Buying a new garage door is a big commitment. Just like all big commitments and investments, its best to go into it prepared and knowledgable. We’ve compiled a list of things to consider before purchasing a new garage door in Austin, Texas.
If you live in a high wind or hurricane-prone area, it’s crucial to ensure your garage door can withstand those elements. Garage doors also need additional bracing, heavier gauge tracking and other necessary hardware to help keep them in place during extreme winds.
If you’re buying a new door, look for models that are “storm ready” — this means that they have a built-in passive reinforcement system that requires no advance set-up before a storm.
Construction materials and insulation technologies for garage doors have significantly improved over the last five to 10 years. Most garages aren’t heated, but your garage door still definitely impacts your home’s energy efficiency. Today’s doors provide a tighter seal against the façade to keep out the elements.
If your garage is attached to the house, you’re going to want to purchase an insulated door, especially if there’s a room above the garage. It will help reduce both noise and the utility bills.
It’s also good to consider the direction your door faces. If it’s baking in the sun all day or getting blasted by the wind, an insulated door will better regulate the indoor temperature of your home.
Every house has a bit of character, so highlight it with the perfect garage door. Ask yourself if you you want a classic look, or if you want something more contemporary, or even rustic. Determining your house’s style will help focus your options, and be able to plan the cost accordingly.
Aluminum: Rust-resistant aluminum is ideal for humid, caustic environments. You can replace solid panels with frosted glass to create a much more modern look.
Steel: Steel doors offer the broadest range of options: from color, to insulation, to prices. You can get anything: from an entry level, single-layer, non-insulated door up to a premium three-layer, 2-inch polyurethane insulated door.
Wood: There’s absolutely 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, keep in mind that wood doors usually require more maintenance.
Composite wood: A durable, low-maintenance material that looks like real wood, faux wood composite eliminates many of the cons 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.
Are you interested in carriage house doors, but think you don’t have the room for doors that swing open? No worries. Actually, carriage-house style doors only look like they swing open; they move up and down on a standard track just like every other garage door.
It’s important to note that a garage door opener is usually not included in the price of a new garage door. However, most garage door installation companies also sell openers. Make sure to plan ahead, and be prepared to purchase a garage door opener in addition to buying the garage door itself.
The cost of the garage door will most likely include the cost of installation, but its always good to ask early and clear up that question ahead of time so there are no surprises down the road.
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