Is it Time to Buy a New Garage Door?
It’s not always easy to know when you really need a new garage door. Of course, if the door can’t move up or down, and the problem isn’t caused by your door opener, then you have a problem. But maybe it can be fixed instead of replacing the whole door.
On the other hand, when it’s definitely time to replace the door, you’ll know it. Whether you have an old, uninsulated metal door that’s rusting or even broken, or a newer door that has been damaged in a collision, there are times when there’s no denying that you need a new garage door.
Now what? Because of moving every so often, and the durability of many garage doors, there are some homeowners who will never be faced with the need to replace their garage door. And even if you have installed a new door before, chances are it’s a very long time ago.
It means that most people have little or no experience in buying doors for their garages.
But fear not. We’re in the business. If you need a new door, here are just a few things to consider so you can make the right decisions.
1. Check Out Costs
Chances are that prices, options and accessories have changed since you were last in the market for a door. Get acquainted with the new prices so you can budget accordingly.
2. Decide on a Style
There are three main styles of door you can choose from. Carriage House doors have an ‘old world’ style. Traditional door styles are likely the one you’ll see the most when you look around your neighbourhood. And contemporary styles include those with translucent panels and painted metal trim.
3. Pick the Materials
There are a surprising number of options for the materials used in the construction of your door. You can choose from a variety of all-natural wood, vinyl or metal options that are used in tradition door styles, or that imitate wood, or the aluminum and glass that are featured in more modern designs.
One more thing to be prepared for:
Most new garage doors are insulated. If you have an attached garage and your current door isn’t insulated, it might take a little getting used to, but you’ll appreciate the cost savings from using less energy because the garage remains warmer in winter and cooler in summer.