Who knew there were so many garage door options? From a basic stock door with no windows to a custom door with all sorts of detail, you’ll need to wade through the options to find your next garage door.
The prices is usually the starting point when choosing something new for the home. Of course look and quality is important too, but you don’t want to go over budget. Decide how much you’re willing to spend on the door. A single garage door can start at a few hundred dollars and goes up from there.
Don’t forget to figure in the cost of installation. You can install a garage door yourself, but it is a big DIY project so you might want to leave it to the professionals. If you’re having it installed get quotes from several garage door installers to get an idea of how much the installation costs.
Windows or No Windows
One of the big decisions on the look of a garage door is whether or not to get window. The windows are often decorative, but they do let more light into the garage. We went without windows to save money, but the garage is rather dark even during the day when the garage door is closed.
Privacy is another issue. If you have windows in your garage door, anyone can easily look right in to see what you have. If your garage has other windows in it, the peepers already have a way to look in so adding windows to the garage door doesn’t really make a difference.
Something you might not think about is what is inside the garage door. A cheap garage door may be just a single-layer construction, which is lightweight but without much insulating power. Higher end doors have layers of insulation inside. We chose a garage door with insulation because our son’s room is right above the garage and gets cold in the winter and hot in the summer. We decided the insulation was worth it to help control the garage temperature, which would in turn help control his bedroom temperature.
A basic garage door just has a vinyl looking appearance to it. The finish is nothing fancy, but you may have the option of different colors. If you want to go more high-end, you can get garage doors that look like a wood finish. You can get an actual wood garage door as well. Consider the look of the rest of the house when choosing the finish. If you have a high-end home with lots of detailing, a basic white garage door will look out of place.
The little details can add a lot to the appearance of a garage door. A basic door doesn’t have a lot of extra detailing to it. A higher end door might have faux hinges or handles that make it look like a big barn type door. Others have detailing in the panels, which might be raised. Compare the look of the different door details and the added cost of those details.