Choosing the Best Time to Replace Your Garage Door

The Best Time of Year to Replace Your Garage Door

If you’ve been considering replacing or fixing your garage door, hold on tight because your time is just around the corner.

After the cold and messy days of winter, the best time to replace your garage door is spring! The days of spring are longer and warmer and it’s a time known for renewal and cleaning. You’ll want to examine your system to determine what needs fixed so you can enjoy your garage through the rest of the year.

The #1 reason spring is the best time of year to replace your garage door is that the industry is waiting for you. Most companies try to start their year as early as possible, meaning once the snow melts, they’re ready to negotiate with you and make a sale. Early spring is also when you’ll find the most attractive promotions on products and installations. So if you’re in the market for a new garage door, make sure you’re taking advantage of the offers as soon as they become available.

Even if replacing your garage door isn’t necessary, a proper tune-up probably is. After a severe winter, it’s common for a spring to lose its resiliency or even break into two pieces. And if your spring is more than a few years old, it might be time to consider a spring system replacement anyway. This is a great time to call in a professional who can give you a full report on your garage door functionality and spring system.

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If you’re still not convinced on a replacement or tune-up this spring, here’s one more incentive: it will provide economic value. If your garage door is old or not working properly, you’re exposing your home in more ways than one. The longer you let your outdated garage door go, the more vulnerable you become to possible break-ins, due to easy accessibility, and higher energy bills. With better-insulated doors, you can save on energy costs, add overall value, and increase protection. If that’s not enough for you to at least examine your garage door, what is?  

Did you know your garage door is the largest moving object on your home? Our team of experts at RCS Carolina does and wants to make sure you are most informed about how to purchase your new garage door. Since a garage door isn’t something homeowners buy very often, you may not know how to approach the process.

Here are a few tips and pointers to keep in mind while shopping for your new garage door:

1. How much do garage doors cost?

Compliment the character of your home, while enhancing your curb appeal, with a new garage door.

Are you looking for a more contemporary look or a classic look? Rustic or polished? Knowing your home’s style will help focus your search and options. Once you figure this out, you’ll want to evaluate the popular garage door styles and determine what fits your budget.

Aluminum garage door (Expl. Avante Collection): Rust-resistant aluminum and glass garage doors provide your home with a more modern appearance. The average cost of a 16 x 7 double garage door: $3,600 to $5,600.

Steel garage door (Expl. Premium Series): Steel garage doors give you the broadest range of color, insulation, and price options. Options vary from an entry-level, single-layer, non-insulated door to a premium 3-layer, 2-inch polyurethane insulated door. The average cost for a 16-by-7 double garage door: is $920 – $2,200.

Wood garage door (Expl. Reserve Collection): All wood garage doors are made from moisture-resistant cedar, redwood, or hemlock and offer a vast variety of design options. Unlike aluminum and steel garage doors, wood garage doors are dent-proof and are highly durable. The average cost for a 16-by-7 double garage door: is $3,800 to $7,600.

Composite wood garage door (Expl. Canyon Ridge Collection):  Composite wood garage doors use a durable and low-maintenance material that looks like real wood. They are moisture-resistant which eliminates the potential of rotting, shrinking, separating or cracking that you may get from a wood garage door. These garage doors are insulated and can be painted or stained. The average cost for a 16-by-7 double garage door: is $7,200 to $8,900.

2. Should you purchase an insulated garage door?

If your garage is like most, it is not heated. With that being said, your home’s energy efficiency is impacted by the weather outside. Over the last 10 years or so, the installation technology for garage doors has improved significantly.

If your garage is attached to the home, it is highly suggested to purchase an insulated garage door. This is most important when there is a room above the garage. The insulation will assist with noise reduction along with utility bills.

While shopping for a new garage door, be sure to take into consideration what direction your garage door faces, and what time of day the sun hits it directly. Having a garage door that is insulated will better regulate the temperature.

3. What are the safety factors for the garage door?

If you are in a high wind or hurricane-prone area, ensure your garage door can withstand the elements. Living in these areas, your garage door must have additional bracing, heavier gauge tracking and other hardware that are necessary to keep it in place under extreme winds.

Since garage doors are so large, they are more susceptible to wind damage than any other opening on your house.

While looking for your new garage door, keep an eye out for “storm-ready” models with built-in passive reinforcement systems. These doors do not require set-up prior to a storm since the reinforcement is built into the door and is engaged simply by locking the door.

4. Is there anything else I should know prior to buying a new garage door?

There are many misconceptions when it comes to buying a new garage door. What are they?

  1. When you shop for a new garage door, know that the garage door opener is a separate purchase and is not included in the price of the door. However, most garage door companies also sell openers.
  2. If you have found a carriage-style garage door that you love, but don’t have the space for the doors that swing open, no worries! Carriage-house-style doors only appear as if they swing open. They really move up and down on a track, just like every other door.
  3. When pricing out your new garage door, verify if the price includes installation or not. Most times, it will. Having the garage door company install your new door is just as important as the product itself. 

RCS Carolina is happy to assist you in your buying process. Contact us today for more information!

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