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In addition to being made from increasingly durable materials, garage doors have become loaded with high-tech features. These include high-performance insulation, energy-saving glazing, finished interior surfaces, baked-on exterior finishes, and more. Some non-wood doors have been given very realistic wood grain surfaces that will accept a stain—in fact, it is hard to tell the difference between these and real wood.
What is a typical price for a new garage door? The answer depends on many factors. Because garage doors are sold in an incredibly broad range of styles and qualities, prices are all over the place.
A host of options are available through most garage door manufacturers. You can order window sections for a decorative accent and to add daylight to a dark garage. You can choose standard single glazed or, for insulated doors, dual glazed. Some doors have snap-in decorative frames.
Think about how the door must perform and how long you want to ensure that performance. For example, consider the type of weather and exposure it will have to survive and whether or not it needs to help insulate the garage. Will you be using the garage as an extra room or a workshop? If so, you’ll want to keep the garage warm in winter. Is there a room above the garage? Buying an insulated door will help keep the room above the garage warm.
By far the most beautiful and authentic material for garage doors, wood doors unfortunately carry a high cost with them. They stand up well to wear, but need frequent refinishing and don’t last as long as other doors. Wood and wood composite doors are very easy to customize and range from mid-price to expensive. Wood composite will achieve the same feeling as wood while weighing less and has a smaller price tag. They’re best for large double doors.
The best steel doors are made from two layers of galvanized steel. They’re also lower maintenance than wood, but they do rust and are prone to dents. To minimize risk to your door, choose at least a 24 or 25 gauge steel one, or one with a fiberglass overlay which will resist rust and dents.
Because aluminum is extremely lightweight, this material is best for extra wide double doors. The newer models are sturdier and heavier than previous versions of aluminum doors, and the laminated panels are dent-resistant. Aluminum also comes with a steeper price tag if you choose the doors with heavy-duty frames, but you can find cheaper options that have panels made of other materials. These, however, will easily dent.
Fiberglass is easily malleable and therefore can mimic any sort of material. Select one with the warmth and beauty of wood, or keep its transparent nature to let in a soft light. You can affordably customize them and they’re great for coastal areas. However, fiberglass can yellow and eventually break over time, especially in cold environments.
Vinyl doors are known as the “kid proof” garage doors because they’re extremely hard to dent or break. They’re similar to fiberglass in their construction, but are more durable and only require an occasional hose-down. The only downside is that vinyl doors come in considerably fewer colors and designs.