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4 Tips for Buying a New Garage Door

February 18, 2019

A garage door isn’t something homeowners buy very often, so you may not know how to approach the process. To avoid the ups and downs of the unknown, we asked highly rated garage door experts what shoppers should keep in mind.

1. How much do garage doors cost?

Every house has a bit of character, so highlight it with the perfect garage door.

“Are you looking for a classic look or are you looking for something more contemporary, or even rustic?” says Randy Perkins, owner of Expert Overhead Doors. “Determining your house’s style will help focus your options.”

Once you figure out the look you're going for, evaluate these popular garage door styles and see what fits your budget:

Aluminum garage door: Rust-resistant aluminum is ideal for humid, caustic environments. Replace solid panels with frosted glass for a modern look. The average cost for a 16-by-7 double door: $1,500 to $2,000.

Steel garage door: Steel doors offer the broadest range of color, insulation, and price options. You can get anything from an entry level, single-layer, non-insulated door up to a premium three-layer, 2-inch polyurethane insulated door. The average cost for a 16-by-7 double door: $750 to $3,500.

Wood garage door: There’s no substitute for the distinctive look of wood. It’s typically made of moisture-resistant cedar, redwood or cypress and offers the most flexibility for custom designs. Depending on climate and exposure, wood doors require more maintenance. The average cost for a 16-by-7 double door made of quality wood: $1,200 to more than $4,000.

Composite wood garage door: A durable, low-maintenance material that looks like real wood, faux wood composite eliminates many of the drawbacks of natural material. It’s moisture-resistant, so it won’t rot, split, shrink, separate or crack. It’s insulated, and can be painted or stained. The average cost for a 16-by-7 double door: $1,200 to $2,200.

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