Garage door installation, including the selection of the right door, is a critical set of choices for your home. You need a door that provides safety and security, of course, but also matches your home’s style and the way your family uses your home. And then, there’s cost. How do you decide how much you really need to spend to have a new garage door installed? Whatever you choose, you’re going to be living with it for quite some time. Consider these factors when you’re making your decision:
Style and Home Value
On many homes, the garage door is a major component in the home’s exterior appearance, and the right garage door can add to your home’s curb appeal and value.
- Is your home sleek and modern, quaint and rustic, or somewhere in between?
- Is your home tract or custom? Selecting a door that accurately reflects your home’s value is a smart investment.
- What types of garage doors do other homes in your neighborhood have? Don’t make your home stand out in a glaring way from those around it: It can hurt resale value later.
Material: Insulation and Durability
We’ve got some severe weather conditions to deal with here in Utah: Freezing winters, torrential rain, and dramatic dryness, to name a few. The best garage door installation for your home depends greatly on your environs, and how you use your garage.
- If you use your garage as a workshop, an insulated garage door can help manage your comfort level, especially if the garage door faces in a direction that has sun beating down on it during summer, or wind throwing rain and snow into the door. Polystyrene is the most common insulating material on garage doors, with a high insulating value and light weight. Insulated doors also provide noise reduction and significantly increases the door’s strength.04
- Aluminum doors are the least expensive and readily available in a wide variety of colors and styles. They’re almost maintenance-free, in terms of the finish. Uninsulated aluminum doors offer almost no protection against outdoor temperature or noise.
- Vinyl garage doors are almost impervious to dents, and they never rust or require pain touch up.
- Steel garage doors are more durable than vinyl, although they do require some cleaning and touching up as routine maintenance.
- Fiberglass doors can mimic the beauty and style of wood, in a considerably lighter door which requires far less maintenance than wood.
- Wood garage doors can be true works of art. They also require more maintenance than any other garage door material. Wood doors are also the heaviest material, so you need to plan for upgraded springs and a beefier garage door opener to go with a wood garage door.
Security and Safety
One smart place to spend a little extra on a garage door installation is safety and security features.
- Fiberglass and wood doors are most difficult to break into, though steel also provides upgraded resistance to break-in, as compared to aluminum or vinyl.
- Aluminum and steel doors are most impervious to fire, and with the addition of polystyrene insulation, the amount of smoke and flame inside the garage is reduced.
- Segmented doors do not resist break-ins as well as solid door panel, however, the segmented doors are easier to move in case of an emergency or power outage. Solid door panels are quite heavy. Think about the smallest person in your home who is big enough to disengage the garage door opener. Could that person open a solid garage door in an emergency?
Finding the Balance
There are a lot of factors that go into deciding how much you need to spend to get a garage door that gives your home and family safety, comfort, security, and style. The best action to make the right choices for your garage door installation is do your homework, then call an expert like the Garage Door Man for a consultation.