Setting a Budget for Your Garage Door: Factors to Consider

Whether you’ve just moved into a home or you’ve lived in the same residence for years, eventually you have to consider the appearance and functionality of your garage door. Not only does an old garage door cut down on the resale value of your home, but it rarely works as well as it should. This could make it dangerous for you and your family.

Of course, new garage doors can be quite expensive if you want a durable model that will last you for years to come. Before you go about looking into a replacement, decide if one is needed. If you have the money to spare and detest the look of your current door, then you should proceed with replacing it. If you’re trying to save money though, you can probably call a garage door repair company to fix or replace some parts of the door. If this doesn’t work though, then a replacement is needed.

You should consider various factors when you set a budget for your next garage door. Firstly, you have to consider the materials. There’s a number of these to choose from, some more economical than others; they include wood, fiberglass, steel, wood composite, and aluminum. Wood doors are the most standard option and probably the most affordable. The more textured and painted that you go in terms of the finish, the more this will cost you. Garage doors made of fiberglass are the least common, and these are typically also made with aluminum according to About Home. These are more delicate compared to other types of garage doors.

Steel doors, on the other hand, are far tougher. These are used even more regularly than wood for garage door finishes. They won’t break the bank and they will last for years. You can choose unpainted or painted (or even paint the door yourself), and plain or textured depending on your preferences. Wood composite uses various types of wood but are modeled with the power of steel garage doors, making them another fantastic and somewhat affordable option. Lastly, aluminum doors weigh less than steel ones and are even more affordable.

Once you decide which kind of garage door best suits your needs and budget, you need to consider whether or not you will take care of installation yourself. While it’s entirely possible that you can install your own door, you should understand exactly what you’re doing so that you don’t accidentally damage the door or injure yourself. Some companies that sell garage doors even offer free installation, so always ask about that before making the decision about whether or not you should cover the installation.

You also want to check your bill and see what else the company you bought your door from charged you for. You may have to pay extra for parts like tracks, springs, and a new garage door opener. You could even be charged for delivery of the door. By asking for a quote ahead of time, you can prevent these surprise charges from sneaking up on you and be prepared for them ahead of time. You should also decline parts that don’t need replacing, such as a newer garage door opener. However, if the opener only works for certain models of garage door, you may have no choice but to replace it.

By compiling a budget ahead of time, you can make sure that buying a garage door won’t set you back financially. You can also shop around for the best deals by comparing prices from company to company. While it may be tempting to save money by replacing or installing a garage door yourself, you shouldn’t attempt this unless you know what you’re doing. When it comes to maintaining your garage door over time, you may want to start shopping around for a good repair company in case certain parts like springs or electronic components break or have issues. By shopping around for a repair company and comparing them in your area, you save yourself time in case you need emergency repairs.

A good garage door should last you for years to come. It’s a big investment. However, you can still find affordable deals on doors that can handle weather conditions and dents without falling apart. You can have peace of mind and go back to using your garage for whatever purpose you want rather than trying to fix an ailing door that really needs to be replaced.


About Neb Aleksic

Neb grew up in the garage door business. Since joining Doorcare he has moved up in the ranks, and now oversees a team, in addition to Doorcare's marketing efforts. He is passionate about what he does, and enjoys the small things in life.
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