Choosing the best garage door for your home?
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It isn’t very often that a homeowner needs to purchase a garage door. That is why most people don’t have a lot of experience in what to look for in a new garage door. They may not even know the different considerations that they are going to have to think about. Since this is a new process to most,here’s a guide to help a person understand the most basic facts they need to know before they buy a new garage door.
Style, Material and Price
Each home has a personality and the shape and style of your garage doors are going to significantly influence the look of your home. Much of the character of your home can be altered when you change the style, color or style of the garage door. That being said there, are several different types of materials that are available on the market today.
-Aluminum garage doors provide a solid and clean look and are available in different colors and styles. These doors are ideal for humid, harsh environments because they are weather resistant. The prices of these doors can range from $1500-$2000 for a 16x7 foot double door.
-Steel garage doors provide a wide range of color options and have a very flexible pricing available. They also come with more insulation as well, which is important for climates that are more dynamic. These doors really provide the largest variety and the price can range from $750 to $3500 so there is one of these for all budgets, climates and styles.
-Classic Wood garage doors are some of the most aesthetic and visually appealing. The authentic look of wood provides a character to your home that other materials can’t provide. Of course with wood comes a more intense maintenance program but cypress, redwood or cedar offers virtually any design or style desired. Keep in mind the climatic requirements of your area when purchasing garage doors made of wood. A quality wood door is going to cost around $1200 to $4000 depending on the quality of the wood the doors are made of.
-Finally there is the composite wood garage door provides a solid, durable and low maintenance door. Like real wood these composite wood doors can be made to look like real wood but is a bit more moisture resistant than natural wood and can be painted or stained to change its appearance. These doors can be insulated and are resistant to cracking, shrinking and rot. The cost of these doors is generally in the $1200 to $2000 range.
Insulation or Not?
To answer this question a quick analysis of your garage will be necessary along with climate considerations of the area that you live in. If you have a heated garage then of course the insulation will save you money. Even if your attached garage is not heated, the insulation can save you money on your heating bill. This is particularly true if you have a heated room over the garage area as many do. The health of your vehicle can also be aided by having an insulated door. If your climate is extremely hot or cold for a significant part of the year, keeping your garage area a more constant temperature will save your vehicles engine the stress of operation in extreme weather. The direction of your door is also going to be a factor. If there is a lot of wind or sun exposure then the insulation will also help maintain the temperature in your garage. The advantages of a non insulated door are generally related in price but over the long haul in most situations purchasing an insulated door is the best investment.
Living in a climate that is extreme brings with it some safety concerns that will factor into a garage door purchase. If you live in an area that is prone to severe winds or even hurricanes then the garage door needs to be solidly constructed. Because of their sheer size, garage doors can become susceptible to damage from the wind than any other opening in the home. Garage doors can be purchased with extra bracing and a heavier gauge track to stand up to this threat. There are some features to look for when purchasing new garage doors that indicates they are what you are looking for. Built in passive reinforcement systems, or storm ready models are going to provide protection and not need any additional preparation before a storm.
Once you decide on a door it will have to be installed. If you are competent in this area then you can do it yourself. Most people will need to have professional help. The sheer size and weight of the doors makes them a difficult installation and then to make sure the tracks are placed correctly and any wiring required is done properly. The price of installation can be and should be negotiated when buying the door for your home. A professional will make sure that your door is safely hung and works with efficiency when you need it. Should something go wrong there will be a company standing behind the product.
There are many things to think about when making the decision to purchase a garage door, the material, the look, insulation, safety factors and installation are all key factors that should dictate which door is the right one for you and your home.
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