What to Consider When Purchasing a New Garage Door

Jan 10, 2010

The average age of the U.S. housing stock is 34 years old, according to a Harvard University study, which means many homes are candidates for a new garage door. Here are some factors to consider:

Budget. Like everything, budget dictates options. Garage doors range in price from a few hundred to several thousand dollars depending on the size, material and design you choose. Even if you have a small budget you can still get a great looking door that is going to enhance the look of your home.

Design. Let the home’s architectural style, the shape and size of the windows and entry doors, and exterior design details influence the design of the garage door.

It’s a good idea to visit retailers and review manufacturer web sites to get a sense of the options available. Many companies like Clopay offer doors predesigned to match specific architectural styles, which can make the selection process easier.

Insulation. Doors can be insulated or non-insulated. If the garage is attached to the house, choose an insulated door. This will help reduce utility bills- both in hot and cold weather. An insulated door is especially important if there is a regularly occupied room above the garage. In addition to being more energy efficient, it will also help block out noise.

If you live in a mild climate or have a detached garage that will be used only to park the car, specify a less expensive, non-insulated door.



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