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Factors To Consider When Purchasing a Garage Door

Garage doors can go for years before requiring replacement; they are supposed to be durable. The main materials used to make garage doors include, aluminum, steel, wood, vinyl and fiberglass.

With a large selection of door types to choose from, buyers are bound to make mistakes when purchasing garage doors. To avoid making mistakes, there are several factors that buyers should always consider when purchasing doors for their garage.

Materials and Cost

As already mentioned, garage doors are manufactured from a variety of materials. Therefore, the most important factor to consider when purchasing a garage door is the material used. Aluminum doors are ideal for humid environments as the material is impervious to rust. The price of aluminum doors range between $1,500 and $ 2,000.

Steel doors offer more options in terms of color, insulation and price. The price range of a steel garage door ranges from as low as $750 to $3,500. Steel doors can be categorized into entry level, single layer, insulated and non-insulated.

For custom made garage doors, wood is the recommended raw material. This is because wood is more flexible than other materials. Additionally, the distinctive appearance of wood makes it a better choice for custom made doors. Wooden garage doors are mainly made from water resistant cedar, cypress or redwood. However, it is worth noting that wooden doors require more maintenance. The price of a wooden door ranges from $1,200 to over $4,000.

Composite wood is a material that is similar to real wood. This material is used in the manufacture of garage doors due to its many benefits. Unlike real wood, composite wood is impervious to shrinking, cracking and even rotting. Doors made from this material have a cost of between $1,200 and $2,200.

Insulated Doors vs. Non-insulated Doors

Garage doors are generally categorized into insulated and non-insulated, with the latter being cheaper than the former. The location of the garage should influence a buyers choice; a garage that is located below an occupied room should have an insulated door. The insulated door will reduce the amount of noise coming out of the garage and also reduce utility bills. The direction that a garage door faces will also influence a buyers decision. If the door is designed in such a way that it is exposed to the sun it should be insulated so as to regulate indoor temperatures.



Garage doors have a large surface area, which makes them more vulnerable to damage caused by winds. Therefore, people living in hurricane prone areas should ensure that their garage doors are able to withstand Mother natures wrath! Doors can be strengthened using heavy gauge tracking, and additional braces. This additional hardware will ensure that garage doors are not damaged by high winds. There are doors that come with a passive reinforcement system and require no advance set up; such doors are able to withstand heavy storms and are safer than ordinary garage doors. The reinforcement system becomes active when the door is closed and does not require a separate procedure to set up.

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