It doesn’t happen very often, but if you own your home long enough, you’re going to need to replace your garage doors eventually. It doesn’t matter how well you maintain your garage door (cleaning and oiling all of the parts), eventually all mechanical parts wear down.
I know, it sucks, but hopefully you’ll only have to replace your garage doors once, so don’t put off maintenance once you replace it so that the new garage door you buy will last a long, long time. Before you get too far into the process of looking for new garage doors, you’re going to want to arm yourself with some general knowledge about residential garage door prices.
Now, each door will vary slightly, but there are some general price ranges you can expect to find based on the size, materials, and structure of the garage door.
Being armed with this general knowledge will enable you to get the garage door that is right for you and your budget. You won’t have to worry about getting ripped off or buying a garage door that isn’t right for you.
This is the fundamental determinant of what type of garage door you’ll be able to buy. Why? Because you need the right size to fit your actual garage opening. If you don’t get the right size, it doesn’t matter what type of deal you get on the garage door because it won’t fit!
But, the good thing is that most garage doors come in a general size, 16′x8′, so you have a wide range of options to choose from. Once you know the size of your garage door opening, you’ll be able to narrow your search and cut down on your shopping time.
The material used to construct the door is another major factor that can drastically affect the price of garage doors. If you’re looking for a basic, no frills garage door, there is a wide range of non-insulated metal doors to choose from.
If you’re looking for something on the higher end that is more dent resistant, you’ll be able to find a large selection of insulated steel doors to choose from. These doors look great with pretty much any architectural style used for your home. Plus, if you want it to match the color scheme of your home, you also have the option of painting it.
There are also wooden garage doors you can choose from to complement your home. There are a large variety of wooden doors with beautiful stains and finishes and these can really add not only functionality, but beauty to your home.
The last major component for pricing is the structure of your garage door. To be specific, this has to do with whether it is insulated or not, which will make a rather substantial difference in prices of garage doors.
A quick overview on garage door insulation – you have to sheets of metal (or wood) with a foam layer in between both sheets. This enables your garage to maintain the temperature of the garage well and keep the cold or hot air from the outdoors from affecting the temperature inside. Insulated garage doors increase in price based on the quality and thickness of the foam used for insulation. The thicker and higher quality of foam that is used, the more expensive the door will generally be.
You always have the option to go with a non-insulated garage door, but I would strongly suggest you stick with an insulated door if you use your garage as a livable space, because it will maintain interior temperatures much better.
And that’s about it. You now know the three major components that will affect the price of a garage door. Remember, even if you opt to get an expensive garage door, you still have to take care of it and maintain it properly. If you don’t, you’ll find yourself back at your hardware store spending anywhere from $400 – $800 to replace your “new” garage door a lot sooner than planned.