A garage door is a big investment, but it does not have to break the bank. The most inexpensive garage doors usually cost several hundred dollars, and fancier doors can cost several thousand. Simple steel and wood doors tend to be less expensive, and doors with more complex styles or windows are more expensive. Insulation and mechanisms will also affect the cost.
Garage doors come in dozens of styles, from simple steel doors to ornate wood and glass. The material and style should match the overall look of the house. A garage door made of light brown wood will not compliment a grey and white house. Consider the pros and cons of each type of material, keeping in mind how the color and style of the door will match the house.
When shopping for a new garage door, here are some things to keep in mind besides cost and style:
1) Consider what type of climate you live in and how it will affect the door. Garage doors in Charlotte, NC are going to go through much different conditions than garage doors in Hartford, CT. If your garage door is at the bottom of a slope, will it resist water? If you live in a cold climate, will it withstand snowdrifts year after year?
2) Look for a door that fits your lifestyle. If you live in a quiet neighborhood, or do not have kids, than you have the option of choosing a fancier, more expensive door. If you know your door may be damaged by reckless drivers or bikers, or the occasional stray football, you should chose a door that is both affordable and sturdy.
3) Consider the door’s insulation and how it will effect the environment in your garage and house. If you do a lot of work in your garage, or have a room located directly above, a well-insulated door will keep you comfortable and keep heating costs low. If you live in a warm climate, insulation is not as important, and you can choose an uninsulated door. Keep in mind that steel doors tend to be lower maintenance, more durable and more energy efficient than wood doors, as wood doors cannot be insulated.