Choosing a garage door
If your garage door is falling apart, barely working or just generally looking worse for wear, then it’s probably time to replace it. Making sure you buy one that is easy to install, maintain and repair will ensure it lasts you a long time and that you’re getting your money’s worth from it.
Luckily, this handy guide to buying a garage door is here to help you.
Firstly, there are many different types of material that your garage door can be made from. These include –
- Wood. It’s natural looking and easily customisable if you like to change things up quite regularly. But it doesn’t last as long and requires more care to stop it rotting.
- Steel. These are perhaps the most popular material because it’s strong, cheap and low maintenance. You can even buy steel doors which have a wood effect on them – if you want the look without the hassle.
- Fibreglass and aluminium. These materials are much more state of the art and therefore the most expensive option you can go for. But if money is no problem then these doors are weather-proof and they look great.
There are so many different styles to choose when looking for garage doors. Manufacturers make them in nearly every shape, colour and style imaginable so make sure you shop around before you buy. You can also ask garage door manufacturers if they will make a bespoke door just for you, if you have a really clear idea of what you want.
Typically garage doors can range in price from $400 to $9000. The average price of a mid-range door is about $800 to $1500. It all depends on what you want from the door, how big it is and what material it is made from. You can add certain features to your door as well, such as windows and automatic openers, which will cost extra. Make sure that you have a clear budget in mind before starting to shop, otherwise you could end up paying a lot more than you wanted to.
Most home improvement shops sell garage doors, and they have experts there who will advise you on what is best for your style and budget. However, you can also look online and you might be able to find some smaller, local companies that are able to get you a new garage door. It is always worth checking out some of the local, independent shops as you can often get a lower price than some of the big chains. Customer service is another thing with local companies that can’t be beaten. They will give you one on one advice and assist you in any way they can. Many companies also offer to install the garage door as part of the package, so make sure you see if they offer that, as that can save you a lot of money.