stylish garage door can be a stunning focal point of your home’s exterior. Elements like color, windows, raised panels, and hardware can add visual interest and amp up curb appeal. Some homeowners prefer not to draw attention to the garage door; choosing a simple door and painting it the same as the rest of your exterior will make it blend in with the rest of the home.
2.What material do I want?
When it comes to residential garage doors most customers opt for wood or steel. Each option has its pros and cons: wood garage doors are classic and beautiful but require more upkeep than a steel door; steel garage doors are often more modern in style and are less affected by rain, humidity, or heat, but have fewer design options available.
3.Should I buy an insulated garage door?
If you use the garage for storing items that are sensitive to cold, spend a lot of time in the garage, or have a lot a street noise, then opting for an insulated garage door is a wise choice. Insulation helps keep your garage warmer in the winter, cooler in the summer, and quieter year-round.
4.How much do I want to spend on a new garage door?
A standard double garage door (16ft x 7ft) costs between $750 – $6,000 including installation. Steel doors are generally on the less expensive end of the range ranging from $750 – $3,000. Wood doors are generally in the range of $1,200 – $6,000. Your budget for a new garage door can help narrow down your options.
5.Should I care about the manufacturer or is it all the same?
Manufacturers matter when it comes to garage doors. You want to choose a brand with a reputation for quality. Northwest Doors, C.H.I. Overhead Doors, Clopay, and LiftMaster are a few great options to consider.
Hopefully, these garage door buying tips have given you a little more insight into what you’re looking for in a garage door. Take a look at our portfolio to see some of the work we’ve done or send us a message to schedule a consultation. We look forward to helping you find the perfect garage door for your home.