Garage door buyers guide
If your garage doors are sagging, hard to lift, and overall in a catastrophic state, then perhaps it’s time to replace them. We know that it’s hard to go shopping for something that you know little of, especially since your last purchase was so long ago, so we’re here to help you buy the right garage door, for the right price.
First of all, it’s important to know what kind of materials exist when it comes to garage doors and the pros and cons of these materials. We don’t know where you live or how big your garage door needs to be, what you’re going to use them or will they be manual or automatic, but we can tell you the general dos and don’ts, so stick with us.
Wood is a classic because of its availability, natural beauty, and customizability, but it can also be hard to maintain. Wooded garage doors require constant care and simply don’t last as long as other materials.
Steel, on the other hand, is relatively inexpensive, doesn’t require much care, and are generally strong. Traditional wood looks better, but with the state of the art steel, you can quite easily imitate wooden garage doors.
Fiberglass is amazing due to its lightweight properties and its resistance to salt and air. Its best use is in the places that are closer to the sea because of its corrosion resistant ability. However, fiberglass is a poor isolator, and as such it has low use in colder climates. With cold, it also becomes easily breakable, so unless you live in a warmer climate, somewhere near a beach, we would suggest that you choose another material.
Aluminum doors enjoy many of the benefits fiberglass and steel doors enjoy too. They are lightweight, durable, will not rust, and fairly inexpensive. However, they have one big drawback – they can easily be dented.
Innovation in the garage door world
Garage doors are not what they used to be. Now, there are some really high techs involved in garage doors, and they serve as energy savers, insulators, and their design is simply better than ever. Now you can buy steel garage doors which will look like they are made of wood, and from a few meters away there is just no way that you’d notice the difference. The market has changed quite a lot, so we’d recommend that you get to know it a bit more before making your purchase.
Onto the question everyone wants to know the most, how much do the garage doors cost these days? Well, it’s hard to say. Garage door prices vary from four hundred dollars to nine thousand, and it all depends on the style, quality, size and also whether you will install them yourself or have the company do it for you.
If you’re planning on having a company install your garage door and expect it to be average quality, it would cost you around a thousand dollars. If you want automatic garage door openers, add two to three hundred dollars to it.
Automatic or manual garage doors
This is probably the question you ask yourself before you make any other decisions concerning garage doors. Should you buy automatic or manual garage doors? Well, contrary to popular belief, these aren’t all that different, and here’s why.
The only difficulty when it comes to automatic garage doors is their installation. However, you can leave this part to the experts and have them be done with it in an afternoon. It may cost you a bit, but it may cost you a lot more if you try and do it yourself.
The reason why we said that automatic and manual garage doors aren’t all that different is because manual doors can be turned into automatic quite easily.
If you aren’t an expert in this field or haven’t done any installation or conversions from manual to automatic, we advise you to leave it to professionals. What can be a quite easy task for the professionals can become a couple of days work for you. The sheer size and weight alone can cause many problems. You may not install everything properly or even worse injure yourself. We don’t think that you wouldn’t be able to do it yourself, it’s just a lot more practical for you to leave it to the ones who do this for a living.
Maintenance between automatic and manual doors doesn’t differ that much. The biggest factor in maintenance is which material are the doors made from. If they are made of metal, they will have to be cleaned occasionally so that they don’t rust from rain, but same can be said for manual doors. With automatic doors, you have one more part to worry about and that’s about it. We suggest that you talk to the people who install the doors to get as much information as you can on what you should and shouldn’t do.
The thing we would like to put some accent on is – if you’re using an automated door, make sure that the hinges are well lubricated. This will definitely extend their working life, make them less noisy, and also a lot faster.
When it comes to automatic doors, good maintenance makes all the difference. It makes them a lot safer, prolongs their working life, and makes them work a lot better overall. Automatic doors are a lot better in terms of control (Imagine winter period) and ease of life, but when it comes to maintenance and price, they certainly cost more money and time.