So you’re thinking about purchasing a new garage door for your home,… but where do you begin? Metal or wood, insulated or non-insulated, windows or no windows? It can be overwhelming, but there’s no need to stress. Below are the answers to these questions and some of the other most common questions garage door dealers get from people looking to buy a new garage door.
What is the Best Garage Door Material, Metal or Wood?
Each material has its pros and its cons. Metal doors are typically cheaper, lighter weight and require very little maintenance, but can lack design quality. Wooden doors are popular for their natural design and quality, but are usually more expensive than metal and require some seasonal upkeep. Overall Wooden doors are preferred by architects and home designers, but many aluminum and steel doors have similar quality levels.
Do I Need to Insulate my Garage?
This mostly depends if your garage is attached or detached and how you use it. If you have an attached garage that has living space above it, insulated is the way to go. But if your garage is simply used to park your car, there isn’t much need for it to be insulated.
Is Polyurethane or Polystyrene the Best Garage Insulation Type?
Polyurethane is a better insulator than polystyrene, however, the latter is cheaper. If you live in an area that experience below freezing temperatures for more than 4 months out of the year, it may better serve you to insulate with polyurethane, but if you live in a relatively mild area, polystyrene will get the job done.
Should I Get a Double Garage Door or Two Single Doors?
This is mostly a case of personal preference. Two doors are the more practical option, giving you multiple entrance/exit points in case of malfunction, but two doors also mean double the equipment leading to higher costs. Designers and architects tend to favor two single doors as they provide a better sense of balance.
Is Extension or Torsion Hardware Better for Garage Doors?
Torsion hardware is preferred if you have the necessary headroom (at least 12 inches). Torsion is preferred due to how it centers the weight of the door on the anchor plate, providing smooth operation. An extension system is preferred on garages with low head clearance using two springs working independently of one another.
How Much Headroom Clearance is Needed for Garage Doors?
There is no correct answer for this, as all homes vary, especially older homes. 14 inches is ideal, but the absolute minimum clearance is 6 inches. Door and opener technology has greatly advanced in recent years to reduce the footprint of garage hardware and opening systems.
Does a Garage Door Frame Need to be Prepped?
You just need to make sure the exterior and interior opening match the size of the door. Typically garage door frames are framed using 2×8 or 2×10 boards.
Should I Have Windows in My Garage Door?
This question comes down to two factors, security/privacy and natural light. If there are no other windows in your garage, adding some windows would conveniently add some natural light. But if security and privacy are of higher importance to you, choose to forgo windows.
What is the Lifespan of a Garage Door?
Depending on the quality of the door and its components, a typical garage door should last for more than 20 years. If you take preventative maintenance measures and make sure to clean the door at least twice annually, your garage door can 30 years or more.
How Much Does a New Garage Door Cost?
Finally! The most popular question. A lot of variables go into the cost of a new garage door, but for comparison purposes, a high-quality, metal, insulated, double garage door without windows would cost around $1500 – $2000. For a wooden door of the same quality, the price ranges from $1000 – $5000 depending on the type of wood.
If the questions you have aren’t on this list, don’t worry. Contact the experts at RCS Garage Doors with any of your garage door questions. We are eager to help!