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Upgrading Your Door

Your garage door is often one of the most noticeable and most important factors in the curb appeal of your house.  Upgrading your garage door is a great, affordable way to maximize curb appeal if you are looking to sell your home.

Garage Door Types

The type of garage door, extra equipment required and labor required all have an impact on the price of your new door.

Materials to Choose From

The first thing you should consider when selecting a material for your garage door is its longevity. Although a certain construction material can raise the price of a garage door, it may last far longer than a door made with less expensive material. Look for a door that will last at least five to 10 years.

Each door material is offered in four different grades. Single-layer doors are the most affordable, but they are also most prone to dents and breaks. At the other end of the spectrum are costly heavy doors with thick insulation. These doors are expensive upfront, but they can withstand a lot more wear and tear than their cheaper counterparts.

Available materials are as follows:

  • Custom Wood — This is a solid wood garage door that comes in either cedar, hemlock or mahogany. These cost more than any other type of door (both for installation and ongoing maintenance), but they are durable and will add significant natural beauty to your home’s exterior.
  • Wood Composite –This is made primarily from recycled materials, making it an eco-friendly option. It will need to be painted, which allows for personalization. It’s also fairly inexpensive.
  • Vinyl — Vinyl garage doors are increasing in popularity because they look nicer than steel. They resist denting as well, which means less maintenance in many cases.
  • Steel — Steel is the least expensive and most commonly used material for garage doors. If you buy a steel door, insulation may be an important consideration.

An Opener to Match Your New Door

Based on the size and weight of your new garage door, you may want to think about getting the rest of the system components checked out.  A new garage door opener and some new springs are a great compliment to your great new door, allowing you to enjoy not only the appearance of the door, but also a smoother, less noisy, and longer lasting system.