So you want a new garage door, but where do you start? You’ll find innumerable options that can make your head spin. But when you dig a little deeper, you’ll find choosing a new garage door really boils down to a few key decisions. Here are some great tips for buying a garage door that will help you navigate your many options.
Find the Right Material
Material makes a difference both in cost and appearance:
- Choose an aluminum door, and you’re likely to pay up to $2,000.
- A steel garage door can range from $1,000 to $3,000.
- A wood garage costs from about $1,000 to $4,000.
- Composite garage doors also range from $1,000 to more than $2,000.
Which is the best? It’s not just about cost. A wood garage door is popular for its classic look, but wood also requires more maintenance than the other materials. Steel garage doors can be found affordably, and they deliver durable performance with little maintenance required.
Figure Out Your Style
When you picture a garage door, you probably imagine a traditional panel style. You can find plenty of panel options on the market, but you’ll also discover the throwback carriage house look, one that offers swing-out appearance with upward operation. For modern homes, look into aluminum-and-glass doors that feature windows and varying degrees of opacity.
Complement Your Home’s Appearance
No matter what material and style you choose, make sure your garage door complements your home’s existing architecture. The new garage door and your house paint scheme, landscaping, entry and other street-facing features should work in concert. A new garage door is truly an opportunity to enhance your home’s curb appeal. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by!
Insulation isn’t just for cold-weather climates. Here in Arizona, an insulated garage door can help your home increase its energy efficiency. This is particularly important if there’s a room above the garage or if your garage door faces the sun for the bulk of the day. Invest in an insulated garage door now, and save money on cooling costs into the future.
Make a Budget
How much are you looking to pay for a garage door? You’ll find the material will dictate the price you pay, but make sure to check with your installer about what the cost of the door includes. The cost of the door typically includes installation, while the cost of the door rarely if ever represents a garage door opener, too. Double check to make sure the price of the door includes installation before comparing bids, and ask your installer about recommendations for a good garage door opener.
Explore Opportunities for Testing
It’s hard to make such an important decision about your home without knowing what a new garage door will look like after installation. That’s why many companies and garage door brands now offer tools that help you visualize how certain styles and materials will look once installed at your home. For example, Clopay’s Door Imagination System lets you upload a photo of your home so you can test different options before making a final decision.
Need helping finding the perfect garage door for your home? At Cookson Garage Doors, we work each day with homeowners throughout the Phoenix area, helping them to install, repair or otherwise service residential garage doors.
Contact us today about your garage needs.